Moving forward! On June 20, 2019, House Bill 2001 passed in the Oregon House after it was read for a third time and carried by Speaker Kotek. From the House, the Bill will continue to the Senate floor for review. What could this mean for Oregon housing?
If you are unfamiliar with House Bill 2001, here are a few things to know. If the bill passes, it will allow duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and “cottage clusters” to be constructed on land originally set aside for single family homes in cities with 25,000 or more residents. Some smaller cities in the Metro Area, those with at least 10,000 residents will also be required to allow duplexes on dedicated single-family zoned land.
The Bill’s supporters claim that it “is not about building affordable housing, but rather expanding the supply of homes, particularly in some cites’ most centralized and desirable neighborhoods.” They also make the argument that this would help retain newcomers and keep people in their communities as opposed to them being pushed out by rising housing costs.
Those opposed are nervous about potential existing home demolitions as well as the crowding in neighborhoods that this Bill could create. They don’t believe that this will help reduce housing costs, claiming that this will not guarantee that the infilled homes would be affordable, as there are no mandates that would regulate keeping them at affordable rents or prices.
Should House Bill 2001 be fully passed, most of the provisions would not be enacted until 2020, which would give cities time to rethink their zoning codes.
Do you believe that House Bill 2001 is a viable solution for affordable housing? What effects do you believe this will have on neighborhoods in the Portland Metro Area?