Missing Middle Housing

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The purpose of the Missing Middle Housing Initiative is to amend or create policies, standards and fees to accommodate by-right construction, replacement or conversion of standard single-family homes and remodels to produce missing middle infill housing. The Initiative is intended to increase the production of housing units of varying types and affordability, and in areas currently planned for Medium Density (8-18 units per acre) or Medium Low Density (8-13 units per acre) residential development. Criteria for these new units would include form-based design standards that ensure a scale compatible with single family neighborhoods. The Missing Middle Initiative would be limited to sites generally within a ¼-mile walking distance to transit corridors with a 30-minute headway, a SMART rail station, a transit transfer facility; or to community shopping centers located throughout the City.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The City is seeking a qualified consultant for the preparation of a Missing Middle Housing Initiative. The planning effort will identify and evaluate existing conditions and opportunities; analyze codes, policies, standards, and fees such as the City's General Plan, Zoning Code, Design Guidelines, and Fee Schedule; develop a White Paper that identifies important demographic data and summarizes the key issues and opportunities for the initiative; conduct education and outreach with the public, City staff, and the reviewing boards and commissions, and council; prepare a draft document and ordinance; conduct environmental review in compliance with CEQA; and conduct public hearing process with reviewing boards and council. The primary objectives to be achieved through the Missing Middle Housing Initiative are: 

  • Produce hundreds of new rental housing units in the low to moderate income range in the City's often owner-occupied, single family residential neighborhoods; 
  • Create a new and diverse market for affordable by design housing types;
  • Add diversity in resident type and income level to standard single-family neighborhoods;
  • Add infill density to low density areas of the City in a design and scale compatible to single family neighborhoods;
  • Increase the types of housing units available to meet demographic and cultural needs;
  • Inform the public about Missing Middle Housing through a comprehensive community involvement strategy.

Qualified applicants are instructed to download the packet information below and submit their application by December 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants with questions can contact Senior Planner Amy at anicholson@srcity.org. Proposals will be evaluated on their approach, projected timeline, relevant experience, and individual team member qualifications. Consultant interviews will be held during the week of January 4, 2021.

RFP Materials

Anticipated Timeline

November 10, 2020Release of Request for Proposals
December 10, 2020Proposals due
December 14 - 17, 2020Proposals evaluated by City
January 4 - 7, 2021Interviews conducted by virtual format
January 12, 2021Notice of Intent to Award
On or after January 25, 2021Project Commencement
  1. Amy Nicholson

    Senior Planner
    Phone: 707-543-3258