The term “missing middle” describes housing types that have been excluded from many zoning codes. Advocates and planners blame such restrictive zoning for a lack of diverse housing – and for contributing to our national housing crisis. They call for zoning reform to remove restrictive, monotype districts and increase housing supply. Together, let’s explore the role zoning can play in mitigating the shortage of housing, particularly affordable and workforce. We’ll discuss the tools developers and planners need to create diverse housing options for a wide range of residents. What will be the next evolution of housing policy and the next step toward addressing the housing crisis? Let’s bring what’s out of the zone into the conversation!
Moderator: Cameran Bailey, Director of Development, Resilient Community Development Strategist, NEOO Partners, Inc., St. Paul, MN
Karen Parolek, President, Opticos Design, Inc., Berkeley, CA
Ryan Spak, Principal/Founder, Spak Group, Philadelphia, PA
Danielle Arigoni, Managing Director for Policy and Solutions, National Housing Trust, Washington, DC