Housing Options Project

Accessory Dwelling Unit located on corner of lot behind main home.
Side-by-side, two-story duplex with car parked in the driveway.
Cluster of small cottage homes.
Street lined with two rows of exactly the same style of townhouses.

Neighborhood Survey Results

Staff completed the survey analysis for how people think new housing types (such as duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes) should look in their neighborhood. You can read the Residential Development Pattern Survey executive summary, or the full public engagement report.

This past summer, Beaverton released the Residential Development Patterns report to summarize information about the characteristics of different housing types and different Beaverton neighborhoods, and this survey asked people to think about the report and some of its findings. 

Housing Options Project Next Steps

Survey input will inform the development of ideas about how city codes will allow new housing types and how they respond to the size and shape of homes already in the neighborhood.

Recently, staff has also been researching housing disparities for communities of color within and around the City of Beaverton. In addition, staff is investigating the city’s planning and development history, including segregation, discrimination and fair housing issues. Insights from this work will also inform strategies to reduce inequitable housing outcomes for historically marginalized groups.

Collectively, the survey input, ongoing public engagement efforts and racial equity research will be used to develop several strategies for where and how new housing types will be allowed in the city’s residential areas. Community members will have the opportunity to review and comment on the alternatives this winter.

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Future Public Engagement

As the city responds to the COVID-19 public health emergency, projects such as the Housing Options Project may be delayed and public engagement modified.  You can visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/177/Planning to learn more about how to get planning and zoning questions answered. Citywide COVID-19 information is available at www.beavertonoregon.gov/2356/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19.

New Oregon Housing Rules

Beaverton began exploring where and how to allow more varied housing types in residential neighborhoods in 2018. Then, in 2019 a new state law was enacted that requires Beaverton to allow duplexes on most lots and triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes and cottage clusters (small homes on one lot that share a lawn or garden) in all residential areas where detached single-family homes are allowed.

Staff is developing alternative ways that Beaverton can comply with the new law, starting with insights into the history, design and context of each neighborhood as described in the Residential Development Patterns report.

More information is available in this fact sheet:

New Oregon Middle Housing Rules

Project Description

The region, like most of the country, is experiencing a shift in the type and location of desired housing. People might want or need different housing types based on income, family size or the desire to age in their neighborhood, move closer to job centers or start a family. Beaverton is trying to meet the growing demand for more housing options.

However, in many parts of Beaverton, only single-family homes are allowed. This project considers where and how other types of homes might be allowed in the city’s residential areas in a way that considers the size and shape of homes already in the neighborhood.

Staff is working with the community to evaluate these and other similar housing types:

  • Accessory dwelling units (small units added inside existing homes or in separate structures)
  • Duplexes
  • Triplexes
  • Four-plexes
  • Townhouses
  • Cottage clusters (Detached single-family homes on one lot that share gardens or lawns)

The project is considering where and how these additional housing types could be allowed to:

  • Provide more places to live for people with different housing needs, preferences and income levels.
  • Encourage diverse housing options so people can stay in their neighborhoods as their needs change.
  • Give property owners more choices and flexibility over what types of housing they can build on their land.
  • Assist with affordability by allowing more units and smaller units in existing neighborhoods.

Process 

The process will include:

  • Documenting Beaverton’s existing neighborhoods, including the age, size, shape and placement of homes in existing neighborhoods.
  • Exploring opportunities for adding new housing types that are not currently allowed.
  • Developing alternative ways to allow new housing types in neighborhoods.
  • Determining a preferred approach to allow new housing types.
  • Preparing changes to the city’s development rules that implement the preferred approach.
  • Sharing new housing opportunities with the community about potential changes in neighborhoods.

Beaverton staff will conduct public engagement at each step to learn about preferences and concerns relating to new housing types.

The City Council will make the final decision about any changes to development rules that would result from this project.

Project Timeline

The project consists of four phases. The first phase began in July 2018. The fourth phase is anticipated to end by Winter 2021. Public engagement is ongoing, but will be modified in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency and social distancing guidelines.  Below is more information about each phase:

Fall 2018

Phase 1
Identify Issues
  • Study existing neighborhood patterns
  • Research opportunities that allow more housing
  • Collect public input on community priorities

Summer / Fall 2020

Phase 2
Explore Alternatives
  • Develop goals
  • Consider alternative solutions
  • Collect public input on potential alternatives

Fall / Winter 2020

Phase 3
Select Alternatives
  • Select preferred solutions
  • Collect public input on preferred solutions
  • Finalize preferred approach

Through Winter 2021

Phase 4
Implement Strategy
  • Develop code and map changes
  • Draft design and development standards
  • Collect public input on code and map changes, as well as design and development standards
  • Adopt changes