Community and Business Development News

Planning and Development Services - May 15, 2019

John Miki, an architect and designer with Opticos Design, will speak on the topic of "missing middle housing" in urban neighborhoods at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Milton Rhodes Center for Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street.

Missing middle housing is a term used by Opticos for duplexes, four-plexes, townhouses and other forms of housing that fall in the middle of the spectrum between single-family homes and large apartment buildings. Opticos calls it "missing" because modern housing codes typically separate each form of housing into its own zoning category and do not allow a mixture of housing types.

Opticos believes that missing middle housing is needed to provide more affordable housing options. Such housing would also revitalize urban neighborhoods by making them pedestrian-friendly and increasing density enough to support local retailers.

Miki will speak on the experience of other cities in amending their zoning codes to promote middle housing. Miki’s presentation is free and open to the public. For more information about missing middle housing, go to

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