House Bill 2001 (HB 2001) - "Middle Housing"

What is HB 2001?

The population in Bend, Oregon is growing at a rapid rate and needs more housing – ideally, housing that is achievable and affordable. The City Council’s goals include making sure that those who live and work here can afford housing.

In August 2019, Oregon's Governor signed House Bill 2001 (HB 2001), far-reaching legislation designed to provide Oregonians with more housing choices. HB 2001 allows the building of various housing types – duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhomes (collectively known as “middle housing”) – everywhere that single-family detached housing is permitted.

In addition to permitting the development of middle housing throughout the community, HB 2001 also mandates changes to development codes concerning middle housing that essentially eliminate density caps, reduce or eliminate off-street parking requirements, reduce minimum lot sizes, increase the scale of buildings, and have other major impacts on development. These changes will likely have a significant effect on how Bend develops in the future and the overall quality of life here.

Everyone who supports providing more housing choices, especially for the City's workforce, should be concerned that the new rules adopted by the City will be supported by the community. Other Oregon cities are engaging in extensive public outreach to ensure community acceptance. Bend's residents deserve the same opportunity to participate in determining the shape of the city going forward.

Background on HB 2001

Purpose: Provide Oregonians with more housing choices that more people may be able to afford.

How: Duplexes, Triplexes, Quadplexes, Townhouses and Cottages Clusters must be permitted in all areas were single-family detached homes are allowed. Cities may regulate middle housing building types, but regulations may not lead to unreasonable costs or delays.

Cities can comply by one of three paths: a) adoption of state-approved OAR minimum standards, b) adoption of state-approved OAR model code, or c) state-approval of alternative standards shown not to lead to unreasonable costs or delays.

Most cities are expected to adopt a hybrid code combination of the minimum requirements, model code, and alternative standards.

Timing: Cities must adopt compliant regulations prior June 2022. Bend's City Council has expressed a desire to move forward quickly to adopt new regulations in order to provide needed affordable housing.

Bend's Middle Housing Draft Code is READY for review!

A draft of amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC is available on the City web site. The draft addresses siting standards for setbacks, parking, lot coverage, floor area ratio, and building height and scale, as well as design standards for garage doors, front door orientation, and windows.

The final draft will go to a Planning Commission work session on June 14th. Hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council are expected to be held in July and August.

To review the draft amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC on the City's web site, click the button below.

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Last Chance to Comment on Development Code Changes Before Council Vote!!

City Council Meeting (ZOOM) Wednesday, Sept 15th @ 5:00-7:00 pm LAST CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON HB 2001!! Please click on event above for more information about the meeting, how to join, and how to comment! On September 15, the Bend City Council is holding their only public hearing on Development Code changes to support Oregon HB2001. The final vote (with no public comment) will be October 6. Any code…

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What impact will these code changes have on me?

HB 2001 allows more types of housing in residential areas with single-family homes and eliminates density caps on most middle housing types. This means that if you wanted to subdivide your property or add dwelling units, you may be able to do so, if it fits within the guidelines of the new code. That also means that your neighbor could do the same.

The draft code as written goes a step further in eliminating or significantly reducing parking requirements for middle housing types.

Next steps:

  • Educate yourself on HB 2001 and the potential implications of these code changes

    Please visit the various links and documents we are providing below for more insight into what HB 2001 means, how it will be implemented throughout the city, how it will impact you, and what this means for the future of Bend. Keep in mind that HB 2001 is the law in Oregon, but that Bend can choose among options in implementing the law.

    There are additional resources throughout the website DoesParkingMatter.com, in regard to code changes that are being proposed in addition to those required by HB 2001.

  • Email comments to the City of Bend

    Email your thoughts on the proposed code changes to the Planning Commission at: CityPlanningCommissionAll@bendoregon.gov and the City Council at: Council@bendoregon.gov.

HB 2001 "Middle Housing"

Information, Resources, Links

Bend's official HB 2001 website

Additional links, comparisons with other cities

Helpful breakdown of HB 2001

Helpful HB 2001 Resources from the City of Eugene

These resources are being shared here for educational purposes only. The City of Eugene has done a good job in breaking down HB 2001, so we think it is helpful to provide these resources.

