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New Rules Aim to Increase Supply of “Middle Housing”

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is preparing recommendations for the Portland City Council for new development requirements aimed at increasing Portland’s supply of “middle housing” – duplexes, triplexes and other mid-priced options.  The proposals come from the input of a Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee comprised of developers, affordable housing advocates, architects, and…

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“Portland for Everyone” Coalition Tackles Housing Issues

A local group of activists, developers, environmentalists and other community members has come together to form “Portland for Everyone” – a coalition created to increase density, strengthen renter protections, and support ballot initiatives to fund affordable housing. Modeled after a similar group in Seattle, “Portland for Everyone” held it’s first public event last week titled…

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April Housing Numbers

Sales in the month of April slowed down a bit throughout the metro area. Both closed sales and pending sales dropped, but new listings were up, which is a good sign considering how low local inventory has been. Prices continue to rise with the median home price reaching $350,000 and the average home…

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Today’s the Day!

It’s primary election day! If you haven’t submitted your ballot yet, it’s too late to mail it, so be sure to drop it off at an official ballot drop box before 8:00 tonight.  Most all Multnomah County Libraries are official drop box locations. Or click here for a full list of Official Oregon…

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Big Change to ADU Taxation Rules

Last week the Oregon Department of Revenue issued a new draft rule clarifying existing tax rules for newly constructed Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Oregon. Starting in 2015, Multnomah County arbitrarily (and without warning) altered the way it interpreted existing tax law surrounding ADUs. Originally, when a homeowner built an ADU it…

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Is a New Bike Bridge Coming to NW Portland?

Last month Connect Oregon, a lottery-funded program designed to invest in Oregon’s transportation infrastructure, received 22 biking and walking project proposals for new off-road transportation investments. Of those, a $5.9 million biking-walking bridge connecting the Northwest District straight to the Steel Bridge via Flanders Street scored 3rd overall. Originally proposed back in 2008, the…

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