HB 2001 "Middle Housing"
Information, Resources, Links
Background on HB 2001
Purpose: Provide Oregonians with more housing choices that more people may be able to afford.
How: Duplexes, Triplexes, Quadplexes, Townhouses and Cottages Clusters most be permitted in all areas were single-family detached residences are allowed. Cities may regulate middle housing building types, but regulations may not lead to unreasonable costs or delays.
Cities can comply by one of three paths: a) adoption of OAR minimum standards, b) adoption of OAR model code, or c) alternative standards proven not to lead to unreasonable costs or delays.
Most cities will adopt a hybrid code combination of OAR minimum requirements, model code, and alternative requirements.
Timing: Cities must adopt regulations prior June 2022. Bend's City Council has expressed a desire to move forward quickly to adopt new regulations in order to provide needed affordable housing.
Bend's Middle Housing Draft Code is READY for review!
A draft of amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC is available on the City web site. The draft addresses siting standards for setbacks, parking, lot coverage, floor area ratio, and height requirements, as well as design standards for garage doors, front door orientation, and windows.
The final draft will go to a Planning Commission work session on June 14th. Hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council are expected to be held in July and August.
To review the draft amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC on the City's web site, click the button below.
What impact will these code changes have on me?
HB 2001 allows more types of housing in residential areas with single-family homes and eliminates density caps on most middle housing types. This means that if you wanted to subdivide your property or add dwelling units, you may be able to do so, if it fits within the guidelines of the new code. That also means that your neighbor could do the same.
The draft code as written goes a step further in eliminating or significantly reducing parking requirements for middle housing types.
Educate yourself on HB 2001 and the potential implications of these code changes
Please visit the various links and documents we are providing below for more insight into what HB 2001 means, how it will be implemented throughout the city, how it will impact you, and what this means for the future of Bend. Keep in mind that HB 2001 is the law in Oregon, but that Bend can choose among options implementing the law.
There are additional resources throughout this website, DoesParkingMatter.com, in regard to code changes that are being proposed in addition to those required by HB 2001.
Review the draft code
Bend's official HB 2001 website
Additional links, comparisons with other cities
Helpful breakdown of HB 2001
Helpful HB 2001 Resources from the City of Eugene
These resources are being shared here for educational purposes only. The City of Eugene has done a good job in breaking down HB 2001, so we think it is helpful to provide these resources.
Please note that Bend's draft code may differ from Eugene's in many ways. Please review Bend's draft code for details about how the City of Bend is proposing to implement HB 2001.
Good introduction to HB 2001
An alternative approach to HB 2001
Some of these do NOT apply to Bend but others are very insightful
Additional examples of how other Oregon cities are approaching HB 2001
Similarly to Eugene, Beaverton (7th largest city) has performed both an in-depth residential development patterns survey and is soliciting public input on code change alternatives prior to drafting any proposed changes.
Each of these large cities appreciates that securing the support of its residents, all of whom will be impacted, is essential for its successful implementation of HB 2001. Community support for more middle housing should be a goal for the HB 2001 process, but that does not appear to be the case in Bend.
Tentative Timeline for HB 2001 Approval in Bend
April 28, 2021 - Last HB 2001 Stakeholder meeting
After this meeting the draft code progresses to the City of Bend's approval process
May 2021 - Public Outreach
Includes review by Bend Development Code update group and other interested people
June & July, 2021 - Public Hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council
These hearing dates are not yet scheduled.
July 2021 - Planning Commission Hearing
Tentative, may be replaced by the June work session
August 2021 - City Council Work Session & Hearing
During the City Council work session and meeting on April 21st it was requested that this process be expedited so these dates are subject to change