Public invited to comment on new middle housing requirements for urban, unincorporated ClackCo

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Online survey open through Jan. 10

Clackamas County is drafting land use regulations to comply with a state law, House Bill 2001 (HB2001) that was approved by the legislature in 2019. This law requires Clackamas County, along with other counties and cities in Oregon, to provide opportunities for a variety of types of housing, called middle housing, in areas currently zoned for single-family houses.

Middle housing includes duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes (also known as fourplexes), townhouses and cottage clusters (several small houses centered on a common area such as a lawn or courtyard).

The purpose of the law is to increase the amount of housing available to people at a variety of income levels. Since middle housing can be less expensive to build than conventional large houses, it may be possible to charge lower rents or sales prices for middle housing.

By June 30, 2022, the county must either adopt new land use regulations to provide for middle housing in urban, unincorporated areas of Clackamas County, or will be subject to the rules in the state’s Model Middle Housing Code.

While there are a number of items that the county will have to include in the new code, the county also has some flexibility related to the size, location and design of the housing.

The public is invited to learn more about the new middle housing requirement and comment on options under consideration by taking an online survey, available Dec. 6 to Jan. 10. County Planning staff will use the results to develop updated land use regulations. The survey is available online.

More information about this and other housing-related projects is available on the project website.

For more information, contact Principal Planner Martha Fritzie at mfritzie@clackamas.us.