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Survey closes April 18 and will help the city change rules as more middle housing is permitted.

PMG FILE PHOTO - One middle housing options for cities like West Linn and others to comply with HB 2001 and 2003 are townhomes, like those in Hillsboro's Reeds Crossings. The city of West Linn is asking for public feedback as it reworks city codes to comply with House Bills 2001 and 2003, a pair of middle housing laws passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019.

A survey for West Linn residents, property owners, and those who work or frequently travel in town, is online now through April 18. The survey covers middle housing opinions, and asks about specific impacts of denser housing as they relate to city codes like parking options, lot and building sizes, and landscaping. The survey also includes questions about the possible number of windows and entrances housing units may have, types of roofing, and distance of the buildings from the street.

"Your responses will be used to help develop the rules to allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters in the community," the city's website said about the survey.

Passed in response to the housing crisis, which has seen more and more Oregon families unable to afford homes, HB 2001 requires that cities allow middle housing options (townhomes, duplexes, triplexes, cottage clusters) in all residentially zoned areas in cities with populations greater than 10,000 or within the Metro boundaries, even if those areas previously only allowed single-family detached housing. HB 2003 requires the city to analyze the community's housing needs and adopt a housing production strategy that demonstrates how the city will meet those needs.

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