Zoning for Small Homes

Challenge

Zoning codes in some areas place a minimum square footage requirement on lots. This can discourage the construction of small homes.

Opportunity & Response

Some cities, such as the City of Nashville, have implemented progressive zoning ordinances that accommodate a wider variety of development types. For example, Nashville’s R6 zoning allows for a “detached duplex” configuration in which two homes, each with a separate owner, can be constructed on one lot (without subdividing the lot). Two Rural Studio homes easily fit on Nashville’s typical narrow, deep lots.

Other common examples of zoning that accommodates small homes are the allowance of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs).

Implementation

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