After the Oregon Legislature passed a law in March that for the first time allows cities to use inclusionary zoning, Portland has begun work on developing a plan for requiring developers to build affordable housing in certain areas of the city.

Kurt Creager, director of the Portland Housing Bureau, announced Thursday that a panel of housing experts will present a plan to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman by September.

Oregon is the 49th state to allow inclusionary zoning. Only Texas now forbids it.

Backers of inclusionary zoning say it can help address the skyrocketing rents Portland has experienced, though there's debate about whether such policies are effective.

The list of housing experts announced today:

Inclusionary Housing Program Development – Panel of Housing Experts

Shannon Callahan – Office of Commissioner Saltzman

Matthew Tschabold – Portland Housing Bureau

Sarah Zahn – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Gerding Edlen

Dike Dame – Portland Housing Advisory Commission, Williams and Dame Development

Dr. Lisa Bates – Portland State University

Dr. Ronald Lehr – KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

Amanda Saul – Enterprise Community Partners

Vivian Satterfield – OPAL PDX

Margaret Tallmadge – Coalition of Communities of Color, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

Eric Cress – Urban Development + Partners

Greg Goodman – Downtown Development Group, Portland Business Alliance

Kira Cador – Rembold Companies

Nolan Lienhardt – ZGF, 1,000 Friends of Oregon