During our neighborhood planning efforts about a decade ago, and the subsequent rezoning efforts, the southern part of the Madison-Miller Urban Village was rezoned (map) to allow "residential small lot, tandem cottage" housing - see this City zoning chart for a terse explanation.
Our intent, as I recall was, to prevent too much "gentrification" by:
- allowing people to stay in the neighborhood by developing part of their property, while remaining in their existing house on the rest of the property.
- allowing more small developments like the "Pine Street Cottages" to keep housing affordable.
I'm glad to see that at least one of our ideas is finally coming to pass. Let's hope that it helps to make some part of our neighborhood a little less unaffordable. And maybe it will inspire us to take part in the new neighborhood planning efforts that the Mayor is promising us!
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