Better Housing by Design (official program page) is a program of the City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), to revise the city's zoning codes for multi-unit residential buildings. It is part of the Housing Opportunity Initiative, along with the Residential Infill Project (RIP) and the Anti-displacement Action Plan. From summary:
"We know we need more multi-unit housing. These buildings and our mixed-use corridors will accommodate most of the population growth over the next two decades. And they’ll be housing not just single millennials – but families with children and a higher proportion of people of color. We need to design multi-unit buildings with them in mind. And Better Housing by Design begins to do that. "The Better Housing by Design Project ensures that new multi-family construction will provide more comfortable, healthy and family-friendly units with diverse housing options, safe and attractive outdoor spaces, as well as better pedestrian connections to neighbors and streets. An affordable housing bonus provides an incentive to create even more housing for Portland’s lower income households." [City of Portland 2019]
Submit testimony before 2 PM Nov 6 at on MapApp: https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/testify/#/mdz
Testify in person, City Hall Nov 6 2-5 PM
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- Portland, City of. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. [2019b]. "Housing Opportunity Initiative Elements & Timeline Updated 8/26/19". August 26, 2019. https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/13182894/File/Document.