Please note that Bend's draft code may differ from Eugene's in many ways. Please review Bend's draft code for details about how the City of Bend is proposing to implement HB 2001.

Good introduction to HB 2001

An alternative approach to HB 2001

Some of these do NOT apply to Bend but others are very insightful

Examples of how other Oregon cities are approaching HB 2001

Beaverton, Oregon

Like Eugene, Beaverton has performed both an in-depth residential development patterns survey and is soliciting public input on code change alternatives prior to drafting any proposed changes.

Hillsboro Oregon

In Hillsboro, city staff are doing extensive community outreach, including a public survey, both before and after drafting proposed development code changes.

Each of these large cities appreciates that securing the support of its residents is essential for its successful implementation of HB 2001. Community acceptance of middle housing should be a goal for the HB 2001 process, but that does not appear to be the case in Bend.

Tentative Timeline for HB 2001 Approval in Bend

April 28, 2021 - Last HB 2001 Stakeholder meeting

After this meeting the draft code progresses to the City of Bend's approval process

May 2021 - Public Outreach

Includes review by Bend Development Code update group and other interested people.

Please click here for information about Bend's public outreach and how it compares to similar cities such as Eugene.

June 14, 2021 - Planning Commission Work Session

The City of Bend Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a virtual work session on June 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Please see the Planning Commission agenda when time gets closer for directions on how to access the meeting. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - Community Info Session

Come and learn about House Bill (HB) 2001!


This week the City of Bend will host a Community Information Session on code amendments that will bring changes to Bend neighborhoods. House Bill (HB) 2001 was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2019 and requires communities across the state to allow for the development of "middle housing," or duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes and cottage clusters in residential areas citywide.


The session will be held online from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. It will include a presentation by City staff followed by a question and answer opportunity.


To view the proposed amendments and for more information on Bend's HB 2001 implementation, visit https://bit.ly/3eGBmBP.


To attend the online information session, please pre-register at: https://bendoregon-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6V_R6Rt0SzWfs3q--4eCqA.


At this time this is the ONLY HB 2001 public information session currently scheduled so please plan to attend!


Monday, July 26, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - Public Hearing with the Planning Commission

The City of Bend will be holding a "virtual" public hearing before the Planning Commission on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 5:30 pm. You or anyone else may virtually attend the hearing. Attendance instructions will be on the meeting agenda which will be posted on the Planning Commission webpage prior to the hearing. Those without computer access may call the staff reviewer below prior to the meeting for a call-in number in order to participate via telephone.  Comments may be provided in writing prior to the hearing, and should be directed to the staff reviewer and include the project number (PLTEXT20210421).


Planning Commission webpage


August 4, 2021 - City Council meeting

When we added this to the timeline there was not a mention of HB 2001 on the agenda for this meeting but that could change at anytime.

August 9, 2021 - Planning Commission meeting (CANCELLED)

August 23, 2021 - Planning Commission Work Session

The City of Bend Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a virtual work session on August 23, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Please see the Planning Commission agenda when time gets closer for directions on how to access the meeting. 

September 1, 2021 - City Council work session

You or anyone else may virtually attend the hearing. Attendance instructions will be posted at www.bendoregon.gov/councilagenda prior to the hearing. Those without computer access may call the staff reviewer below prior to the meeting for a call-in number in order to participate via telephone.

September 13, 2021 - Planning Commission meeting (CANCELLED)

September 15, 2021 - City Council public hearing

You or anyone else may virtually attend the hearing. Attendance instructions will be posted at www.bendoregon.gov/councilagenda prior to the hearing. Those without computer access may call the staff reviewer below prior to the meeting for a call-in number in order to participate via telephone.

Comments may be provided in writing prior to the hearing.

September 27, 2021 - Planning Commission Work Session (CANCELLED)

October 6, 2021 - City Council work session

You or anyone else may virtually attend the hearing. Attendance instructions will be posted at www.bendoregon.gov/councilagenda prior to the hearing. Those without computer access may call the staff reviewer below prior to the meeting for a call-in number in order to participate via telephone.

October 11, 2021 - Planning Commission Meeting

The City of Bend Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a virtual meeting on October 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Please see the Planning Commission agenda when time gets closer for directions on how to access the meeting. 

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