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Portland City Council approves inclusionary housing policy that may slow new development

The Alliance urged Portland City Council to take a cautious approach on implementing an inclusionary housing policy, citing the need for proper calibration of required affordable units and incentives in the program. Without a balance, the program could hinder housing development, further constraining supply and exacerbating affordability challenges. Instead, the Alliance advocated that the program start small and phase-in over time to ensure that it works effectively. Ultimately, on Dec. 21, a unanimous City Council approved the policy as is and did not make amendments based on Alliance recommendations. Currently, two of the votes are no longer on the Council. The Alliance is working with Mayor Wheeler and the current members of Council to explore potential adjustments.
(January 2017)


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City Council prohibits new fossil fuel infrastructure, draws challenge

On Dec. 14, Portland City Council unanimously approved zoning code amendments that will restrict expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the city of Portland. Consumers and businesses through Oregon and southwest Washington rely on the fuels that are supplied from the hub in Portland. The Alliance opposed the amendments due to the potential restriction on fossil fuel supplies needed to meet estimated population and employment growth, which would put an increased pressure on fuel costs, disproportionately affecting low-income households. The Alliance is part of a coalition, along with the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council and the Western States Petroleum Association, which filed a challenge on Jan. 4 with the Land Use Board of Appeals on the fossil fuel zoning code amendments. Since the amendments were approved, two votes are no longer on the Council.
(January 2017)

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Caution urged for inclusionary housing program design

The Alliance testified before Portland City Council on the inclusionary housing policy proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau. The Alliance supports the goals of inclusionary housing, but urged the city to exercise caution in the initial program design, including proper calibration of required affordable units and incentives. The Alliance raised concerns that the current proposal may chill development and further constrain supply, thereby exacerbating affordability challenges and making it difficult for the city to meet other goals. The Alliance also urged that the program start small and ramp up over time to ensure that it works appropriately. Read the full letter sent to City Council here.
(December 2016) 

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Alliance submites comments on proposed inclusionary housing policy

The Alliance submitted comments to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission on the proposed inclusionary housing policy proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Portland Housing Bureau. The Alliance supports the goals of inclusionary housing but raised concerns that the current proposal does not adequately align required numbers of housing units and incentives. Without a properly calibrated proposal, the policy could have the unintended consequence of chilling development and exacerbating affordability challenges. Read the letter.
(November 2016)

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Vote on fossil fuel zoning heads to Council

Portland City Council held two hearings on proposed zoning code changes to greatly limit or restrict fossil fuel terminals. The Alliance expressed concerns that the proposed changes could limit fuel supplies and increase costs to customers not only in Portland, but across the state given that the Portland terminals supply 90 percent of the fuels used in Oregon. City Council approved amendments that made the zoning code changes more restrictive than was recommended by the Planning and Sustainability Commission. A vote on the ordinance is scheduled for Dec. 8. Read the Alliance letter.
(November 2016)

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Alliance shares thoughts on residential infill project

The city of Portland held a hearing on policy changes recommended following a stakeholder process to identify ways to encourage middle-income housing within the city. While the Alliance supports many of the recommendations, such as providing opportunities for more duplexes, triplexes and garden apartments, we expressed concerns that some of the proposals are overly restrictive and limit development flexibility. A vote is scheduled for Dec. 7, which will be followed by the development of specific zoning code changes to implement the policy. Read the Alliance letter.
(November 2016)

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Proposed fossil fuel zoning changes headed to City Council 

The Planning and Sustainability Commission recommended changes to the city’s zoning code to greatly restrict or prohibit new or expanded fossil fuel terminals. The Alliance sent a letter cautioning against this type of approach, which could restrict supply or drive up the cost of fuels. The recommended zoning changes now head to City Council. 
(October 2016)

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Alliance provides feedback on shelter options

A Home for Everyone, the coordinating body developing long-term strategies to address homelessness, received a presentation that included a subcommittee recommendation for organized camping as an option. The Alliance has consistently advocated that safe, indoor shelters are the most humane way to address homelessness and continues to maintain that should be the top priority. However, should organized camping be considered, the Alliance provided criteria that should be met, including the use of modular shelters instead of tents, limiting the number and duration of sites, outreach and service provision, public health and safety inspections and enforcement against non-sanctioned, illegal camping. Read the letter.
(October 2016)

