Increase residential density within City limits.   

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Target: Increase residential density within City limits.   

A challenge faced by many growing communities, like Tallahassee, is the tendency for sprawl to occur as a result of continuous suburban development. Low-density zoning requires fewer units per acre, increases the market price per residence, has higher infrastructure costs, and increases traffic due to low walkability. In contrast, development costs per unit in high-density zones are much lower. Increasing residential density in the urban service area has many benefits that can alleviate underlying conditions of poverty. These benefits include increased walkability, increased housing options, improved efficiency of public transit networks, decreased public infrastructure costs, greater environmental protection, and improved public safety.

The City plays a key role in achieving higher densities as it oversees the implementation of the City’s Zoning Code for the permitting of new development. One of the tools in the Zoning Code that supports higher densities is called the Multi-Modal Transportation District (MMTD), an 18-square mile area that has increased pedestrian, bike and transit infrastructure. By incentivizing higher-density development, the City of Tallahassee can revitalize downtown as a place to live and not just work during the daylight hours.

The City cannot increase residential density by itself; however, it can create the conditions which make the development of multi-family residences easier and more attractive. The City also implements design standards for higher density projects to promote development that offers affordable living while protecting the community’s character.

The City has 2,650 affordable housing units either completed in FY23 or at some phase in the development pipeline


Growth Management, and Housing & Community Resilience. Last Updated: January 2024.