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Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project


October 4, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project

The Oregon State Legislature passed a bill in March 2016, allowing cities to require affordable housing in larger multi-dwelling projects. Known as Inclusionary Housing, Oregon was previously the only state, other than Texas, where this approach to affordable housing provision was prohibited. The Portland Bureau of Housing (PHB) spearheaded the City’s development of an Inclusionary Housing Program and began to set program requirements with input from community members, a panel of experts, economic consultants, and an inter-bureau technical team made up of representatives from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), the Bureau of Development Services and the Office of the City Attorney. In conjunction, with PHB efforts, BPS began crafting updates to Portland Zoning Code regulations to implement the program and add affordable housing density bonuses granted for projects that comply with program requirements.
Further information of the Inclusionary Housing Program can be found here: and the Proposed Draft of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project can be found here:  
Currently the proposed requirements would apply to new buildings with 20 or more dwelling units, and alterations to existing buildings that add 20 or more dwelling units. The draft includes a menu of several options including providing a percentage of the proposed dwelling units to be at certain levels of affordability or paying a fee-in-lieu of providing on-site affordable housing units. The draft requirements are likely to change as part of the public process, so it is important to stay informed about this project.
Written public testimony can be submitted between now and October 25, 2016. Email: with the subject line “Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project”. 
The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a briefing on October 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM followed by a public hearing on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM where community members can testify in-person. The PSC will hold a work session on November 8, 2016 from 12:30-4:30 PM
A City Council hearing is expected in December 2016 with the anticipated effective date of the Inclusionary Housing Program expected to be February 1, 2017. 
For more information on the Inclusionary Housing Program, please contact Matthew Tschabold at the Portland Housing Bureau at 503-823-3607 or For more information on the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project, please contact Tyler Bump at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7713 or

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