An HBA supported resolution proposed by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly was moved forward as a mayoral directive on February 2. This proposal directs permitting bureaus to review development fees and charges, as well as craft a plan to either waive or reduce fees for housing throughout the remainder of the housing crisis.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly brought a resolution to City Council on February 2 that would direct permitting bureaus (including the Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Transportation, Fire Bureau, Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Parks Bureau) to assess costs affiliated with housing, including fees and charges, and develop a plan to waive fees for affordable housing projects that qualify, as well as lower fees for other residential developments for the remainder of the declared housing crisis.
The resolution was not voted on by City Council and will instead move forward as a mayoral directive. The original resolution noted that Portland has seen significant population growth but multi-family development, especially for low income residents, has not kept pace with demand. The resolution’s emphasis on inter-bureau coordination is essential to address the rise in the overall cost of housing. Moreover, through this level of increased collaboration, the proposal will undoubtedly provide more certainty and timeliness in the development process to further contain costs.
Whether it’s delivering on the promise of more housing units to those least among us, to include the work of our Foundation in providing transitional shelter for victims of domestic violence, to providing a middle-housing, ownership opportunity for those working in Portland, this proposal has the potential to have profound impacts on our overall housing challenges.
The HBA is a committed partner to helping ensure the shared goal of housing affordability is realized for current and future residents of Portland and look forward to assisting with this endeavor.