Council mulls rezoning to shield residents of affordable mobile home parks

The Oak Leaf mobile home park in the Cully neighborhood is one of several old parks in Portland that have considerable deferred maintenance. Some fear the city rezoning will spur developers to level those parks, displacing the homeowner/tenants, and put in new, expensive manufactured homes with triple the space rents.

The Portland City Council is expected to move quickly Wednesday to pass an emergency zoning ordinance that protects 56 mobile and manufactured home parks from being redeveloped into other uses.

Critics say the proposal could have unintended consequences, and won't shield mobile and manufactured homeowners from evictions or steep space-rent increases.