Middle Housing Code Changes | HB 2001 

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House Bill 2001

The Oregon State Legislature passed a law in June 2019 that is intended to provide more opportunities for a variety of housing types in traditionally single-family neighborhoods and to increase the overall housing supply in and around cities. 

The Middle Housing Code Amendments project hear from the community about how to implement the house bill and shape our neighborhoods. At a high level:

No later than June 30, 2022, Eugene must amend the City’s land use regulations to allow:

  • A duplex on each lot or parcel:
    • That is located within city limits;
    • That is zoned for residential use; and
    • On which the City’s land use regulations allows the construction of a detached single-family dwelling; and
  • Triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential zones within the City that allow detached single-family dwellings.

To learn more about the project, read the HB 2001 Frequently Asked Questions.

Residential Lot Sizes in Eugene

Map Showing Residential Lot Sizes in Eugene

House Bill 2001 Minimum Standards and Model Code

The administrative rules implementing the requirements of House Bill 2001 (Middle Housing in Medium and Large Cities, Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 660, Division 46) establish, at minimum, code standards cities need to implement to comply with the requirements of House Bill 2001. The administrative rules were developed and refined over the course of a year by four groups of planning and development experts: the HB 2001 technical advisory committee, HB 2001 rulemaking advisory committee, DLCD staff, and the LCDC Commissioners. The technical and rulemaking advisory committees included representatives from local jurisdictions, planners, developers, housing advocates, and others. Meeting packets and recordings and a full participant list are on DLCD’s Rulemaking web page.

One component of the rules is that they require triplexes and quadplexes to be allowed in residential areas based on lot size. The map to the left, when clicked on, shows the various lot sizes of residentially zoned lots in Eugene. An introduction to the minimum standards was given to the Planning Commission at their January 12, 2021 meeting. An in-depth presentation on the minimum standards and model code will be given at the February 1, 2021 Planning Commission Work Session.

Middle Housing Implementation Timeline

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Middle Housing Public Engagement

Public engagement will include opportunities for the community to engage in the planning process, information on how individuals and organizations can effectively participate and will be consistent with the City’s Public Participation Guidelines and Statewide Planning Goal 1. Read the Middle Housing Public Involvement Plan. An emphasis will be placed on online methods that comply with current health guidelines and engage a broad spectrum of the community to gather feedback on the design and code concepts, code framework, and hearings-ready code.  

Meet the Housing Types

The City introduced a series on each housing type discussed in the project. We wrote a series of articles that debuted in the EUG Planning Newsletter each month. Along with regular project updates, the articles introduced:

Get Involved: Our Methods of Engagement

  1. Community
  2. Healthy Democracy
  3. Equity Roundtable
  4. Roundtable Events
  5. Students

Because the rules from the state to comply with HB 2001 were not finalized until December 9, 2020, broad public engagement on the content of implementation has not yet begun. With state rules in place, we can begin the next phase that includes broad community engagement on proposed land use code and policy language. However, introductory and background materials such as Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, and links to more information are available here on the Middle Housing project webpage. We also maintain an Engage Eugene page, monthly EUG Planning newsletter, and social media presence on the EUG Planning Facebook page and Instagram.

Real World Eugene Students
Middle Housing Context Tour Group
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Where Middle Housing Can Currently Be Built in Eugene

  1. Quick Guide
  2. Accessory Dwelling Units
  3. Duplexes
  4. Triplexes
  5. Fourplexes
  6. Cottage Clusters
  7. Row Houses

This information is a high-level summary of where middle housing types can currently be constructed in the base residential zones of our existing Land Use Code. For more information on regulations, visit our searchable, online Land Use Code. To see the zoning of Eugene, visit our searchable Zoning Map.

R-1: Low-DensiZoning Map Linkty Residential

R-1.5: Rowhouse

R-2: Medium-Density Residential

R-3: Limited High-Density Residential

R-4: High-Density Residential

For examples of Middle Housing in Eugene, check out the Missing Middle Housing Handbook!

Note: To keep this Quick Guide high-level, Special Area Zones are not included, although some Special Area Zones allow Middle Housing. To explore those areas, visit the online Land Use Code

The Complicated History of Residential Zoning 

To move forward, we must first look back and acknowledge actions in the past that have harmed and excluded members of our community. Residential Zoning has a complex history that resulted in exclusion of low-income, black, indigenous, and people of color from certain neighborhoods. In Oregon this history was especially harmful with direct exclusion of non-white people from the state from 1844 until 1926*. Although those exclusions are illegal today, their negative impacts are still affecting our community through the legacy of exclusionary zoning. Housing policy and code changes are an opportunity to mitigate those. 

*After the passage of the 14th amendment in 1866, this law was rendered moot, however, remained in the Oregon Constitution.

The Mims House

Mims House

Resources to Learn More

In The Color of Law, author Richard Rothstein tells how early zoning ordinances specifically banned blacks from certain zones. The Supreme Court outlawed that in 1917, but in many cities, Rothstein writes, “To prevent lower-income African Americans from living in neighborhoods where middle-class whites resided, local and federal officials began … to promote zoning ordinances to reserve middle-class neighborhoods for single-family homes that lower-income families of all races could not afford.” View the videos below and borrow The Color of Law from the Eugene Public Library for more context about the history of zoning.

Segregated by Design (video, ~18 mins)

Watch The Color of Law author Richard Rothstein deliver a rapid-fire primer on exclusionary zoning and racist federal policies.

Zoning Matters: How Land-Use Policies Shape Our Lives video (video, ~3 mins)

Watch the video from the Urban Institute below to learn how zoning affects communities.

Upcoming Meetings

City of Eugene City Council- January 25, 2021 (meeting materials, watch live)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- February 1, 2021 (agenda and meeting link coming soon) 

Engage Eugene Survey- Launching February 2021

Past Meetings

City of Eugene Planning Commission- January 12, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- December 14, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- December 10, 2020 (watch video)

Equity Roundtable- December 8, 2020 (summary coming soon)

Healthy Democracy Panel #6- December 5, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #8- December 3, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- December 3, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #7- December 1, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #6- November 24, 2020  (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #5- November 21, 2020 (watch video)

Equity Roundtable - November 19, 2020 (summary coming soon)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 19, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #4- November 17, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #3- November 14, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #2- November 12, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 12, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #1- November 10, 2020, 6-8:30pm (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 5, 2020 (watch video)

Local Partners Roundtable- October 29, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- October 29, 2020 (watch video)

Boards and Commissions Roundtable- October 28, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- October 22, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene Planning Commission- August 11, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene City Council- July 22, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene Planning Commission- June 22, 2020 (watch video)

  1. Terri Harding

    Principal Planner

  1. Sophie McGinley

    Assistant Planner