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Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to create new manufactured dwelling park zone for more than 50 parks; plan now goes to City Council for approval.

FILE PHOTO, COURTESY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL OF LANE COUNTY - The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted Tuesday to create a new manufactured dwelling park zone to fend off redevelopment of the city's mobile and manufactured home parks. The proposal now goes to the City Council. The Portland City Council will now consider a proposal to create a new manufactured home park zone for about 56 of the city's mobile and manufactured home parks, which could prevent the parks from being redeveloped for other, more lucrative uses and allow more stability for some 3,000 families.

The new zone was endorsed Tuesday by the Planning and Sustainability Commission in a 7-2 vote, sending the idea to the City Council for final vetting and approval.

"We're thrilled that it passed this first hurdle," said Cameron Herrington, anti-displacement coordinator for Living Cully, a coalition of nonprofits that led the campaign to create the new protections for residents.

The real estate boom has created pressures for some park owners to redevelop their properties into more profitable ventures, causing anxieties among mobile and manufactured home owners. Moving such homes is quite costly and often not worth the effort, causing some homeowners to lose their properties.

Even if the council approves the new zone, though, some property owners are expected to file claims under the state's Measure 49 initiative, arguing the city move has reduced the value of their property. The city would then have the option of reversing the zone change for individual properties, to avoid having to pay compensation.

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