NAHB Best In American Living - Winter 2018 - v2 - 23
Sprawl Repair of Conventional Zoning Utilizing Transect-Based Zoning
to the built environment, the transect is a tool used to understand and organize structural elements according to increasing
density and complexity, from the countryside to the urban core.
While a total overhaul of current zoning practices is needed
for effective intervention at a national scale, immediate action
can be taken in smaller, faster steps. The latest generation of
form-based zoning involves the so-called Pink Codes. Such
codes are being adopted as overlays or modules to minimize
red tape. They facilitate creative, smaller-scale development
through the following basic steps:
◾ Collaboration with owners, developers, and local/state
governments to create Pink Zone protocols for specific
◾ The revised code facilitates adaptive reuse of shops or malls,
or conversion to residential, workshop, civic, office and
dining/entertainment uses that complete the community.
◾ Building codes may be revised to quickly and costeffectively accommodate infill uses, including residential.
BUILDERS ARE CENTRAL TO SPRAWL REPAIR
Home builders can play an important part in transforming
our suburbs, with actions targeted toward establishing urban
centers. These include:
◾ Partnering with mall operators and commercial
developers on inserting single- and multi-family housing
options on underutilized parking lots to revitalize
struggling retail spaces and create additional foot traffic.
◾ Expanding the affordable housing stock with strategies
such as accessory dwelling units; McMansion conversions
into multifamily, senior, or student housing; and repurposing of suburban setbacks to make aging in place and
workforce housing more viable.
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Left: Conventional single-use residential development.
Right: The proposed sprawl repair provides maximum
flexibility, a mix of uses, and a full range of human
environments from rural to urban.
◾ Amenitizing suburban residential developments with
compact, mixed-use modules that can be inserted into
one or more lots to offer employment, service, and recreation opportunities and an improved quality of life.
Home builders play a key role in delivering desirable, livable
products and can remain competitive by leveraging existing
infrastructure, location, and market needs to create value out