Missing Middle Housing Study to Begin in 2020

December 18, 2019 PROGRAM NEWS:

Yesterday the County Manager reviewed with the County Board a framework for the Missing Middle Housing Study, which is anticipated to begin in 2020. The study is under the Housing Arlington umbrella (Land Use Tools Initiative) and will explore if and how missing middle homes could help address Arlington’s limited housing supply and inadequate housing choices.

Missing middle housing types – such as duplexes and triplexes – are currently restricted in many neighborhoods by Arlington’s land use policy and Zoning Ordinance. Barriers to building “missing middle” housing impede the County’s ability to increase its overall supply of housing and provide more choices at a broader range of price points.

Starting from a blank slate with no proposed policy or zoning changes on the table, a County-led team will marshal inclusive public engagement, cross-disciplinary expertise, extensive data collection and analysis, and an iterative design process to create Missing Middle Housing Study recommendations for County Board consideration.