Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
HFO Marketing Director Named Chair of New Local Nonprofit Working to Build Trust Between Community, Police
An Update on Portland, Oregon's Economy and 2020 Forecast with State of Oregon Analyst Christian Kaylor
Portland government pays $350 thousand in attorneys fees to unreinforced masonry owners for their successful legal challenge against the city; a professor argues that residential infill will only succeed if homeowners are good at being landlords and the Seattle Times reports that despite much fanfare in 2017, Seattle's BLOCK project has built only 9 backyard ADUs for homeless residents.
Friday, November 22, 2019
For more information on the multifamily market and PSU's Real Estate Program, be sure to watch Greg Frick's interview with Dr. Gerard Mildner. You can find this interview and more on our website, or on Youtube.
Monday, November 18, 2019
This week: after declining 80% in the recession, homebuilding finally rebounds; the cities of Lake Oswego and West Linn try to find ways around a new state law requiring multiple housing units, and the Washington State Supreme Court upholds one of Seattle’s latest housing laws.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Monday, November 11, 2019
City Council Finishes Public Hearing on Better Housing by Design; Written Testimony Accepted Through Nov. 21st
Better Housing by Design E-UPDATE: November 8, 2019
City Council finishes public hearing on Better Housing by Design proposals – will consider amendments on November 21City Council finished hearing public testimony on the Better Housing by Design Recommended Draft on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The public hearing started at 2 p.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. 42 people provided testimony during the three-hour hearing. Much of the testimony was on draft amendments requested by City commissioners. A lot of testimony was about whether or not to limit development bonuses for affordable housing based on transit access. There was also a lot of testimony regarding parking exemptions for affordable housing, and a broad range of perspectives were shared on proposals related to historic preservation.
If you missed this hearing, you can view a video of the hearing here. In total, community members have contributed over 250 pieces of written or verbal testimony on the Better Housing by Design proposals.
Written testimony will continue to be accepted through November 21, 2019. You can provide testimony on the broader Recommended Draft proposals, as well as on the draft amendments. Please see below for information on how to submit testimony.
Next Up – Amendments
City Council will discuss and vote on potential amendments to the Recommended Draft on November 21, 2019, starting at 3:45 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The amendments they will consider include those previously requested by commissioners (see below), as well as any new amendment requests that may emerge from commissioners’ consideration of recent public testimony. Any revisions to the list of draft amendments will be posted online prior to the November 21 session. The public is welcome to attend the November 21 City Council session on the amendments, although this will not be a public hearing.
Learn about the draft amendments
- A table summarizing the draft amendments requested by commissioners (as of November 5) can be found here.
- The full amendments package with complete code language and commentary is here.
- Updates to the list of potential BHD amendments will be posted here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/80031
These potential BHD amendments include:
- Amendments to the Deeper Housing Affordability Bonus to provide options for affordable ownership housing.
- Expanded exemptions from minimum parking requirements for projects providing affordable housing.
- Limitations on using development bonuses on sites where historic buildings have been demolished in the multi-dwelling and mixed-use zones.
- Prohibitions on using development bonuses on sites more than a 1,500-foot walking distance of frequent-service transit.
- Disallowing 100-foot building height in the RM4 zone in historic districts.
- Requirements for large sites to include indoor common areas, such as community or recreation rooms.
- Zone changes in the King’s Hill Historic District to reduce allowed building scale.
Written testimony will continue to be accepted through November 21, 2019 (you must include your name and address):
How to Testify
Use the Map App:
Select Better Housing by Design and click on the "Testify" button. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. And once you press “submit,” you can see your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.
By U.S. Mail:
Better Housing by Design Testimony
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, Oregon 97204
Links to Recommended Draft documents:
Recommended Draft Summary - Short summary of the Recommended Draft’s major proposals
Volume 1: Staff Report - Summary and analysis of Recommended Draft Zoning Code and Map amendments
Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments – Recommended Draft Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan full text and commentary
Volume 3: Additional Zoning Code Amendments – Zoning Code amendments updating other chapters for consistency
Citywide maps showing the Recommended Draft Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan Map can be viewed here:
Map of Recommended Draft Zoning
Map of Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Designations
Learn about how the Recommended Draft multi-dwelling zoning changes will affect specific properties by using the online Map App: www.Portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp
Select Better Housing by Design and enter an address to learn about the proposed zoning for a property.
You can find all the Recommended Draft material online at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/79578
Draft BHD amendments material: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/80031
For more information• Project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bill Cunningham, Project Manager, 503-823-4203
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.
Developers in Portland may be required to deconstruct homes built before 1940; Senator Ron Wyden introduces legislation that would make changes to opportunity zones; political action spending in Spokane comes under fire.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Portland Housing Bureau Sets Public Hearing for Thursday 11/7 on Rental Screening/Deposit Administrative Rules
the Portland Housing Bureau for rules slated to take effect March 1, 2020.
The Portland Housing Bureau is releasing two sets of Administrative Rules:
- Rental Housing Application and Screening Process establishes rules for PCC 30.01.086
- Rental Housing Security Deposit Process establishes rules for PCC 30.01.087
These two sets of rules provide additional clarity to the public on the implementation of the FAIR ordinances and create forms and notices required by the ordinances. The public is invited to testify on both proposed drafts. Drafts of the proposed changes, as well as notices and meeting information, can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/FAIRrules.
Paper copies are available at the Portland Housing Bureau at 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500.
You can submit testimony or feedback on the drafts. Testimony may be submitted via email, fax, letter, or in person at a public hearing. Written comments or testimony must be received by December 4, 2019 and must include a first and last name to be considered.
- Email your testimony to RentalServices@portlandoregon.gov
- Fax your testimony to 503-823-2387
- Mail your testimony to PHB c/o FAIR Rules 421 SW 6th Avenue Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204
- Testify in person at the public hearing: Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 3-5 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau - 421 SW 6th Avenue, #500, Portland, OR 97204
Monday, November 4, 2019
This week: the Federal Reserve and interest rates; Oregon and Washington politicians promise to work together on the Interstate Bridge project and a new government report on climate change and real estate.