The conversation shared below was part of the YIMBYtown 2022 conference, cohosted by Sightline Institute and Portland: Neighbors Welcome.*
After all these great pro-housing policies get passed, who is going to do the actual implementation of building middle housing? Large-scale developers are not yet lining up to build triplexes and basement apartments in neighborhoods.
Hear stories from advocates who decided they’d roll up their sleeves and add the housing and neighborhood amenities they wanted to see themselves. This presentation also gives an introduction to the basics of small-scale infill development.
- Payton Chung, managing partner of Westover Green LLC, describes his journey to becoming a small-scale developer of a cottage cluster and some of the zoning and code barriers he encounters.
- Nicholas Papaefthimiou, founder of infillPDX, highlights three affordable infill projects in Portland.
- Neil Heller, owner of Neighborhood Workshop, discusses financing options for adding a unit (or three!) to your home.
Find this article interesting? Support more research like this with a gift!
*YIMBYtown 2022 occurred April 11–13 in Portland, Oregon, the fourth annual gathering (after some COVID delays) of “Yes in My Back Yard” (YIMBY) community leaders, organizers, planners, policymakers, educators, and housing providers eager to share resources and strategies for building more affordable, sustainable, and equitable communities.