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


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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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2ndSite almost 2 years ago
An okay idea as long as there is dedicated parking for each unit, not a free-for-all parking lot, and dedicated outdoor space per unit so occupants can have pets without using common space for private "doggie business". Common walls need to minimal for noise reduction. Senior-only or family-only builds would eliminate the problem of seniors worrying about falling over children's toys in the central area. I also see comments about "affordable" in many posts. Let's be sure that affordable means we can pay for it ourselves, as opposed to subsidized, which means we pay high taxes so our neighbors can pay less than we do for the same space.
Joanne almost 2 years ago
This is a good idea, too, particularly if its a well managed condo. There needs to be green space and play space, and it needs to be affordable!