On Demand: Missing Middle Housing, Inform Your Planning

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Explore diverse, small-scale multi-unit housing types and their role within walkable neighborhoods specifically in relation to how you can utilize the knowledge of Missing Middle housing types, such as duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, and mansion apartments, to respond to the growing demand for walkable urban living, household affordability challenges, and the desire for compatible and contextual infill solutions in communities large and small.

You will hear from panelists as they explore and discuss how these housing types share similar characteristics but have historically been modified to address specific cultural and climatic concerns in each community or region utilizing historic and recent examples.  Panelists will also discuss how you find these housing types within your community, document them and utilize this information to inform future planning efforts such as neighborhood plans, comprehensive plans, and zoning code updates.

You’ll learn about:

  • Characteristics of small footprint, medium to high-density Missing Middle Housing types
  • How to discuss housing choices in your community without using the term “density”
  • How to refine zoning and general plan policies to remove barriers for these diverse housing types
  • The role of these housing types in responding to the growing demand for walkable urban living and household affordability
  • How changing demographics will cause sweeping changes to the demand for housing


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About the Speakers

Daniel Parolek
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. The Washington Post and Next City recently referred to Daniel as the coiner of the Missing Middle Housing concept and term, which effectively addresses issues related to housing choice and scale in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska, on his bike.

Richard Bernhardt
Graduate: The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH; M.C.P. Degree (Concentration in Housing and Urban Structure); Graduated No.1 in Class; Thesis: A Study of Metropolitan Differentiation Continuing education in area of traditional neighborhood design including ULI course on Techniques of Traditional Town Planning. Undergraduate: Auburn University; Auburn, AL; B.S. Degree in Economics Since 2000: Executive Director, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department. Direct all planning, mapping and GIS operations for a consolidated city-county government. Private Town Planning Consultant. Work with selected communities on restructuring and/or introducing principles of traditional town planning and sustainability into and implementable model. Position: Town Planner, Director of Town Planning Studio, EDAW, Inc., 1999-2000. Directed the town planning and new urbanism studio for a +600 person international planning and design consulting firm. Position: Director of Planning and Development, City of Orlando, Florida, 1982-99. Directed all planning and development activities for a department with +150 employees. The department included the Bureaus of City Planning, Transportation Planning, Strategic Planning, Housing and Community Development, Great Neighborhoods, Code Enforcement, and Building Inspection. Founder and Ex. Director, Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, 1985-88. Established and directed a public, non-profit development corporation. Currently, one of Orlando’s largest providers of affordable housing. Position: Planning Manager, City of Gainesville, Florida, 1979-82. Directed all city planning activities for a +30 person bureau. Responsible for long-range, current, and urban design planning. Position: Director, Hopkinsville-Christian County, Kentucky Planning Commission, 1976-79. Directed all planning activities for a +10 person department serving a county and seven city joint planning commission. Position: Senior Planner, Metropolitan Planning Comm., Nashville-Davidson County, TN, 1974-76 Planning Assistant, Metropolitan Planning Comm., Nashville-Davidson County, TN, 1970-72

Arthur Nelson
Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson, FAICP, is Professor of Planning and Real Estate Development in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Professor of Geography and Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. He is also Presidential Professor Emeritus of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture + Planning, Professor Emeritus of Finance in the Daved Eccles School of Business, Executive Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Research Center, and Director of Emeritus of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at the University of Utah. For the past forty years, Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in public facility finance, economic development, transportation and land use planning, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written nearly 30 books and more than 300 other works, and has made more than 300 scholarly and professional presentations. His current research focuses on how changing demographics and preferences will reshape metropolitan America.