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Missing Middle Housing

May 28, 2021, 8am PDT
Zoning and land use changes proposed in the Home in Tacoma plan, an element of the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, was approved this month by the Tacoma Planning Commission.
The Urbanist
May 24, 2021, 11am PDT
Residents in some of the city's single-family neighborhoods worry about the potential impacts of ADU construction on local character and parking.
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 30, 2021, 6am PDT
Members of the Cleveland Chapter if the American Institute of Architects are raising awareness about the unintended consequences of zoning changes made in 2018 to make it easier to develop townhomes in the city.
Cleveland.com
March 29, 2021, 9am PDT
The developer of the 15-home community claims they will produce homes with a tenth of the waste of traditional construction in record time.
The Guardian
March 22, 2021, 8am PDT
To fix the housing crisis, cities should focus on "missing middle housing" and multi-family development.
In These Times
March 21, 2021, 9am PDT
If implemented, Home in Tacoma would create new housing categories to encourage more multi-family buildings.
MyNorthwest
February 11, 2021, 8am PST
In January, the Sacramento City Council took first steps toward ending single-family zoning citywide. The decision has provoked controversy that is influencing the next steps in the process.
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2021, 7am PST
Historic zoning decisions have left a lasting legacy of housing inequality. Current leaders have the opportunity to change that.
Greater Greater Washington
January 28, 2021, 5am PST
Advocates have been calling for the New York State Legislature to legalize accessory dwelling units for years. A new law would take the first step.
New York ADU Legislation
January 26, 2021, 11am PST
Tacoma is looking to expand on the accessory dwelling unit reforms of the Home in Tacoma project by planning for new residential density along the city's transit routes.
The Urbanist
January 25, 2021, 12pm PST
A real estate group claims the city has been denying and delaying ADU permits in violation of city and state laws.
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 20, 2021, 12pm PST
The Sacramento City Council took steps toward an updated General Plan that includes a variety of innovative planning proposals, including the elimination of single-family zoning by allowing up to four dwelling units on all residential parcels.
Sacramento Bee
January 7, 2021, 8am PST
A city of about 40,000 residents across the Puget Sound from Seattle has relaxed zoning regulations to entice more homeowners to build accessory dwelling units.
The Urbanist
January 7, 2021, 5am PST
The Housing Choice initiative, one of the country's most sweeping planning and development reforms to date, was included in a large economic development package approved by the Massachusetts Legislature earlier this week.
Mass Live
Blog post
December 31, 2020, 6am PST
Compact infill development can create affordable, inclusive and attractive cities, like Montreal, "plus belle ville au monde."
Todd Litman
December 15, 2020, 8am PST
The state of Oregon made planning history in 2019 by adopting House Bill 2001, paving the way for the state to preempt local exclusionary zoning laws. Now, over a year later, the state land use board has decided how to implement that goal.
Sightline Institute
December 13, 2020, 9am PST
The Olympia, Washington City Council adopted a new Housing Options Code Amendments ordinance, effectively eliminating single-family zoning in the city.
The Olympian
December 9, 2020, 6am PST
Montgomery County, Maryland wants to put its zoning where its transit is—it's just the latest in a string of transit-oriented land use reforms for the famously suburban county.
Bethesda Magazine
December 1, 2020, 10am PST
To keep up with affordable housing demand, Snohomish County needs to add 200,000 units by 2050. Planned light rail stations could be the ticket.
The Urbanist
October 12, 2020, 9am PDT
Cities looking to provide incentive for the construction of accessory dwelling units are increasingly released "permit ready plans" to help the cause.
City of Stockton