There are more than 400 community-based organizations in Portland with hundreds of acres of buildable land. Many members of these communities want to help solve the housing crisis.
The Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing (EOAH) project adopted by City Council in June 2020 included amendments to the Zoning Code, Zoning Map, and Comprehensive Plan Map, which pave the way for development of affordable housing on land owned by faith- and community-based organizations. City Council also directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to prepare a follow-up recommendation on five more sites that were identified during testimony for potential map changes to facilitate development.
During the fall of 2020, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability conducted targeted outreach and analysis on five sites nominated to be rezoned as part of the first phase of the EOAH project, adopted by City Council in June of 2020. From that outreach process, and in consultation with the City's infrastructure bureaus, BPS staff concluded that two of the five sites were appropriate candidates to be considered for rezoning by City Council. Those two sites are:
- St. Philip the Deacon Site (120 & 130 NE Knott)
- Mississippi/Prescott Site (4505 & 4515 N Mississippi)
Staff heard community support for the rezoning of both sites, identified no significant infrastructure concerns, and found that both had fleshed out plans to provide affordable housing that would be furthered by rezoning. For the three remaining sites, staff found that there was little to no support for the rezone, identified major infrastructure concerns, or found a combination of both. The full report and recommendations can be found here.
On March 10, 2021, City Council adopted these staff recommendations in the Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing - Package B (EOAHB) report. This follows a public hearing on March 3, at which the public was given the opportunity to provide testimony on the recommendations. The ordinance was adopted under an emergency clause to make it effective immediately, as of March 10.