Douglas Scott, On the contrary, it creates a healthier and happier community on every level, which benefits everybody. It’s true that most Portlanders don’t have the access to capital to build apartment buildings; many Portlanders don’t qualify for 30-year mortgages, either. Oh and we hired more cops to get rid of the dirt-bags. Historic Land Division Codes (Title 34) Historic Zoning Codes (Title 33) Zoning Code Complete. The “Residential Infill Project,” as it’s known, melds ideas pioneered recently by Minneapolis and Austin and goes well beyond the requirements of a state law Oregon passed last year. With that kind of attitude though, no-one in Portland will be missing you . “Can’t wait to vote to get this thing implemented,” Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said last week, citing it as a step toward repairing what the city government now describes as its own history of “creating and enforcing racial segregation and inequities.”. It keeps the conservative white jerks away. Zone and Text Changes ... (ABMF) under the existing Land Use Code, Chapter 14 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Portland. December 17, 2019 – Efforts by the AHC advocacy committee and other historic preservation advocates have resulted in additional protections for historic resources in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. While many environmental groups had rallied around the plan to increase density, Fritz said she believed the final proposal would worsen the climate crisis by allowing houses to be built far from transit routes and commercial corridors. You might know the history here better than I do! Share … Some zoning changes were coming to these areas regardless of the infill project. This isn’t dispersing them around the city! But it will also push the city well beyond what the Oregon Legislature required. The sewer system and treatment plants, water systems, power will be undersized and will require upgrading – difficult to do and very expensive in developed urban areas. Costs of sprawling infrastructure and a lack of density have killed cities. In 2016, the council unanimously agreed in concept to legalizing duplexes and corner triplexes in part of the city, plus a sharp restriction in building size. Of course, some people (myself included) feel that they need a car for one reason or another… those people can still have a car. Portland just passed the best low-density zoning reform in US history. Property valuesplummet. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly each voted in support of the plan, which they framed as a necessary way to deal with Portland’s housing scarcity and a righting of racist and exclusionary zoning policies that have long governed growth in Portland. One only has to look at the Freeway system in LA to see semi trailer trucks choking traffic trying to keep up the demand for goods, food etc. That’s a choice almost anyone in their right mind would make outside of New York. André Baugh, a former member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, which reviewed the plan before passing it onto Council, voted against the proposal, saying he believed it would hurt low-income communities of color for the sake of more inexpensive housing for middle class Portlanders. Robert – a Portland native who looks forward to welcoming some new neighbors. Is this committee asleep or are they just stupid and cannot think ahead. “But it is a step in the right direction.”. Now, the city is proposing zoning changes … Very similar to the affordable housing project just over the Columbian River in Vancouver Washington by the Vancouver Housing Authority using modular tiny homes. On the street? (Perhaps this is detailed in the comprehensive plan.) Example: The pearl district. The Police should definitely stop invading our neighborhoods! I hope our new city council will now focus on helping new for-profit and non-profit housing developers, creative architects and development consultants to find ways to ensure that this new housing opportunity provides benefits for renters, prospective homeowners and home owners of modest incomes and wealth. If a different zone is requested, a Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment Review is also required. Crime is condoned. In Minneapolis, for example, the interior square footage of a building can be up to half the square footage of its lot: 2,500 square feet of housing on a hypothetical 5,000 square foot lot. Meanwhile, I will try to find Michael some better images from the Portland area. It shows that you care, and I gained from hearing the different perspectives. A lot of them are by design,” said Madeline Kovacs, who coordinated with Portland for Everyone, a coalition that advocates for more affordable housing options, including residential infill. Implementation of the plan is legally required by the Twin Cities MPO (the Metropolitan Council) and must be carried out in a fixed period of time following adoption of the comp plan. I don’t have any problem with the idea except for the parking. There is always a loophole for the rich, count on it…. Kovacs points to wealthier neighborhoods like Eastmoreland, Laurelhurst and parts of the Southwest Hills, some of the areas which saw racial segregation reinforced over decades through some combination of exclusionary zoning, racially restrictive covenants, and redlining. “This Council is voting for changes that throw out 40 years of land use planning in Portland by adding more density without regard for access to transit and services,” she said. The city's zoning code spells out what uses are allowed in which land use zones. Construction must follow the current building and zoning code standards. If we hadn’t chipped in with our now-neighbors to build it, we probably