A New Zoning Change Has Been Delayed—But Housing Advocates May Love It



Missing from this article is important testimony from Planning and Sustainability Commission member Andre Baugh voicing major concerns about the increased displacement risk of the Residential Infill Project.


"What we're doing is increasing the land value of those properties out there. It is naturally occurring affordable neighborhoods out there just because of the way it has been in the past. We are gonna change that dynamic, um, they [renters] have nowhere to go in Portland if they're bought out, if those changes occur in terms of single family dwellings. There's not another neighborhood, another district, in Portland to go to.

Who is this for? It's not for People of Color, because they're at 60% and below if you look at the latest housing published income levels for people. It's not for the low-income ... we're not building affordable housing. It may be less expensive but it's not affordable by a 60% definition. So who are we doing this for? We don't have, as the communities have indicated, we don't have the [anti-]displacement tools, financial tools, the city has not put those in.

We have not put in tools to regulate, and council hasn't even passed extra money to regulate the affordable housing that we do have today. We're gonna put the increased density out there, the increased development and you know we've seen this movie before... It is the 'unintended consequences' that with well intentions basically pushes people out, gentrification. It's already occurring - now do we want to accelerate it? And my answer is no. Let's give the city a chance to figure out how do we preserve them, do some other things versus pushing them out. And I don't know why we would want to take a step and put an 'a' overlay in these areas. "