WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30PM
WHERE: Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, Portland, OR
Come to Revolution Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 PMon March 19 to kick off of a community-led initiative designed to explore and address racism as a driver of homelessness, and disparities among homelessness, in Multnomah County.
The initiative is named SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities), and it’s coming to Multnomah County this year to build on research into roots and best practices already under way in 10 other communities. SPARC is an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation (C4).
The March 19 gathering is part of a week of events for community members, service providers and other key partners. The kickoff event will include light refreshments and a panel discussion featuring local leaders and service providers. SPARC will then spend the year working closely with community members and partners in A Home for Everyone, our community’s nearly four-year-old effort to address homelessness.
RSVP for the free event to reserve your spot at sparcportland.eventbrite.com
Better Housing by Design draft Zoning Code amendments now available for review
How can Portland’s multi-dwelling zones be improved to ensure more people live in safe and healthy housing that meets their needs?
The Better Housing by Design project team has been addressing that question for the past year. With the help of community members, multi-family housing developers, renter advocates and others, the team developed the Better Housing by Design Concept Report.
Now proposed zoning code and map amendments to implement the concepts for Portland’s multi-dwelling zones are available for public review in the BHD Discussion Draft.
WHAT’S IN THE DISCUSSION DRAFT?
The proposed code changes will help ensure that new development in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents as well as contributes positive qualities to the places where they are built.
The Discussion Draft proposals will shape new development in the multi-dwelling zones by:
- Revising the multi-dwelling zones so they relate to different types of places.
- Regulating development intensity by the size of buildings, instead of the number of units in the building.
- Adding incentives for affordable housing.
- Requiring shared outdoor spaces like courtyards for larger projects.
- Encouraging innovative green features and tree preservation.
- Limiting front garages and surface parking.
- Shaping building scale and setbacks to integrate development with neighborhoods.
- Applying standards for East Portland for better design suited to the area’s characteristics.
Learn more and comment
Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed code amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequent City Council hearings later this year.
Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by March 19, 2018.
Two open houses will give community members a chance to review the proposals and talk to staff. The project team will provide a presentation summarizing the proposals and be available to answer questions.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
9955 NE Glisan Street (Ride Connection Office)
TriMet: Bus #15 and 19; MAX Blue, Green, Red lines
HOW TO COMMENT
Comments are due by Monday, March 19, 2018. Send your comments to:
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Better Housing by Design Project
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
The public is invited to testify on proposed changes to the Inclusionary Housing Homeownership program, HOU-3.04.VII.B. For-sale units.
To Submit Your Testimony
- Email your testimony to: IHtestimony@portlandoregon.gov
- Fax your testimony to: 503-823-2387
- Mail your testimony to:
421 SW 6th Ave., Suite 500
Portland, Oregon 97204
- In person: Wednesday, February 21, 6-8pm
Portland, Oregon 97204
At the Hearing
When your name is called, go up to the table for testifiers. Speak into the microphone. Each person will be given two minutes to state their testimony. Begin by stating your name as well as any group or organization you are testifying on behalf of. If you have written materials, you can give them to a staff member before you testify.
- It can be helpful to prepare an outline of what you want to say or even write it all out. Practicing a few times can also be beneficial.
- Focus on the major points you want to make. You can submit letters with more detail.
- Repetitive testimony is not always as effective as a planned, coordinated presentation. If you are aware of other people who plan to testify who share your feelings, you can organize a few main speakers from your group to speak about different topics related to the project.
- If you require special visual, audio or other accommodations to testify, please contactJessica Conner, the Rules Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau, at least five business days before the meeting with your request.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM
IRCO Community Room
10301 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220
Mayor Ted Wheeler will join the committee for February’s Meeting in East Portland. Topics for discussion include: (1) the draft Community Engagement Plan; and (2) new tenant screening criteria.
This event is free and refreshments will be served. Please click here to RSVP. Your RSVP helps us plan for food, materials, childcare, and other accomodations, but it is not required to attend.
Bond Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited. Agendas and meeting materials will be posted online here.
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Program provides new insight into energy use and costs of Portland homes.
Know the score. Outsmart energy waste. www.pdxhes.com
In advance of the policy taking effect, the City of Portland Home Energy Score website is now live at www.pdxhes.com.
- For sellers, the website explains the necessary actions for completing the requirement and answers questions about logistics, how to get a home assessed and how to improve scores.
- Buyers are guided through the Home Energy Report and are prompted to wrap energy improvement projects into financing.
- Real-estate professionals can learn how to make the new policy work effortlessly for their clients and how to post scores online.
- Builders can find information about how to obtain a score based on construction plans and possible exemptions and waivers.
- The website is also a place to find out how to become a Home Energy Assessor.
“A Home Energy Score lets buyers ‘see inside the walls’ of a home they’re considering for purchase, making the full costs of homeownership more visible to prospective buyers,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Cutting the energy costs of housing is one of the smartest strategies to keep housing affordable over the long term. Beyond lowering energy bills, energy‐efficient homes are more comfortable and have better air quality. I’m proud that Portland is taking a stand for consumer protections and climate action—making it easier for people to save energy, protect against rising energy prices in the future and reduce carbon pollution.”
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) released a Request for Interest (RFI) on October 23, 2017, seeking opportunities to acquire land or existing residential buildings of twenty units or more.
Portland voters approved Portland’s Housing Bond in 2016, authorizing the City to issue up to $258.4 million in general obligation bonds for the development or acquisition of affordable housing. PHB expects to build and purchase a minimum of 1,300 housing units with these funds. Property owners, their representatives, and developers may now begin submitting proposals for Portland’s Housing Bond.