The report calls for expanding existing urban villages to encompass a half-mile radius around a transit station and establishing new urban villages by removing frequent transit service as a condition for designation as a village.
The report also proposes to reimagine single-family zoning districts as "neighborhood residential zoning." This new zoning district would bring back the city's traditional housing patterns by legalizing "missing middle" housing such as multiplexes, townhouses, and live/work units. Design standards should be adopted to encourage development of these housing types, and parking requirements should be reduced so that more housing and open space can be developed.
Allowing more people to live in existing housing and permitting accessory buildings on existing lots are additional ways to increase density while maintaining neighborhood character. This can be accomplished through identifying lots that are suitable for more intensive use (lots located at corners, along alleys or arterials, or at zoning boundaries), setting more flexible standards when existing housing is retained, and granting tax exemptions for low-income households.
To encourage more compact development, the report proposes reducing the minimum lot size to 2,500 square feet and requiring or incentivizing multiple units on larger lots. In addition, the report proposes regulatory relief to ensure household diversity. Specific recommendations include removing the occupancy limit for unrelated persons in single-family zones and establishing standards to encourage family-friendly housing.