City Takes Steps to Expand Housing Opportunity

Throughout the year, community members shared their thoughts on where and how the city should expand housing choices in existing neighborhoods through the Housing Options Project (HOP) and future neighborhoods through the Cooper Mountain Community Plan.

Here’s a look at what’s next for both projects:

Housing Options Project
Starting Friday, Jul. 1, Beaverton will allow a greater variety of housing in areas that typically only allow single-detached homes to be built. This will help the city comply with state law and make it easier for new housing to be added to the city that meets the needs of more people. House Bill 2001, passed in 2019, requires “middle housing” to be allowed in residential areas of most cities and counties in Oregon. Middle housing types include duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters. Proposed changes to the Development Code and Comprehensive Plan were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 11, and considered by City Council on Tuesday, Jun. 21, and are intended to:

  • Provide more choices for property owners if they decide to add more housing to a lot (this includes building additions and new construction);
  • Allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes and cottage clusters in all residential areas (and on smaller lots than what is required today);
  • Limit the size and height of new buildings in residential areas; and
  • Usually require off-street parking when new homes are added, but often less than is required today.

For more information on the proposed updates and City Council hearing, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HOP. Contact: Rob Zoeller of the Community Development Department at 503-319-0329.

Cooper Mountain Community Plan
Based on input from City Council, stakeholders, and community members, we have developed a draft Preferred Approach that will inform future zoning, development rules, and the funding plan for infrastructure. The draft Preferred Approach describes how the city could plan for housing, commercial areas, natural resource protection, parks, trails, and roads in Cooper Mountain neighborhoods.
Key features of the draft Preferred Approach include:

  • Roughly 5,000 new homes and a variety of housing types;
  • Multiple locations for shops and neighborhood services; and
  • A road network that provides adequate access while limiting creek crossings to protect natural resources and wildlife corridors.

City Council will discuss the draft Preferred Approach during two upcoming work sessions on Tuesday, Jul. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CooperMountain to review the draft Preferred Approach, sign up for project updates, and learn about ways to stay involved! Contact: Cassera Phipps of the Community Development Department at 503-319-9414.