Supporters and opponents flocked to the first legislative hearing Monday on a bill that would require Oregon cities to allow denser housing in existing single-family neighborhoods.
House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and other supporters of the measure said it would play an important role in easing Oregon's shortage of housing — particularly for homes that aren't out of the financial reach of most residents.
But officials from numerous cities said the bill could over-burden local services and cause a number of unintended impacts.
"We are concerned that House Bill 2001 is a one-size-fits-all solution that won't actually fit any," said Erin Doyle, a lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities.
Kotek's measure would require cities of more than 10,000 and counties of more than 15,000 to allow a range of "missing middle" housing options in urban neighborhoods now zoned for single-family housing. The bill says this could include attached housing of up to four units, small cottages around a central courtyard or rules making it easier to subdivide existing housing.
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