Canine Cottage Court

The exhibit was on the Town Green May 8 - 23, 2021.


The May 11, 2021 On Deck with Mercury featured a 3-D scaled version of a cottage court housing development set up on the Town Green. These weren’t just exhibit houses, they doubled as dog houses! The Town provided the base dog houses and they have been customized by a sponsoring Vienna business or organization.

The exhibit allowed residents to see an example of what a cottage housing development may look like. Cottage housing is a type of housing being reviewed right now to possibly be allowed in areas currently zoned for multi-unit residential uses and transitional office/commercial uses. See the bottom of the page for more information on cottage housing.

NOTE: On Deck with Mercury was pre-recorded at the Town Green at 3:00 pm on May 11th. The public was welcomed to attend the recording. If you have any questions after reviewing the recording of the program, please e-mail

Sponsored by:

Maggio’s Skorpios

421 Maple Ave E

Sponsored by:

Green Hedges School

415 Windover Ave NW

Sponsored by:

Fisher Custom Homes

Sponsored by:

Greenheart Juice Shop

208 Dominion Rd NE

Sponsored by:

Pennywise Thrift Shop

214 Dominion Road, NE

Sponsored by:

One Neighborhood Foundation

Sponsored by:

Mindfulnest LLC

Sponsored by:

JDA Custom Homes, Inc.


Cottage housing is a grouping of small, single-unit houses clustered around a common open area. The houses are smaller in scale than a typical single-family house. Because cottage communities are usually condominium ownership, there is no yard upkeep for residents. This makes them appealing to older individuals who want to downsize from a larger, single-family home into a smaller home in the same community, also known as “aging in community.” Unlike traditional multi-family developments, where parking is located underground or immediately adjacent to the buildings, parking for cottage court developments are located away from the cottages. This allows the cottages to be clustered around a common green.

Cottage housing is currently being reviewed to be an allowed use in zones currently zoned RM-2 Multi-family, RTH Townhouse, and T Transitional. The map to the right highlights parcels that are currently zoned RM-2 Multi-family, RTH Townhouse, or T Transitional.

You can see all of the existing versus proposed districts and zones at the homepage.

Email to sign up or for more information.