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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Regulatory Option 3: Build Off-Site

Applicants can elect to build affordable units off-site in another new development (receiving site), separate from the multifamily development that is subject to the program requirements (sending site).

Eligible Scenarios

  1. 20% of the sending site’s total number of residential units, affordable at 60% AMI in the newly constructed receiving site, or
  2. 10% of the sending site’s total number of residential units, affordable at 30% AMI in the newly constructed receiving site


  • Sending site retains any FAR bonus (varies by zoning code and plan district; see Maximum Base and Bonus Density/FAR table)
  • Construction Excise Tax exemption (for receiving site’s affordable units)
  • SDC exemptions (for receiving site’s affordable units)
  • Sending site will be exempt from parking requirements as detailed in Title 33

Key Requirements

  • Receiving site remains subject to any additional Inclusionary Housing program requirements
  • Affordable units built on receiving site must be reasonably equivalent in size, quality and bedroom count to units in sending site
  • Receiving site must be identified and approved by PHB prior to building permit issuance for sending site
  • Receiving site must be within a one-half mile radius of sending site, or in an area of equal or higher Combined Opportunity Map score*
  • Receiving site cannot be supported by any additional PHB subsidy
  • PHB staff determines whether proposed development is compatible with program requirements (if determined incompatible, applicant must choose another option)
  • Affordable units must be made available as set forth in Regulatory Agreement (or sending site subject to financial penalty). Receiving site also subject to Regulatory Agreement.
  • General Contractor for receiving site will enter into agreement with third-party technical assistance provider (approved by PHB prior to opening bids for construction)
  • Receiving site must receive a Certificate of Occupancy within three years of sending site’s building permit issuance (or subject to financial penalty) 



*Opportunity map scores can be verified on Search property address and select ‘zoning and districts’ under ‘permits and zoning’.

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