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Repealing Exclusionary Zoning

March 14, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm


Repealing Exclusionary Zoning: Lessons from Minneapolis, Seattle, & our own backyards


Often, residents of cities don’t know our own zoning history, or how generations-old rules dictating who was allowed to live where still impact our urban landscapes to this day. Join panelists Sara Maxana with the City of Seattle, Janne Flisrand with Neighbors for More Neighbors in Minneapolis, Allan Lazo with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, and moderator Oriana Magnera with Verde for a discussion of two cities’ recent successes and efforts to (re-)legalize small-scale multi-unit buildings in their single-family residential neighborhoods. The panel will also explore Portland’s local historical exclusionary zoning, the limitations of zoning rule changes, and additional solutions that are necessary to achieve more economically and racially diverse neighborhoods.

Short presentations by all panelists will be followed by a moderated Q&A and questions from the audience.


Allan Lazo, Fair Housing Council of Oregon
Janne Flisrand, Neighbors for More Neighbors
Sara Maxana, City of Seattle
Moderated by Oriana Magnera, Verde


5:00 pm – Doors open
5:30 pm – Panel begins


About the Panelists:
Allan Lazo is the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, an organization with the mission to end housing discrimination in Oregon through access to education, advocacy, and enforcement. He has been a long-time community advocate for civil rights and social justice, especially in the areas of housing, homelessness, and racial equity. Allan currently serves on the City of Portland Housing Bureau’s Affordable Housing Bond Oversight Committee and is a long-time resident of Portland.

Janne Flisrand has a special passion for the city of Minneapolis and how the way we build cities shapes people’s lives and daily choices. She became a pro-homes advocate in 1997 when kids at the after-school program she ran shared their stories of home and being pushed out. She co-founded Neighbors for More Neighbors, the group that led the grassroots support of Minneapolis nationally-acclaimed comprehensive plan passed last year. Previously, Janne led a statewide affordable housing initiative that changed policy to ensure all subsidized homes meet healthy, green standards. She also owner-occupies a fourplex, co-founded Our Streets Minneapolis, and recently completed four years of service on the streets.mn board.

Sara Maxana is a Seattleite who believes affordable and walkable urban neighborhoods are essential to meet the social and environmental challenges of our growing and changing world. As the Citywide Project Manager for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and Policy Advisory to Mayor Jenny Durkan, she puts these values into action, managing interdepartmental efforts to implement strategies to meet Seattle’s housing affordability needs, minimize residential displacement, and support vibrant and accessible neighborhoods.

Oriana Magnera is the Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator at Verde, which serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach, and advocacy. Her role is to advocate for policies that forward community-based and -controlled energy that advance self-determination and fight displacement, and she has worked for years at the intersection of housing, energy, and justice. Oriana also serves on the advisory committee for Portland for Everyone, is the Chair of the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association, and advocates for hygiene access as a human right with Sisters of the Road.

The event is free and open, but please be sure to register & save your spot in case it fills up – space is limited, and if we do fill up we will be checking registration at the door.


About the series:
We know Portland is feeling growing pains and will continue to. We also know that compared to many other places, Portland still has room to consider HOW we want to evolve. We are a critical moment in our history: The decisions we make this year will impact housing availability and affordability for a generation to come. As we grow, Portland can learn many lessons from larger metro areas: from successes, from failures, from the willingness to embrace political challenges creatively. Hindsight is 20/20, and our peers in bigger cities have it.

This speaker series is bringing experts in housing policy and advocacy from Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, to share their expertise and advice on how our region can better meet ALL residents’ housing needs. Join AARP Oregon, Portland for Everyone/1000 Friends of Oregon, and the Sightline Institute for a dynamic conversation, looking back and looking forward.

Find all three events in the series here:http://portlandforeveryone.org/events/


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Cover image courtesy of Portland for Everyone


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