3.2.4 Zoning for Density

Ann Arbor’s A2Zero Plan

Strategy to shift away from using fossil fuels and power the community with 100% renewable energy within 10 years, while significantly reducing driving and expanding public transit.

Gold Beach OR Tiny Home Zoning

Permits the use of a tiny home as a separate single-family dwelling in an existing residential zone, requiring a total square footage of between 200 and 600, on the same lot as a primary dwelling, and with connection to city sewer services.

Walsenburg CO’s Tiny House Variances

Grants authority to approve variances to minimum size requirements so that houses less than 500 square feet and permanently attached to the ground can be constructed in areas zoned for residential use.

Spur TX’s Tiny Homes Ordinance

Spur, Texas adopted an ordinance that generally permits tiny homes in the city by right, however, individuals need a variance to have a tiny home in seven of the city’s subdivisions. 

Amherst MA’s Cluster Development Rules

Provides a detailed ratio for “developed land” to “common land” in Amherst’s Cluster Developments. For every dwelling unit, the code requires 2,000 square feet of usable common land.

Chiply FL’s Cluster Zoning

Requires that cluster developments preserve fifty percent open space in exchange for reducing the minimum lot size from one dwelling unit per ten acres, to two dwelling units per acre.

Concord MA Cluster Zoning

Allows cluster developments reduced minimum lot sizes and requires fifty percent of land be perpetually maintained as open space for agriculture, parks, recreation, or conservation