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Alliance shows support for Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code update

The Alliance weighed in in support of the city of Portland’s proposed Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update that seeks to remove barriers to citing affordable housing projects, mass shelters and short-term housing. A number of the proposed amendments allow short-term housing and mass shelters to locate, subject to certain limitations, in commercial and employment zones. The proposal does not include amendments that would allow mass shelters in industrial zones. The Alliance expressed the critical importance of not subjecting industrial lands to other uses given that they are needed to maintain an adequate supply and promote middle-income job growth. Read the letter.
(September 2016)

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Alliance expresses concerns over fossil fuel amendments


The Alliance sent a letter to the Planning and Sustainability Commission expressing significant concern about proposed code changes that would restrict expansion at existing fuel terminals and prohibit new terminal development. From the outset, the Alliance opposed the city’s resolution to restrict expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, which could unnecessarily restrict or drive up the supply of fuels. Read the letter.
(September 2016)

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Alliance outlines position on use of Terminal 1

The following letter outlines the Alliance's position on the use of Terminal 1 and the potential for the property to address goals around homelessness and middle income job creation, both of which are needed in the Portland community. Read letter.
(August 2016)

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Central City 2035 Plan considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission

The Alliance provided feedback to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Central City 2035 Plan, an update of the city of Portland’s comprehensive plan focused on the downtown core and inner neighborhoods. Portland anticipates 120,000 new households and 140,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, with the central city forecast to absorb much of that growth. Of key concern is the cumulative impact of new fees, regulations and requirements on development that ultimately may impact feasibility and affordability.
(July 2016)

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Alliance weighs in on city of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update

The Alliance has been tracking the comprehensive plan and economic opportunities analysis over the last three years and continues to provide input at strategic points throughout the process. In March, the Alliance reviewed the amendments that individual City Council members proposed to the recommended comprehensive plan. The Alliance commented on the proposed amendments that are problematic to encouraging a prosperous economy. Read letter.
(April 2016)

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Alliance weighs in on Right 2 Dream Too relocation

The Alliance testified in opposition to a zoning confirmation letter that finds that Right2DreamToo is a “community use” under the city’s zoning code. This finding sets a precedent for similar campgrounds, with some limitations, to be an allowed use in industrial zones throughout the city. The Alliance, as well as representatives from the Central Eastside, cautioned the city against taking such a broad action. The city ultimately accepted the zoning confirmation letter and adopted a resolution affirming the relocation of Right2DreamToo from Old Town/Chinatown to the Central Eastside. City Council voted 4-1 to approve the relocation with Commissioner Nick Fish opposed. Read letter.
(March 2016)

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Alliance comments on Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan for city of Portland

The city of Portland is finalizing the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which will set the framework for both infrastructure investment and physical development of the city over the next 20 years. The Alliance submitted comments regarding the transportation elements of the plan, including improved access to middle-income jobs on industrial lands, vehicular movement of people and freight, and the preservation of on-street parking.
(January 2016)

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Alliance weighs in on city of Portland’s consideration of development impact fee

The city is exploring the potential for a development impact/linkage fee for affordable housing and plans to commission a nexus study to determine the economic feasibility of such a fee. The Alliance sent a letter expressing concern over the cumulative impact of policies, like system development charges and new property taxes, that make the development of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households harder or that increase costs to the end user. The Alliance expressed interest in participating in a work group to review the potential study. Read the letter.
(November 2015)

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Alliance testifies on the city of Portland’s proposed economic opportunities analysis

As part of the state-mandated comprehensive plan, the city of Portland is required to complete an economic opportunity analysis (EOA) that evaluates employment land needs by sector and land use categories. The Alliance testified about a number of unrealistic assumptions that are being used to fulfill the city’s industrial land needs including a low-marine cargo forecast, aspirational brownfield redevelopment, and golf course conversion. The Alliance urged that assumptions used be reflective of market realities to ensure that we accommodate projected employment with the appropriate land uses. In particular, the Alliance is concerned with the assumption of a low-marine cargo forecast and urges the adoption of mid-cargo forecast to ensure that our working waterfront remains viable and supports our traded-sector economy and middle-income jobs. Read the testimony.
(November 2015)

