I debated whether or not to put this into the Cave but I think it should be in the Real Estate Section. Apparently the City of Des Moines is going full we know best mode. This is absolutely crazy town and would halt new construction in the City. And that they try and couch this as cutting Red Tape is so disingenuous as to be laughable. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/development/2019/05/27/des-moines-iowa-ia-development-affordable-housing-habitat-for-humanity-zoning-code-home-construction/3740891002/ Consultants from Chicago spent 19 months examining every city street to determine appropriate scale and design guidelines based on the character of each neighborhood. (well now there's your problem) The proposed code would require one-story homes have 1,400 square feet of finished space above grade, while a two-story home would need 1,800 square feet. Homes also would be required to have a full basement and a single-car garage.