Urban Planning

Legalize endcap townhouses : urbanplanning

I have seen a few buildings like this in my city and I think it’s a good way to make use of existing street patterns and gradually increase density. I drew an example of what I mean in a screenshot of Google Maps (Yellow Springs, OH):


So basically when you have a neighborhood with long narrow blocks, you can allow upgrading the end lots to a row of townhouses, with a driveway between the two side streets in the back. This could potentially be implemented as a “general” zoning reform by classifying the block width where it’s allowed, say 100 meters or less.

This configuration significantly reduces the parking problem with townhouses. It’s great to eliminate parking minimums but I am hoping this tactic could be used to build cheaper housing in communities that just aren’t there yet, which is why I picked a very small town as an example.

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