Avesta, Portland Chamber oppose Portland’s Question 2 initiative

Avesta Housing and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday their opposition to Portland’s Question 2, a citizens’ initiative on the city’s Nov. 7 ballot that would allow a zoning change to be blocked if 25% of voters who live within 500 feet of a zoning change file written objections.

The referendum question, however, would provide a way for a developer to override a citizens’ veto — if 51% of registered voters within 1,000 feet of the disputed zoning change approved the rezoning within 45 days.

Avesta and the chamber reviewed recent and current development projects and, based on future projections, determined that if voters approve Portland’s Question 2, in their opinion “it would have a serious and negative impact on growth in Portland and the region.”

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