Implementation of the proposed middle housing code updates will enhance housing equity and affordability in the long-term in a variety of ways.
- Increasing the overall supply of housing in the City will help keep housing costs from escalating faster than incomes as the City grows. This will have a positive effect on affordability of all housing over time.
- Allowing middle housing in the City’s low-density residential zones creates opportunities to expand the supply of moderate-cost housing in the City.
- Reducing lot sizes for middle housing will reduce the cost of development associated with land, which allows middle housing to be developed in more situations and potentially at more affordable price-points.
- Allowing for middle housing broadly across the City will help improve the equitable distribution of middle housing in a wider range of neighborhoods and provide a greater variety of housing options, including homeownership and wealth building opportunities, in more parts of the City