Key Talking Points:
- Support the overarching goal of increasing housing affordability, but reject proposals within the HRRP that pit the housing, climate and biodiversity crises against each other.
- Do not suspend the Bird Safe Glazing Standard:
- The BSG policy was collaboratively developed with multiple stakeholders and was designed to dovetail with existing zoning codes and affordable housing goals.
- BSG represents Portland doing its part to reduce the scale of bird collision deaths locally, one of the leading causes of bird mortality in North America, with estimates of up to 1 Billion birds dying annually from hitting windows.
- Approaches that make buildings more energy efficient can synergistically meet bird safe design criteria, making this a very low or no cost consideration.
- Do not suspend the Ecoroof requirements for the Central City:
- This policy helps mitigate urban heat island effect in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city.
- Ecoroof requirements provide significant sustainability benefits and increase habitat connectivity in Portland’s most developed neighborhoods.
- Ensure that other regulatory relief measures being considered in this policy are actually tied to improving housing affordability and are not just handouts to developers.
Thank you for taking action to ensure Portland remains one of the greenest metropolitan areas in the country – one in which all people have access to affordable housing in complete, healthy, equitable, climate resilient communities surrounded by nature.