Emerging ADU Industry In Portland

Emerging ADU Industry In Portland

 Register For The ADU Academy in Portland: Nov.8th, 2019

Written by Janet Thome

The ADU Academy-  founded by Kol Peterson,  the author of Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development and owner of Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the world, and organizer of Portland’s popular ADU Tour is offering an educational event about ADUs for industry professionals. Specifically, it’s for designers, builders, entrepreneurs, developers, realtors, real estate investors, lenders and appraisers on Nov. 8th, 2019 from 8: 30 am to 6pm.

Kol consults with homeowners about ADUs on their property, and teaches ADU classes for homeowners and for real estate agents. He edits and manages AccessoryDwellings.org and  BuildinganADU.com.Kol has a masters degree in environmental planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Registration includes:

Full-day of top tier professional workshops, lunch and open bar reception• A copy of Backdoor Revolution- The Definitive Guide to ADU Development• Seven continuing education credits available for CCB, OREA, ACLB, AIA and WA Appraisers • Accreditation exam which allows graduates  to earn the ADU Specialist designation.

The Academy will provide detailed insights about ADU development from industry practitioners who have first-hand experience in this growing market in the leading US market for ADUs. It will also provide a chance to network with a cohort of practitioners from across the country.

ADU Academy

This second Academy is being held the day after the Build Small Live Large summit, which will be held at Portland State University on November 7th.

Propel Studio: Winner Of Oregon Home Structure and Style Awards 2019

Propel Studio has been working in neighborhoods throughout Portland over the past six years to help people navigate the design, permitting and construction process for ADUs.  Adding an ADU addresses the housing shortage, provides extra income, promotes aging in place and milt-generational living.

Contact Propel

Propel is based in Portland but can build anywhere a jurisdiction allows.

Portland’s Regulation Of ADUs

Durham Construction LLC

Daniel Durham is the owner and builder of Durham Construction has worked in carpentry and construction for the past 20 years. He started Durham Construction with the intention of putting his own name behind the work he strongly believes in. He is inspired by modern architecture, materials, furniture and design; and how people interact with them. Daniel prides himself in a dedicated attention to detail and a firm adherence to quality. He believes a budget should never compromise the quality of work and that everything should be built to last.

The featured ADU over a garage is a perfect use of space, adding value to your property and blends beautifully with existing structures.

Contact Durham Construction

Dweller

Dweller – a Portland ADU builder, builds and installs accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in a low cost, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and desperately needed housing

Dweller specializes in producing ADUs in an affordable, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and housing. Our model is unique because we build all of our ADUs offsite which saves substantial time and money compared to ADUs built onsite. And instead of requiring the homeowner to manage a lengthy design, permitting and construction process, Dweller handles the entire process at a fixed, affordable cost to the homeowner.

Two Choices With Dweller

A homeowner can buy directly  from Dweller or enter into a ground lease with Dweller.

Contact Dweller

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

 

Zenbox Design: 2017 Best of Houzz “Customer Service Award”

Zenox-based in Portland was founded by Byron and Jen Danger. The studio’s blend of space design, landscape architecture, interior design, product development, and fabrication offers clients a unique design experience. Zenbox has been involved in a range of projects including custom homes, Portland ADUs, remodels, art installations, landscapes, restaurant/retail, RV and campervan designs.

Meet Bryan and Jen Danger, a couple who quit their jobs in 2012 to live and travel in a van on a quest to “find themselves”. They returned with little money and had no choice but to convert their garage into a home. This life-changing & down-sizing experience led Bryan and Jen to launch Zenbox design, and have since dedicated their lives to planning and designing small homes, also known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s), for clients looking to down-size and spend less time inside, and more time outside, exploring the world.

