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6/30 APA-CMS Program: Finding the Middle: Inclusive by Design (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

For too long, municipalities have segmented their communities by land use. Euclidean zoning especially undermined “missing middle housing”: the duplexes, triplexes, quads, and small apartment buildings that anchor the social, economic, and architectural diversity of some of the most walkable and interesting neighborhoods in the United States. Many communities with strong residential demand and tax base resist efforts to introduce middle housing in single-family neighborhoods. Meanwhile, many established neighborhoods in Illinois with a mix of housing types have experienced decades of public neglect and private disinvestment, making them vulnerable to vacancy and abandonment. This session will present examples of middle housing, explain why it supports inclusion, and unpack the policies communities use to protect and promote it, providing planners with “blueprints” of how middle housing works in a variety of contexts. The panel will also describe public engagement and organizing strategies—“playbooks”—that can help communities to adopt and carry out blueprints supporting middle housing. The planning and zoning strategies explored in this Housing 101 session will be expanded upon in the Housing 201 session, which will focus on funding and financial mechanisms to get good development done.

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 12pm start

PLACE: Virtual. Webinar link will be provided to those who register.

CREDITS: 1.5 AICP CM credits pending

COST: $15 for professionals, $10 for members, $5 for students


  • Diane Limas, Leader and Board President | Communities United

  • Emily Talen, Professor of Urbanism | University of Chicago

  • Jackie Wells, Project Manager | Houseal Lavigne Associates

Are you experiencing a hardship? As we receive donations for registration fees, we will be noticing those who indicated they’d like to participate with up to four (4) hardship fee waivers. Those selected will be notified by Friday, June 28, 2021. Please email to indicate your need for a fee waiver.

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