What do we mean when we talk about density?

Part of sustainable development is to encourage development in existing neighborhoods, including the downtown, not in greenfield suburban areas.  Denser development encourages more walking and makes transportation and infrastructure more efficient.

The 
Density poster is a 11 inches x 17 inches sampler of Northampton existing density conditions
The Northampton Density is a sample of Northampton development at different densities.

Below are samples of such efforts from other communities.  The designs are not always appropriate for Northampton, but some of the ideas may be.
  • Single Family Home on narrow lot design option for a single-family home with a garage on a narrow lot in a dense neighborhood. This is designed by Vargas Greenan Architects, used with permission.
  • Single Family Home with garage on narrow lot design option for single-family home with a garage on a narrow lot in a dense neighborhood. This is designed by Bryan Higgins, photography by Charles Miller, Fine Homebuilding and used with permission.
  • Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit program design options for accessory dwelling units in single family homes
  • Small House Cottage Design Options for small home development to provide less consumptive housing on smaller lots