Article Source IVY

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

Craft3 Helps Families Of All Income Levels

Craft3  helps  families of all income levels finance energy upgrades, build accessory dwelling units, and replace failing septic systems and aging manufactured homes. From regional offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash., and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls and Portland, Ore., Craft3 has invested more than $534 million in Northwest communities.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

 

Oregon Reach Code No Longer Applies

Oregon Reach Code No Longer Applies

Small House Specialty Code Superseded And Replaced The Reach Code

Written By Janet Thome

HB 2423, created the Small Home Specialty Code (consisting of the 2018 International Residential Code, including but not limited to Appendix Q of that code), superseded and replaced all previous related statutes and approaches in the ORSC, including the R329 ORSC amendments (temporary rule) and the REACH code.

The State Building Codes Division (BCD) adopted the 2018 International Residential Code, including Appendix Q, as part of the Oregon Reach Code to provide minimum standards for the construction of tiny houses (400 square feet or less, not including loft areas). Appendix Q became effective on Sept. 20th, 2018.

Builders Are Encouraged To Work With Local Jurisdiction

The new Small Home Specialty Code is the recognized construction standard for all permanent dwellings 400 sq. ft. or less in Oregon. As part of that recent legislation, the legislature made it clear that these issues are local jurisdiction issues. I would encourage your builders to work with their local planning and development departments to make sure any issues or potential confusion can be worked out with the jurisdiction. The local jurisdiction is the best resource for any and all local requirements and policies.

Regards,

Todd R. Smith | Sr. Policy Advisor Stakeholder Outreach

Oregon Building Codes Division

Oregon Reach Code

I received the above email after I inquired why all the links to the Oregon Reach Code was showing a 404 error. This happened at the exact time, that the Small House Specialty Code went into effect on October 1st, 2019, so I wanted to verify with the Oregon Building Department if the Small House Specialty Code replaced The Oregon Reach Code and it has. All references to tiny homes on wheels are also showing error codes. I sent more email to Todd Smith regarding tiny homes on wheels  and his answer was:

Janet,

BCD does not regulate vehicles. Local jurisdictions are the best resource for information regarding local regulations.

Regards,

Todd R. Smith | Sr. Policy Advisor Stakeholder Outreach

Oregon Building Codes Division

Todd.R.Smith@oregon.gov | 503-378-8034

Small House Specialty Code

”Small House Specialty Code” – Means the specialty code adopted under section 2 of this 2019 act. It means a code of regulations adopted under ORS 446.062, 446.185, 447.020 (2), 455.020 (2),455.496, 455.610, 455.680, 460.085, 460.360, 479.730 (1) or 480.545 or section 2 of this 2019 Act.

Small House Specialty Code

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 197.493: Placement And Occupancy Of Recreational Vehicle

1) A state agency or local government may not prohibit the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle, or impose any limit on the length of occupancy of a recreational vehicle, solely on the grounds that the occupancy is in a recreational vehicle, if the recreational vehicle is:

(a) Located in a manufactured dwelling park, mobile home park or recreational vehicle park;

(b) Occupied as a residential dwelling; and

(c) Lawfully connected to water and electrical supply systems and a sewage disposal system.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not limit the authority of a state agency or local government to impose other special conditions on the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle. [2005 c.619 §12]

Note: See note under 197.492 (Definitions for ORS 197.492 and 197.493).

Article Source Oregon Laws.Org

ADU Financing: Craft3

ADU Financing: Craft3

Finance Your Attached Or Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit ( ADU )

Written By Janet Thome

Craft3- a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They lend to established nonprofits and growing and start-up businesses – including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

Craft3 Helps Families Of All Income Levels

Craft3  helps  families of all income levels finance energy upgrades, build accessory dwelling units, and replace failing septic systems and aging manufactured homes. From regional offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash., and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls and Portland, Ore., Craft3 has invested more than $534 million in Northwest communities.

ADU Loan Features

  • Borrow up to $150,000 for design, permitting and construction
  • Fixed interest rates
  • Reduced rates available for income-qualified applicants
  • Convenient repayment directly from your bank account

Eligibility

  • Residential properties in Portland, Oregon
  • Owner-occupied, single family residence And in the coming months, we hope to expand our ADU Loan beyond Portland. So if you’re living elsewhere in Oregon or in Washington state – we’d still love to grab your info. We’ll keep you in the loop about our activities and use your interest to inform where and when we expand next. Use the same ‘I Want Financing’ button.

