Infill Development

By | September 17, 2019

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

Form-Based Code

By | February 17, 2019

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 »

Displacement (residential)

By | January 30, 2019

The involuntary movement of residents due to changes in socioeconomic conditions.

White Privilege

By | January 29, 2019

White privilege, or ‘historically accumulated white privilege,’ refers to whites’ historical and contemporary advantages in access to quality education, decent jobs, liveable wages, homeownership, retirement benefits and wealth. Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

Institutional Racism

By | January 29, 2019

Policies and practices, within and across institutions, that intentionally or not, produce outcomes that chronically favor or put a racial group at a disadvantage. Examples can be found in our school disciplinary practices, our criminal justice system and in many employment sectors with regard to hiring, firing and promotions. The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community… Read more »

Adaptive Reuse

By | November 12, 2018

The transformation of a building that is no longer in use into a new purpose, such as turning a defunct school into apartments. Compton Construction

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

By | November 12, 2018

Based on a Housing First philosophy, PSH helps individuals with chronic health conditions who face barriers to housing, find and maintain housing.  The belief behind Housing First is that housing is a cornerstone to stability and comes before treatment. PSH begins by providing individuals with housing, and then offers residents the option of support services…. Read more »


By | November 12, 2018

The separation or division of a municipality into districts, the regulation of buildings and structures in such districts in accordance with their construction and the nature and extent of their use, and the dedication of such districts to particular uses designed to serve the general welfare. Today, the concept of a mix of uses in… Read more »

Bonus Density

By | November 12, 2018

Additional density provided to developers under the local zoning code as an incentive to create public amenities or in the case of inclusionary zoning, affordable housing.

Accessory Dwelling Unit

By | November 12, 2018

A stand-alone living space that is separate from the main single family home. The unit can be attached, within, or detached from the primary residence, and must include a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping space. HUD Case Study