houseandtrees.jpgHousing Resources

DLCD is dedicated to encouraging cities to provide abundant, affordable housing to serve Oregonians of all income levels. This is a collection of resources to help cities. Goal 10 of Oregon's Planning Program (housing) is "to provide for the housing needs of citizens of the state."

For additional resources, visit the Oregon Housing and Community Services department.

These resources are for discussion purposes, and inclusion on this page does not indicate support of DLCD or the State of Oregon, except those publications published by DLCD and the State.

Manuals and Toolkits

A One-Page Summary of Possible Local Code Provisions to Encourage More Affordable and Needed Housing
From DLCD's rulemaking process to implement House Bill 4079 (2016).

Housing Development Toolkit 
The White House, September 2016. A toolkit highlighting actions state and cities have taken to promote healthy, responsive, affordable, high-opportunity housing markets. Examples include establishing by-right development, taxing vacant land, streamlining permitting, eliminating off-street parking requirements, allowing accessory dwelling units, establishing density bonuses, enacting high-density and multifamily zoning, employing inclusionary zoning, establishing value capture incentives, and using property tax abatements.

Character-Compatible, Space-Efficient Housing Options for Single Family Neighborhoods
Co-published by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Transportation and Growth Management Program. A guide for cities explaining key steps to encourage the development of cottage clusters, internal divisions of larger homes, corner duplexes and accessory dwelling units. These housing types often boost transportation choices for neighborhoods.

DLCD and ODOT partner to run the Transportation and Growth Management program. That program publishes several guides, including a Model Development Code for Small Cities.

Guidance on Implementing the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Requirement​

In 2017, the Oregon legislature passed a law (Senate Bill 1051) requiring cities of over 2,500 population to allow accessory dwelling units (aka “granny flats”) in areas zoned for single-family homes. This publication summarizes the law’s details and recommendations for implementing it locally, with sample code language.​

Building required parking can have a big impact on housing costs, as it costs as much as $60,000 per space if in a parking structure. DLCD has collected resources on why and how to reform parking requirements.

Milwaukie, Oregon published a self-guided tour to encourage residents to visit and see some forms of housing in person. The guide includes accessory dwelling units, duplex, rowhouse, narrow lot houses, cottage clusters, garden clusters, and other multi-family units.

Affordable-Accessible Housing in a Dynamic CityWhy and How to Increase Affordable Housing in a Accessible Neighborhoods
Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 2017

Research on Housing

Meyer Memorial Trust, October 2015. Report on the results of a Cost Efficiencies Work Group convened by the Meyer Memorial Trust. Looks at factors affecting the cost of developing affordable housing, identifies opportunities to deliver units at a lower cost, and advises on potential pilot projects to test new approaches.

University of Oregon Research Memos
DLCD funded research at the University of Oregon to write a six background memos on housing in Oregon. Those memos:
An overview of research on how regulation impacts housing supply and costs. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 20536 (2014) by Joseph Gyourko and Raven Molloy.

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Talking about Housing Solutions
A guide from Sightline Institute, a Northwest think tank.​

Award-winning house designs for so-called Skinny Homes. The winning designs were provided to the public and designated as permit-ready, helping developers build them quickly and easily.

Too often people trade lower housing costs for higher transportation costs, resulting in little or no savings. The Center for Neighborhood Technology brings them together in the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, which is available for most addresses in the United States.

House Plans for Narrow and Small Lot Houses
A publication from Oregon's Transporation and Growth Management program.

Senate Bill 1533 (2016)​ Oregon's Inclusionary Zoning Law

Affordable-Accessible Housing Photo Essay. A visual tour of housing types from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

Related Content

In January 2017, the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted rules implementing House Bill 4079 (2016), setting up a pilot program to allow two cities to develop affordable on up to 50 acres outside their urban growth boundaries without going through the normal urban growth boundary expansion process. DLCD is currently developing application materials for that program. Read more about the rulemaking​.