The Oregonian reported that the City Club of Portland released a report calling for “‘action now’ and more than just ‘half-measures and business as usual'” to deal with Portland’s housing crisis. The report recommended lifting the state ban on rent control, banning no-cause evictions and creating a rental property licensing system. The research committee split over whether Portland’s single family neighborhoods should become denser: the majority said that the city should “work to overcome neighborhood skepticism about ‘missing middle housing,'”; while a minority argued that the city should re-zone the single family neighborhoods for greater density.
Portland has started work on how to implement Inclusionary Zoning, according to the Willamette Week. An expert panel has been formed that includes Vivian Satterfield of OPAL PDX, Sarah Zahn of Gerding Edlen, Margaret Tallmadge of Coalition of Communities of Color, and Eric Cress of Urban Development + Partners.
Demand for office space in Portland is at record highs, reported The Oregonian. While there are a large number of office projects planned in Portland (as previously covered by Next Portland) many of these are a year or two away from completion.
Oregon Business profiled Jan Bredack, the German founder of ‘Veganz’. The vegan grocery chain is currently looking for locations for its first Portland store, including the under construction Yard building.