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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:
Current and proposed Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Designation Names
|Current Com Plan Name||Current Zone||New Comp Plan Name & Abbreviation||New Zone|
|Multi-Dwelling – 3,000
Multi-Dwelling – 2,000
|Multi-Dwelling – Neighborhood (MD-N)||RM1 (Residential Multi-Dwelling 1)|
|Multi-Dwelling – 1,000||R1||Multi-Dwelling – Corridor (MD-C)||RM2 (Residential Multi-Dwelling 2)|
|High-Density Multi-Dwelling||RH||Multi-Dwelling – Urban Center (MD-U)||RM3 (Residential Multi-Dwelling 3)
RM4 (Residential Multi-Dwelling 4)
|Central Residential||RX||Central Residential (RX)||RX (Central Residential)|
Note: This is not the Residential Infill Project, which focuses on the lower density single-dwelling residential zones.
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