Zoning and Subdivision Requirements

Housing Affordability
Contact: Nicholas Julian
Senior Program Manager, Land Use
(202) 266-8309

Neighborhood of single family homes

Ferry Crossing, photo courtesy of HOPE Partnership

Zoning and subdivision requirements can involve a range of land use strategies for increasing housing affordability. These can include making land available for more types of housing, allowing greater flexibility in site planning, allowing departures from typical densities and development standards, and reducing barriers in the development approval process.

  • Allow “by right” vs. case-by-case conditional approvals
  • Allow a range of housing types, including multifamily
  • Allow small lots, small homes and accessory dwelling units
  • Create affordable districts or overlay zones
  • Allow flexibility and modifications in zoning and subdivision requirements
  • Provide density bonuses

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