In the nearly six months since Senate Bill 1533 lifted the state preemption on Inclusionary Housing, the City of Portland, together with an assembled panel of housing experts, has been at work to develop a mandatory inclusionary housing program for the city. Below is a progress update on the process and an outline of next steps.
•City staff are currently working with the consultant team from DRA and ECONorthwest to complete a feasibility analysis in advance of the August 23 meeting of the Inclusionary Housing Panel of Experts. We anticipate this analysis, as well as a summary of key findings and initial recommendations will be complete and available to the public online here in advance of the meeting.
•Following the August 23 meeting, the Portland Housing Bureau will schedule two optional meetings for the panel and members of the public to ask questions and submit comments on the key findings and initial recommendations. These meetings will be held on August 25 from 1pm to 4pm and August 30 from 9am to 12pm, at the Housing Bureau offices.
•On September 1 from 12pm to 1:30pm, the Oregon Opportunity Network will host a public forum where Commissioner Saltzman and Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager will present the key findings and initial recommendations, as well as answer questions and collect feedback from members of the public. This forum will be held at the First Unitarian Church in the Buchan Room at 1226 SW Salmon St.
•In early September, Commissioner Saltzman will release his program recommendations for consideration by the public, the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and City Council.
•The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will publish a proposed draft of the inclusionary housing zoning code on September 19. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will then hold a hearing on October 11 and a work session on October 25.
•Finally, following the hearing and work session at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, we anticipate that City Council will consider the recommendations in December.