Allow and encourage new compact single-family housing types.
Lexington needs more housing of all types as its population continues to grow. The 2017 Housing Demand Study shows that single-family residential options continue to be popular and will be for the foreseeable future. However, the paradigm for providing these single-family homes is shifting from the larger suburban model lots to a more compact and urban form of single-family home, such as town-homes, fourplexes, and others.
One way to provide for this type of development would be amending the regulations to allow group residential developments that include single-family housing. This compact type of development allows for shared common space and reduced maintenance, which are ideal for the senior and young-professional aged populations. Compact lots mean less time and money for maintenance, more opportunities for social interactions in shared open spaces, more economic efficiency for infrastructure services, and safer neighborhoods. Other innovative and new solutions that incorporate efficiently designed single-family housing as a component of an overall development should be explored as well.