Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The study indicated Oregon's population increased by 64,750 between 2016 and 2017, up from a similar gain of 62,505 between 2015 and 2015; both numbers represent a 1.6% year-over-year increase and the largest growth over a two-year period since the early 1990s.
Since 2012 net migration into Oregon has added 200,000 residents. Portland continued to add more residents than other cities, with 11,705 new residents this past year, an increase of 1.8%.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Business Journal: Private Sector Creative Solutions for Homelessness DOA at City of Portland, Multnomah County
The news outlet cites the failures of government in addressing the homeless problem--specifically using the examples of Multnomah County's failure to accept the use of Wapato as a homeless transition center, and the City of Portland's rejection of turning the City's Terminal 1 facility in Northwest Portland into a huge campus for a shelter and services.
The City of Portland says it needs help from the business community, but local developers are discouraged by the bureaucratic responses to their efforts. Some of the many local developers taking action to help with homelessness include Tom Brenneke, Brad Malsin, Barry and Jordan Menashe, Homer Williams, Rob Justus and others. Kevin Cavenaugh of Guerrilla Development will open a multifamily project, reserving 18 units to rent at $600 a month for social workers seeking to make an impact in area homelessness.
If you have a Business Journal subscription, read the full article here.
Monday, November 27, 2017
The Milwaukie City Council is also set to consider a new resolution to extend the housing state of emergency. They originally declared the emergency in April 2016, and then voted on a six month extension in April 2017. That extension is now expired, but according to City Manager Ann Ober the 90-day notice for no-cause evictions remains in effect. The City Council will likely extend the housing emergency until April 2018, unless the vacancy rises above 4% before that date. Read more.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
This week: A major Portland homebuilder announced he will no longer build in the city due to excessive permitting times; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls on the business community to help with homelessness; businesses complain city bureaucrats won't work with them.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Local Developer: Portland's Permitting Process is "Slower and More Complicated Than Any Other City We Work In"
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This week: Metro regional government releases a report concluding that Portland lacks adequate affordable housing; Bend considers ways to assist renters and affordable housing advocates speak out about the loss of specialized bonds that could eliminate construction of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
- New homes built after September 2020 and commercial buildings built after October 2022 must be equipped for solar panel installation.
- By October 2022, all new homes and commercial buildings must be wired for at least one electric vehicle charger.
- By October 2023, all new homes will be required by the Building Codes Division to be "zero-energy ready."
Monday, November 6, 2017
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