Exploring Public Perceptions of Infill Housing


Key demographic trends in gentle density housing


Perceived barriers to delivery of gentle density homes.

Policy Solutions

Recommended responses to address affordability

Key insights

In February 2023, Small Housing commissioned Avalanche to investigate public perception of infill development, including the barriers and opportunities that the public face in regard to engaging with related gentle density housing solutions. Over 1,300 individuals from across British Columbia were surveyed.


Percentage of British Columbians who say they are concerned about access to affordable housing.



Percentage of British Columbians who believe a young family would benefit most from small housing solutions.


Positive Emotions

Percentage of British Columbians who feel positive about small housing as a solution to the affordability crisis.


Economic Challenges

Percentage of British Columbians who believe addressing economic challenges is needed to solve housing affordability.


Citizen Developers

Percentage of rural homeowners in British Columbia who say that they would consider building a secondary home in the next 5 years.



Percentage of homeowners who view lack of supply as primary driver of lack of affordability.


In their own words:

Boosts Homeownership Freedom

“[Gentle density homes] may give some homeowners the ability to pay off mortgages faster, thus becoming mortgage free, and the opportunity to purchase or rent a small house or apartment in desirable areas for less cost is very appealing.” – Medium-small town, Owner, 65+

In their own words:

More housing opportunities

“I like that there are more options for people to choose from that best suit their preferences and what they pay for housing.” – City, Owner, 18-29

“Create more housing availability, allow for more flexibility in housing options.” – City, Renter, 30-39

In their own words:

Keeping families together

“It will increase affordable housing. Families could add a living space for parents or kids to live in a separate smaller unit on the property.” Medium-small town, Owner, 40-49

“Different generations of families can easily live on the same property together and look out for each other but still have their own space.” – City, Owner, 30-39

Looking to discover even more about public perceptions on gentle density housing?

In this video, Avalanche Insights presents Small Housing’s survey results, namely the barriers and opportunities that the public face in regard to engaging with gentle density housing solutions.

Full report available to download here.