Design Coalition Institute: 'Missing Middle' of Housing" Webinar

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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"Update the Zoning Code to Fill the 'Missing Middle' of Housing": A full day, live, peer-to-peer, webinar.

This full day, live, peer-to-peer, webinar will include presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and moderated Q&A sessions with professionals who have participated in successful code update initiatives, and case studies of completed "missing middle" housing projects by award-winning design/build/development professionals. Participation in this webinar and successful completion of an online exam will qualify licensed professionals for 7 continuing education credits.

Learning Objective #1:
Participants will be better able to implement a zoning code update process appropriate to the social, economic, and ecological contexts in their community.

Learning Objective #2:
Participants will be better able to analyze and compare model codes and case studies of the impact of code update initiatives to determine specific code language most responsive to the housing shortage in their community.

Learning Objective #3:
Participants will be better able to respond to questions and requests for information from elected and appointed officials and residents in their community RE: benefits and barriers to various "missing middle" housing strategies.

Learning Objective #4:
Participants will be better able to engage effectively with local builders, remodelers, architects, homeowners, lenders, and developers RE: "missing middle" housing projects.

Preliminary Agenda:



9:00 am to 9:30 am Welcome & Review of the "Missing Middle" of Housing
9:30 am to 10:15 am Presentation: St Croix County WI, code update process, impact, & issues
10:15 am to 11:00 am Presentation: Dane County WI, code update process, impact, & issues
11:00 am to 11:30 am Panel Q&A
11:30 am to 1:00 pm  Lunch break (with suggested readings)
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Presentation: City of Madison, WI, code update process, impact, & issues
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Case Studies: "Missing Middle" housing projects, from the design/build perspective
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm Case Studies: "Missing Middle" housing projects, from the development perspective
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm Panel Q&A
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm Presentation: Review of recent state level action RE "Missing Middle" of housing
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Review & Exam for continuing education credits


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Matt Wachter

Matt is the Manager, Office of Real Estate Services, Madison WI. He has broad experience in real estate development and market analysis with expertise in housing, green building, project management, neighborhood redevelopment, and government funding sources. BPS, Political Science; MBA, Real Estate Finance. Read More

Brian Standing

Brian has been a Senior Planner for Dane County Planning and Development since 1996. He has a Master of Planning with a graduate minor in Conservation Biology from University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. Brian’s work focuses on farmland preservation, town planning, natural resource protection and shoreland, wetland and floodplain ... Read More

Brett Budrow

Brett is administrator of planning & land information for the St. Croix County Community Development Department. He works on zoning ordinance development, county comprehensive planning, town plans, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and GIS. His current focus is creating a county zoning ordinance that meets the needs of both developing towns and ... Read More

John Hilgers

John is currently the Senior Planner for St. Croix County, Wisconsin (pop. 89,000) where he has worked on long-range planning projects including the Comprehensive Revision to the Zoning Ordinance and the county-wide Outdoor Recreation Plan. While working as Planning Director for the City and County of Broomfield, Colorado (pop ... Read More

Susan (Sue) Thering

Sue founded Design Coalition Institute in 2011 to continue the technical assistance partnerships she developed when she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sue has 20+ years experience, spanning professional, academic, small business, and nonprofit settings. She holds professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, focused on safe ... Read More

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