Middle Housing Ordinances
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What is Middle Housing?
Under state law and new County Community Development Code (CDC) standards, middle housing includes duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses and cottage clusters that meet certain criteria. The law allows construction of middle housing in neighborhoods and continues to allow construction of conventional single detached homes.
Middle Housing Allows Opportunities For:
- Low- and middle-income people
- Small households
- Extended families
- Nontraditional households
- People who haven’t been able to afford homes near family, or jobs
- People who haven’t been able to find homes that fit their circumstances
- People whose housing options have been historically impacted by discrimination
Key CDC amendments addressing standards for middle housing, and some standards for middle housing land divisions can be found in:
- Section 106 (definitions)
- Article III (district standards)
- Review type
- Density/number of units
- Dimensional requirements
- Section 409 (private streets and related)
- Section 410 (grading and drainage)
- Section 430-84 – Middle housing (mostly siting and design standards)
- Section 501 (right-of-way/public improvements)
- Article VI (land division)
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A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 885
A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 886
A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 890
House Bill 2001 Implementation Economic Analysis and Market Research
Oregon House Bill 2001 (HB 2001) Housing Choices
Oregon Senate Bill 458 Land Divisions for middle housing
ORS 197.360 to 197.380 Expedited and middle housing land divisions