Portland enacts new zone to prevent redevelopment of mobile home parks

The Oak Leaf mobile home park in the Cully neighborhood, now being redeveloped, included a mix of single-wide homes and RVs.

With little ado, the Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to add a new zoning designation to 56 of the city's 57 mobile and manufactured home parks so that they can't be redeveloped for other uses.

The emergency ordinance, which takes effect immediately, was designed to protect what the city views as a key source of affordable housing during a time when home prices and rents — and redevelopment projects — are going through the roof.