Many housing affordability advocates call for expanding the supply of "missing middle" housing, including in-law apartments, cottage clusters, corner duplexes and internal divisions of larger homes. But in many communities, these projects are difficult to complete because of zoning requirements and other regulations.
What can be done?
That was the topic July 22 at Metro, as a panel of private and public experts described how some communities have successfully expanded their housing portfolios to help more people find a home in a neighborhood that fits their needs.
Panelists included Eli Spevak and Madeline Kovacs of Orange Splot, a Portland-based development company, and Laura Buhl of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. They discussed the findings of a recent report on challenges and opportunities for missing middle housing options across Oregon.
Missed the discussion? Check out highlights and a full video below.
This event was the first of an occasional lunchtime learning series hosted by Metro's Equitable Housing Initiative and the Oregon Opportunity Network, exploring ways to expand diverse, quality, affordable and accessible housing options in the Portland region.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the next event in the series will discuss strategies to preserve manufactured housing options amid urban growth and change.