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Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project

The Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Housing Bureau to meet the need for affordable housing in the city. With the adoption of SB 1533 in February 2016, the City of Portland has taken new measures to address the affordable housing shortage and created an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new program mandates the provision of affordable housing units in new multi-dwelling residential development through policies and regulations.

The Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project will create a new chapter in the Zoning Code (Title 33.245, Inclusionary Housing) to address inclusionary housing requirements. The specific share of units (up to 20 percent) will be determined through PHB’s communitywide discussions, research and analysis of best practices, and the recommendation of a panel of housing experts advising Commissioner Saltzman. In addition to the requirement to provide affordable units, Title 33 will include density bonuses to help offset the cost of providing the affordable units. 

In August, BPS will release a Discussion Draft of the Zoning Code changes, and public comments to staff will be accepted until September 6, 2016.

The Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Proposed Draft was published on September 20, 2016, and the public is invited to testify on the Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, which will hold a public hearing on the proposal, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016. 

Questions or Comments?
Tyler Bump, Senior Economic Planner, 503-823-7713,