City Hall Update: Council OKs rental registration program
The City Council voted to require all landlords in Portland to register their rental properties with the city on Wednesday.
The council approved the Residential Renter Registration Program introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler on a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Nick Fish absent. According to Wheeler, the information collected through the new program will allow the council to make better decisions regarding renter protections and similar issues in the future.
No landlords testified against the program. Most other major cities on the West Coast already have similar programs. Landlords will be expected to register their properties by April 15, 2019, but will not pay any costs or face penalties during the program's first year.
Freeman Tank development decision appealed
The Multnomah Neighborhood Association has voted to appeal the city's decision to allow Renaissance Homes to build three homes on property that includes an unused water tank near Southwest 42nd Avenue and Freeman Street.
The association voted July 24 that the residential lots are not perfectly rectangular, as required by development rules. The association also wants the developer to pay the city-required Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge on the property instead of the future obligation allowed in the Bureau of Development Service's decision.
The project has been controversial since 2013, when the Portland Water Bureau sold the property with little public notice. A hearing on the appeal must be scheduled within a month.
Wheeler increases media access at City Hall
Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Tuesday that he is opening an office in City Hall for "credentialed media" and will begin holding regular news conferences on the last Friday of every month.
The mayor's office says the moves are "initial steps" to increase transparency of city government.
Wheeler also said that he plans to spend more time engaging with the public outside of City Hall during a recent meeting with Portland Tribune editors and reporters.