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No, not earlier. They can and should be submitted together, at the same time with the competition materials, by September 2nd. There is no need for this competition to register prior to submission.
Yes, alternatives to conventional concrete foundations (provided that they satisfy the BC Building Code) could help win more points, for example, on eco-design (if it can be demonstrated that the carbon footprint is lower) and on construction affordability.
Yes, that is highly encouraged to demonstrate your achievement of the evaluation criterion of adaptability to different sites. The successful designs are to be flexible and adaptable to different lot configurations and topographies of City of Nelson.
Lot depth is typically 120 ft. and width is often 50 to 75 feet, but we don’t have quite the same ‘typical’ lot width or configuration as other cities, which you can see by looking at the cadastral map layer (go to www.bcassessment.ca and start poking around; try 418 Robson St, 711 Regent St, or 1808 Fort Sheppard for example).
Most of the city is R1-zoned. The neighbourhood next to the downtown is zoned R3 for higher density and relaxed setback/lot coverage requirements. These are the only two zones to consider for this competition. The complete zoning bylaw and interactive webmap can be found at www.nelson.ca/zoning.
The height and setback restrictions are contained in the LWH guide at www.nelson.ca/lwh_guide/
For new single-family (principal) homes in the R1 zone:
Yes, any covered portion of the carport is included in the footprint calculation.
Eaves and roof overhangs are excluded from building footprint calculations, unless that overhang happens to be a carport.
There doesn’t appear to be any restriction on the number of entries in the contest rules, therefore yes, we will accept multiple submissions.