A Ban on Single Family Zoning

Cities and, potentially, states are implementing policies that would ban single family zoning. Single family zoning, or exclusionary zoning, has long been used to exclude or segregate by race and income. To address segregation, housing affordability, and historical wrongs of zoning, many cities have implemented or are about to implement policy that would allow triplexes or four plexes as of right in any single family zoned lot. This would allow the construction of new small apartments or the conversion of current single family homes into small apartments. This creates lots of middle housing that would help meet the demand for housing, walkability, and transit.

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Minneapolis, Tackling Housing Crisis and Inequity, Votes to End Single-Family Zoning

In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation. The Minneapolis City Council voted last Friday to get rid of the category and instead allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units - like duplexes and triplexes - in every neighborhood.

Could Oregon Become the First State to Ban Single-Family Zoning?

"The state's housing crisis requires a combination of bolder strategies," says Kotek in a statement. "Oregon needs to build more units, and we must do so in a way that increases housing opportunity for more people. Allowing more diverse housing types in single family neighborhoods will increase housing choice and affordability, and that's a fight that I'm willing to take on."

Housing advocates in Portland just did the nearly impossible

This article was previously published by the Sightline Institute . The most provocative housing policy event of this week in the Pacific Northwest started happening four months ago. That's because, in May, Portlanders did something almost unheard of in the world of housing policy.