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How Should Portland Address its Workforce Housing Needs?
What is the problem and is Inclusionary Zoning the right solution?

March 12, 2015 - 7:30AM
to 9:15AM

Portland Regency Hotel
20 Milk Street
Portland, ME

About the Event:

Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00- 9:15 AM 

Inclusionary Zoning is a policy that requires a certain percentage of units in any housing development over a certain size to be offered at affordable rates for median income households. Inclusionary Zoning is sometimes offered with a package of other incentives to offset the financial impact to developers and the occupants of the market rate units.   

The City of Portland is considering the adoption of a package of policies that are designed to “encourage and ensure” workforce housing production. This package includes upzoning in several zoning districts as well as the adoption of an Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. Without sufficient offsets, Inclusionary Zoning may have the potential to reduce new housing supply.  Other cities with Inclusionary Zoning have adopted offsetting incentives such as Tax Increment Financing Districts, height, density or other zoning bonuses, municipal bond financing, and allowing the required affordable units to be built off-site but elsewhere in the city. These are all items that are under consideration as part of the City’s process to design a package of proposals.

Does Inclusionary Zoning address the root causes of high costs of housing such as high land costs, lack of available sites, cumbersome permitting processes and other burdens on economic development?  As part of a package of incentives and requirements, will it help produce more workforce housing, or reduce overall housing production? Is Inclusionary Zoning even with incentives the most effective policy to accomplish more median-income housing in Portland?  Should we also consider other methods? 

What exactly is the problem, and what are "right sized" solutions that will work best for all?

Please join us for an informative discussion of these questions and more on March 12 at the Portland Regency Hotel.

Meet our Panelists: 

Our panel of experts will be moderated by Andrea Cianchette Maker, MEREDA Public Policy Counsel, and Partner and Chair of Government Relations Practice at Pierce Atwood.

Caroline Paras, Economic and Community Planner, Greater Portland Council Of Governments - Author of "2030 Workforce Housing Demand"  

Jeff Levine, City of Portland, Director of Planning & Urban Development Department 

Jonathan Culley, Redfern Properties, Developer  

Jim Brady, Local Real Estate Developer   

Chris O'Neil, Portland City Hall Liaison, Portland Community Chamber


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