How It Works

  1. Develop a project with your builder
  2. Discuss your project with Craft3; get started using the ‘I Want Financing‘ button above
  3. Complete a loan application
  4. Submit your documents
  5. Receive a decision and finalize the design of your project
  6. Sign your loan documents
  7. Build your ADU
  8. Repay through your bank account

ADU Brochure 

More Details About Craft3 

Dweller, An ADU Builder And Craft3 Have A Business Relationship Located in S.E. Portland

Dweller builds and installs accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in a low cost, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and desperately needed housing

Dweller specializes in producing ADUs in an affordable, efficient manner to allow as many homeowners as possible to benefit from this source of extra income and housing. Our model is unique because we build all of our ADUs offsite which saves substantial time and money compared to ADUs built onsite. And instead of requiring the homeowner to manage a lengthy design, permitting and construction process, Dweller handles the entire process at a fixed, affordable cost to the homeowner.

 Dweller ADU is a self-contained living space with the look and feel of a house brought down to small scale. Each Dweller ADU is approximately 450 sq ft. and has a living space, a kitchen with full size appliances, a bathroom and a bedroom. High quality materials with full sized windows and doors are used during the construction of each unit. For the exterior, landscaping to provide privacy between the primary unit and the Dweller ADU is employed.

Two Choices With Dweller

A homeowner can buy directly  from Dweller or enter into a ground lease with Dweller.

Open House Dweller: October 2nd And October 5th

Dweller is hosting two open houses the first week of October: 10/2 from 5:30-7:30pm in SE Portland and 10/5 from 1-3pm in SW Portland. Sign up at dweller.com/contact to receive invite with address.

More Details About Dweller 

Related: Rent The Backyard

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243

Adopts Small Home Specialty Code to regulate construction of homes

Not more than 400 square feet in size Effective October 1st, 2019

Written By Janet Thome
Photo: Oregon Cottage Company

”Small House Specialty Code” – Means the specialty code adopted under section 2 of this 2019 act. It means a code of regulations adopted under ORS 446.062, 446.185, 447.020 (2), 455.020 (2),455.496, 455.610, 455.680, 460.085, 460.360, 479.730 (1) or 480.545 or section 2 of this 2019 Act.

Section 2 Of HB243 : Including But Not Limited To  Appendix Q

1) As used in this section, “small home” means a single family residence that is not more than 400 square feet in size.(2) Not withstanding ORS 455.020 and 455.030, the 2018 International Residential Code, including  but not limited to Appendix Q of that code, is adopted as a Small Home Specialty Code applicable to the construction of a small home.

Summary

  • Requires amendment of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code to provide that Small Home Specialty Code supersedes conflicting provisions of Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code.
  • Authorizes municipal building official to alter, modify or waive specialty code requirements for small home if strict adherence to Small Home Specialty Code is impractical or infeasible.
  • Requires that building permits and zoning permits for small home designate small home as single family project.
  • Requires that certificate of occupancy for small home allow occupancy only for residential use as single family dwelling.
  • Specifies application of fire sprinkler head and fire sprinkler system design criteria to small homes.
  • Authorizes municipal building official to allow increased detection and occupant notification in lieu of fire sprinkler head or fire sprinkler system.
  • Requires that small home be built with listed heat detector unit alarm or listed photoelectric smoke alarm.
  • Sunsets Small Home Specialty Code and small home fire sprinkler design , heat detector and smoke alarm provisions on January 2, 2026.

Text Bill HB243

Enrolled

Hi Janet,

Oregon Reach Code:  No Longer Applies

Thank you for the call. On and after October 1, the Reach Code path and the R329 ORSC amendments (temporary rule) are no longer applicable or available. As you correctly pointed out, links to the Reach Code have been removed from our website. Starting October 1st HB 2423 will become effective. Thus, the bill creates the “Small Home Specialty Code” that governs the construction of “small homes” which are defined as not more than 400 square feet in size.

