Portland's "Better Housing by Design" Project

Portland, Oregon has been a leader in recent efforts to add multifamily housing to a wide range of neighborhood types. 

The Better Housing by Design project aims to create more diverse, more affordable and more sustainable housing options in Portland’s multifamily neighborhoods. One of the goals is to enable more small-scale multifamily housing in transition zones between neighborhoods of different scales. 

Learn more about Better Housing by Design.

The website includes background information, the adopted zoning ordinance, detailed staff reports, images and other materials that may be useful to jurisdictions looking to make housing-friendly changes to their zoning code and design guidelines. 

Portland’s Residential Infill Project

Portland, Oregon is part of a vanguard of U.S. cities reforming their land use regulations to allow missing middle housing in single-family neighborhoods.