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Alliance comments on city of Portland Employment Zoning Project

The Alliance submitted its comments on the Employment Zoning Project, which will modify the city’s zoning code to maintain industrial land capacity needed to meet expected growth in the Portland Harbor, Columbia Corridor, Central Eastside Industrial Area and dispersed employment areas in the city of Portland. The Alliance agrees with the proposed map and code amendments, such as prime industrial overlay that better align land use with middle-income job growth. The Alliance supports the project’s balance between ensuring that there is adequate supply of industrial land and still preserving the right to a legislative zone change. Read the letter.
(October 2015)

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Alliance weighs in on increased noise code regulations in employment areas

The city of Portland convened a Noise Code Task Force to look at the possibility of greater regulatory authority around construction equipment as it pertains to the noise code and noise code regulations in employment “EX” zones. In response, the Alliance urged that any revisions to the noise code strike a delicate balance between community livability and economic prosperity. The Alliance also advocated for more business and industry representatives on the task force, including an individual from the Central Eastside Industrial Council to ensure that businesses in the district who may be impacted by changes to the EX zone are represented. In response, the city will postpone looking at noise code regulations in EX zones. Instead, the task force will focus on how noise variance requests and appeals are made. 
(October 2015)

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Alliance supports Central City 2035 - SE Quadrant Plan

The Alliance testified in support of the Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan before Portland City Council. The plan strikes a delicate balance between preserving the industrial sanctuary and keeping pace with emerging market trends such as the maker space movement and software industry that create quality middle-income jobs. The Alliance recommended careful analysis of a multi-modal transportation system that does not compromise freight mobility in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The SE Quadrant Plan was approved as a resolution that will fold into the larger Central City 2035 Plan when it comes to council for adoption in the summer of 2016. Read the testimony.
(August 2015)

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Alliance and partners legally challenge changes to Park System Development Charge methodology

The Alliance and Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland, Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Building Owner Manager Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Oregon Chapter, Commercial Association of Broker filed a Writ of Review in Multnomah County Circuit Court that challenges the new Park System Development Charge (SDCs) methodology as being out of compliance with state laws that govern how SDCs are assessed. On May 27, 2015, Portland City Council voted 3-2 in support of the new methodology, which results in a massive fee hike targeted for the city’s parks and recreation program. The new System Development Charges (SDCs) would significantly impact residential and commercial development – adding thousands of dollars in fees to even a modest 1,800 sq. ft. house and doubling and, in some instances, quadrupling park-related fees on businesses. Park system development charges are not new, but the methodology used for this most recent park SDC update is.
(August 2015)

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Alliance comments on Metro’s Urban Growth Management Decision

The Alliance submitted its comments on Metro’s Urban Growth Management Decision, which ensures that there is adequate land supply to match employment and housing projections in the Portland-metro region over the next 20 years. According to the Alliance’s recent Value of Jobs report on middle-income jobs, Portland is becoming increasingly unaffordable for middle-income families. As such, the Alliance is urging Metro to consider projections regarding educational attainment and incomes of new households in determining where those will locate. Additionally, the Alliance is urging metro to continue and expand efforts to ensure industrial land is available to support middle-income jobs. Read the letter.
(June 2015)

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Alliance expresses concern over increase in Park System Development Charges

Portland City Council voted 3-2 on an ordinance that would change the methodology for Park System Development Charges (SDCs), significantly increasing the amount of Park SDCs new development must pay beginning July 2016. SDCs are levied in order to fund capacity improvements made necessary by new development. The Alliance testified before Portland City Council to raise concerns about the cumulative impact of fees, the specific calculation related to the new methodology and the impact of higher rates on businesses and homes. In some circumstances, commercial rates would increase by more than 300 percent under the proposal brought by Commissioner Amanda Fritz. The Alliance is concerned about the increase’s impact on housing affordability, as higher costs for developing new homes ultimately results in increased rents and home prices. Read the blog post.
(May 2015)

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Alliance opposes relocation of Right 2 Dream Too

