Infill Development

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The process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed. Many communities have vacant land within jurisdictional limits, which, for various reasons, has been passed over in the normal course of urbanization. The Municipal Research and Services Center

The ABCs of ADUs – A Guide To Accessory Dwelling Units and How They Expand Housing Options for People of All Ages

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A comprehensive report from AARP, this report is a primer for elected officials, policymakers, local leaders, homeowners, consumers and others to learn what accessory dwelling units are and how and why they are built. The guide also suggests best practices for how towns, cities, counties and states can include ADUs in their mix of housing… Read more »

Why Pioneering Health Institutions Are Investing Upstream to Improve Community Health

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We have found that hospitals and health systems are motivated to invest upstream by a variety of factors. Those whose primary motivation is population health, i.e. health outcomes for patients or plan members, may indeed be more likely to emphasize investment in transitional or supportive housing to reduce the health costs of certain individuals. However,… Read more »

Meeting the Washington Region’s Future Housing Needs: A Framework for Regional Deliberations

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The Washington region faces serious housing challenges that undermine the well-being of many residents. Regulatory constraints on how much new housing can be built, what types of housing are added to the stock, and where that housing is located limit production and increase its cost. Constrained housing supply, coupled with regional growth, pushes up rents… Read more »

Northern Virginia’s Preservation Challenge Trends, Threats and Opportunities

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This report examines how Northern Virginia can address the continued threat to our older, market-affordable housing stock that is home to thousands of low and moderate income households. This research continues the analysis that NVAHA provided in Charting A Way Forward: Preserving Market Rate Affordable Housing in Northern Virginia’s Inner Suburbs in 2011.

Form-Based Code

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A form-based code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses in traditional zoning) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code is a regulation, not a mere guideline, adopted into city, town, or county law. Form-based… Read more »