The Residential Infill Project heads to City Council along with Better Housing by Design
The two projects are accompanied by an Anti-displacement Action Plan; together they create a Housing Opportunities Initiative for Commissioners to consider.
The Residential Infill Project was presented to City Council in early September as part of a broader Housing Opportunities Initiative (HOI), which includes the Better Housing by Design project (an update to multi-dwelling zones) and a new Anti-Displacement Action Plan effort.
Residential Infill Project staff are analyzing two recently passed state bills to determine their effect on the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft. HB2001 requires cities to allow for certain types of middle housing (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and cottage clusters) in single-dwelling zones. SB534 requires cities to allow houses on historically platted lots, subject to certain limits relating to infrastructure, natural resources, and land hazards. Staff will present the results of their research at the HOI briefing. They will also be presenting an initial framework for the Anti-Displacement Action Plan.
After the HOI work session, Council will begin moving Better Housing by Design forward, with a public hearing this fall. The Residential Infill Project will follow, with a vote expected in early 2020.
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With the passage of HB2001 (middle housing) and SB534 (narrow lots) in the state legislature, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability begins to determine how the Residential Infill Project meets the bills' objectives.
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