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.
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