The local building department where the home is to be located is the best resource for any specific local requirements to be discussed. I encourage you to reach the local building officials for specific small home projects and policies.

A copy of HB 2423 can be located on the legislature’s website: Oregon State Legislature

Local building department contact information can be located on the division’s website:Locate A Building Department

I hope this information is helpful.

I’ve copied our technical team for consistent communication purposes.

Francisco Ramos Building Code Specialist|Policy & Technical Services

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services|Building Codes Division

Office: 503-373-7542 Website

Francisco Ramos-Building Code Specialist-Policy And Technical Services

 Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 197.493: Placement And Occupancy Of Recreational Vehicle

1) A state agency or local government may not prohibit the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle, or impose any limit on the length of occupancy of a recreational vehicle, solely on the grounds that the occupancy is in a recreational vehicle, if the recreational vehicle is:

(a) Located in a manufactured dwelling park, mobile home park or recreational vehicle park;

(b) Occupied as a residential dwelling; and

(c) Lawfully connected to water and electrical supply systems and a sewage disposal system.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not limit the authority of a state agency or local government to impose other special conditions on the placement or occupancy of a recreational vehicle. [2005 c.619 §12]

Note: See note under 197.492 (Definitions for ORS 197.492 and 197.493).

Article Source Oregon Laws.Org

Related: Oregon Legislation For The RV Industry

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.

Oregon Duplicative Compliance Seal Eliminated

With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.

Removes Requirement For PMRV Manufacturers To Use Licensed Plumbers And Electricians

Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Related: Jurisdictional Gap Between Two Oregon State Agencies

The Oregon DMV, meanwhile, said state law until recently prohibited it from providing titles to park model RVs because they’re not street-legal and aren’t considered a vehicle. The Legislature passed House Bill 2333 to expand the DMV’s responsibilities to include park model RVs, but that law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1st, 2019.

Article Source The Oregonian

Related: Governor Signs Four Housing Bills

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed four housing bills into law Thursday designed to address the state’s housing crisis.

Senate Bill 5512, House Bill 2003, HB 2006 and the controversial HB 2001, now signed into law, each address Oregon’s housing crisis.

“This session, we committed to significant investments that will help every Oregon family have a warm, safe, and dry place to call home,” Brown said in a news release. “No one single solution will address our housing crisis, and this legislation tackles the whole spectrum of issues, from homelessness, to stable rental housing, to increasing home ownership.”

Article Source Register Guard

Back Story On Oregon Titling Issues And Building Codes

Related HB 2737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon Legislation For The RV Industry

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.

Oregon Duplicative Compliance Seal Eliminated

With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.

Removes Requirement For PMRV Manufacturers To Use Licensed Plumbers And Electricians

Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.

The changes the new law implements are common sense and help promote not only the national RV industry, but also the Oregon RV industry which contributed $4.3 billion in economic impact and supported almost 23,000 jobs in the state of Oregon.

Bill HB2333 Defines RVs And PMRVs As Vehicles

In addition to SB 410, another bill, OR HB 2333, was passed unopposed by the Oregon state legislature. This bill defines RVs and PMRVs as vehicles under the regulation of the Oregon Department of Transportation. HB 2333 is awaiting signature from Governor Brown and we expect this to happen in the coming days or weeks.

Article Source The RV Business

OR SB 410

Eliminates Department of Consumer and Business Services regulation of recreational vehicle construction.

Eliminates general definition of recreational vehicle for purposes of manufactured structure construction statutes. Creates substitute definition of recreational vehicle for use in certain statutes outside manufactured structure construction statutes. Eliminates department regulation of recreational structure construction. Eliminates department regulation of construction and installation of yurts on campgrounds for use as transitional housing. Revises requirements for prefabricated structures that cease to qualify for exclusion from state building code regulations. Preserves, for land use law purposes, existing definitions of shared terms affected by state building code exclusions. Expands types of structures intended for out-of-state delivery exempted from plan review, inspection, electrical, plumbing or other state building code requirements.

