Missing Middle Housing Study

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Phase 3

In 2020, the County began its Missing Middle Housing Study (MMHS) to explore how new housing types could address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply. After two years of public engagement, the MMHS has reached its 3rd phase

From September to October 2022, the Arlington County Board hosted 3 Information Sessions (Housing Development and EconomicsHistory and Future of Housing Zoning and Policy, and Planning and Growth) and 20 Community Conversations regarding Missing Middle Housing(PDF, 420KB). Participants had the opportunity to learn, listen, reflect, and share their perspectives with County Board members and neighbors to inform the MMHS process. During each session, comprehensive notes were taken without attribution to any of the participants. View the notes

The Board has also directed staff to develop draft zoning text and General Land Use Plan amendments for consideration by both the Planning Commission and County Board. View a one-page overview of the Phase 2 Draft Framework and read the County Board's guidance to staff

The Planning Commission's Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) and Zoning Committee (ZOCO) will review the draft text Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Phase 1

During Phase 1 (Oct. 2020 – Fall 2021) of the Missing Middle Housing Study, the study team relied on community engagement to identify priorities and concerns related to expanding housing supply and choice in Arlington and to determine housing types to study in Phase 2.

Community engagement took the forms of an online kick-off event, a virtual dialogue on the study’s Research Compendium, a virtual listening tour, and two online feedback opportunities.

View Expanding Housing Choice: The Missing Middle Housing Study Phase 1 Report

            

Overview

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.

Learn 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.

Learn more.

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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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Documents

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

View study documents.