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    1. One of the defining features of the master plan is this lakeside drive and promenade lined with mansion apartments. This a clear example of how this project is intended to redefine multi-family/apartment living with Missing Middle types applied at a neighborhood scale.
      Shaking Up the 21st-Century Multifamily Market with a Missing Middle Neighborhood

      What happens when a developer with passion for Missing Middle Housing buys and renovates 300+ units of historic Missing Middle Housing in Midtown Omaha, then gets bored while developing a few suburban garden apartments? He decides he wants to develop … Continue reading

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      Public Draft of Austin’s CodeNEXT Land Development Code Now Live!

      After intensive public outreach, diagnosis, and drafting, the City of Austin recently released the public review draft of its CodeNEXT Land Development Code. As lead consultant for the project, Opticos introduced the code to the public at a meeting of the … Continue reading

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      2016: A Big Year for Missing Middle Housing

      Around the country, issues around housing affordability, demand for more housing choices, and neighborhood compatibility are growing. Cities are in desperate need of solutions, and Missing Middle Housing, as one tool providing solutions, is catching on like wildfire. Here’s how … Continue reading

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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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    5. Plan Downtown Oakland
      Opticos in Action: Plan Downtown Oakland

      This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10-day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently … Continue reading

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    6. South Kaua'i Community Plan
      Opticos Design’s South Kaua’i Community Plan and Form-Based Code Is Adopted by The County Council

      After a series of successful public hearings with the County Planning Commission last fall, the South Kaua‘i Community Plan and Form-Based Code was adopted by the County Council on July 10th, 2015. Hawai’i’s Kaua’i County has been working on several … Continue reading

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    7. Hwy 395 Three Flags Highway Mono County CA
      Progressive Planning & Revitalization Strategies in Rural California

      U.S. Highway 395 (shown above), otherwise known as the Three Flags Highway, is the only road not part of the interstate highway system that extends from the Canadian border to southern California, through some of the most scenic and remote … Continue reading

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    8. Beaufort County Myrtle Park T4
      Beaufort County Eliminates PUDs in Favor of Walkable Neighborhoods!

      After several years of analysis and discussion, the Beaufort County, SC, Council voted 9 to 1 to adopt the Community Development Code, a comprehensive overhaul of the county’s zoning code. The CDC is a hybrid code, incorporating new zoning regulations … Continue reading

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    9. Tehachapi citywide code page
      Tehachapi City Council Set To Adopt Groundbreaking Hybrid Zoning Code

      Tehachapi, CA, will soon have a groundbreaking new citywide hybrid code. The first reading took place at the city council’s meeting on October 6, in which council members voted unanimously to adopt the code. Project leaders say the new code has been completely … Continue reading

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      My First Charrette: Four Days in Vallejo

      Opticos Design’s newest team member Megan Reineccius writes about what it was like to participate in her first charrette. When they told me we were going to work four 12-hour days in a row, I felt like I was being shipped … Continue reading

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