What are the impacts of Missing Middle housing on the environment?

April 8, 2024

Missing Middle housing uses existing neighborhood and other public infrastructure investments, such as the Purple Line, and can increase the number of households that have access to jobs and amenities. Through infill development, the County can preserve its natural environment by reducing sprawl. This development pattern supports walkable neighborhoods, which can reduce parking needs per household, lower greenhouse gas emissions, lessen development of impervious surfaces, and preserve green space. Positive impacts include better stormwater retention, less flooding, more tree cover, and cleaner air. In this way, Missing Middle housing can address environmental concerns while improving health outcomes for residents.