Senate Bill 1051 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

  • This project ensures the City’s Comprehensive Plan complies with Senate Bill (SB) 1051 regarding the provision of affordable housing. The City’s plan will be updated to reflect the following items:


    New definitions for “affordable housing,” qualifying application,” and “needed housing.”

    Rule changes for accessory dwelling units

    An accessory dwelling unit is a secondary residence on the same lot as a single-family home.

    • Rules will change to allow detached accessory dwelling units and accessory dwelling units to be attached to garages.
    • If all standards are met, accessory dwellings may be approved through the building permit process.
    • If standards are not met, a variance would need to be requested.

    Application processing

    Applications, for certain multi-family developments containing affordable housing units, will be required to be processed in a shorter time period.

    Project information

    • Project Background
    • Status and Updates
    • Project Documents
    • Contact
    Project Background

    Senate Bill (SB) 1051 was signed by the Governor on Aug. 15, 2017. SB 1051 emphasizes the need for statewide affordable housing, and it goes into effect on July 1, 2018.

    City amendments will focus on changes to rules regarding accessory dwelling units (a second dwelling unit on a single-family lot) and processing times for projects with an affordable housing component.

    Status and Updates

    Planning Commission meeting
    Monday, Feb. 12
    6:30 - 8:30 pm
    Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

    Project Documents

    Stay tuned for project documents.


    Ann Pytynia