SB 10 Increases urban density requirements

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee

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This bill establishes permissible density requirements within urban growth boundaries of cities within metropolitan service district or with population more than 10,000 for areas adjacent to transportation corridors and zoned to allow residential development.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
Transit-oriented development hasn’t worked in the last twenty years. It’s not going to start working today. It’s a mistake to allow denser development and assume people will choose public transit rather than cars.

Limited Government
Requires cities like Portland to allow development of 75 housing units per acre in public transit corridors, misses the mark in two key areas. Attempts to legislate the location of new development won’t improve transit ridership. Despite billions in new light rail lines and mixed-use developments, TriMet’s ridership has been declining since 2012. Removes parking minimums from these developments. This could lower the cost of development, but it could also worsen parking and traffic problems in a city that’s been trying and failing to cut down on automobile use for decades.

Local Control
Interferes with local planning processes to insert top-down government centralized planning.


  1. arden ray says:

    The Senate Leader’s bill, SB 10, imposes mandatory minimum density requirements on thousands of neighborhoods without any consideration of their existing environments and without the consent of their residents. One size does not fit all.

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