would have ended up buying an older existing home, presumably slightly outbidding someone else for it. Get out the wrecking ball boys and girls – there is no more restriction to destroying historic houses in Portland (unless you can afford lawyers to create a ‘historic district’). Please keep it civil and constructive. what it does is displace lower income residents, who then commute to work in SB from the less expensive nearby communities of Oxnard, Ventura, and Santa Maria, creating ever worsening traffic jams during the morning and evening commute on hwy 101. Here’s a map: https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/maps.html#mapTheme=rip. In my opinion, the best thing we can do for that is create the environment within which entrepreneurship can thrive. Eli played a number of important roles in getting this policy including having his firm co-sponsor the Incremental Developer Training that created the Portland, OR Small Developer Alliance. Do you spend a lot of time hanging out across the street from the Justice Center when you’re in Portland, Ron? Please don’t condemn those who came before you. Portland City Council approved the long-awaited Residential Infill Project (RIP) in August 2020. Increasing the economic return you can get from your property makes your property worth more, not less. And it doesn’t take a dime away from other existing programs. Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the sole no vote against the plan, calling it one of the most upsetting votes she’s cast in her dozen years on the Council. I swear thats what he said, so I guess your suggesting just find a nice front yard to park in. The streets will need widening not just for cars but for trucks, cabs, buses also very difficult if not impractical in urban developed communities. I almost got assaulted multiple times walking to Fred Meyer and I heard gunshots pretty regularly. This reform is DEFINITELY not the solution to everything. What wonderful news from Portland! So-called “missing middle” housing options like triplexes, courtyard apartments and cottages aren’t radical or even unfamiliar. While I agree with most of what this program values, you did not mention the primary driver behind your reasons why “millennials have largely been shut out of affordable home ownership,” and that is the unsustainable increase in population in Oregon and PDX in particular by those coming to live here. Michael – Congratulations to you and everyone else who worked so hard to get RIP across the finish line. Even in subdivisions where the lots are small there is a lot of on street parking. forefront after it re-legalized duplexes and triplexes in 2018. There are hardly any single family lots — it’s primarily three-flats and larger apartment buildings; hardly anything under three stories. Yes. Regulations addressing the various types of nonconforming situations are contained within Chapter 33.258 - Nonconforming Situations, of the Portland Zoning Code. Portland has less than some cities by race, but the most racially concentrated areas, the close-in low-density neighborhoods, are full of white people and little else, way out of regional proportion. But that wasn’t the only effect—bans on the lowest-cost way to create new homes accidentally created scarcity for everyone. Where are all of these people supposed to park? A newly constructed single-family home can be 2,500 square feet. The city began crafting the sweeping set of zoning changes in 2015 to keep up with a changing Portland. This increased displacement risk was one of the main issues skeptics of RIP pointed to in their opposition. My new neighborhood in Chicago is six times denser than my old one in Portland and it definitely shows. In retail, I think that basically means a large, economically/culturally/experientially diverse population within a fairly short distance. What happened to the residential zoning regulations that state, “The use regulations are intended to create, maintain and promote single‐dwelling neighborhoods. 5555, This will not be a problem at all with people leaving Portland due to uncertain times. Statewide Zoning Changes Adopted in Oregon to Limit Parking, Add Missing Middle. In 2019, Oregon’s legislature took up the issue, led by a former fourplex resident: Portland-based House Speaker Tina Kotek. And thank you for calling out one of our really forward-looking small developers. These units will take away from the neighborhood in more ways than just aesthetics. duplexes and corner triplexes in part of the city, affordable to the middle class on day one. The town turned into an alcoholic paradise, one bar still opens at 5 am. Making parking optional doesn’t prevent it from existing where it’s actually needed, after all. Just as importantly, it makes it feasible for builders like Habitat to gradually scatter such projects through all Portland neighborhoods. (And for the existing taxpayer, because adding taxable parcels increases the number of property owners/taxpayers, which tends to push the average amount of tax per taxpayer down.) The one “no” vote was Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who first cut her political teeth fighting infill in her neighborhood in the early 1990s. At the end of Prohibition someone decided to issue 138 liquor licences in the town. Transplants are the main driver. Try calculating a monthly budget for a full-time minimum wage worker, while factoring in the market rate for a 1-bedroom apartment in the Portland area. Is there a point against homeownership that I didn’t catch? According to an analysis conducted last February, the infill project means fewer households and businesses will be forced to leave the neighborhoods compared with what would happen if the city did nothing. No more high density