The Better Housing by Design project is revising development and design standards in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1 and RH) outside the Central City. The types of housing allowed in these areas include apartment buildings of varying sizes, fourplexes, townhouses and rowhouses.
These medium- to high-density residential zones provide opportunities for new housing to better meet the needs of a growing Portland.
By updating the rules that shape new development of apartments and other higher density residential buildings, we can create more housing options for households of all ages, incomes and sizes. The proposed new rules also ensure that new development is healthier, more livable and better connected to streets and neighborhood amenities.
This project includes a focus on East Portland, fostering better new development that reflects the area’s distinct characteristics and residents' needs. The project is being coordinated with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Connected Centers Street Plan, which is focusing on new approaches for creating street connections in East Portland.
Major topics addressed by the project’s code proposals include:
- Diverse housing options and affordability to meet diverse housing needs.
- Outdoor spaces and green elements to support human and environmental health.
- Building design and scale that contributes to pedestrian-friendly streets and relates to context.
- East Portland standards and street connections that respond to the area’s distinct characteristics and needs.
City Council will hold a public hearing on the Better Housing by Design Recommended Draft on Wednesday, October 2nd at 3 p.m. at Portland City Hall. You can provide verbal testimony at this hearing or provide written testimony from September 4 through October 2 using the online Map App.
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Note: This is not the Residential Infill Project, which focuses on the lower density single-dwelling residential zones.
Visit the About the Project page to learn more.
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