Land Use & Development

The Portland Business Alliance works with many partner organizations on land use issues to support a balanced approach to policy enabling businesses and employers to locate here and grow. One of the Alliance’s top land use priorities is increasing the region’s amount of market-ready industrial land that will foster the growth of high-paying manufacturing jobs.  

 

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Advocacy for indoor shelters

The Alliance continues to work with the Joint Office of Homelessness and others to identify additional sites for potential shelters.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alliance generates hundreds of comments for Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup

​The Alliance generated 346 public comments in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan before the public comment period closed on Sept. 6.

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.

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.

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.

Act Now for a Healthy River, Healthy Economy

There are 36 days left to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan.

Portland Construction Excise Tax Proposed to Fund Affordable Housing

A construction excise tax (CET) of 1 percent of permit valuation was proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman to fund affordable housing.

Environmental Protection Agency releases Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan

On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed $758 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund, kicking off a 60 day public comment period.

Portland Harbor cleanup plan expected this month

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release its proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site on May 26.

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.

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.

Alliance and partners raise concerns over city of Portland's fossil fuel policy

Mayor Charlie Hales introduced a resolution stating that “City Council will oppose expansion of infrastructure who primary purpose is transporting and or storing fossil fuels in or through the city of Portland or adjacent waterways.”

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.

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 (SDC) methodology as being out of compliance with state laws that govern how SDC's are assessed.

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