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    1. Beaufort County Form-Based Code LadysIsland Newpoint
      Beaufort County FBC Gets the Nod from Driehaus, CNU Charter Awards

      Beaufort County has experienced incredible growth in the past 10 years, and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. To help channel future growth toward existing urban areas, and protect the county’s rural character, the county, the City of … Continue reading

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      Dan Talks Missing Middle Housing on Strong Towns Podcast

      Opticos Principal Dan Parolek is at the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth this week, where he sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the Bay Area, how to retain the … Continue reading

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    3. Missing Middle Housing website
      Opticos Is Excited to Announce Our New Missing Middle Housing Website!

      MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design’s Daniel Parolek coined the term “Missing Middle” in 2010 to define … Continue reading

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      How Does Missing Middle Housing Fit Within Walkable Communities?

      Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country. I continue to be amazed at … Continue reading

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    5. Norman Oklahoma Housing Diversity
      An Important Win for Housing Diversity

      Preserving historic micro units in a neighborhood adjacent to a university is a win for housing diversity in Norman, OK I just got one of those random emails today that totally made my day, if not my year. The call was from … Continue reading

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    6. Form-Based Coding class UCLA graduate-level Tony Perez
      Opticos Goes Back to School on Form-Based Codes, Part 2

      This winter quarter at UCLA, Tony Perez, director of Form-Based Coding at Opticos Design, is teaching UP 252, a graduate-level class on Form-Based Coding and planning on Thursday evenings in a three-hour studio format. Working in small teams, the students … Continue reading

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    7. 2015 Missing Middle Housing Design Competition
      Missing Middle Housing Takes Off in Michigan with First-Ever Design Competition

      The first-ever 2015 Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition challenges architects, designers, and urban planners nationwide to come up with innovative solutions for affordable housing options that offer a walkable lifestyle. The goal of the competition, sponsored by the American Institute of … Continue reading

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    8. Berkeley Mayor Bates with recycling cart
      Mayor Tom Bates Walks the Walk

      Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has led several efforts to combat climate change and make the city more sustainable. He’s added separate glass and paper collection bins to the city’s recycling program, played a leadership role in the successful effort to … Continue reading

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    9. 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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