Housing Choice and Affordability: The Missing Middle

1. Regulate maximum building envelope/form & scale rather than number of units/density
2. Carefully regulate building width and depth
3. Be careful about allowed height
4. Do not allow townhouses or single-family detached homes in which the ground floor is mostly parking
5. Some single-family contexts are better than others for Missing Middle housing
6. Communication and framing tips

  • Avoid conversations about increasing density
  • Document and photograph local examples and make this information easily available
  • Personalize the conversation and tell stories

See the article at Public Square: The Journal of the Congress for the New Urbanism.