Friday, December 14, 2018

Tina Kotek Drafting Legislation to Ban Single Family Zoning in Oregon Cities

The Willamette Week reports that Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek is working to draft a proposal that would require cities with more than 10,000 people within an urban growth boundary to allow up to four homes to be built on land zoned for single family housing. Kotek's plan would give cities 16 months to come up with a plan to allow for duplexes, triplexes, four-plexes, and housing clusters. Portland has been working to pass a similar law, known as the Residential Infill Project, for the past few years. The vote on that plan is scheduled for Summer 2019. A recent report from Seattle finds that single family zoning in cities with high levels of population growth contributes to economic and racial segregation. Read more.