Infill is the concept of utilizing for building or similar development purposes, those lots and small parcels of land within the developed areas of the City and surrounded by older neighborhood growth.
In-fill is the development of small open spaces in a manner that is compatible in mass, scale or character with the surrounding neighborhood.
In all instances, infill addresses those lots that already have sufficient City services immediately available to them.
Infill is “positive”:
1) When it preserves open space by diverting new construction to small city lots, rather than on unused “suburban” land.
2) In already dense neighborhoods where the new structure fits in with the character of the neighborhood in terms of building separation and mass.
3) When it increases the value of the land to the city or the owner by increasing the number of units on it while still fitting into the character and look of the neighborhood.
4) When it permits the building of affordable housing because smaller lot size might be reflected in lower costs.
Sue Grolnic, Bonnie Sontag
Newburyport Planning Board