Open Source Advocacy

Is your community ripe for zoning reform?

Great work is being done in Portland and around the country to support housing types that use land, space, and energy more efficiently; are well-served by transit and neighborhood services; are designed to strengthen our local communities; and people can afford.

Below, please find resources from advocates, developers, and others we think might help accelerate this critical evolution in local planning around residential development. We’ve mixed in some articles and op-ed’s that do a great job of communicating these issues to the public. So don’t start from scratch … take, adapt, & use away!

Green & Affordable Infill Strategies

Support letter for bill to increase the supply of affordable and market rate housing in more Oregon communities
Testimony to Portland City Council – Housing Affordability Strategies – Ruth Adkins for Oregon Opportunity Network (Oregon ON)
Testimony to Metro Council – Code Updates to Meet Metro’s Future Housing Needs – with Housing Land Advocates, Oregon ON, Cascadia Green Building Council, & many more signatories
Testimony to Portland City Council – Environmental case for small, in-fill housing options
“A progressive Portland developer’s plan for an affordable infill policy”
Portland Tribune opinion piece: “New Ideas Solve Portland’s Housing Needs
Portland Tribune opinion piece: “Infill Project A Good First Step for Housing”

“Missing Middle” housing
“Bringing affordability back to Portland’s neighborhoods” – Portland Commissioner Steve Novick
Testimony to Portland City Council (visual aide) on “missing middle” zoning limitations & opportunities

Accessory Dwelling Units
ADU Model Code – with co-editors Martin Brown, Kol Peterson, Jordan Palmeri & Ben Schonenberger
Testimony to Portland City Council – Waive SDCs for ADUs – with Beth Meredith, Eric Storm, Sam Hagerman, Ben Shook, Stephen Aiguier, David Todd, Kria Lacher, Shawn Busse & Martin Brown
Testimony to Portland City Council – Supporting accessory structure code updates
“Making Big Sense of Small Homes” – AARP
“Grandma Never Had It So Good” – NY Times

Inclusion & Anti-Displacement
“Friends of All Ages: Life in Multigenerational Communities”
Testimony to Human Services & Housing Committee
in Support of HB 2890/Inclusionary Zoning

Tiny Homes
Legal Path Blueprint for Tiny Homes