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Housing Options

Planning Commission Documents Available for Review

On Monday, October 1, 2018, the Tigard Planning Commission voted to forward a recommendation to adopt the proposed code amendments to the City Council. The next hearing will be before the City Council on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm.  A final draft of the proposed code amendments will be published here two weeks prior to the hearing.

The Planning Commission draft versions of code updates related to housing, parking, wireless and housekeeping are now available for review and comment. A version of the changes that include only the housing policy updates is available below as well.

These Phase II Policy and Procedure drafts contain both strikethrough language and commentary about the changes.

  • Code Update Housing Policy, Parking, Wireless, and Omnibus (Full Staff Report)
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  • Code Update Housing Policy, Parking, Wireless, and Omnibus Code (Strikethrough version)
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  • Code Update Housing Policy ONLY (Strikethrough version)
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Comments on the draft, or any questions related to these proposed changes, may be submitted by email or in writing to:

Schuyler Warren – Associate Planner
503.718.2437 |

Tigard City Hall
c/o Schuyler Warren
13125 SW Hall Blvd
Tigard, OR 97223

Housing Options for All Stages of Life!

We are seeking feedback from residents and other stakeholders to help guide development code amendments to allow a wider range of housing types within the city.

Would you like to:

  • add an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property?
  • own your own home but not worry about yard maintenance?
  • downsize but stay in your neighborhood?
  • have a family member live near you but not in your home?

Housing Options Proposed Changes
How could potential code amendments affect you?

Step #1: Find your zone

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Zoning Map

Step #2: Learn about proposed housing options for Tigard

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) (draft concept only)
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. State law requires cities to allow ADUs on all lots with detached houses.

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


Housing Options: Cottage ClusterCottage Clusters  (draft concept only)
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 Affected: R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12

Housing Options: Courtyard Units Courtyard Units  (draft concept only)
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 Affected:
R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12


Housing Options: Quad Units Quad Units  (draft concept only)
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. It can be a great option for corner lots or along busy streets.

Zones Affected:
R3.5, R4.5, R7, R12

Housing Options: Rowhouses Rowhouses  (draft concept only)
Rowhouses are a type of attached housing, sometimes referred to as townhouses, condos, or brownstones. Units are attached side-by-side with a shared common wall between each unit. Rowhouses engage directly with the street, as they are typically placed a very short distance from the front property line or sometimes directly on it. Rowhouses with individual driveways in the front are less pedestrian-friendly than those with parking behind the units.

Because the building mass of rowhouse development is larger at the street frontage and the lot sizes are smaller, they are typically allowed only in medium- to high-density zones.

Zones Affected:
R7, R12, R25, R40


Step #3: Send us your comments below!

Please fill out the form below and let us know your thoughts.  

Your Comments or Questions:

Citizen Task Force

A Housing Options Task Force was convened in January of 2018 to provide feedback and guidance on policy changes to allow new housing types in Tigard. 

The task force is made up of a Planning Commission representative, a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee, a member of the Town Center Advisory Committee (TCAC), a representative from a regional affordable housing agency, and two representatives from the public at-large. They have been tasked by the Tigard City Council with reviewing proposed development code amendments and to make recommendations to staff and the Planning Commission.


The Community Development department is currently drafting amendments to the Tigard Development Code.  These amendments are part of the city’s work to implement the recommendations of its 2013 Housing Strategies Report  and the Comprehensive Plan.

One of the major purposes of theses code amendments is to respond to the need for a greater diversity of housing for people at all stages of life. To achieve this, staff is working to implement standards for “Missing Middle” housing types, as recommended in the adopted Housing Needs Analysis. 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. 

The code update also seeks to create an environment in which construction of a full range of housing types is encouraged. 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.

Staff Contact
Schuyler Warren
Associate Planner

Housing and Demographic Trends
Learn more about Housing Trends and how they are affecting our planning for housing choices in Tigard.

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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