Sunday, August 28, 2011
What's Raleigh doing?
Recommendations in the Housing Element of Raleigh’s Plan include: creating new and affordable housing choices dispersed throughout the city, promoting home ownership, preserving existing affordable housing and providing opportunities for aging-in-place. The Plan also encourages mixed-use developments providing affordable and “workforce” housing, moving away from the monoculture of large-lot, single-family subdivisions to a more land-efficient model that accommodates a variety of housing styles.
The Urban Design Element in Raleigh’s Plan provides recommendations to address “place-making”, creating a unique identity for the different areas of the city. This element of the Plan also recommends designing mixed-use developments to create active and vibrant spaces, changing the appearance and function of major corridors, creating inviting public spaces and the use of pedestrian-friendly design.
Cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States are looking at ways to increase urban residential numbers and make better use of existing infrastructure through “gentle density”. One method is to allow for detached accessory dwelling units in single-family areas. These units are sometimes referred to as granny flats, in-law apartments, guest houses or carriage houses. These units generally include a living room, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and have a lockable entrance door.