Housing Types of the Past to Shape Beaverton’s Future

Most residential neighborhoods in Beaverton limit new housing to single-family detached homes. Did you know that wasn’t true until the 1970s? 

Research conducted as part of the Housing Options Project, which seeks to determine where and how other housing types will be allowed in Beaverton’s residential zones, has found that Beaverton’s zoning allowed duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and apartments throughout Beaverton in the 1940s and 1950s. The city changed the code over time to reduce allowed housing variety. 

These findings are important because a 2019 state law requires Beaverton to allow duplexes on most lots and triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters and townhomes in all residential areas where singlefamily detached homes are allowed. 

So we’ve been looking into the past to help develop new housing rules for the future. Come take a look at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP. Explore photos of different housing types, read about the main takeaways and learn more about opportunities to share your thoughts, feelings and stories about housing variety in your neighborhood.