Oregon Becomes First State to Ditch Single-Family Zoning
State lawmakers in Oregon ended the legislative session by passing a bill that will allow for a greater variety of homes to be built throughout the state.
“This bill will increase housing choice and the supply of more affordable housing in high opportunity areas in Oregon. It is another important part of addressing our housing crisis,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek (D–Portland), the bill’s sponsor, in written testimony.
“Statewide, we have a shortfall of over 150,000 homes, and we’re currently only adding one home per three new households,” wrote Madeline Kovacs of the Sightline Institute, a think tank, saying that HB 2001 would allow for more affordable housing development.
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