Land Use Update: 6307 N Montana


6/8/2021 Update:  We received a new architectural plan set and answers to our development questionnaire.  Meeting is tonight at 6pm, details below.


We received the following zoom meeting invite from the architect (below).  Reference also the neighborhood contact webpage for this project for basic information.

We are proposing a new apartment building at
6307 N Montana Ave at corner of Holman St
The proposed Project is a new 3-story, 19 unit building with a mixture of studio and one-bedroom apartments.
The site includes infiltration for stormwater and landscaping..
Interior secured parking will be provided for bicycles.
The exterior finishes will be a combination of composite siding and composite panels, with colors to be determined. Community Design Standards of section 120 will be met.
A ground floor plan and color rendering are attached.
This information has also been posted on the BDS Community Information website.
In accordance with the City of Portland Neighborhood Contact process...
We are hosting a virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday June 8th at 6:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 7634 3444
Passcode: 310242
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+16699006833,,82176343444#,,,,*310242# US (San Jose)


Additional information from the Land Use Committee

Neighborhood contact meetings are required to occur at least 35 days before applying for a building permit, however, the permit application for this project was accepted by the City in February 2020.  Explanation from the architect:

"Yes, we did submit this originally in 2020 and we did do the neighborhood contacts  (under the 'old' system by certified mail) prior to submittal at that time. Since then the project has been revised. Although the height and number of units has remained the same, the overall building gross area in the recent checksheet revision change  to be just over 10,000 sq ft instead of just under that threshold in the original submission, thus triggering the neighborhood contact and public meeting requirement."



  1. Who is the developer?

  2. foslerarchitecture.com, contact info here: https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/neighborhood-contact/#/detail/73601

  3. Will there be low-income apartments available?

    1. There is not. Re: the Inclusionary Housing requirement - only applies to projects with 20 or more units. Even then, the way affordable is defined might not support low-income. See more here: https://www.portland.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/phbihinfosheet-7-1-2020.pdf

  4. So this project is purposely 19 units to get around that rule? North Portland has historically been a place of affordability so all kinds of people can afford to live here and enrich the neighborhoods. I have lived here almost 60 years and enjoy the variety of people in my neighborhood.

    1. Unlikely, a lot of these single lot apartment projects are 3 story 18 units because that is the most that can be fit on the site using wood frame construction. Also, the benefits to the developer for choosing the IH requirement affordable housing option are a good deal for them, just FYI. Can't agree more on the need for truly affordable housing.

    2. The number of buildings constructed with 20–30 units has taken a dive since the zoning change, with many developers opting to built 18 or 19 units instead, causing fewer homes to be built.