Middle Housing

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Project Background

The City of Eugene is experiencing a housing crisis and is identified as a severely rent-burdened community. Low vacancy rates, rising housing prices and lower than state average wages are creating a dynamic that leaves both existing and new community members struggling to find local housing that meets their basic needs.

A lack of housing affordability and availability is a statewide problem not unique to Eugene. In recognition of this statewide issue, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2001 in 2019, with the goal of increasing housing choice in single-family neighborhoods. Implementation of HB 2001 is an

Project Background

The City of Eugene is experiencing a housing crisis and is identified as a severely rent-burdened community. Low vacancy rates, rising housing prices and lower than state average wages are creating a dynamic that leaves both existing and new community members struggling to find local housing that meets their basic needs.

A lack of housing affordability and availability is a statewide problem not unique to Eugene. In recognition of this statewide issue, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2001 in 2019, with the goal of increasing housing choice in single-family neighborhoods. Implementation of HB 2001 is an important component in the City’s ongoing work related to housing.HB 2001 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.

Residential Zoning has a complex history that resulted in the exclusion of low-income and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) from certain neighborhoods. In Oregon, this history was especially harmful with the 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.

No later than June 30, 2022, Eugene and other cities with populations of 50,000+ 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.



The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is drafting and adopting minimum standards for complying with the bill as well as a model code. Eugene has until June 30, 2022 to adopt changes to the city’s land-use regulations that comply with DLCD’s minimum standards.

For more information about House Bill 2001, check out the HB 2001 Fact Sheets or visit the project webpage.


Where We Are Now

Public Engagement:

Planning Commission has approved the project's Public Involvement Plan and we are now beginning our outreach. This fall, outreach efforts will include a Boards and Commissions Roundtable, Local Partners Roundtable, Equity Roundtable, Healthy Democracy Community Review Panel, and more! This page will provide project updates, important dates, and engagement tools like surveys. Our first opportunity is a storytelling tool, below, to share your middle housing story. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to engage.

Complying With The Law:

House Bill 2001 was adopted last year by the Oregon legislature and now the State's Department of Planning (Department of Land Conservation and Development or DLCD) is in charge of creating two things: 1) a model code that cities can directly adopt and 2) minimum standards for compliance with the bill for cities that would like to write their own code standards. The model code and minimum standards are expected to be finalized by the end of the 2020 calendar year. In the meantime, we are focusing on developing project Guiding Values and Principles. These will be established by various roundtable groups listed above. The next phase will begin in Winter when we will share the final state minimum standards and code concepts for your feedback.

We Want To Know What You Think!

If you have a middle housing story, please share it below. If you have questions or input, please use the Q & A tool featured below. You will be asked to register or log in to your user account before providing your feedback. If you need some help with the registration process please read this guide

  • Equity Roundtable Kicks Off

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    03 Dec 2020

    The Equity Roundtable held its first meeting on November 19th. The Roundtable included representatives from organizations representing underserved communities and serves to provide an equity lens to the project. Representatives have been asked about worst outcomes and best outcomes of allowing more housing types in more places. This feedback will be used in addition to the feedback we receive through the Boards and Commissions Roundtable, Local Partners Roundtable, and Healthy Democracy Panel to form guiding values and principles for this phase of the project. The Roundtable will meet a total of 4 times and will have their next meeting in December.

  • Boards and Commissions and Local Partner Roundtables

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    04 Nov 2020

    On November 28th and 29th, we held the Boards and Commissions as well as the Local Partners Roundtable meetings. The participants were representatives from groups outlined in the project's Public Involvement Plan and ranged from the Planning Commission to the Realtors Association. Since this first phase of the project is focused on developing guiding values and principles for implementation of the project, participants were asked about the worst outcome of allowing more housing types in more places and the best outcome of allowing more housing types in more places. Those best and worst outcomes will shape the creation of guiding values and principles.

  • Healthy Democracy Kicks Off

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    04 Nov 2020
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    In mid-October, 7,500 households in Eugene received a letter inviting them to be a part of our first-ever lottery selected Planning Review Panel, a partnership with Portland-based nonprofit Healthy Democracy. On November 1st, the EUGPlanning Facebook page hosted a Facebook Live event where the 30 panelists were chosen. The panelists will meet 14 times through spring 2021 and will provide a truly democratic lens to the project. The panel will begin meeting the week of November 9th and all meetings will be available to watch live- links are posted below the "Key Dates" section on this page.

    For more information about the partnership and panel, visit the Middle Housing project webpage and the Healthy Democracy Eugene page.

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