Portland’s inclusionary housing policy proposal is moving through the Planning and Sustainability Commission before heading to City Council in December for approval and adoption. The proposal is shaped by OPAL’s success in lifting the 17-year long ban in the 2015 legislative session and informed by our participation in the Inclusionary Zoning Panel of Experts as convened by the Portland Housing Bureau since early 2016. The program will be up and running by February 2017.
Currently there are over 16,000 permits in the permitting queue waiting to beat this deadline and avoid being subjected to the mandatory inclusionary zoning program. Our advocacy is needed to hold the line on the policy proposal and hard-won victory at the state level, and to show other jurisdictions in Oregon that inclusionary zoning indeed works at addressing an aspect of our statewide housing crisis.
Mark these key dates in your calendar:
October 25, 4-8pm: Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing on inclusionary housing
November 8, 12:30-4:30pm: Planning and Sustainability Commission work session on inclusionary housing
December (date not yet set): Portland City Council hearing