multi-resident homes filled with drunks and drug addicts. We were planning on spending time in Portland on our next vacation-but not now For every $422 of increased property taxes a homeowner loses $10,000 in value at today’s interest rates. This results less room for cars and nearly double the space for people) makes the area feel much more walkable than my old neighborhood which was almost all large lot single family on a car-choked street with narrow sidewalks. Plenty more to work on! That’s because in both Vancouver and Minneapolis, city laws in low-density zones cap the size of new buildings no matter how many homes they create. The bill was passed in 2019, while the city’s proposal was still being hammered out. Housing Supply The 2035 Comprehensive Plan included plan map and zoning map changes to ensure Portland has enough land to accommodate needed housing through 2035. . While I recognize the importance of providing affordable housing, I worry this will also significantly increase the population in Portland over time and have unintentional, adverse effects on the city. Your support right now will help make OPB's essential service available to everyone who needs it. I live here and am actively buying and selling property right now, and I can tell you this is absolutely not true and you don’t even have to take the word of residents here. Way to go, EUGENE, using those expensive infrastructures and blocking us from our civic responsibility to share the land. Most Portland residents will need at least one car. In San Diego, we have many cottages, bungalow courts, and small apartment buildings. This proposal will bring the city into compliance with state law. I completely agree that we’ll need to keep fighting those loopholes. Support more research like this with a year-end gift! ‘Low income/affordable’ doesn’t automatically translate to ‘ugly and dysfunctional,’ any more than a McMansion improves the character of a neighborhood just by being grossly expensive. This is good for the new four- five- and sixplexes that are coming because there will be more sidewalks for all the new neighbors and more street parking. Maybe I missed the explanation of this, but why not allow smaller lot sizes instead? Thank you for reminding us of the history of this project, and thank you for your analytical reporting (and advocating) throughout. I hope that future reforms here in Portland will allow lot divisions in addition to plexes. I know Portland very well. Much of that work will be at the State level–on the State Building Code(s). Posted in Portland Zoning change sought to create Portland’s tallest building by The Associated Press August 24, 2020 August 24, 2020. But so does a shortage of housing relative to job growth and other amenities. Everything else is going down the toilet, Portland isn’t immune. Great article! It would have only been ironic had the ordinance not passed. People sell now wait a lot already are. But the previous rules required new buildings in these zones to be big detached homes that tore down older ones. The article says driveways will become optional. This is the working part of Portland, East Portland. Again, I’m glad this finally passed after six years. As long as the rest of the country can sell their places and buy homes here with cash – basically commodifying a Portland lifestyle – they will always warp the housing market to unreasonable heights and depress the wage markets with increased labor supplies. Supporters of the project have advocated for the city to take additional steps to ensure the new units created can benefit the most vulnerable residents. It’d be nice if we could all dick around in an office building on salary or whatever and afford a nice, big Victorian house in an old-growth neighborhood close to where we work, but that’s not how things pan out for most people. The pandemic has revealed that society’s most essential laborers – the ones who keep everything from falling to literal shit, by distributing toilet paper to your local grocery store – are simultaneously the most necessary workers, and also the worst-paid and most vulnerable. The main effect isn’t likely to be a huge increase in expected growth, just a reallocation of a (relatively small, like 10% or so) amount of that growth from the apartment zones (and the burbs) to the lower-density neighborhoods. Great article regarding significant changes in land-use policy. It’s entirely possible that more people will stop choosing to live in Portland! I want to partition my lot. So if you zone all areas for . RE my comment to Mary (should have replied) about the plex photos: As always, let me know if you need more photos. The final proposal approved by Council will allow for up to four homes on lots across most of the city. This is about removing the social engineering and letting people have more freedom with their own property…. It was just you. It’s cheaper to maintain contained infrastructure, especially if it discourages the use of single person vehicles, than to build and then maintain infrastructure to support the sprawl. People will have the same option they have today to build off-street parking, so the only thing at stake here is how annoying it becomes to park in the public street. Sign up to get important news and culture from around the Northwest, delivered to your inbox six days a week. Let’s not justify riots by trying to hide the FACT that riots in many additional areas and abusive invasions into many residential areas are occurring every day & night!! From the sound of this “reform” it just sounds like it’s just going to end up making ghettos. Whatever it takes to keep you out of Portland is fine with me. But Portland’s changes are likely to gradually result in more actual homes than any of those milestone