Townhomes can be a source of more affordable home ownership opportunities while promoting infill and greater density in single family neighborhoods. They are attached single family units that share one or both walls with a neighboring unit. Depending on design and development regulations, townhomes may have individual or shared back and/or front yards, and be located either on separate lots or one commonly owned lot.
With the assistance of appropriate design guidelines, townhomes can be highly compatible with existing single family neighborhoods. While they are typically more affordable than traditional detached single family homes, this is not always the case. Where appropriate, cities can consider incentives like a density bonus tied to dedicating affordable units.