REGISTER NOW: BSL Events to host Missing Middle Housing discussion and tour

Fresh off a successful kickoff event, Building Salt Lake is preparing to host an informational session and tour that’s focused on a bygone and misunderstood type of housing known as Missing Middle Housing.

Our Missing Middle Housing Discussion and Tour will focus on the housing types that span from duplexes, fourplexes and above in a form of housing that largely matches single-family homes.

The tour is on Saturday, June 10. The public is welcome to register for the event. Space is limited.

Missing Middle is an inherently affordable type of housing that can support local walk-up retail without being out of scale with surrounding neighborhoods, yet it’s been largely zoned out of existence in most cities in the U.S., including along the Wasatch Front.

Missing Middle Housing allows for more opportunities for people of mixed incomes to reside together in the same area while providing the density needed for walk-up retail and thriving schools. This housing type was largely zoned out of existence in the United States, ushering in an era of exclusive single-family zoning followed by high home prices.

Yet allowing Missing Middle Housing to be built again has been identified as one change that can lead to the return of housing affordability in Utah and elsewhere.

Professional urban planner Mike Hathorne, principal at Commun1ty,LLC, will lead the discussion about zoning as community DNA and the rules and regulations in place that block the creation of Missing Middle Housing.

The Building Salt Lake team will briefly touch on recent advancements in Salt Lake City, and how other towns along the Wasatch Front can change zoning rules to allow for Missing Middle Housing.

We’ll meet at the Lost Acorn Gallery in the Lower Avenues, a neighborhood that is home to a dense cluster of Missing Middle Housing. After a brief introduction and discussion, we’ll head out on a tour to see and discuss Missing Middle Housing in action.

Lime Scooters has agreed to provide complimentary rides for anyone on the tour. Attendees are also welcome to use whatever non-motorized method they prefer to use.

Our goal is to enlighten communities along the Wasatch Front about the role that can be played by housing that’s more than single-family zoning. Join us.

Posted by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.