Zoning question on Portland ballot would make an imperfect process much worse

When it comes to ballot initiatives, things are not always what they seem.

That’s the case with Portland’s Question 2, which would change zoning rules in a way that would lock people out of the process, freeze investment, tangle our city with lawsuits and throw us into chaos for years to come.

Portland’s Question 2 (not be confused with statewide Question 2 to expand Medicaid) would devastate our city – empowering just a handful of people to prevent good projects – ranging from job-creating development on our historic working waterfront to affordable and workforce housing designed to keep Portland livable.

Question 2 would allow just a few residents living near a proposed project – like the cold storage facility on Commercial Street or the affordable housing project on Bishop Street – to stop it in its tracks.

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