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HB 2001 requires that cities allow duplexes to be built on any lot in a residential zone where single-detached homes are allowed. And triplexes and quadplexes would be allowed on most, but not all, lots. Regardless, it is safe to assume that triplexes and quadplexes would be allowed on a high percentage of lots, as required by state law.
The city already allows large apartments with commercial uses on the ground floor in mixed-use neighborhoods and in higher density residential neighborhoods. The Housing Options Project aims to allow a wider variety of housing types in residential neighborhoods where height limits are typically lower, about one to three stories typically. Newer housing types would generally follow the same size and height restrictions that apply to single-detached homes. Expanding commercial uses in residential neighborhoods is not a part of this project.
Duplexes will be allowed on all residential lots, whereas quadplexes, for example, might only be allowed on residentials lot above a minimum lot size (and therefore in fewer locations). Also, the city is working with an economic consultant to evaluate the feasibility of certain housing types. If the report indicates that some housing types might be less likely to be built, then City Council could consider policies that might incentivize some of the housing types.
Currently the city is not evaluating a requirement that a certain percentage of each housing type to be built to ensure an even mix of home types.
A tiny home is a structure designed to provide low-cost or minimally sized housing options for people. Tiny homes can be subject to building codes and licensing standards that govern their construction and installation, zoning codes that dictate where they can be sited, and titling and registration or trip requirements for temporary tiny homes.
In Beaverton, tiny houses with a foundation (that is, not on wheels) are typically intended for permanent residential use. They are allowed if they meet the same development and design standards that apply to other housing types in the applicable residential zone.
On the other hand, tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) are designed to be temporary or transitional, which is why they have wheels so they can be easily moved. Because they are on wheels, they are sometimes treated as vehicles, and therefore, subject to regulations outside of the city’s Development Code. Staff is currently evaluating recent changes in state law that pertain to THOWs, and where they might be allowed, and will update this section as additional information becomes available.
Updating standards for frontage improvements is not a part of the Housing Options Project. However, city staff are currently exploring what the requirements for frontage improvements might be for newer housing types in existing residential neighborhoods. If we receive updated information about frontage improvements, we will update this page.