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More housing choices win House approval, allowing mixes in Oregon’s single-family zoning

SALEM — Single-family homes have long dominated the housing market in Oregon.

But could a legislative proposal from one of Oregon's most powerful lawmakers, which took a critical step forward Thursday, change that?

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, presided over the passage of one of her top priorities this year, House Bill 2001. The bill would effectively end single-family home zoning in more than 50 Oregon cities. It passed 43-16 with bipartisan backing, and now goes to the Senate.

If HB 2001 becomes law, by July 2021, cities with more than 10,000 residents will have to allow a duplex on any lot now limited to a single-family house. By July 2022, cities with more than 25,000 residents, as well as cities and counties in the Portland metro area, will have to allow triplexes, quadplexes . . .