Text

HB2333

Relating to recreational vehicles.

Allows option to obtain title, but not registration, from Department of Transportation for recreational vehicle qualifying as park model recreational vehicle and meeting other criteria.

Provides that recreational vehicle having title issued by Department of Transportation does not qualify as structure.
Requires owner to surrender Department of Transportation title for recreational vehicle if converting recreational vehicle to use as structure.
Makes recreational vehicle converted to use as structure subject to state building code.
Requires seller of new recreational vehicle to provide purchaser with written information listing specified living area systems. Requires that information state for each listed system whether items or components comprising system are covered by warranty and, if so, extent and length of warranty. Removes recreational vehicle construction from regulation by Department of Consumer and Business Services. Changes definition of “recreational vehicle.”

Back Story Oregon Titling Park Models

SALEM – The Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD), in cooperation with Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (DMV), filed an administrative rule June 1, 2018, to help provide a mechanism for recreational park trailer (tiny houses on wheels) manufacturers to obtain an ownership document from DMV.

The new rule defines a “recreational park trailer” as:

• A single living unit that is primarily designed and completed on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or other seasonal use;

Is certified by the manufacturer as complying with a nationally recognized standard for the construction of recreational vehicles; and

• Has a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the setup mode.

“We believe this rule will help provide clarity for manufacturers and allow an unfettered path to titling these types of recreational vehicles in Oregon,” said Mark Long, Building Codes Division administrator.

BCD filed the rule change after learning its attempt to deregulate this important emerging industry inadvertently affected the eligibility for tiny houses on wheels to apply for a vehicle title.

Under the new rule, DMV will be able to issue a title for recreational park trailers and file the ownership information in its records. Recreational park trailers may be moved in the following ways:

Shipping by a commercial moving company

• Vehicle trip permit from DMV –http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/trippermit.aspx

• Over-dimension permit from the Motor Carrier Transportation Division if the load is more than 8.5 feet wide – http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Pages/Over-Dimensio…

DMV is currently informing staff at its 60 field offices and headquarters processing center to start accepting title applications for recreational park trailers.

Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check www.OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at OregonDMV.com.

The Building Codes Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.

Visit www.bcd.oregon.gov.

Contact Info:
Brett Salmon, stakeholder outreach/public affairs
Building Codes Division
503-378-8034
brett.d.salmon@oregon.gov

David House, DMV/Motor Carrier Public Affairs
503-945-5270
david.j.house@odot.state.or.us

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Featured Photo Sprout Tiny Homes

Oregon Tiny Home News

Oregon Tiny Home News

Tiny home motel planned for Warrenton Oct. 7th, 2019

WARRENTON — Lisa and Vernon Lamping are planning a tiny home motel along Harbor Drive.

Tiny Tel would include seven tiny homes on raised foundations surrounding a communal fire pit on a lot the Lampings own near the southeast corner of Harbor Drive and King Avenue.

The units, being made by Tiny Smart House in Albany, are 12 by 28 feet and include sleeping lofts, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Four will include jacuzzis. One will be especially designed for disabled accessibility. Some will be pet-friendly. The units will be delivered early next year.

Article Source The Astorian

Portland conference to focus on tiny homes potential Oct. 6th, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – PORTLAND, Ore. – A conference next month will explore how tiny homes can be a big part of life in Oregon. The Build Small Live Large 2019 summit is a biennial event, looking this year at housing affordability.

It comes on the heels of a bill passed in the Oregon Legislature earlier this year saying cities must allow a mix of housing types, referred to as inclusive zoning, rather than the traditional single-family zoning.

Carmel Perez Snyder, director of advocacy and outreach with AARP Oregon, is on a panel delving into the accessibility issue for tiny homes.

