City’s infill plan faces legal challenge

Neighborhood activist march against the Residential Infill Project duing a previous Multnomah Days Parade in Southwest Portland.

The Portland City Council is on track to consider the most ambitious plan to encourage additional housing in single-family neighborhoods in the nation.

But, as the appointed Planning and Sustainability Commission prepares to refer the plan to the council, the process is under a legal attack. The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is challenging it at the Oregon Court of Appeals. The association believes the council violated state land use planning laws and city rules when it approved a policy encouraging so-called missing middle housing late in a lengthy land use planning process that concluded in 2016.