reforms. I’m so glad you fleshed out your article on RIP just before passage. Why are apartments only allowed on commercial streets? Not surprising, that in the year of our Lord, 2020, we bear witness to this bizarre social engineering development. Portland is NOT SAFE!! However, since the town is located on the shore the land was valuable, people want to live here. This is whats happened in the rust belt. With cheap housing comes the types of neighbors that will stick out like a sore thumb and lower the property values. We also need to find ways to make shared housing more feasible for all ages–especially older homeowners and renters. They are simply making long range plans for a ghetto. Do you have any images from San Diego that you could send us? If things *really* get crowded on the street, the city has developed options for overnight parking permit programs that can give people an extra reason to park on their own property (or, if they’re a developer, to include off-street parking). I must say I fund it exciting to watch a community commit cultural suicide. Posted by Brandi Whitaker on March 14, 2017 Share: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (AND PROBABLY A BIT MORE) The joy of understanding zoning. You can submit your permit application request online via Development Hub PDX. This image is free to share, with credit, under Sightline’s free use policy. Or is it bad? If this doesnt apply to ALL neighborhoods then it is just another gift to developers at the expense of property owners in more modest neighborhoods. Plan Districts, Historic Districts, and Conservation Districts - The boundaries of these districts are … The technical issue here, over enforcement of a provision of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, isn’t massively important to the number or price of homes that get built. I recently moved out of Portland because I was tired of the low density, lack of walkability, and poor demographics when it comes to diversity. Under the new state rules for larger cities and the Portland metro area, middle-housing projects on residential lots of 3,000 square feet or less can’t be required to have more than one off-street parking space, total, for the first four homes. Is the BPS statement correct? Maybe you deal with this, living in an apartment in the city but to buy a home in a residential neighborhood and have to park on the street? This is the only good news I’ve read in months. Portland has many beautiful places to live, but not enough beautiful places for our residents on minimum wage. “These are people of color. You are absolutely right. I am strongly opposed to this RIP project and think it should have been up to the people living in the neighborhoods to vote on. If on-street parking becomes scarce in some areas, probably some folks will finally clean out their garages and start using them for parking. If Portland keeps allowing the rioters to control the city – housing will become more affordable as the population moves away. My family has lived here for over 20 years. Portland just passed the best low-density zoning reform in US history The reform sets a new standard: up to four homes on almost any lot, or up to six homes for price-regulated projects. A sixplex in Portland, built on one of the few lots that currently allow them. It’s a choice and people should be able to choose to live without one and have the infrastructure around them to make that possible. It shouldn’t take six years for any city to agree to give itself permission to build the sort of homes that every city once allowed. How many of these multiplexes are allowed in one area? Make a year-end donation to Sightline today. Zoning regulations are land use regulations and policies that implement community goals and protect community resources while guiding new development. In 15 years it will be blighted, crime-ridden and worthless. The proposal also does away with requirements that new developments offer off-street parking. It’s not rocket science. Support more research like this with a year-end gift! Portland’s reform will build on similar actions in Vancouver and Minneapolis, whose leaders voted in 2018 to re-legalize duplexes and triplexes, respectively; in Seattle, where a 2019 reform to accessory cottages resulted in something very close to citywide triplex legalization; and in Austin, whose council passed a very similar sixplex-with-affordability proposal in 2019. Way to go Portland crowd more people in an already over crowded city, let’s add to traffic, energy and water use, whose democratic pockets are we lining with developers money, glad I am rural. Yes, thank God you don’t live in our city. To address the specific criticism about FAR maximums, the Planning commission currently has before them draft guidance prepared by staff that would include increasing the FAR caps for duplexes to 0.6 and for triplexes to 0.7 in most land use categories (but not all). I suspect this nuance might have gotten lost in the translation to city news release, but I’m not sure. You need giant apartment buildings everywhere and a 100 year old transit system to make that way of life work. The ADA itself (well, technically the Fair Housing Act) kicks in at the fourth unit, and applies to any homes with a ground floor entrance: https://www.sightline.org/2019/05/15/our-bans-on-stacked-homes-are-bans-on-age-ready-homes/. And enough with making white people the enemy. Jake, who probably claims to believe in “small government”, thinks allowing people to build houses is “social engineering”. You can always convert an existing structure without changing it’s historical aspects. Would love to hear Michael Anderson’s perspective! The intent of the change is to guide future uses and developments at a particular site in a new