Oregon Legislature Lifts 17-Year-Old Ban on Inclusionary Zoning

Last week the Oregon Legislature approved a number of housing bills aimed at addressing the lack of affordable housing throughout the state.

The most significant for Portland is Senate Bill 1533 which lifts a 17-year-old ban on inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning is the practice of cities and counties requiring developers to include low-income and affordable housing options when creating new developments. Until now, Oregon and Texas were the only states in the country with a blanket ban on inclusionary zoning. The bill also ends a state ban on construction excise taxes, which could result in millions of added revenue for housing development.

Read More:
OregonLive.comLandmark housing bill wins final approval from Oregon Legislature
Portland TribuneLegislature pulls off housing deal as session winds down

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