Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing proposes to streamline Zoning Code processes

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Read and submit comments on the Proposed Draft from Jan. 2 through Feb. 11, 2020.

Over the past year, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have been working with community-based organizations (CBOs) that are interested in utilizing their land – or supporting organizations with available land – to develop affordable housing. Funded by a grant from Metro, the “Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing” project was convened to help facilitate that process.

One of the project’s goals is identifying and addressing regulatory barriers to the development of affordable housing by CBOs, particularly those that are conditional uses on residentially zoned land. The proposed code changes amend the conditional use chapter of the zoning code (33.815), to streamline the development of housing on conditional use sites. Additionally, there are proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan maps and Zoning maps for a small number of sites.

Read and testify on the Proposed Draft

With the release of these Zoning Code and Map changes in the Proposed Draft, we invite you to submit testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).

The Discussion Draft was the first opportunity for the public to review and comment on the proposal. Staff received over 40 email and written comments in support of the changes. Community members are invited to review the Proposed Draft and provide testimony until February 11, when there will be public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). You may testify at the hearing; members of the public are allowed 2 minutes to speak.

Testify in person at the Planning and sustainability Commission (PSC) public hearing

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm. You can sign up to testify any time starting at 12 pm through the hearing.

1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500

Portland, Oregon

To confirm the date, time and location, check the PSC calendar.

Testify in writing between January 2 through Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Online via the Map App

Visit the Map App

Select Expanding Opportunities for AH and click on the “Testify” button.

US Mail

You must provide your full name and mailing address.

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Expanding Opportunities Testimony

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100 Portland, OR 97201 

More opportunities to learn and engage

  • Staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Proposed Draft at the PSC meeting on January 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm. (There will not be opportunities for public comment at the briefing.)
  • Staff will be available to answer questions about the project at the North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth St, on Wednesday January 15 from 3:30-5:45 pm.

For more information, contact project staff Nan Stark at nan.stark@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3986.