Andrea Brennan, housing policy and development director for the Minneapolis, spoke at the Alliance For Housing Solutions’ annual Leckey Forum about how her city recently upended many of its housing regulations to make way for affordability and, most importantly, equity.
One of the biggest drivers of cost for housing is size, and when it comes to single-family homes, square footage has been on the rise nationwide for decades. If larger sizes drive up costs, then smaller sizes could help reduce them, potentially producing more affordable or moderately-priced options for people in our community. Smaller housing options such as tiny homes, cottage housing, and detached accessory dwellings are one part of the vital missing middle housing.
Watch the full keynote and panels from our 2016 Leckey Forum
Housing affordability concerns in Arlington have reached the point where households higher and higher on the income scale are affected.
Is it time to focus on how Arlington's housing market works for its middle-income population?
What can design, and financial and regulatory initiatives do to better serve downsizing seniors, young people, growing families, and newcomers to the community experiencing sticker shock?
AHS convened experts and community members at the Clarendon Ballroom on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design provided an inspiring keynote defining Missing Middle Housing (link to the video or slidepresentation), and we heard from panelists on planning/zoning and financial considerations (see video at Making Room for Missing Middle Housing and Making the Numbers Work).
Speakers (see program for bios):
Erik Gutshall, Clarendon Home Services, and Arlington Planning Commission
Bob Brosnan, Catholic University
Scott Matties, Cunningham | Quill Architects
Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces
Robert Burns, City First Enterprises, and Grounded Solutions Network
Richard Donohoe, Fidelity Bank Mortgage
Steven Cover, Arlington Community Planning, Housing, and Development
Noemi Riveira, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
David DeCamp, D2 Partners, LLC
Michael Geary, Geary-O'Hara Family Foundation
Guests were treated to a preview of our missing middle design gallery.