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Yes, state law does allow cities to require affordable housing with new developments. In this case, it might be a little tricky because state law also says Beaverton cannot add “unreasonable cost or delay” to middle housing (go to the section about House Bill 2001 to learn more).
If the City Council asked staff to pursue this possibility further, it would require additional study to see if there is a feasible approach that would add to the housing supply and add affordable housing, too.
Some housing types, such as cottage clusters and accessory dwelling units, might be more likely to be single level. If single level options are less feasible to build, we could explore incentives with City Council for housing types that promote visitability and accessibility. Some examples of incentives from other cities include allowing an extra unit on the site if it’s barrier-free, or allowing the building to be larger if it provides a ground floor accessible unit.