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

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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
The problem I see with row houses, of which there are already many in Tigard, is that they're barely less expensive than single family dwellings, always have stairs so no good for seniors, generally have too little parking, tend to get run down due to ineffective HOAs, with tiny outdoor spaces cluttered with bikes, BBQs, etc. creating a cluttered, messy, cheap look. Plus shared walls make them feel like apts.
Simon almost 2 years ago
@MJeffery - we already have townhouses like this in Tigard.
MWSmith almost 2 years ago
I love the style of rowhouses but I am not sure they would fit in with the rest of Tigard.