Missing Middle Housing Study


Missing Middle Housing Study Updates:

As Phase 2 of the Missing Middle Housing Study comes to a close, team members presented an overview of key elements from the draft framework, feedback collected during the engagement period, options for consideration and next steps at the County Board Work Session.

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The Missing Middle Housing Study will explore how new housing types could help address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply and gaps in housing choices. 

The study, which began in the Fall of 2020, is envisioned in three phases. Anticipated outcomes include:

  • A shared understanding of the problem
  • Options for County Board consideration
  • Policy/regulation changes to enable new housing types
  • Identification of issues for further study

The study is one element under the Housing Arlington Land Use Tools Initiative.

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What does "missing middle" really mean?

“Missing middle” is a commonly-used term that refers to the range of housing types that fit between single-family detached homes and mid-to-high-rise apartment buildings. Examples include duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, and more.

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Process, Scope, & Timeline

View the scope, anticipated outcomes, and timeline for the study, and understand how they were developed and refined.

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Community Partners

Community partners help to facilitate broader study participation through the use of their own communication networks.

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Housing impacts everyone. Join the study.

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All meeting materials, presentations, and other study documents will be posted to the project website.

View study documents.