Tigard Housing Options

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Thank you for your feedback! On November 27, 2018 Tigard City Council approved code amendments to the Tigard Development Code allowing for a wider range of housing types within the city. 

The purpose of these policies was to respond to the need for a greater diversity of housing for people at all stages of life. The amendments included standards for “Missing Middle” housing types which have seen increased demand in the market as retirees and younger homeowners are seeking smaller, more vibrant, sustainable, and walkable places to live. 

Another purpose of these policies is to create an environment in which construction of a full range of housing types is feasible. This can be accomplished by providing residential zoning districts of varying densities and developing flexible design and development standards to encourage innovation and reduce housing costs.

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Housing Options for All Stages of Life!

The city is considering a wider variety of housing options for its residents. We want to hear from you about your housing needs and desires.

What types of housing options do you want to see in Tigard?

  • "I want to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on my Property."
  • "I want to own my own home but yard work has become too much of a hassle."
  • "I am looking to downsize but stay in my neighborhood."
  • "I want a family member to live near me but not in my home."

The main purpose of this project is to provide for a greater diversity of housing options for all residents regardless of age, income, ability or household size.

Subscribe to learn more about this project and to let us know what types of housing you would like to see now and into the future.

Housing Options for All Stages of Life!

The city is considering a wider variety of housing options for its residents. We want to hear from you about your housing needs and desires.

What types of housing options do you want to see in Tigard?

  • "I want to add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on my Property."
  • "I want to own my own home but yard work has become too much of a hassle."
  • "I am looking to downsize but stay in my neighborhood."
  • "I want a family member to live near me but not in my home."

The main purpose of this project is to provide for a greater diversity of housing options for all residents regardless of age, income, ability or household size.

Subscribe to learn more about this project and to let us know what types of housing you would like to see now and into the future.

Thank you for your feedback! On November 27, 2018 Tigard City Council approved code amendments to the Tigard Development Code allowing for a wider range of housing types within the city. 

The purpose of these policies was to respond to the need for a greater diversity of housing for people at all stages of life. The amendments included standards for “Missing Middle” housing types which have seen increased demand in the market as retirees and younger homeowners are seeking smaller, more vibrant, sustainable, and walkable places to live. 

Another purpose of these policies is to create an environment in which construction of a full range of housing types is feasible. This can be accomplished by providing residential zoning districts of varying densities and developing flexible design and development standards to encourage innovation and reduce housing costs.

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  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

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    Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

    Background: Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), sometimes called backyard cottages, carriage houses, or granny flats, are additional dwelling units on the same property with a primary dwelling unit. ADUs are self-contained, with their own kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters. ADUs can be internal to the primary unit, such as a converted basement or second floor, they can be attached, such as a loft above a garage, or they can be detached as a standalone unit. ADUs provide a way for residents to create additional living space for a relative on the same lot, to downsize and stay in their own neighborhood, and to potentially supplement their income. State law requires cities to allow ADUs on all lots with detached houses.

    Zones Affected: R1, R2, R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12, R25, R40


  • Cottage Clusters

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    Cottage Clusters

    Background: Cottage clusters are a group of smaller detached housing units. The cottages are typically 800-1200 square feet, less than half the size of the typical modern home. Cottages are clustered around a common open space. Front entrances of cottages open onto the common space or onto the sidewalk. Parking areas are located at the side or the rear of the property, and are connected to the units by internal sidewalks.

    This housing type provides a community-oriented option for anyone interested in smaller housing, including younger homeowners and seniors. Units are typically offered under condominium ownership or as rentals. Cottage clusters offer many benefits, including reduced landscape maintenance responsibilities, efficient parking design, and shared amenities.

    Zones Affected: R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12


  • Courtyard Units

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    Courtyard Units

    Background: Courtyard units are a grouping of smaller attached housing units, typically 800-1200 square feet, which share common open space and parking areas. This housing type provides a community-oriented option for anyone interested in smaller housing, including younger homeowners and seniors. These units are typically offered under condominium ownership or as rentals.

    Courtyard units offer many benefits, including reduced landscape maintenance responsibilities, efficient parking design, and shared amenities. Courtyard units are built with the units clustered around the common open space, and front entrances open onto that space or onto the sidewalk.

    Zones Affected: R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12


  • Quad Units

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    Quad Units

    Background: Quads are a type of stacked housing with two units on a lower floor and two units on an upper floor. Because a quad must meet the same height and lot coverage standards as the surrounding houses, this housing type is mostly indistinguishable from other houses within a neighborhood. A quad is similar in scale to other buildings within a neighborhood.

    In addition, quads often share a common front entrance, making them look similar to a single-unit dwelling.

    This housing type is neighborhood-compatible, with pedestrian friendly frontage and parking at the side or in the rear of the building. It can be a great option for corner lots or along busy streets.

    Zones Affected: R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12


  • Rowhouses

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    Rowhouses


    Background:
    Rowhouses are a type of attached housing, sometimes referred to as townhouses, condos, or brownstones. Units are attached side-by-side with a shared common wall between each unit. Rowhouses engage directly with the street, as they are typically placed a very short distance from the front property line or sometimes directly on it. Rowhouses with individual driveways in the front are less pedestrian-friendly than those with parking behind the units.

    Because the building mass of rowhouse development is larger at the street frontage and the lot sizes are smaller, they are typically allowed only in medium- to high-density zones.

    Zones Affected: R7, R12, R25, R40