Brace yourselves, developers. City rules governing construction of multi-family projects in Portland have changed.
The Portland City Council on Wednesday approved a plan that requires developers who construct projects with 30 or more units to provide at least some on-site parking. The number of spots increases proportionally based on the project’s size. Some parking can be eliminated by adding bicycle, motorcycle and shared vehicle parking.
The move is not unexpected. Residents in some inner Portland neighbors have been rallying against large-scale developments with no on-site parking claiming they make already scant on-street parking even more difficult to find. In the most publicized case, the city pulled the permit on an 81-unit Southeast Division Street project that was half built, leaving the developer in limbo.
As Wendy Culverwell reported recently, it’s not necessarily the plan that has developers worried. It’s the process. In fact, many developers say they favor on-site parking and many already add parking.
The new rules take effect in 30 days.