Article Source News Channel 21

Oregon Reach Code:  No Longer Applies : Oct 1st, 2019

Hi Janet-Thank you for the call. On and after October 1, the Reach Code path and the R329 ORSC amendments (temporary rule) are no longer applicable or available. As you correctly pointed out, links to the Reach Code have been removed from our website. Starting October 1st HB 2423 will become effective. Thus, the bill creates the “Small Home Specialty Code” that governs the construction of “small homes” which are defined as not more than 400 square feet in size.

The local building department where the home is to be located is the best resource for any specific local requirements to be discussed. I encourage you to reach the local building officials for specific small home projects and policies.

A copy of HB 2423 can be located on the legislature’s website: Oregon State Legislature

Local building department contact information can be located on the division’s website:Locate A Building Department

I hope this information is helpful.

I’ve copied our technical team for consistent communication purposes.

Francisco Ramos Building Code Specialist|Policy & Technical Services

Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services|Building Codes Division

Office: 503-373-7542 Website

Francisco Ramos-Building Code Specialist-Policy And Technical Services

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Converting construction waste into housing Sept. 27th, 2019

Fourth and Montgomery project team members inspect a building mock-up being converted into a sleeping pod at the Andersen Construction shop on Swan Island. (Courtesy of Julia Mollner)

Construction projects can generate a lot of waste material. So why not reuse some of that material for productive or even humanitarian purposes?

That’s the rationale for a new pilot program being developed by Carleton Hart Architecture team leader Julia Mollner and Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design (CPID). Together, they’re looking to convert the interior and exterior mock-ups used for large projects into tiny homes for people without housing.

Article Source DJC Oregon

‘Skoolies’ roll onto the national stage Sept. 25th, 2019

ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland activist for those facing homelessness, appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show Wednesday.

Julie Akins began Vehicles for Change in southern Oregon by converting old school buses into fully functioning homes for those living un-housed. The homes, called ‘Skoolies,’ can be parked at RV parks and only cost $18,000 to convert.

Article Source KOBi5 News 

Rentable second home tops new garage: Accessory dwellings on the rise Sept. 19th, 2019

Second homes sharing a city lot with an existing house are being created by adding an apartment wing to the original house, carving out space from spare rooms inside the residence or converting an unfinished basement or structurally sound garage into new living quarters with a kitchen sink, stove and shower.

Article Source Oregon Live

Residential Infill Project Sept. 18th, 2019

In every city around the world, neighborhoods are constantly changing. It’s important we work together as a community to make sure that change is for the better and includes all of us. Our city’s popularity and existing zoning rules have enticed home builders to construct large, expensive new houses at a time when families are getting smaller and more people need a place to live.

To address these issues around growth and change, the City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the rules that govern the types of housing permitted in our neighborhoods.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to recommend that City Council adopt their proposed changes to the zoning code, to increase access to multiple types of housing in all Portland neighborhoods by allowing more units – at lower prices – on each lot, while also reducing the overall size of each building. The recommendations are essential to reach our City goals for compact development and more housing choices including smaller, but still family-sized, units in more neighborhoods. City Council is expected to hold public hearings on the recommendations by fall 2019.

Article Source City Of Portland 

Oregon Woman Turns School Buses Into Tiny Homes for Working Homeless Families Sept. 1st, 2019

Akins launched the non-profit Vehicles for Changes about 18 months ago. The first family moved into a converted, tricked-out “Skoolie” about nine months later.

“This is a project that I really think can have an impact,” says Alex Daniell, 57, who has spent years designing and building tiny houses for the homeless in Eugene, Oregon, where he helped develop Opportunity Village and Emerald Village.

