At a Metro Council work session in July, Councilor Sam Chase asked his colleagues to join him in advancing a series of exemptions for middle housing to the Metro’s construction excise tax. Councilor Chase highlighted Metro’s long history of supporting accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and middle housing opportunities throughout the region. He highlighted the successful system development charge waiver that Portland, and others, utilize to incentive the development of ADUs. Additionally, he highlighted the need to revisit restricting zoning regulations that cause economic segregation and limit Oregonians opportunities to access good school districts and amenities. He was joined by Councilor Christine Lewis, who called for a set of incentives to support the development of needed workforce housing. Following these comments, the entire Metro Council directed staff to begin preparing a series of exemption options for their consideration. HBA has been working with Metro Councilors on an exemption program over the past year, and is enthusiastic about the Council's commitment to support housing affordability. We expect a staff report and associated recommendations this fall. For more information about HBA’s work with the Metro Council, contact Ezra Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org.