Services

We Help You Enable and Deliver Missing Middle Housing

At Opticos, we’re driving a radical paradigm shift, urging architects, urban planners, and builders to fundamentally rethink the way they design, locate, regulate and develop homes. We work with developers to deliver new housing products to address the unmet demand for housing choice and walkable living, and we work with communities to analyze local codes, identify barriers, develop solutions, and enable Missing Middle Housing in their towns.

Private Sector Services

Site Planning and Architecture

Meeting the Demand for Walkable Living

At Opticos, we design custom urban housing types that are different from anything else on the market. We don’t look at the housing types that have been built and sold in the recent past. Instead, we’ve studied a broad range of market segments and we design the kind of homes that people want today. Our designs are new and different, and they’re creating walkable, urban neighborhoods that people want to call home. In doing this, we deliver remarkable efficiencies for our clients while developing high-quality living environments for home buyers and renters. Everybody wins.

Signature Housing Products

Unique, Market-Ready Housing Solutions

Through our work designing Missing Middle Housing for clients across the country, we’ve developed a collection of signature housing products ready to meet your needs. Features like 100% efficines, high quality private and shared outdoor spaces, and their ability to reinforce a strong sense of community make these attractive to both builders and buyers.

Missing Middle Neighborhoods

Redefining Multifamily Living

We can help you develop a new kind of neighborhood that will attract the growing number of people who prefer to rent, but who don’t want to live in a conventional apartment complex. Some of these folks are just choosing to rent longer, while others are re-entering the rental markets in an effort to downsize. Either way, we can help you build a neighborhood composed entirely of Missing Middle Housing rentals, or a combination of rental and for sale units. Not your ordinary multifamily project or new neighborhood!

Opticos worked closely with us to design a beautiful, diverse neighborhood… It’s been a true pleasure working with them to fulfill my vision.”

— Jerry Reimer, Co-founder, Urban Village Development

Public Sector Services

Starter Packages
1

MMH Presentation +
Strategic Advising

Plant the seeds for discussion about housing choice and MMH in your community through a 1.5-day visit to engage decision makers, the development community, and community members. Opticos Design will deliver a formal presentation and lead a tour or participate in targeted small group meetings.

2

MMH Scan™: Analysis +
Definition of Barriers

Opticos Design will broaden understanding of the need for change to foster MMH by analyzing where MMH could apply and reviewing your Comprehensive Plan and existing zoning standards to identify barriers. Opticos Design will present this information in a Memo that is graphically-rich and visual in nature for a variety of audiences.

3

MMH Deep Dive™:
Testing + Solutions

Ready for more? Once the MMH Scan™ is complete, dive deeper with an analysis of what physical form your zoning is allowing on selected sites. The team will propose solutions and identify next steps. Opticos Design will deliver a 15-20 page, graphically-rich, user-friendly document to give you a roadmap to success.

More Options

Zoning Fixes

Expertise for quick zoning fixes or new custom content

Local Pilot Projects

Site selection, design, entitlement and advising for cities to be proactive and develop a local pilot project

Small Area Planning

Planning services for neighborhoods, corridors, or opportunity sites, such as abandoned malls or brownfield sites

Planning, Zoning, and Policy Analysis

Strategic analysis and advising to inform General / Comprehensive Plan, code update, or policies to deliver housing choice and effective integration

The MMH framework has been absolutely central to our work as we seek to expand housing options and create more age-friendly and livable communities.”

— Danielle Arigoni, Director, Livable Communities, AARP