Article Source People Magazine

Small House Specialty Code: Oregon HB243 August 28th, 2019

Section 2 Of HB243 : Including But Not Limited To  Appendix Q

1) As used in this section, “small home” means a single family residence that is not more than 400 square feet in size.(2) Not withstanding ORS 455.020 and 455.030, the 2018 International Residential Code, including  but not limited to Appendix Q of that code, is adopted as a Small Home Specialty Code applicable to the construction of a small home.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Related: Jurisdictional Gap Between Two Oregon State Agencies August 26th, 2019

The Oregon DMV, meanwhile, said state law until recently prohibited it from providing titles to park model RVs because they’re not street-legal and aren’t considered a vehicle. The Legislature passed House Bill 2333 to expand the DMV’s responsibilities to include park model RVs, but that law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1st, 2019.

Article Source The Oregonian

Tiny home effort gets big financial boost August 26th, 2019

The group had just learned it was being awarded $67,000 in grant funds to move forward with their project: housing homeless individuals in Albany by building a village of about 25 tiny homes.

Article Source Albany Democrat Herald

Affordable Housing Push Challenges Single-Family Zoning  August 20th, 2019

Earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a law that requires most Oregon cities with more than 1,000 residents to allow duplexes in areas previously zoned exclusively for single-family homes. Cities larger than 25,000 also must allow townhouses, triplexes and fourplexes.

Article Source PEW 

People Looking Into Tiny Houses During Housing Crisis August 18th, 2019

A tiny house neighborhood would consist of residents who own their property and their tiny house. They would be able to garden and landscape their yards to make it feel just like a typical neighborhood. Right now, a lot of individuals who live in tiny houses don’t own the property their house is on, so there is a fear of eviction. Moss said she’s working with the city to come up with a solution.

Article Source News10 

Gov. Brown signs four housing bills into law August 8th, 2019

We kicked off legislative session with a bold housing agenda so that every Oregonian — in communities large and small, urban and rural — can achieve housing stability. I’m proud today to sign four bills that are a product of that work and partnership across the state.

Article Source The Register Guard

Oregon mayors tour homeless village August 2nd, 2019

“This is awesome having mayors from 40 different cities here,” said Chad McComas, executive director of Rogue Retreat, the organization that has been the driving force behind Hope Village. For a project that had a hard time getting off the ground a few years ago, the collection of 30 tiny houses has been attracting a lot of attention.

Article Source Mail Tribune

Salem’s United Way looks to tiny homes as market-rate affordable housing July 25th, 2019

Ron Hays, CEO of United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, wanted to house homeless people without government subsidies. A bit of math and a lot of research led to small homes that can rent to seniors for $350 per month.

Article Source Salem Reporter

Group hopes tiny homes can solve a big problem July 24th, 2019

The two groups came together Tuesday — one to present an idea, the other to offer support — as part of the housing coalition’s effort to build momentum in its quest to construct a village of tiny houses for the homeless.

Article Source Democrat- Herald

ODOT responds to Commissioner Hardesty’s criticism: Boulders are for safety, cost-effective  July 19th, 2019

“I’m outraged we’re using public money to displace people we can’t provide housing for,” she said. “ODOT, how about providing some tents, how about tiny houses, how about working with the community to help solve the homeless  problem?”

Article Source KGW8

Take a whirl: Portland’s most famous tiny home for rent July 17th, 2019

Portland architect Ben Kaiser sells plans to the tiny, twirling house he designed. Or you can test out the idea at $96 a night.

Article Source Oregon Live 

Driving Policy Webinar: How Oregon Laws Affect Your Business July 11th, 2019

A new law passed in Oregon this year eliminating the RV Code Program and the state’s regulation of RV manufacturing. The law also removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs.

Article Source RV Industry Association

Oregon Passes Key RV Legislation July 3, 2019

Last week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that eliminates the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs. With the enactment of this new law, the need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to RVs is eliminated and Oregon joins the vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs.

Additionally, the new law removes the requirement for PMRV manufacturers in the state of Oregon to use licensed plumbers and licensed electricians to make installations and repairs. The bill, OR SB 410, takes effect January 1, 2020.