The Alliance expressed its opposition to Mayor Charlie Hales’ decision to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp to the Central Eastside Industrial District. Homelessness is a growing issue in the city of Portland, but the Alliance does not support outdoor encampments as a solution and is advocating for the creation of more emergency shelters. The proposed relocation would simply shift the encampment from one neighborhood to another, and the more appropriate response is to find a safe location for the camp’s residents in more traditional shelter or housing facilities. Read the letter.  
(May 2015)

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Alliance raises concerns regarding 2015 Economic Opportunities Analysis

The Alliance raised concerns about a number of unrealistic assumptions that have been made in the city of Portland’s revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), which informs the city’s ongoing update to its Comprehensive Plan.  The EOA identifies whether there is an adequate supply of employment land to accommodate a variety of jobs and promote economic prosperity over the next 20 years. The Alliance raised concerns about several unrealistic assumptions related to fulfilling the state’s economic development goals. In particular, they include: the proposal to accommodate a low marine cargo forecast that does not align with historic or projected cargo growth, aspirational brownfield redevelopment, aspirational golf course conversion and shifting administrative jobs out of the Portland harbor. Overall, the Alliance is urging that the EOA and comprehensive plan reflect market realities to ensure economic development goals are met. Read the letter.
(April 2015)

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Alliance raises concerns over system development charges rate increase

The Alliance expressed concern about severity of proposed increases to  Portland parks system development charges (SDC) that have evolved as part of an effort by the Portland Parks Bureau to look at SDCs overall. The city is proposing to calculate SDC rates based on the total value of the existing parks system per capita. The current methodology is based on acres per 1,000 people. In concept, the Alliance agrees with the new methodology given that the city has constrained land supply and cannot realistically acquire more park land to keep up with population growth. Under the new methodology, the city may increase capacity by making enhancements to existing park land.  However, the Alliance does not support the level of increase in SDC rates and is concerned about its impact on housing affordability in Portland.  Read the letter.
(March 2015)

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Alliance weighs in on future development and planning in Southeast Portland

The Alliance submitted comments on the Proposed Draft Central City 2035 – SE Quadrant Plan, which serves as a blueprint for the next 20 years of development in the Southeast Quadrant. The Alliance urged city planners to ensure that the jobs and businesses in the Southeast Quadrant, which includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, are protected as the city considers investments. The Alliance is advocating for the plan to consider the following: preserve the industrial sanctuary, expand the employment sub-area, limit retail in the industrial sanctuary, enhance freight mobility, leverage existing parking capacity and activate the Willamette River. Read the letter.
(February 2015)

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Alliance supports amendments to Urban Renewal areas

The Alliance is participating on the Portland Development Commission’s (PDC) Urban Renewal Amendment Advisory Committee, which has finalized recommendations for changes to the following urban renewal districts based on Portland City Council directive adopted in May: Education, North Macadam, Airport, Willamette Industrial, Central Eastside and River. The Alliance originally proposed moving approximately 11 acres in the Old Town/Chinatown/Skidmore area from Downtown Waterfront urban renewal area to the River District urban renewal area.  Ultimately, the committee agreed to add one additional acre – David Gold’s Block – located at NW Fourth and Fifth avenues between NW Couch and Davis streets to the River District. The block is a catalytic development opportunity, and it frees up the remaining resources in the Downtown Waterfront urban renewal area for other important projects. Read the details of the Urban Renewal Amendment package. 
(November 2014)

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Alliance provides recommendations to city of Portland’s Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Alliance testified at the city of Portland’s Planning Sustainability Commission regarding the city’s Draft Comprehensive Plan, which is a state-mandated land use plan that guides the future growth of the city over the 20 years. In order to grow middle income jobs, the Alliance supports an adequate supply of market ready industrial lands, prioritization of freight in a balanced multi-modal transportation network, and reconciling internal inconsistencies and conflicts within the proposed draft plan especially between the chapters on economic development and the environment and watershed health. Read the testimony.
(October 2014)

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Alliance supports refinement of Urban Renewal Areas 

