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Housing Options

What's New?

On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, City Council approved an exemption for Tigard Parks and Transportation System Development Charges (SDC) for qualifying Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

The policy change will be in effect on August 8, 2019 and will sunset on July 31, 2023. The council will reassess the policy at that time.

To qualify:

  • An ADU must be under 1,000 square feet.
  • Applicant must have land use approval and new address assigned prior to building permit application submittal.
  • The property owner will be required to sign and record a deed restriction with the county that states the unit will not be utilized as a short term rental (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) for a period of 10 years. This must be recorded prior to building permit issuance.
  • If the property is advertised as a short term rental at any point, the exempted SDCs will become due immediately.

Housing Options for All Stages of Life

On November 27, 2018 Tigard City Council approved code amendments to the Tigard Development Code allowing for a wider range of housing types within the city. These amendments are part of the city’s work to implement the recommendations of its 2013 Housing Strategies Report  and the Comprehensive Plan.

The purpose of these policies is to respond to the need for a greater diversity of housing for people at all stages of life. They include standards for “Missing Middle” housing types, as recommended in the adopted Housing Needs Analysis and Comprehensive Plan. Missing Middle housing types are marked by their walkability to services and amenities, smaller well-designed units, simple construction and small footprint. These types of housing have seen increased demand in the market as retirees and younger homeowners are seeking smaller, more vibrant, sustainable, and walkable places to live. 

Another purpose of these policies is to create an environment in which construction of a full range of housing types is feasible. This can be accomplished by providing residential zoning districts of varying densities and developing flexible design and development standards to encourage innovation and reduce housing costs.

New Housing Options Available
How do the code amendments affect you?

Step #1: Find your zone

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Step #2: Learn about the new housing options available in Tigard

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Background:
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), sometimes called backyard cottages, carriage houses, or granny flats, are additional dwelling units on the same property with a primary dwelling unit. ADUs are self-contained, with their own kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters.

ADUs can be internal to the primary unit, such as a converted basement or second floor, they can be attached, such as a loft above a garage, or they can be detached as a standalone unit. ADUs provide a way for residents to create additional living space for a relative on the same lot, to downsize and stay in their own neighborhood, and to potentially supplement their income.

Zones Where Available
: R1, R2, R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12, R25, R40

Cottage Clusters  
Background: Cottage clusters are a group of smaller detached housing units. The cottages are typically 800-1200 square feet, less than half the size of the typical modern home. Cottages are clustered around a common open space. Front entrances of cottages open onto the common space or onto the sidewalk. Parking areas are located at the side or the rear of the property, and are connected to the units by internal sidewalks.

This housing type provides a community-oriented option for anyone interested in smaller housing, including younger homeowners and seniors. Units are typically offered under condominium ownership or as rentals. Cottage clusters offer many benefits, including reduced landscape maintenance responsibilities, efficient parking design, and shared amenities.

Zones Where Available: R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12

Courtyard Units  
Background:
Courtyard units are a grouping of smaller attached housing units, typically 800-1200 square feet, which share common open space and parking areas. This housing type provides a community-oriented option for anyone interested in smaller housing, including younger homeowners and seniors. These units are typically offered under condominium ownership or as rentals.

Courtyard units offer many benefits, including reduced landscape maintenance responsibilities, efficient parking design, and shared amenities. Courtyard units are built with the units clustered around the common open space, and front entrances open onto that space or onto the sidewalk.

Zones Where Available:
R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12

Quad Units 
Background: Quads are a type of stacked housing with two units on a lower floor and two units on an upper floor. Because a quad must meet the same height and lot coverage standards as the surrounding houses, this housing type is mostly indistinguishable from other houses within a neighborhood. A quad is similar in scale to other buildings within a neighborhood.

In addition, quads often share a common front entrance, making them look similar to a single-unit dwelling.

This housing type is neighborhood-compatible, with pedestrian friendly frontage and parking at the side or in the rear of the building. They are allowed only on corner lots or along arterial or collector streets.

Zones Where Available:
R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12

Staff Contact
Schuyler Warren
Associate Planner

503-718-2437
schuylerw@tigard-or.gov 
TRENDS
Housing and Demographic Trends
Learn more about Housing Trends and how they are affecting our planning for housing choices in Tigard.


NEEDS
Missing Middle Housing
Learn about the characteristics of Missing Middle Housing and how they can address rising needs of housing for all stages of life.
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