Oregon Bans Single-Family Zoning in Cities

July 2, 2019
single-family homes will be affected by new Oregon zoning
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The Oregon state legislature recently passed House Bill 2001, which would eliminate exclusive single-family zoning in areas around the state, CityLab reports.

In cities with more than 25,000 residents, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and “cottage clusters” would be allowed on parcels that are currently reserved for single-family houses; in cities of least 10,000, duplexes would be allowed in single-family zones.

Democratic Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign off on the law, which would affect areas that are home to some 2.8 million people. Oregon would then become the first state to ban the century-old practice of reserving land for a single type of residential development, putting it at the head of a nationwide surge in “upzoning.” Pushed by members in the “Yes In My Backyard” (YIMBY) movement and other pro-housing forces, several other urban areas have been similarly seeking zoning reforms to create denser, greener, and more affordable residential units in the face of chronic housing shortages.

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