Residential Conversions

"Residential Conversion" refers to changing a building from its current or previous use into a residential use. This could involve the conversion of a commercial or institutional building into a single or multi-family residential use, or the conversion of a large single family residence into two or more dwellings.


Residential conversions can offer the following advantages:


Residential conversions can face the following challenges:

How to Use This Tool

Policy: Municipalities should investigate the following policy issues as they consider the potential for residential conversions.

Regulations: After the municipality establishes the policies governing residential conversions, regulatory language can be considered.


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Landscapes2 Relevance

This tool supports Landscapes2 Housing Supply policies: H1.1 "Provide an adequate supply of owner and rental housing, in designated growth areas, consistent with Smart Growth and preservation objectives", H1.2: "Identify and rehabilitate substandard housing county-wide to conserve existing housing stock in developed areas", H1.4: "Partner with municipalities to support the creation of new housing units at appropriate densities to meet demand, within designated growth areas" and H1.6: "Promote workforce housing that is convenient to jobs and public transit, to reduce commuting burdens and traffic congestion, and provide an adequate labor force for employers".