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Better Housing by Design

  • Better Housing by Design The project will update development and design standards in Portland's multi-dwelling zones

  • Focus on East Portland The project will include a focus on development outcomes and street connections in East Portland

  • Housing Density in Urban Areas Project includes updates to development standards for high-density residential zones

  • Middle Housing Addressing design of middle-density housing in multi-dwelling zones

  • Supporting Healthy Living Updating outdoor space requirements for development in multi-dwelling zones

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. These medium- to high-density residential zones provide opportunities for new housing to meet the needs of a growing Portland. The types of housing allowed in these areas include apartment buildings of varying sizes, fourplexes, townhouses and rowhouses. 

This project will include a focus on East Portland, fostering better new development that reflects the area’s distinct characteristics and residents' needs. Project staff will also coordinate with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Connected Centers Street Plan team, focusing on street plans for the Jade District and Rosewood/Glenfair centers.

Note: This is not the Residential Infill Project, which focuses on the lower density single-dwelling residential zones. Neither is it the Mixed Use Zones Project, which focuses on mixed use development in commercial zones outside of the Central City.

The Better Housing by Design project is partially funded by a Metro Community Planning and Development Grant and is being led by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as part of the implementation of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan.

Visit the About the Project page to learn more.

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