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Portland, Oregon

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  • Equitable housing strategy ensures affordable choices are available for more people Portland’s SW Corridor presents an opportunity to create lots of housing in all shapes and sizes.

  • Nearly 45 percent of Portland’s land area is zoned for single-family neighborhoods New infill construction can create more homes in these desirable communities.

  • Design overlay zone amendments will streamline design review process New regulations should help create housing in mixed use zones outside the Central City faster.

  • Over the next 20 years, 80 percent of new housing will be in multi-family units Design improvements for new higher density development will make apartments and other housing more livable, safe and healthy.

Housing. It’s a basic human need: Shelter from the elements; respite from work and public life; a place to cook, gather, eat and sleep.

But many Portlanders cannot find a home, especially an affordable one. They may be forced to rent an apartment that is too small, or too far away from work and their community. Maybe they take on several roommates to help with the rent. And if they do find a home they can afford to buy or rent, it likely is far from transit and basic amenities — like grocery stores.

The rising number of people who cannot find a safe, healthy, affordable place to live has become a critical issue for our community.

  • So what can the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability do to address these complex problems?
  • How can the City help to create more housing for our growing population?
  • And how will it ensure that underserved populations aren’t left out of the opportunity to live in a comfortable place to live?  

Here’s an introduction to some BPS projects that encourage or require new development that is more affordable and create more housing choice for all Portlanders.