The Alliance testified in support of the resolution regarding Urban Renewal Area (URA) refinements, which was approved by Portland City Council. The Alliance is a longtime supporter of the appropriate use of tax increment financing and urban renewal as a catalyst for economic development and job creation. Portland City Council approved the resolution changing six URAs : The Portland State University/Education and Willamette Industrial URAs were eliminated; the North Macadam and Central Eastside URAs were expanded; and the River District and Airport Way URAs were eliminated. The North Macadam expansion will address some of PSU’s priorities and, while the Willamette Industrial URA was closed, the remaining bond money will support some of the manufacturing businesses in the area. The Alliance also advocated for the need for more public involvement in next steps, which include developing plans for the remaining districts. Read the testimony.
(May 2014)

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Port of Portland withdraws West Hayden Island annexation proposal

The Alliance has long advocated for West Hayden Island’s potential annexation into the city of Portland. Unfortunately, due to an inability to negotiate a feasible plan with Portland City Council, the Port of Portland has withdrawn its request that 300 acres of the island be annexed into the city. This loss raises significant question about how the city will fill the need for more than 600 acres of industrial lands identified by its own planners.  The potential opportunities lost from this decision include 900 direct family wage jobs, $45-$65 million in wages, annual state and local tax revenue of $18-$30 million, among many more. For more information about this issue and the Port’s decision to withdraw its request, read Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt’s letter to Mayor Charlie Hales. The Alliance will continue to track this issue and advocate with the mayor and his staff for the need to develop a financially viable strategy to address the city’s industrial lands shortfall.
(January 2014)

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Oregon Legislative wrap-up

The Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2013 session on Monday, July 8. Throughout the six-month session, the Alliance played an active role in Salem, including delivering testimony, generating grassroots communications and drafting legislation. The Alliance, with our partners, was involved in lobbying and/or tracking the following legislation.

Industrial Lands
Two bills developed by the Alliance and the Port of Portland resulting from the regional industrial lands inventory project were approved.  (The lack of site-ready industrial land was identified in a Value of Jobs study by the Port, Metro, Alliance and others.) The Legislature approved funding for staff to draft rules to implement the programs but not funds for grants or loans.  The coalition supporting the measures will return in the 2014 legislative session to request funding for the programs.
  • SB 246 would allow local project sponsors such as port and economic development districts to be reimbursed for up to half of the cost of infrastructure needed to make industrial lands development ready.
  • SB 253 would provide grants to local jurisdictions to pay for due diligence studies of potentially developable industrial sites.
(July 2013)

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City of Portland approves West Hayden Island annexation

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) made its final recommendations on the annexation of West Hayden Island.  In two separate votes, the Commission voted 7-3 in support of the annexation of West Hayden Island to the city of Portland and voted unanimously to support a proposed legislative package, which includes an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the city and the Port of Portland to balance human and environmental health with the development of a deep water marine terminal. The development of West Hayden Island is a long-standing priority for the economic health of the region and the Alliance will advocate for a financially viable development agreement.
(July 2013)

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City of Portland proposes West Hayden Island development strategy

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission plans to move a recommendation forward to Portland City Council regarding the annexation and development of 300 acres of West Hayden Island. Because the recommendation would require e additional significant mitigation requirements on the project, it is not clear whether or not it will be economically feasible for the Port of Portland to develop the land. Mayor Charlie Hales has said the issue is not likely to be taken up by Portland City Council until the fate of the I-5 Bridge Replacement Project is made clear. The Alliance is supporting the Port of Portland in the annexation effort.
(June 2013)

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Alliance moves industrial lands bills to Ways and Means Committe

The Alliance has been working with the Port of Portland in lobbying for support of the industrial lands bills, SB 246 and 253. The bills moved out of the Senate Business and Transportation committee to the Ways and Means Committee with near-unanimous support. The bills moved to the Ways and Means Committee as they require some funding for staffing and administration. The statewide coalition has begun meetings with the committee members to request their support.
(May 2013)

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Alliance voices support for West Hayden Island annexation

The Alliance and the Port of Portland testified before the city of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission in support for the annexation of West Hayden Island. The Alliance is working with the Port of Portland to recruit business support for the annexation of West Hayden Island into the city of Portland and for the financially feasible development of a marine terminal site. An op-ed co-authored by Dennis Rawlinson, Alliance board chair, and John Mohlis, head of the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, in support of the annexation ran in The Oregonian. Read the op-ed.
(May 2013)

