New Rules Aim to Increase Supply of “Middle Housing”

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is preparing recommendations for the Portland City Council for new development requirements aimed at increasing Portland’s supply of “middle housing” – duplexes, triplexes and other mid-priced options.  The proposals come from the input of a Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee comprised of developers, affordable housing advocates, architects, and neighborhood representatives. Some of the proposals include:

prohibiting developers from building large, non-conforming homes in single-family zoned neighborhoods
incentivizing developers to add more accessory dwelling units (ADUs), duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes
allowing developers to reclaim historically narrow lots to add more homes. (Though the city wouldn’t require on-site parking and would prohibit front-loaded garages.)

The bureau will have the official proposals available online by June 15 and are looking for public input. There will be a series of open houses through June and July and the committee will present it’s final recommendations to the City Council next fall.

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