Repurposing Single-Family Homes and Neighborhoods

Zoning Practice — February 2018

By Jeffrey Beiswenger, AICP, Zachary Tusinger, AICP


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Single-family neighborhoods are expected to face a wave of changes in the near future. Dramatic demographic shifts may drive housing booms in some communities and widespread vacancies in others. Cities and towns nationwide should be prepared to address these changes with a variety of land-use strategies, including code enforcement mechanisms for addressing vacant properties, local adaptive reuse and repurposing tools where demand for single-family homes has declined, and low impact density increases to accommodate housing in those neighborhoods that are in demand.

This issue of Zoning Practice details these shifts in demographics and local housing demand and lays out a set of comprehensive zoning and land-use strategies to help prepare your municipality for the future of single-family housing.


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Feb. 1, 2018
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About the Authors

Jeffrey Beiswenger, AICP

Zachary Tusinger, AICP
Master's of Urban Planning Student at the University of Kansas. Studies are focused on climate change and disaster planning. Other interests include new technologies in transportation and urban design. Internships have included the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas and the City of Parkville, Missouri. In addition, Zach has a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and practiced law for three years. For two years Zach was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow working on disaster recovery projects in his hometown of Joplin, Missouri.