House Speaker Tina Kotek has outlined a plan to allow duplex, triplexes and four-plexes in low-density neighborhoods throughout the state – an idea that would likely end exclusive single-family zoning in many urban areas.
The legislative concept from Kotek, a Portland Democrat, would require cities with more than 10,000 residents to allow the higher-density development in neighborhoods zoned for single-family houses. The proposal also calls for allowing “cottage clusters,” or small detached homes that share a common yard.
More than half of Oregon’s population lives in the cities that would fall under the new zoning. The plan would include towns as small Cottage Grove and Prineville, each with 2017 populations just over 10,000 residents.
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