On November 2, local leaders, chamber members, subject matter experts and elected officials from across the region gathered to identify solutions to remove barriers for producing more housing in the Portland area. The Portland Metro Chamber public affairs team, including Jon Isaacs, Jay Clark and Meikelo Cabbage, helped plan and convene the summit in coalition with regional partners and participated in the engaging discussions throughout the day.
Participants engaged in one of six working groups to find solutions that could be applied regionally across all jurisdictions. Each group developed action items and defined measures of success to help address critical housing infrastructure.
The six focus groups were:
- Attracting Capital: How to Attract Developer Investments in the Region
- Permitting: Innovations and Best Practices
- Land Use and Zoning: Urban Growth Boundary, Planning, and Urban Annexation
- Infrastructure: Making Land Development Ready
- Regulations: Rethinking and Alignment
- Reframing Language & Perceptions: Public Education, Redefining Terminology
Look out for solutions and next steps from the Regional Housing Summit that will be shared in late November.
Thanks you to the following conveners and sponsors of the summit:
- Hacienda CDC
- Holt Homes
- Home Building Association of Greater Portland
- MultiFamily NW
- Pacific Lifestyle Homes
- Portland Metro Chamber
- Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors
- Oregon Real Estate Forms (OREF)
- Oregon Smart Growth
- Reed’s Crossing
- Taylor Morrison
- and Portland Commissioner Carmen Rubio