direction consistent with City policy. FAR maximum changes) is strictly true but in practice not the case. That led to a groundbreaking state law legalizing “middle housing” of up to four homes throughout the Portland metro area, but stopping short of allowing it on any lot. While the city anticipates the smaller units will likely be less expensive than what would be built otherwise, many of the homes will not be within reach for the lowest-income Portlanders. The goal of this policy is to stabilize home values, so we don’t see massive appreciation due to continued housing shortage (of the sort we saw over the last decade), while also making Portland more prosperous by letting more people live the lifestyles they choose. A fourplex, meanwhile, could be up to 3,500 square feet. For example, a site might have the zoning of R2 (R1) representing a Base Zone of R2 and a comprehensive plan zoning designation of R1. As for Seattle, that city still bans new housing from the driveways of most primary homes, making infill geometrically impossible in many cases. It’s not for everyone, myself included. The RIP project does not, “preserve the character of neighborhoods.” It can be done. More housing doesn’t mean affordable living. Thanks for keeping the discourse civil. The zoning on a site may be changed to the comprehensive plan zoning designation through a Zoning Map Amendment if approval criteria are met. Personally, I find all of those problems less urgent than the problem of building homes in places people want to live. In October, public comments on changes were collected and a … These are all excellent points, I think. A rendering, by Alfred Twu, of the housing options Portland’s residential infill project would legalize. It does not have to be expensive. A fourplex in Portland, built before their 1959 ban. It’s not clear which idea will win this new federal debate. Also hilarious to see people who don’t even live in Portland flinging insults in the comment section . Thank you for this article, which provides a readable digest of a complex set of changes to our land use regulations. If we could solve the wealth gap with the zoning code, I’d be in favor; the best we can do is lower the bar enough that middle-class people have a path to investing in homes in the city. RIP to the conservative white jerks that should be leaving in droves. Rural living suits you. Portland’s new zoning changes also complement rather than clash with statewide housing laws. Reforms like this make me hopeful that we (and our younger Gen Z friends) could some day actually afford to own a home that isn’t 100 blocks away from the city. It lifts a de facto ban on new affordable housing from much of the city. Those zones, along with R7, are the ones affected here. See the Grand House housing form. We can be sure that the priveledged neighborhoods will not see the infill that more modest neighborhoods will. Mary Vogel. Wouldn’t it be great if a renter or a renting couple, who cannot afford a down payment, but could bring $5,000 or $25,000 to the table for an infill or remodel project, could use that money to buy a share of a new small home, or perhaps a long-term lease? It alone may not be enough to make those homes appear, but it makes every existing subsidy go further. But much of the new housing the city expects in the coming decades won’t be affordable to many Portlanders. It isn’t productive in creating a harmonious society. Image by Sightline Institute. Your source of information has a political agenda and is wrong. . I think this is part of a larger strategy for creating that environment. What on earth are you talking about? If I may offer a clarification…I am a Minneapolis resident and have been deeply interested in the Minneapolis 2040 plan process that led to the legalization of triplexes across the city, though the process started before I moved to Minneapolis. If those taxes were closer to $6000 the property would be worth closer to $700,0000. By Phill Colombo ofni. Well, it has come to pass and I actually am alive to read about it. Without being mixed use, they add zero value to the neighborhood for existing residents. In addition to concerns over what it will mean for displacement, some residents have worried a proposal will fundamentally change the appearance of Portland’s beloved residential neighborhoods and lead to the demolition of old homes in favor of pricey condos. One benefit of density is that people don’t need a car because they live close enough to work and services that most of their activities can be completed by walking, biking, or public transit. The overview that I see thus far just allows money/wealth to be retained by those already owning the said properties: they get wealthier by housing demand and there are not ways to divest ownership of four-plexes etc (other than as long-term leases/condos). An existing triplex in Southeast Portland, built before their 1959 ban. While not the subject of this article, I would be interested in learning more about how Portland is addressing environmental issues like flooding and climate change mitigation in residential redevelopment scenarios. Personally I live in Woodlawn and there are two huge new apartment buildings on NE Dekum, and one HUGE one going in on MLK and Rosa Parks. RE excerpt from Portland City Council adopts the Residential Infill Project, “The Residential Infill Project also includes important changes to accommodate people of all ages and abilities in new residential development by requiring at least one of the homes in a triplex to be ADA-compliant.”. But maybe not to those who are scared to live in a city that is fighting segregation. Ron, You just go right on believing that. Very interesting “experiment”. 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