On Sunday, the Oregonian/Oregonlive endorsed Knute Buehler for Oregon's next governor. Now that the race for governor is a statistical dead heat between Buehler and incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, we're making available the audio from Buehler's speech to apartment owners from our roundtable event held earlier this year.
This week: An 18-month review of the City of Portland inclusionary Housing Program leads the Housing Bureau to plan refinements to the program. The Portland City Council will vote Wednesday morning on an ordinance requiring owners of unreinforced masonry buildings to post signs stating the builds are unsafe. And the New York Times reports a national cool-down in the housing market as prices outpace wage growth.
This week: Metro Council is working now on plans to quickly allocate monies to build or preserve up to 3,900 units of affordable housing if a $516 million bond levy is supported by voters in next month's midterms; US Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a federal bill that would raise estate taxes to bankroll a $500 billion fund for affordable housing.
This week: The Portland City Council plans to take up the matter of new rental screening criteria proposed by commissioner Chloe Eudaly on Thursday, October, 18th. The Portland Housing Bureau has loosened inclusionary zoning rules for condos; the mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon says that housing affordability is in crisis and plans to hold discussions for implementing a renter relocation policy like Portland's along with policies that encourage increased density.
This week: The Portland City Council vote on URM placard warning signs has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 3rd; PBOT is narrowing its Central City in Motion Plan down to 18 project bundles, which now include cost estimates and impact analyses; and Victoria Transport Policy Institute founder Todd Litman has a number of ideas that could help cities increase housing and transit affordability.
This week: Oregon state economists predicted taxpayers might receive a large kicker in 2020 - the same year an economic slowdown is forecast; economist Joe Cortright explains why blocking new housing projects in low-income neighborhoods does not prevent displacement; and Adidas breaks ground on a significant expansion of its North Portland campus, which is expected to house 1,000 additional permanent workers.
This week: The City of Portland passes new zoning for mobile home parks, creating an obstacle for redevelopment; The President's tariff on building materials is causing projects to be scaled back or abandoned; The justice department announced its support for a lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating fair housing laws.
This week: Clackamas County elected officials show support for Metro's housing bond at a Chamber of Commerce event; the city of Portland debates new rules for developers pertaining to how and when neighborhoods should be notified of new construction; and economists and housing experts respond to a claim in the Washington Post that building new housing only helps the rich.
This week: Auditors find that about 80% of Portland's short-term rentals may be operating illegally; Mayor Ted Wheeler rearranges oversight of Portland's bureaus, and the City of Vancouver Washington throws its support behind building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River--five years after Washington's state Legislature scuttled the idea.
This week: tenants in a SE Portland apartment complex decide to go on a rent strike; the Portland City Council postpones voting on the residential infill plan; while on the national stage, a California Senator is calling for the federal government to create a tax credit for families who spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
This week: the Portland City Council has created a housing registry landlords of one or more units; Metro council staff released the draft 2018 Urban Growth report and a recent survey finds growing frustration between Seattle landlords and their City Council.
Olympia Washington's planning commission recommends city-wide zoning changes to encourage more "missing middle housing;" Oregon's property tax limits are criticized by DC-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities for forcing cities and counties to charge fees disproportionately impacting the poor...and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claims the city is making progress on the issue of homelessness.
This week: The possibility of oversupply in the Portland market has developers feeling jittery; Portland's planning commission endorsed a new zone that mobile home park residents hope will save them from redevelopment; and a new study indicates that if Americans want European levels of density, they will need to choose between single family and high rises, or streets dominated entirely by mid-rise buildings similar to Berlin and Paris.
Attorney Andy Hahs offers details of the City of Portland's relocation fee program. Hahs also covers potential issues with the City of Portland's draft tenant screening plan. Hahs is a partner with Bittner & Hahs, P.C. He has decades of experience in landlord/tenant law.
This week: The Zidell family calls it quits for now on developing 33-acres on the South Waterfront; Portland posts top gains in educated adults, and hundreds of both luxury condos and 250-square foot microunits are--or soon will be--under construction in Portland.
This week: Portland's mayor proposes a plan to help renters expunge criminal convictions; climate change is having the least impact on Oregon and Washington; Portland and Multnomah county government are working together on a plan to allow homeless families to park overnight on church property and the Portland City Council imposed a 2% fee on short-term rentals to support Travel Portland and a $4 per night fee to support low-income housing.
This week: The Portland City Council puts off for another year a vote on seismic retrofit requirements; The National Multifamily Housing Council reports that over 30 percent of the cost of multifamily development is due to governmental regulation; and the Oregonian editorial board questions whether Metro's plan to place a $652 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot is enough to make a difference in the housing crisis.
This week: After holding off for several months, the City of Portland begins spending money from the affordable housing bond; Metro receives requests from four cities in Oregon to expand the urban growth boundary, and cities across the country begin to see the impacts of the national housing shortage.
This week: The Portland City Council took an initial vote to allow taller buildings in Portland's Chinatown; Tacoma appears on track to overtake Spokane as the Washington state's second largest city, and the CEO of Seattle-based real estate website Redfin blames restrictive zoning laws for the country's housing affordability crisis.