Residential Uses

St. Paul Minnesota

Missing Middle Housing Reforms Move Forward in St. Paul

The St. Paul City Council will soon consider a legislative package designed to increase the density of residential neighborhoods, following in the footsteps of its twin city, Minneapolis.

August 22, 2023 - Star Tribune

Sunset view of downtown Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville in Final Discussions on Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance

A see-saw battle over land use and housing policy continues in the city of Gainesville.

July 21, 2023 - Main Street Daily News

Arizona Streetscape

Institutional Investors Gaining a Larger Footprint in the Housing Market, Report Says

The locations with the fastest growing populations are seeing the most dramatic increase in investor-owned single-family housing rentals.

July 19, 2023 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

California State Capital

California Makes Planning History, Resets the Housing Status Quo

The California Legislature this week approved a historic package of bills, including a bill that allows affordable housing on commercially zoned properties and another that removes parking requirements near transit.

September 1, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

East Bay Area

Berkeley to Remove Parking Requirements for Residential Properties

Berkeley is the second city in Northern California to approve landmark zoning reforms so far in 2021.

January 27, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Accessory Dwelling Units Gain Legislative Momentum in Denver

Accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats or mother-in-law units, gained a critical foothold in Denver earlier this month, and the Denver City Council is already maneuvering for more.

November 30, 2020 - The Denver Post

Los Angeles County

Micro-Units Considered as Affordable Housing Option

Long Beach, California is the latest city to consider small residential units, 350 square feet and smaller, as one way to combat the rising cost of housing.

September 1, 2020 - Signal Tribune

Missing Middle Housing

What Is Missing Middle Housing?

One of the newest terms in the world of urban planning, Missing Middle Housing has generated a lot of attention in recent years as cities around the United States look for ways to create more housing options in a vast sea of single-family homes.

June 26, 2020 - James Brasuell

Granny Flat

What Are Accessory Dwelling Units?

Sometimes referred to as mother-in-law units or granny flats, Accessory Dwelling Units are a hallmark of contemporary planning as jurisdictions of all sizes and histories legalize the construction of these supplementary residential units.

June 19, 2020 - James Brasuell

Accessory Dwelling Unit

ADU Ordinance Ready for City Council Scrutiny in Chicago

Chicago residents will have the option of building coach houses or convection units if a new law passes as written through the Chicago City Council.

May 21, 2020 - Chicago Cityscape

Accessory Dwelling Unit

6 Zoning Keys for Effective Missing Middle Housing

The inventor of the term missing middle housing has advice on writing zoning codes that effectively deliver on the potential of the tool.

March 23, 2020 - CNU Public Square

Inland Empire

'Good Neighbor Policy' Creates Buffer Between Industrial, Residential Uses

The final version of a "Good Neighbor Policy" adopted by Riverside County in November fell short of the original author's intentions.

December 2, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

New Space for Multi-Generational Living in High-Rises

Some of the buildings in a new condo building in Toronto will have two master bedrooms.

August 19, 2019 - Toronto Star

Single-Family Neighborhood

Debating the End of Single-Family Zoning in Toronto

A retired city planner takes a position against "lot splitting," or allowing more than one unit on properties zones for single-family residential as it's known in Toronto.

August 7, 2019 - The Star

Los Angeles

How Residential Architecture Got So Cookie Cutter

While it's fun to tease about the architectural shortcomings of most newly constructed urban residential buildings in the United States, the causes of its ubiquitous sameness reveals the depths of the country's housing crisis.

December 6, 2018 - Curbed

Chicago Three-Flats

Classic Chicago Residential Architecture Disappearing Quickly

A recent report by the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies finds the number of two-flats, three-flats, and four-flats in quick decline among the residential building stock of Chicago.

September 3, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

San Jose, California

San Jose Sets Target for 25,000 New Housing Units in the Next Five Years

The mayor of San Jose's newly announced housing plan would include 10,000 affordable units.

October 3, 2017 - The Mercury News

Downtown, now

Sign of the Times: Developers Deconverting Condos Back to Apartments in Chicago

In the 1970s and 1980s, condo conversions were all the rage in Chicago. In 2017, however, developers are scooping up multi-family buildings en masse and "deconverting" condo units into apartments.

June 2, 2017 - Crain's Chicago Business

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