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Help! New multi-family housing design in Portland needs your input

As Portland grows, more people will be living in apartment buildings of varying sizes, fourplexes, townhouses and rowhouses. These medium-to-high density housing types are allowed in multi-dwelling zones throughout the city. But too often the design of these buildings doesn’t meet residents’ needs.

The BHD project will update the Zoning Code to improve building design and development as well as foster housing that will:

  • Help meet Portland’s diverse housing needs, including housing that is affordable to lower income households and units designed for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Include open space and green elements that support healthy living for residents.
  • Be designed and scaled to fit in with neighborhood characteristics in middle-density zones.
  • Use new approaches to create street and pedestrian connections in areas where they don’t exist or are insufficient.

We need you!

There are still more opportunities to engage with the issues in the concept development stage of the Better Housing by Design project. We want to hear from Portlanders all over the city, especially those who live in multi-dwelling zones.

So you can …

What’s Next?

Staff will release a Code Concept Report in Summer 2017, and you will be able to provide your comments on that document to staff. After that, staff will develop draft code language to submit to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (expected Fall 2017).