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Alliance submits recommendations for the city’s Draft Comprehensive Plan

The city of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of updating its 20-year comprehensive plan. The plan is a foundational document for all the city’s zoning, land use and transportation plans and rules. After reviewing the Draft Plan, the Alliance’s Land Use Task Force expressed concern that the overall tone of the document does not focus on economic development and job creation. The Alliance stressed that in order for the plan to serve its purpose, it needs to make the economy and job development a top priority. Read the letter.
(May 2013)

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Alliance testifies in support of industrial lands bills

The Alliance testified before the Senate Business and Transportation Committee last month in support of two industrial lands bills that the Alliance helped draft along with the Port of Portland and others. SB 246 would provide state assistance in building infrastructure needed to prepare sites for industrial use. SB 253 would assist local communities in assessing the readiness of industrial lands and preparing development plans. The Alliance is working with the Port of Portland, Oregon Economic Development Association, NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) and others on amendments to both bills. Following the work session earlier this week, the Alliance believes the bills will move out of the Business and Transportation Committee to the Ways and Means Committee.
(April 2013)

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Alliance prepares industrial land bills

The Alliance's work on advocating for industrial land development on behalf of the Oregon Business Plan is progressing. Both the Oregon House and Senate have introduced bills aimed at assisting local jurisdictions in preparing development ready industrial sites (HB 2284 and 2285; SB 246 and 253). The Alliance testified at a number of hearings on the bills and is working with a coalition of supporters to refine the language and prepare the legislation to move to the House and Senate floors for approval.
(March 2013)

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Alliance prioritizes West Hayden Island annexation in 2013

The Alliance is working with the Port of Portland on an annexation proposal that is cost-feasible and suitable for a marine terminal facility. Due to the city's current industrial land shortfall of more than 700 acres, annexing West Hayden Island is a viable strategy in addressing this deficit. The Planning and Sustainability Commission asked 93 questions about the current proposal including inquiries regarding whether Washington State could accommodate a marine terminal development in lieu of West Hayden Island being used for that purpose. The Alliance submitted answers to the questions pertaining to economic impact and land supply and advised the city that it is not within Oregon land use law to rely on another state to address the city's land supply shortfalls. Throughout the next four months, the commission will host work sessions on the economic, environmental and health elements of the plan and Intergovernmental Agreement. The Alliance will continue to emphasize this effort as a priority for city council to act on in early 2013.
(February 2013)

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Alliance submits concerns about NW Fourth and Burnside encampment

The homeless encampment at Northwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street is generating complaints from surrounding businesses regarding zoning and building code violations as well as increase in illegal activities in the area. The Alliance recently addressed these concerns, urging the City of Portland to use tools other than the city's current fine-based remedy to increase incentives for the owner and occupants to comply with city law. The Alliance advocated for the city to take action regarding this site's legality and correct the damage that has been done to Portland's historic Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. Read the letter.
(December 2012)

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Alliance supports Veterans Memorial Coliseum redevelopment

The Alliance testified at Portland City Council in support of the redevelopment plan for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, urging the city to use the public-private partnership model moving forward. In addition, the Alliance recommended for the city to keep the Portland Development Commission in the discussion to guide further development with private-sector partners in this area. Read the memorandum.
(December 2012)

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Alliance works to resolve issues related to industrial land supply

The Alliance is participating in a working group consisting of watershed health advocates and industrial land users for the city's comprehensive plan update. The group is working to create a framework of policy for resolving issues between industrial land development and operations and protecting watershed health. The result will help guide the city's land use and development review process, as well as city-directed policies regarding environmental regulations on industrial users with the goal of being able to grow manufacturing jobs that typically pay higher wages than non-manufacturing-related jobs.
(December 2012)

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Alliance urges for prioritization of West Hayden Island annexation

As part of the its effort to support the growth of traded-sector jobs, the Alliance testified at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, advocating for their support for the annexation and a reasonable mitigation framework for West Hayden Island. The commission requested further time to study the proposal, moving the annexation decision to a transition issue for early 2013. The Alliance will urge council members to prioritize a resolution for this proposal in early 2013.
(December 2012)

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Alliance leads land use discussion with public stakeholders

