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Plus, gang violence up 45 percent so far this year and the Portland Art Tax due April 17.

About 135,000 property owners began receiving mailed notices from the city of potential zoning changes related to the Residential Infill Project last week.

Project recommendations, which have yet to be approved by the City Council, would allow smaller multifamily development in single-family neighborhoods. The notices are required by Measure 56, which was approved by Oregon voters in the November 1998 general election.

Ironically, the proposal for the additional housing options did not trigger the mailing. They were required by the project's recommended new limits on house sizes.

The recommendations would affect approximatley 60 percent of all single-family neighborhoods in the city. They would only apply to property owners who expand the housing on their property after they are adopted. For more information, visit: portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/678846.

Gang violence up 45 percent

Gang violence in Portland increased 45 percent during the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2017.

According to the most recent statistics released by the Portland Police Bureau, the Gang Enforcement Team investigated 32 cases through the end of March versus just 22 in the first quarter of last year. The cases surged to 17 this March, compared to eight in January and seven in February.

Most of the cases were shootings. Police suspect many of them are in retaliation for the killing of at least one gang member in Janary.

The 2018 total is still slightly below the three-year average of 33 for the first quarters of 2017, 2016 and 2015, however.

Art Tax due April 17

The Portland Revenue Division is reminding residents that the annual $35 Arts Tax is due April 17.

Each city resident 18 and older must pay the tax, which supports hiring arts teachers in public schools and activities by nonprofit arts organizations aimed at marginalized and lower-income communities. Those in households with incomes below the poverty level can request an exemption.

The Arts Education and Access Income Tax was approved by Portland voters in the November 2012 general election. It can be paid online or through the mail with a completed form mailed to households or downloaded from the city's website at https://tinyurl.com/y7yhuxhr.

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