The Oregonian | Elliot Njus
Portland is packaging its plan for more density in single-family neighborhoods with a broad proposal to prevent displacement of low-income renters and minority groups, including such things as affordable homeownership programs and stronger tenant protections.
The effort is intended to assuage concerns about the city’s Residential Infill Plan, which would allow duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes in neighborhoods traditionally reserved for single-family houses. Critics say the infill project would encourage development that could push out longtime residents.
But as planners presented the policies side-by-side Tuesday to the Portland City Council, commissioners expressed skepticism the city can pay for the anti-displacement efforts — and they’re wary of the effect the infill plan could have on low-income residents without them.