Small-Lot Subdivision Design

PAS QuickNotes 71

By Anna Read, AICP


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Small-lot residential subdivisions can help communities make more efficient use of infill parcels. These subdivisions can also 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.


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Dec. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Anna Read, AICP
Anna Read is a co-author of the forthcoming PAS report, “Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface.' She previously worked as a Senior Program Development and Research Associate in the American Planning Association’s Washington, D.C. office, where she conducted applied research within APA's National Centers for Planning. Prior to joining APA, she worked on regional broadband planning efforts for the state of Missouri and as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association's Center for Sustainable Communities.  She has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.