Work-at-Home Villages

Zoning Practice — January 2014

By Robert Graham


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Changes in the workplace, including increased acceptance of telecommuting and the aging of the workforce have opened an opportunity to rethink housing development to meet evolving work demands and lifestyles. One possible solution is a "work-at-home" village that provides a comfortable and convenient environment for working retirees and other professionals who choose to work out of their homes as an alternative to commuting to conventional commercial office space.

This work-at-home village concept is physically and perhaps emotionally different from common types of live/work districts and ad hoc home occupations in residential districts. The work-at-home village is specifically designed to accommodate both residential and commercial activity with the basic appearance of a residential subdivision.

This issue of Zoning Practice explains the key components of the work-at-home village, discusses the challenges and barriers that traditional zoning and subdivision regulations pose to developing these villages, and outlines an approach cities and counties can use to enable work-at-home development through zoning.


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Jan. 1, 2014
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Robert Graham