Portland’s land problem searching for a solution
THE lack of housing options, combined with a potential influx of workers to Portland and Heywood, has local decision makers scratching their heads for the solution to a problem that could choke the region’s growth.
While the region continues to struggle with an exceptionally tight rental market – one that has seen some workers come here and leave soon after being unable to find somewhere to live – the lack of housing in general continues to bite.
Larger subdivisions aren’t coming on stream, and that means the city’s housing stock isn’t growing fast enough.
So while the market for existing homes remains strong, many newcomers are still having problems finding somewhere to live.
Along with the existing buoyant forestry industry, and a long pipeline of work at Keppel Prince Engineering meaning more staff there, the region also has two major renewable energy projects in the pipeline.
If the Kentbruck Renewable Energy Hub, one of the world’s largest wind farms, and the Heywood Solar/Hydrogen projects get off the ground, they are expected to need hundreds of workers, especially in the construction stage.