PAS QuickNotes (QN) are plain-English briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens. Each QN offers a concise overview of a timely planning topic, plus links to more resources for further reading. APA members and PAS subscribers have access to all PAS QuickNotes in the QN Archive.

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Small-Lot Subdivision Design

PAS QuickNotes No. 71

Small-lot residential subdivisions can help communities make more efficient use of infill parcels and expand local housing choices, often increasing opportunities for home ownership. However, many contemporary zoning codes do not allow lots smaller than 5,000 square feet. This edition of PAS QuickNotes explains two distinct scenarios where cities and counties might consider making zoning changes to facilitate small-lot subdivisions and summarizes how site and building design can help residential development on small lots fit in with its surroundings.

Coping with Downtown Noise

PAS QuickNotes No. 70

Successful downtowns typically include a diverse mix of uses. While residences have long been part of this use mix, the number of downtown residences is on the rise in many communities. This influx of new residents often creates greater interest in noisier nighttime uses, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theaters, and heightens the potential for noise-related conflicts among users. This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights promising tactics for mitigating noise-related conflicts in mixed use areas.

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