Housing Options Project: New state rules for middle housing types to be reflected

Housing Options Project: New state rules for middle housing types to be reflected

A new state law (known as House Bill 2001 or HB2001) requires “middle housing” to be allowed in residential areas of cities and counties. Middle housing types include duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters.

Below are a few key facts about what this means for Beaverton:

  • HB2001 applies to all residential areas (R1, R2, R4, R5, R7 and R10 zones), and possibly commercial and multiple-use districts.
  • Duplexes must be allowed on every lot where detached single-family homes are allowed.
  • All other middle housing types must be allowed in every zone where detached single-family homes are allowed.
  • Beaverton has until June 30, 2022, to change its zoning rules to comply with the law.

How does this relate to the Housing Options Project?

In 2018, the city started working on a project that considers where and how different types of homes might be allowed in the city’s residential areas. Allowing a wider variety of housing will mean the housing market can produce homes for a variety of family sizes, preferences, and income levels. Staff will incorporate the requirements of HB2001 into alternatives that will be drafted this fall.

Community members will have the chance to review and comment on different ways the city can allow varied housing types in existing neighborhoods. City Council is expected to consider new development rules in 2020.

Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP to sign up for project updates.