In addition to launching new communities, Orange Splot works to reform the ‘rules of the game’ for our built environment so more Portlanders can have decent, affordable and community-supportive housing. To that end, I serve on Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission, share ideas on my blog (example here), participate in planning processes (Residential Infill Project, Accessory Structures Project…), and support the ADU and tiny house movements through www.accessorydwellings.org and leading ADU tours. Want to get involved too? Here are some opportunities coming up.
FREE BREAKFAST FORUM: “Missing Middle Housing”
Dan Parolek, who coined the term “Missing Middle”, is coming to town! We’ll be leading a walking tour on Oct. 6th (sold out), then hosting a community breakfast forum from 9am-noon on Friday, Oct 7th. The topic: housing, land use and creating communities for all ages. After the presentation, there will be a chance for dialogue with Joe Zehnder (Portland’s planning director), Alma Flores (Community Development Director for Milwaukie), Alan DeLaTorre (PSU’s Institute of Aging), and Yours Truly! Sponsors are AARP, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and the Urban Land Institute. Details here. Registration here. See you there!
REPORT PUBLISHED: Character-Compatible, Space-Efficient, Housing Options for Single-Dwelling Neighborhoods
Would cottage clusters, accessory dwelling units, corner duplexes or internal conversions of large homes be welcome additions to your community’s zoning toolbox? Supported by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality and Transportation and Growth Management Programs, Madeline Kovacs and I researched and co-authored a report on these housing types that covers case studies, trade-offs, best practices, and specific code suggestions. Check out the report here.
NEW ORGANIZATION: Portland for Everyone
Founded earlier this year to advocate for diverse, abundant and affordable housing in all of our neighborhoods, Portland for Everyone is actively involved in ongoing regulatory reform projects going on now and for the next 12-18 months. Orange Splot is a co-founder and supporter, along with a growing coalition of advocacy and community organizations, housing providers, individuals, and local businesses. If you care about the future of our city and want to take action, this is a great way to get involved.
VOTE THIS NOVEMBER: Support Measure 26-179 for A Local Affordable Housing Bond
In addition to zoning reform, we need new financial resources to house Portland’s lowest income residents. Orange Splot is pleased to support the Welcome Home Coalition and their Yes for Affordable Homes! initiative. You can too – with your ballot next month.
Thanks so much to our awesome staff, partners and investors – and all of our loving and supportive families. Without them, Orange Splot would just be a (pretty darned great) kids book.
Eli & the Orange Splot LLC Team