A triplex next door? How should that work? 

Middle housing, including duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes, will soon be allowed in Beaverton’s neighborhoods, and now is your chance to help shape how that is done. 

To make a complicated topic easier to weigh in on, the Housing Options Project created three alternatives based on earlier community conversations about how people feel about middle housing and their neighborhoods: 

  1. High Opportunity: City development rules provide a lot of flexibility so middle housing works in most situations. 
  1. Ecological: City development rules allow middle housing with provisions that address climate change and ecological benefits, such as by reducing required parking and increasing required open space on a site. 
  1. Context: City development rules allow middle housing more in keeping with the existing height and scale of housing in a neighborhood, such as by allowing two-story middle housing where one-story ranch homes are common but allowing three-story middle housing where taller two- and three-story homes are already common. 

In all cases, we will be studying potential effects on Beaverton’s housing, including concerns about affordability, racial equity and involuntary displacement. 

Look for opportunities to share your ideas about these alternatives in May or June. But don’t miss out! Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP now to see the latest information and sign up for email or text updates. We’ll notify you when new information is available and events are scheduled. 

If you would like to know more about housing activities in Beaverton, contact Rob Zoeller of the Community Development Department, at 503-319-0329 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP