Missing Middle Housing

Missing Middle Housing

The term “missing middle” signifies multi-unit, clustered housing, such as townhouses, courtyard dwellings and smaller apartment buildings, that can bridge low and high density areas. This housing was common during the pre-World War II era but largely disappeared in recent decades as single-family homes and large, multi-family residential developments became the norm. In 2018, Montgomery Planning is undertaking a study to look at the architectural and economic barriers to developing the “missing middle” and offer solutions to overcoming these challenges.

Missing middle housing has been recognized as a potential solution to providing residential options along a spectrum of affordability for an increasingly diverse population, including downsizing seniors, young families and newcomers to the region. Developing these projects, however, is challenging due to market and economic challenges, unfavorable neighborhood perceptions and regulatory requirements. The 2018 study provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges and identify potential ways that Montgomery County can address them through policy changes or incentives.

Review the 2018 Missing Middle Housing Study document presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on September 20, 2018.

Last Updated: September 18, 2018