"As mayor of the City of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto sure knows how to talk up the benefits of laneway housing when he's making a pitch for his municipality to allow this type of accommodation. About to win reelection by acclamation-no one stepped forward to challenge him in November's civic election-he is well prepared to argue in support of these cottages, which are built at the back of a property, from an environmental-sustainability perspective.
But what may ultimately be Mussatto's most persuasive argument is that he himself has lived in one for the last six years. In a phone interview, the mayor recalled that he moved out of the family duplex in 2002 so his parents could move into his half. His brother and sister-in-law occupy the other half of the house. He then had a coach house constructed at the back of the family lot.
'I think it's a wonderful thing,' Mussatto told the Georgia Straight. 'I'm able to check on my parents every day, and they can check on me every day.'"