What do you think new housing types should look like in your neighborhood? Now is an opportunity to let us know. Take this survey and join your neighbors in sharing your thoughts about the most important things to consider for new housing types in residential neighborhoods.

The City of Beaverton is trying to meet growing demand for more housing options. The Housing Options Project is considering where and how different types of homes might be allowed in the city.

Beaverton recently released the Residential Development Patterns report (available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP) to summarize information about the characteristics of different housing types and different Beaverton neighborhoods, and this survey focuses asks what you think about the report and some of its findings.

Your input will inform the development of ideas about how city codes will allow new housing types and how they respond to the size and shape of homes already in the neighborhood.

Why did we study residential development patterns?

As noted in the Residential Development Patterns report, most residential neighborhoods in Beaverton limit new housing to detached single-family homes. However, this was not always true.

Research conducted as part of this project has found that Beaverton’s zoning allowed duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and apartments throughout Beaverton in the 1940s and 1950s. The city changed the code over time to reduce allowed housing variety.

Beaverton began exploring where and how to allow more varied housing types in residential neighborhoods in 2018. Then, in 2019 a new state law was enacted that requires Beaverton to allow duplexes on most lots and triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes and cottage clusters (small homes on one lot that share a lawn or garden) in all residential areas where detached single-family homes are allowed.

While city staff waited for the state to provide additional information about how the law must be implemented, we prepared the Residential Development Patterns report to learn from the past and seek examples of how these housing types are being built today in other cities. In the report, the Executive Summary on pages 3-9 provides a concise summary of the main takeaways.

Please answer the following questions to let us know what you think about residential development patterns. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
 
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