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Oregon eliminates single-family zoning in larger cities

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Inman | Patrick Kearns

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a quartet of housing bills Thursday including one that would eliminate single-family zoning in certain cities, a move that lawmakers believe will bring back much-needed “middle” housing.

“This session, we committed to significant investments that will help every Oregon family have a warm, safe, and dry place to call home,” Brown said in a statement. “No one single solution will address our housing crisis, and this legislation tackles the whole spectrum of issues, from homelessness, to stable rental housing, to increasing homeownership.”

HB2001, signed Thursday, requires cities with a population greater than 10,000 to “allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings.” It also requires metro counties and cities with a population greater than 25,000 to allow “middle housing” in neighborhoods where zoning had previously only allowed single-family homes.

Read the story here: Oregon becomes first state in nation to nix single-family zoning

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