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 a thought leader in architecture and planning, specifically in terms of creating vibrant, walkable, sustainable communities. He started writing zoning codes because he was tired of seeing the character of communities across the country compromised by placeless, auto-dependent development patterns that their zoning codes/land development codes required. He is the co-author of the first comprehensive book on Form-Based Codes (FBC), titled “Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers,” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008. Many of his recent projects and research have focused on Missing Middle Housing strategies and designs, including a 120-unit project of Missing Middle Housing in the Daybreak community in South Jordan, Utah and an article in The Smart Growth Compendium published by the EPA. In 1999 he founded Opticos Design, a Founding B Corporation and a California Benefit Corporation. His work with Opticos has won national awards including the Congress for New Urbanism’s Grand Prize in 2014 and a National APA Award in 2013. His love of great places initiated from a childhood spent exploring the small town of Columbus, Nebraska on foot and bike. Daniel has a Bachelor of Architecture form the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture and Town Planning.

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.