The Alliance will help facilitate an industrial lands break-out session at the Oregon Business Plan annual Leadership Summit on Monday, December 3. In October, Alliance staff presented the findings of the regional industrial lands inventory project to the Association of Oregon Counties Region 8 Council (Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties), the AOC Legislative Committee, the Port of Portland Commission, the Metropolitan Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC) at Metro, NAIOP legislative committee, the Economic Development Professionals meeting of Greater Portland Inc., and the Governor's Regional Solutions Team meeting in Gresham.
(November 2012)

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Vacant Property Registration legislation postponed

The city of Portland has temporarily suspended efforts to enact a Vacant Property Registration requirement, pending further review of the issue. The initiative would create a mandatory online registration system for abandoned or vacant property owners, managers and other potentially responsible parties and impose a fee on all vacant, abandoned or distressed properties. Prior to the suspension of efforts, the Alliance outlined concerns regarding the layering of fees and regulations on businesses and banking institutions. Read the letter.
(November 2012)

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Comprehensive Plan Update addresses industrial land and watershed interests

The City of Portland is seeking strategies to help address its 720-acre shortfall of industrial lands while also finding strategies that improve water quality. In efforts to help strategize, the Alliance has formed a working group of the Working Waterfront Coalition and others interested in industrial lands issues.
(November 2012)

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Alliance testifies in support of West Hayden Island partial development

The Alliance gave testimony in support of the compromise negotiated between the City of Portland and the Port of Portland to allow partial development of West Hayden Island. To learn more about the Alliance's view on West Hayden Island annexation, read this op-ed by the Alliance's Sandra McDonough and Tom Chamberlain of AFL-CIO, which ran in The Oregonian.
(November 2012)

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Alliance, partners host Oregon Business Plan Industrial Lands Regional Summit

In partnership with Metro, Port of Portland and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and Business Oregon, the Alliance sponsored an Oregon Business Plan regional summit to discuss policy recommendations emerging from the Value of Jobs industrial land study. The summit, generously underwritten by Portland General Electric, concluded that funding strategies to address infrastructure and restoration issues are critical and that strategies such as the legislative concept (see article below) are necessary when considering development-readiness of industrial lands.
(October 2012)

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Elected officials address need for industrial land

In response to the Value of Jobs regional industrial lands inventory, Senator Lee Beyer and Representative Tobias Reed introduced a legislative concept to help prepare the region's industrial lands for development. The concept includes a loan, paid upfront by local jurisdiction, to help local project sponsors pay the cost of sewer, water, and transportation infrastructure or brownfields and wetlands restoration for traded sector industrial lands. The loan would be partially repaid by income tax revenue once the site is development. The industrial lands coalition anticipates the legislation will be introduced in the 2013 session. In recent weeks, the Alliance has participated with the industrial lands coalition to present the report findings and legislative concepts to the Association of Oregon Counties, Port of Portland Commission, Metro's MPAC committee and the Governor's Regional Solutions Team.
(October 2012)

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Alliance weighs in on Comprehensive Plan Update

The Alliance is working with the City of Portland to find ways to protect and utilize the existing industrial land supply. As part of the city's Comprehensive Plan Update, the city is strategizing ways to identify Portland's employment land supply for the next 25 years. The city has identified a shortage of 720 acres of industrial land to meet projected job growth and in order to comply with land use law, the city has to identify ways to offset that shortfall. The Alliance is advocating for a reduction in regulations; funding for brownfield restoration, site assembly and infrastructure improvements and development of West Hayden Island for marine industrial use as strategies to meet the shortfall.
(October 2012)

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement misquotes Value of Jobs industrial lands study

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that misquotes the Value of Jobs study on industrial lands. As a result, the DEIS misrepresents the significance of the Portland Harbor as well as its restoration plan. The Alliance sent a letter notifying NOAA that the DEIS took the study out of context and should correct the error. Read the letterRead Industrial lands study.
(October 2012)

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Public and private-sector partners urge new investments to support traded-sector job growth

