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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Increasing Housing Options in Fairview

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In response to the housing crisis in Oregon, the State Legislature adopted new rules to increase options for building duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters. Referred to as Middle Housing, these housing types can provide opportunities for smaller homeownership and rental housing that can be more affordable than a large, detached house. Great examples of these Middle Housing types can be found around Fairview today. 

In areas previously limited to single-family homes, property owners now have the option to build one of these types of Middle Housing instead of a single house, generally within the same height and total square footage allowed for a single-family home. As the City allows these additional housing types, it is refining the zoning code requirements related to building scale and design features to help create well-designed, livable, and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Fairview’s residential zones.

Look for the October Fairview Point for more details on this code update process and how to provide input! For more information, contact Planning Manager Sarah Selden at 503-674-6242 or


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