Just Big Enough--small lots | small units | BIG IDEAS
Just Big Enough-- small lots | small units | BIG IDEAS is the City's overall effort to encourage development in the most sustainable areas of the city, the places where people can walk to live, work, shop, and play and lots everywhere in the city designed to increase affordable housing and preserve critical open space. This effort was enshrined is the City's Sustainable Northampton Comprehensive Plan and our most recent zoning amendments.
The Just Big Enough- Green Housing for ALL design, was a design competition to highlight how we can create very small very green housing that is affordable to people left out of the green housing market, and find a design solution to some surplus city-owned lots.
As part of that discussion of density and good design, the city and Western Mass AIA sponsored the small lots | BIG IDEAS design competition, which had 23 entries on showing great designs on small lots. As part of the design competition, the city sold a lot it owned at 1 Garfield Avenue for a small house on a small lot.