In partnership with Business Oregon, Metro, the Oregon chapter of NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Association) and the Port of Portland, the Alliance released a report this week that brings to light the value of large-lot industrial sites to the Portland metropolitan region. The report shows a lack of market-ready sites inside the region's urban growth boundary and identifies specific hurdles to market-readiness. The report also outlines the economic impact of developing 12 case study sites, which could directly result in the creation of 12,500 new jobs with average annual wages of $97,000 and $764 million in additional personal income tax revenue for the state over 20 years. other stakeholders to craft a response that was sent to LCDC urging the commission not to remand the decision. Read the full study.
(September 2012)

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Alliance comments on the city's employment land supply analysis

The Alliance continued its discussions with Portland City Council regarding the city's employment land supply analysis, by weighing in on the Economic Opportunities Analysis. The Alliance raised concerns regarding the shortfall of industrial land and the lack of feasible solutions to address this shortfall. The Alliance will continue to work with the city and its partners on viable options to ensure the city has sufficient employment land supply. Read the comments.
(September 2012)

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Policy Expert Group members advocate for industrial land supply in Portland Plan

In response to the city's newly created Policy Expert Groups (PEG), the Alliance convened a working group compromised of PEG members from the business community to help advocate for policy alternatives that protect existing industrial land. Formed in May of 2012, PEG helps develop, review and guide policy changes to implement the Portland Plan. The working group strategizes recommendations for PEG members to advocate for to ensure that any proposed policy changes promote economic development and job creation. The Alliance is heavily focused on the Economic Development PEG, where the city's 25-year employment land supply and policies for land use are being developed. The Alliance is also advocating for incentives to optimize the utility of industrial land and a development and planning environment that promotes business investment and regulatory certainty.
(September 2012)

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City of Portland releases West Hayden Island draft plan

The city released its draft proposal (4.3MB) for West Hayden Island annexation and concept plan. Currently, the draft plan calls for 300 acres of marine terminal development and 500 acres of protected open space. The plan also includes costly modification policies that impact the financial feasibility of the marine terminal development. The Alliance supports the adopted city council resolution that calls for a balanced West Hayden Island plan that achieves an economically viable marine terminal, environmental improvement and community benefit. Due to the fact that the city has a shortfall of industrial land, this is especially important. The Alliance is concerned that the current proposal does not reflect this balance, and continues to urge the city to adopt reasonable policies so that West Hayden Island can serve the region's economic needs while becoming one of the largest open space and habitat areas within the city limits.
(September 2012)

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Alliance works with the city of Portland to address employment land shortfalls

As a part of the city of Portland's Portland Plan, the city's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) recently released the latest draft of Portland's Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), which will determine the region's land use decisions for the next 25 years. The EOA's findings are in line with the Alliance's recent Value of Jobs industrial land study, which shows that the region, including the city of Portland, has a shortfall of land available for employment growth. In a recent letter, the Alliance outlined its view on the latest EOA draft and will continue to work with the city to address the employment land shortfalls that were identified in the analysis. Read the letter.
(July 2012)

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Alliance releases Industrial Land Inventory report


The Alliance recently released its latest Value of Jobs study, the Industrial Lands Inventory report. The report, which was produced by Group Mackenzie in partnership with Business Oregon, Metro, NAIOP (a commercial real estate development association) and the Port of Portland, highlights the shortage of ready to develop large-lot industrial sites inside the urban growth boundary and selected urban reserves. It also emphasizes the importance of a consistent inventory of industrial sites so the region can expand local employers or attract new employers with the ultimate goal of increased private-sector job creation.

View the report.
Read the article in the Oregonian.
Read the article in the Portland Business Journal.
(May 2012)

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Coalition for a Prosperous Region responds to Urban Growth Boundary concerns

Recently, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development recommended to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) that it remand back to Metro its decision to expand the Urban Growth Boundary by 330 acres for industrial development. The staff recommendation found four shortcomings in Metro's findings and process for its recommendation. The Alliance staff worked with the Coalition for a Prosperous Region and other stakeholders to craft a response that was sent to LCDC urging the commission not to remand the decision. Read the letter.
(May 2012)

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Alliance demonstrates need for West Hayden Island annexation and development

The West Hayden Island (WHI) Advisory Committee recently received comments from the Alliance on the latest WHI reports and studies and the importance of WHI's annexation and development. Read the memo.
(April 2012)

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