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Planning for Housing

Housing is a necessity for all our citizens and is essential to consider when planning for development. The location, type, size, and cost of housing are all essential factors to consider when making a municipal or regional plan. Below are some resources to help consider housing within the greater planning context.

Municipal Planning Manual

This extensive guide can help those involved in town planning to create a complete, useful municipal plan.

Neighborhood Development Areas

The Neighborhood Development Area designation encourages municipalities and developers to plan for new and infill housing within walking distance of its designated centers. This includes downtowns, village centers, new town centers, and designated growth centers and incentivizes housing development, further supporting the commercial establishments in the designated centers.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Accessory Dwelling Units can be an excellent way for a town to encourage the creation of new housing units added to existing homes and for interested property owners to lower their housing costs.

Mobile Home Park Guidance for Municipalities (pdf) 

This guidance was developed jointly by the Community Planning Division and the mobile home park program. This informative resource helps municipal zoning and planning officials understand the legal requirements for dealing with existing mobile home parks and new manufactured housing development, including why "free-standing" municipal ordinances to regulate mobile home parks are no longer allowed.