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The City of Portland, Oregon

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What is “multi-dwelling” zoning?

Multi-dwelling zoning is a residential zone that allows multiple housing units in a building or on a single property. Often thought of as apartment zoning, this zoning actually also allows for a variety of housing types such as townhouses, triplexes, groups of detached houses and even individual houses on small lots.

The City designates an allowed land use for each property in the city and each of these uses get a zoning designation, such as single-family residential, multi-dwelling residential, commercial mixed-use, industrial, etc. These are all shown on a zoning map.