Communities should examine their bylaws and specifically allow three- and/or four-unit (multifamily) dwellings as a permitted use within village districts (i.e., making those smaller developments require an easier review process than larger multi-family dwellings, which might require site plan or conditional use review). This will enable existing larger homes to be converted to such uses and additional units to be created in new structures where lots are available. As in other cases, these structures should be limited to permanent residency (owned or rented) and not short-term rentals.
Affordable projects could be given extra height, greater number of allowable units, less parking, less review process, waived fees, and fewer standards to comply with as part of easing the review. This needs to be done carefully to still get development that is desired.