The city of Portland is rethinking its policy that would allow developers to build housing without room for parking.
The City Council met to discuss amending its parking rule on Thursday. Right now, there are no rules in the city of Portland that require developers to provide parking for tenants.
Many homeowners want that rule to change. They worry not providing parking in some of Portland's inner-city neighborhoods would create a parking nightmare on crowded city streets.
But supporters of the current rule think amending it would make it more expensive for developers to build new, affordable housing.
"I'm interested in seeing the city plan for a version of itself in 20 or 30 years where it's not assumed that everyone owns an automobile," one supporter said.
Supporters believe amending the current rule would mean the city would take a step back in developing the Portland for a sustainable future.
"I would like to see the city continue with their initiatives to increase public transportation and active transportation," one supporter said. "I think one of the best ways to do that is to build a housing stock that makes it more affordable and easier for folks who don't own a car."
This debate has sparked an ongoing parking war in several Portland neighborhoods. It's not clear when the City Council will make a final decision.
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