Rezoning For An Aging Suburban Population

The first issue of a new journal on aging features a discussion on planning and rezoning of a suburb in response to the desires of an aging suburban population for a walkable community with mixed use and better transit services.

The first issue of a new journal on "The Dynamics of Aging and Our Communities, features an article by Marry Brizzel, Supervisor of the Town of Colonie, New York, about how the town is changing their planning and zoning to accomodate and plan for the town's aging population.

"As of the last census, one in four residents in the town of Colonie is over the age of 55, and that percentage is only going to grow in the coming years... The ultimate goal of the mixed use zoning and design standards is to transition our commercial corridors from auto-oriented strip malls to a more village like development, where people can walk from the pharmacy to the coffee shop."

The issue also features an interesting article on accessory uses, titled "Accessory Dwelling Units Can Aid in Intergenerational Housing Crisis."

[Editor's note: This article on rezoning begins on page 16 of the PDF document. You must scroll through the PDF until you reach page 16 in order to read the article. The article on accessory uses begins on page 13 of the PDF document.]

Thanks to Paul Bray

Full Story: Changes in Suburban Land Use Pattern (PDF, 341KB)

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