Speculation developers might overwhelm the city with a flurry of apartment-free parking proposals in the run-up to Portland's new parking minimums did not come to pass.

Today marks the end of Portland's progressive parking policy for large developments—something many decry as a step back for the city. As of noon, when the Bureau of Development Services stopped taking permit applications, only two proposals for large parking-free buildings had emerged since council passed the legislation last month.

The first, widely anticipated, was a resubmitted application for the building on SE Division and 37th that's sparked much of the contention over the issue. That application has since been approved and the building—loathed by some neighbors—is back under construction after a months-long stoppage.

The second—also proposed by Beaverton developer Dennis Sackhoff—will potentially rise four-stories near the intersection of NE Couch and 20th.

Amid the clamor over the 81-unit Division Street project, representatives for Sackhoff indicated they'd learned a lesson from the process, and would be more open with residents about future projects. As of last week, though, no one in Sackhoff's organization had reached out to the Kerns Neighborhood Association about the Couch project, which is slated for 50 units with no parking.

Members of the association said they were in the process of reaching out to Sackhoff project manager David Mullens, to see if he'd speak at the group's meeting next week.

UPDATE, 5:25 pm: According to Angela Kirkman, chair of the Kerns Neighborhood Association, Mullens has agreed to speak with the group about the project on Wednesday.

" Not sure that they will change any plans, but I suggest having a clear list of concerns/requests prepared," Kirkman said in an e-mail to the Mercury. "Also, I know that construction can be quite disruptive so I want to be sure to find out plans for closing traffic lanes, managing contractors, etc."