The Portland region needs 60,000 housing units to resolve the current housing shortage.
What new land use laws are helping close the gap? And what legal developments make it even harder for developers to keep up with demand?
Ezra Hammer and Jamie Howsley are attorneys at Jordan Ramis, a firm that serves the businesses of Pacific Northwest.
Ezra and Jamie have expertise in land use and development, environmental and natural resource permitting and government affairs.
On this episode of The Portland Real Estate Podcast, Ezra and Jamie join hosts Joe Fustolo and Steve Nassar to discuss what’s behind the moratorium on new development in Washington County and why it’s so challenging to build in Multnomah.å
Ezra and Jamie explore the benefits of a new law promoting the adaptive reuse of old commercial buildings into residential units and explain how residential infill projects give property owners the freedom to build ADUs and attached homes.
Listen in for Ezra and Jamie’s take on cities banning natural gas in new construction and learn what we can do to support thoughtful real estate development and alleviate the growing housing crisis.
What’s behind the moratorium on new development in Washington County
How the Washington County moratorium will impact the housing market
The benefits of a new law supporting the adaptive reuse of old commercial buildings into residential units
Why developers might be slow to take on adaptive reuse projects
Why the City of Portland expanded the opportunity to build senior housing in residential zones
How residential infill projects make it easier for residents to build ADUs and attached homes and why that’s still not enough fix the housing shortage
Why it’s so challenging to build in Multnomah County and what’s being done to change that
How short-term rentals affect the housing landscape and recent court cases to restrict STRs
How Ezra & Jamie think about cities mandating what you can and can’t use for power (and why municipalities go after new construction vs. retrofitting existing stock)
Why the growth Portland has seen over the past several decades is likely to continue and increase
Ezra & Jamie’s take on where the next annexations or developments will be