The first phase of the Single-Family Infill Analysis identified issues within zoning regulations that can make constructing desired infill housing difficult or cost-ineffective.
Single-Family Infill Analysis, Phase One
Phase One of the Single-Family Infill Analysis was completed in December 2021.
Phase One Goal
Many communities in the First Suburbs do not have zoning codes that are set up to achieve desired development results as zoning codes were typically written in a different time when abundant undeveloped land could be subdivided into new lots easily and zoning was intended to disperse population. The goal of this phase was to take an in-depth look at First Suburb Communities’ zoning codes to identify where certain regulations could potentially be a barrier to infill and to help communities compare their regulations to other similar communities.
The Single-Family Zoning Analysis was conducted from March to November of 2021. During this first phase, four important tasks were completed:
Task 1: Provided an overview of the state of single-family infill development in the First Suburbs including trends in demolitions, building permits, new construction
Task 2: Reviewed the 19 communities' single-family zoning districts and provided a streamlined format to directly compare regulations across communities
Task 3: Compared regulations — such as minimum lot width, lot size, lot coverage, building area, and front setbacks — to existing lots/structures
Task 4: Identified and mapped potential infill opportunities and listed available incentives among First Suburbs
Throughout this process, the 19 First Suburb communities were engaged through a survey, individual interviews, and presentations to gather the most accurate housing data and to better understand the experiences of these communities with single-family infill development.
First Suburbs Consortium Meetings
Consortium Meeting #3 (Virtual Meeting, December 1, 2021)
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Consortium Meeting #2 (Virtual Meeting, September 1, 2021)
Consortium Meeting #1 (Virtual Meeting, June 3, 2021)
Top photo courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank