AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRODUCTION GOAL - CITY OF PORTLAND
Non-Binding City Policy
WHEREAS, the Metro Council, the Portland area regional government charged with long range growth management, has determined that affordable housing is a matter of regional concern and would benefit from long range planning.
WHEREAS, the Metro Council adopted Regional Growth Goals and Objectives (RUGGO) in 1991, and the 2040 Growth Concept in 1995 to plan for long range growth management and incorporated it into the Metro Code as Section 3.07.
WHEREAS, the Metro Council adopted the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan in 1996 to implement the growth concept.
WHEREAS, Urban Growth Management Functional Plan includes Title 7 regarding affordable housing and Title 8 regarding definitions, which recommended changes to comprehensive plans and related actions including implementing regulations by local jurisdictions.
WHEREAS, the Metro Council adopted the Regional Framework Plan in 1997, which includes Section 1.3, Housing and Affordable Housing, and which established policies related to housing and affordable housing.
WHEREAS, the Metro Council amended Section 1.3 of the Regional Framework Plan in 1998 to authorize the creation of the Affordable Housing Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) that was charged by the Metro Code to draft and recommend a regional affordable housing strategy for the adoption by the Metro Council.
WHEREAS, HTAC met from September of 1998 to June of 2000 to develop the affordable housing production goals and implementation strategies described in the Regional Affordable Housing Strategy (RAHS) and forwarded its final recommendations in June 2000 to the Metro Council.
WHEREAS, Metro Council amended the Regional Framework Plan and Urban Growth Management Functional Plan by adoption of Ordinance No. 00-882C on January 18, 2001, and subsequent actions to incorporate some of its recommendations.
WHEREAS, Ordinance 00-882C, amended Section 1.3 of the Regional Framework Plan and Titles 7 and 8 of the and Urban Growth Management Functional Plan to include voluntary affordable housing production goals and requirements for changes to comprehensive plans and implementing ordinances.
WHEREAS, the purpose of these amendments is to ensure that the comprehensive plans and implementing ordinances of local jurisdictions:
WHEREAS, Ordinance 00-882C initiated a series of reporting requirements by local jurisdictions on their progress in achieving the goals of the Regional Affordable Housing Strategy (RAHS).
WHEREAS, in April 2002, the City of Portland submitted its first round of reporting on the City’s actions and on a variety of land use and other tools and strategies to promote broader affordable housing opportunities.
WHEREAS, the Metro Council in the summer of 2003 amended Title 7 reporting requirements to specify more clearly the minimum actions which must be taken by local jurisdictions to achieve compliance with Section 1.3 of the Regional Framework Plan.
WHEREAS, City of Portland Planning Bureau staff, in consultation with staff from the Bureau of Housing and Community Development and the Portland Development Commission, has produced the report attached as Exhibit A that reports to Metro on the status of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementing ordinances explaining the consideration of each tool listed in subsection 3.07.730B of the Metro Code.
WHEREAS, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have entered into an urban planning area agreement, the City acknowledges and accepts the responsibility to employ land use regulatory strategies that assist in the accomplishment of the goals for that portion of unincorporated Multnomah County subject to the joint planning agreement.
WHEREAS, the unincorporated portions of Multnomah County covered by the agreement are those areas within Portland’s urban services boundary, which it eventually plans to annex to the City.
WHEREAS, Multnomah County has adopted the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan and the Planning and Zoning Code for those areas covered by the urban planning area agreement.
WHEREAS, the City of Portland’s compliance report in Exhibit A should be sufficient for the reporting requirements of Metro Ordinance No. 00-882C for these areas of unincorporated Multnomah County.
WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 00-882C also included an amendment to Title 7 of the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan that sets five year voluntary housing production goals for the time period of 2001-2006 for adoption by each city and county under Metro’s jurisdiction. These Affordable Housing Production Goals are listed in Table 3.07-7 of the Metro Code.
WHEREAS, the aspirational Affordable Housing Production Goal for the City of Portland is 1,791 housing units affordable to households at or below 30 percent of median area income.
WHEREAS, the City of Portland acknowledges that unit production is a tangible measure of local progress in making housing opportunities available to the lowest-income households, but that unit goals may be difficult to achieve given current resources
WHEREAS, the City of Portland remains committed to the development of a permanent source of regional funding to meet affordable housing needs, including the needs of the lowest-income households.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, a municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, that the City of Portland accept the recommended Title 7, Housing Compliance Report * in Exhibit A and forward it to Metro to satisfy the City’s reporting requirements under Title 7 of Metro’s Urban Growth Management Functional Plan.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, a municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, that the City of Portland ask Metro to accept its Title 7 Compliance Report for the unincorporated areas of Multnomah County for which it has entered into an urban area planning agreement.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, a municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, that the City of Portland adopt the voluntary affordable housing production goal of 1,791 new housing units for the five year reporting period that are affordable to households at or below 30 percent of area median income as required by Title 7 of Metro’s Urban Growth Management Functional Plan.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, a municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, that City of Portland adopts this resolution as a non-binding city policy.
*Exhibit is in PDF format and require the free Adobe Acrobat reader .
Resolution No. 36190, adopted by the City Council December 17, 2003.