1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
March 11, 2016
On March 9, 2016 City Council approved Ordinance # 187616 to authorize design review and historic resource review of certain affordable housing projects in the Central City and the Gateway Plan Districts through a Type IIx procedure, rather than a Type III procedure. The land use fees will be those of a Type II procedure. This Ordinance is voluntary, one in which the applicant of qualifying projects can choose a Type IIx or Type III procedure. This Ordinance will be effective immediately.
Development that complies with the following requirements are allowed to take advantage of the provisions in the Ordinance: the development is a City Subsidy Project*, the land use application includes a letter from the Portland Housing Bureau certifying a City Subsidy Project, and before the land use application submittal the applicant must participate in at least one Design Advice Request.
This authorization addresses the urgent need to create and preserve affordable rental housing as expeditiously as possible in the short-term. As a result, qualifying development proposals will take priority over other non-qualifying development proposals with regard to staff time, hearing dates, etc. This Ordinance will expire on October 6, 2017.
* A City Subsidy Project is defined as:
Bureau of Development Services Kara Fioravanti, 503-823-5892, Kara.Fioravanti@portlandoregon.gov and Portland Housing Bureau Bobbie Daniels, 503-823-3277, Bobbie.Daniels@portlandoregon.gov.