Article Source RVIA News

Tiny Home Background Brief 2018

Oregon Legislature Passes Nation’s First State-wide Ban on Single-Family Zoning in Cities July 1st, 2019

The Oregon Legislature took the dramatic step of passing a bill on the final day of the 2019 session that will require at least duplexes be allowed in city neighborhoods where previously only one home was allowed per lot.

House Bill 2001 applies to cities of at least 10,000 people. For cities of 25,000 or more triplexes and duplexes will also be allowed.

Article Source Williamette Week

Oregon Just Voted To Legalize Duplexes on Almost Every City Lot June 30th, 2019

Oregon legislators took a historic leap toward greener, fairer, less expensive cities Sunday by passing the first law of its kind in the United States or Canada: A state-level legalization of so-called “missing middle” housing.

Article Source Sightline Institute

Related Article Sightline Institute

The Hiatus is part of a new official subdivision for tiny homes in Oregon April 10th, 2019

This 598-square foot model home is one of the almost two dozen homes that are slated to go up as a part of the tiny house community.

Article Source  treehugger 

Family of 4 evicted from 272-square-foot tiny home in Bend Feb 4th, 2019

For the last 12 months, their set-up seemed perfect. The Bryants had their small home, a large yard and a four-bedroom house on the same property. They rented rooms to veterans at affordable rates for Bend.

Then, in mid-January, everything started to fall apart. The family received a letter from Bend’s code enforcement division giving them 10 days to move out of their tiny, 32-foot-long house, which is considered illegal under Bend code. If they didn’t get out in time, they could face fines of up to $750 every day they remained.

Article Source The Oregonian

Oregon Titling Park Models June 5th, 2019

In 2017, Oregon decided not to allow park models to be titled at the DMV, after the Oregon Building Codes Division changed the definition of park models. I am simplifying the story, but it actually turned out to be a mistake. See articles at the end of the blog post for the backstory.

This decision caused an avalanche of problems for consumers, builders, lenders, zoning and over all anyone involved in this industry in the state, or manufacturers from other states that sold to parties in Oregon.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Kenton tiny home village for homeless women gets permanent home April 17th, 2019

The Kenton Women’s Village started in 2017 as an experiment where 14 women who had experienced trauma that made them reluctant to go to homeless shelters would live in 8-by-12-foot “pods” — essentially just large enough for a bed and some belongings.

Article Source The Oregonian 

Cities Hope for Big Benefits From Tiny Houses June 26th, 2018

Many cities have previously discouraged homeowners from building small cottages or apartments on their properties with zoning ordinances that made it nearly impossible to have them in areas designed for single-family homes.

But increasingly, municipalities such as Austin, Texas, Boston, Boulder, Colo., Los Angeles, and Portland, Ore., see these small units as a way to appeal to renters and others on limited budgets who otherwise can be shut out of a city’s more desirable areas. The hope is the units will rent for less than larger single-family homes and allow more people to live within the city limits.

Article Source The Wall Street Journal

Portland  To Allow RVs, Tiny Homes On Private Property With Conditions

Commissioner Eudaly said, “Housing is a basic need and a human right. We have failed to keep up with demand for affordable housing for decades. As the City Commissioner with responsibility for the Bureau of Development Services, which enforces local building codes, I have asked the bureau to deprioritize enforcement against tiny homes and people sleeping in RVs parked on private property effective immediately.” BDS staff will begin work on developing code language to permanently allow tiny homes in conformance with recently passed HB 2737 and will continue to de prioritize enforcement against sleeping RVs on private property throughout the housing emergency.

Article Source Portland, Oregon.Gov

BCD Issues New RV Construction Rule Feb 3rd, 2017

The changes were developed because of confusion as to when a building is to be considered a temporarily occupied recreational vehicle and when it falls under the requirements of the building code. Many recreational vehicles can be designed to look like a regular house, such as is common with the so called “Park models.” The rule change will allow the local community to regulate when temporary structures can be occupied and when building permits will be required for those that are deemed to not be temporary.

Article Source Oregon Home Builders Association