Portland Developer Worries About Red Tape Following Kotek Housing Mandate

Kotek Housing Mandate: Governor Tina Kotek of Oregon signed three executive orders on her first full day in office, all with the stated intention of addressing the state’s “ambitious” homeless epidemic. Some contractors, though, are worried about potential obstacles to constructing homes.

Portland Developer Worries About Red Tape Following Kotek Housing Mandate

At the ceremony on Tuesday, Kotek revealed that one of the executive orders intends to construct 36,000 new homes annually for ten years. According to the governor, reaching the target of 36,000 units would need cooperation between local, state, and federal partners and represents an increase of 80% above current development patterns.

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Housing bonds and other levies are being used to pay for construction, but some developers of these units complain about excessive bureaucracy and a lack of communication.

Co-Executive Director of ROSE Community Management Nick Sauvie explained, “We had to apply for money for three consecutive years, and then it takes about a year to acquire permits and it takes about a year to get built.”

Portland Developer Worries About Red Tape Following Kotek Housing Mandate
Portland Developer Worries About Red Tape Following Kotek Housing Mandate

Kotek has also issued an executive order mandating the reduction of both unsheltered and sheltered homelessness across the state, not just in locations where a state of emergency has been declared.

As a result of the severity of the housing shortage in Oregon, the state has set an aggressive target for new home building. Since the demand is so great, Kotek remarked, “I set this aim knowing that we will not get there in a year or even two.”

Despite rising rents as a result of the moratorium’s lifting and the housing push, he’s optimistic that the governor will do whatever it takes to address the severe housing shortage. This includes helping people who are currently homeless as well as those who are being priced out of their current homes.

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In addition to establishing her housing goals, Kotek’s executive order creates an emergency housing advisory group.

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