Question 2 makes the critical mistake of framing city planning in negative terms.

Instead of posing the question to the community of where and how we want to grow, it proposes that we begin by first declaring where some might rather not.

I didn’t vote in favor of rezoning the Portland Co. as a city councilor. Nor, however, will I vote as a citizen for a referendum that makes distrust of any future growth our approach to planning.

Portland must grow, in an equitable and inclusive way, if it is to truly prosper.

Inclusionary zoning – just adopted by the Portland City Council – will mandate 10 percent workforce housing in new developments of 10 units or greater or a contribution of $100,000 for each affordable unit not provided to a housing trust fund. This rule applies to the Portland Co.

We’re leveraging growth for prosperity.

Please join me in voting for growth that is equitable and inclusive – and NO on 2.

Kevin Donoghue

District 1 city councilor


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