Refinements to infill development guidelines are intended to foster density and creativity
With the release of the Infill Design Tool-kit guide, the city of Portland is attempting to enumerate and remove some of the long-standing barriers to infill development.
The tool kit is a compilation of work that the city first undertook about three years ago, when planners recognized that there were obstacles to dense infill development. The tool kit is now one-stop shopping for developers and builders curious about changes to the city's recommendations for infill development for neighborhoods.
"This is supposed to be a carrot-type approach, rather than a stick," said Shawn Wood, a city planner with the Bureau of Development Services, who worked on the tool kit.
The primary goal of the tool kit is to find design compatibility that works within the evolving context of neighborhoods, according to people who worked on the project. [Read full article]
By Tyler Graf,
DJC Oregon - January 8, 2009