Tag: land development

Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on January 16, 2020 3 Comments
Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

NAHB continues to dive into ongoing concerns over housing affordability, including its “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes” report. The report identifies ordinances and codes that enable the construction of more varied housing types and smaller, more affordable homes, including the form-based code for greenfield development used in the Mews Townhouse Units in South Jordan, Utah.

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3 Ways to Make Housing Options Work

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on January 10, 2020 0 Comments
3 Ways to Make Housing Options Work

Media coverage recently has detailed the growing housing affordability shortage in the United States, discussing how local zoning remains a barrier to greater access to housing. Communities can work to address this shortage by updating ordinances that promote single-family detached and large multifamily buildings, with few options between.

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What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Filed in Affordability, Education, Land Development, Multifamily by on November 1, 2019 0 Comments
What is the ‘Missing Middle’ of Housing?

Less restrictive zoning would allow for more of what’s been termed “missing middle housing” and help provide solutions to the housing affordability crisis. A recent webinar presented what missing middle housing is, how it meets the needs of today’s buyers, and the current challenges and successes in developing these types of homes.

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Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Why a ‘Ban’ on Single-Family Zoning Could Be a Good Thing

Recently, the state of Oregon has moved to use the power of policy to influence housing affordability, diversity and flexibility. In what some are calling an effective ban on single-family zoning, the state is requiring that multifamily units be allowed on land previously reserved just for single-family homes.

A recent report from NAHB illustrates how innovative land-use policies that encourage the development of housing, such as Oregon’s legislation, promote greater housing affordability and meet the varied needs of an increasingly diverse home-buying population. 

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Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on July 22, 2019 4 Comments
Affordable Cottage Community Spotlights Benefits of Reduced Zoning Regulations

Zoning restrictions are one of the obstacles challenging housing affordability, often favoring single-family homes and limiting higher-density multifamily buildings. One project that highlights how reduced zoning restrictions can benefit development of creative and effective housing options is the Boiceville Cottages in Brooktondale, N.Y.

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Housing Options Expand as Lots and Homes Get Smaller

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on July 9, 2019 1 Comment
Housing Options Expand as Lots and Homes Get Smaller

Housing development within the United States needs a makeover. Past trends guided by regulations have led to a housing market with limited variation. NAHB’s latest report explores the issues involved in generating a greater mix of housing types, and provides relevant best practices on regulatory and design options and barriers.

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Home Rehab Program Converts Eyesores Into Assets

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development, Remodelers by on June 19, 2019 0 Comments
Home Rehab Program Converts Eyesores Into Assets

Homes for rehab are often beset with significant structural issues such as collapsed roofs, mold, water infiltration or cracked foundations. In the greater Chicago area, the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County (AHCLC) created a successful approach to revitalizing communities.

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Vacant Airport Transforms into Vibrant Housing Development

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on June 7, 2019 3 Comments
Vacant Airport Transforms into Vibrant Housing Development

The master plan will convert the site to commercial, residential and recreational uses. When fully built, it will feature more than 5,900 homes, including a minimum of 25% affordable owner-occupied and rental units.

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Repurposed Mining Land Offers Affordable Mixed Housing Options

Filed in Affordability, Design, Land Development by on May 21, 2019 0 Comments
Repurposed Mining Land Offers Affordable Mixed Housing Options

Daybreak, a mixed-use, walkable community in South Jordan, Utah, is the first project in the region to reclaim surplus mining land and create opportunities for market-rate affordability without additional subsidies.

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Colorado Town Addresses Housing Affordability Through Intensive Planning and Development

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Colorado Town Addresses Housing Affordability Through Intensive Planning and Development

Communities can enhance affordability with a comprehensive planning and development framework. The Peak One development in the town of Frisco, Colo., provides a strong example.

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