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Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 11, 2017

This week: Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development approves the City of Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan as at least one neighborhood readies its appeal; Portland Housing Bureau...

Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan Approved by State Dept of Land Conservation & Development

The state's Department of Land Conservation and Development has rejected all objections filed against Portland's Comprehensive Plan, moving the plan closer to implementation. The Multnomah...

Willamette Week: Six Cities Smarter Than Portland About Housing

Willamette Week reports there are six cities around the world that the City of Portland would be well to copy ideas from to solve the affordable housing crisis. They are: Montreal (row houses); Tokyo...

Portland Seeing Unintended Consequences of Law Aimed at Developers

The Oregonian reports on the high fees homeowners are being charged for sidewalk maintenance when they apply for building permits to improve their homes. The fees are a result of the Local...

Seismic Retrofits for Unreinforced Masonry Take Center Stage

A front page report in this month's Southeast Examiner outlines the dilemma many owners of unreinforced masonry in the City of Portland find themselves in: upgrade or tear down and rebuild? Owners...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - December 4, 2017

This week: City audit of its Prosper Portland department uncovers financial mismanagement; Oregon's population grows at a record level for the second straight year; Congressional Republicans' tax...

Oregon's Population Continues to Grow by Numbers Not Seen in More Than 20 Years

New residents are pushing Oregon's explosive growth for a second straight year, according to a new study by the Portland State University Center for Population Research. The study indicated Oregon's...

Business Journal: Private Sector Creative Solutions for Homelessness DOA at City of Portland, Multnomah County

The cover story of this week's Portland Business Journal: How government rejection of creative solutions from the private sector for housing the homeless is not helpful. The news outlet cites the...

City Audit of Prosper Portland Finds Financial Mismanagement

The Portland Auditor's Office has found significant evidence of financial mismanagement at Prosper Portland, formerly the Portland Development Commission. When auditors looked into four of the...

2035 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Delayed Until May

Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan has been set to go into effect January 1, 2018, but the City Council is likely to delay it until May 23, 2018. Kurt Creager of the Portland Housing Bureau had asked...

Milwaukie City Council Approves 1% Construction Excise Tax

The city of Milwaukie in Clackamas County has approved a 1% excise tax on new residential, commercial, and industrial development. The funds raised by the tax will go toward building affordable...

Tenants Sue Landlord Who Was Also Linchpin Senate Vote Against Rent Control

Portland Tenants United (PTU) is doubling down on its fight against Sen. Rod Monroe (D-East Portland) who was the linchpin vote against rent control in Oregon during the 2017 legislative session. PTU...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 20, 2017

This week: A major Portland homebuilder announced he will no longer build in the city due to excessive permitting times; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler calls on the business community to help with...

San Jose's Mercury News: "Rent Control Likely Fueled Gentrification of San Francisco"

A Stanford University paper presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research conference found that following the implementation of rent controls in 1995, the number of available rental units...

Local Developer: Portland's Permitting Process is "Slower and More Complicated Than Any Other City We Work In"

The Portland Tribune spoke with residential developer Jeff Smith of J.T. Smith Companies, who has said he will no longer build new homes in Portland. Smith explains that the city's long and...

Spokane's Push for Development on Surface Parking Lots Could Lead to Statewide Changes

The City of Spokane is hoping to revitalize its downtown by providing incentives for development on surface parking lots. City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing a 10-year property tax...

Multifamily Marketwatch Podcast - November 13, 2017

This week: Metro regional government releases a report concluding that Portland lacks adequate affordable housing; Bend considers ways to assist renters and affordable housing advocates speak out...

Catholic Charities Running Up Against Landlord-Tenant Laws at Women's Village

Catholic Charities has run into a hurdle in its administration of the Kenton Women's Village because of landlord-tenant laws. The nonprofit organization had instituted a zero-tolerance policy for...

Housing Supply Matters When Addressing Affordability

Economist Joe Cortright writes in his City Observatory blog that politicians and affordable housing advocates are starting to realize what economists have been arguing for years: increasing the...

Vancouver, WA to See 1% Property Tax Increase in 2018

The Vancouver City Council voted on Monday to increase property taxes by 1% in 2018. The city council aims to add $459,500 to the general fund with the tax increase, which they point out is below the...