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Residential Infill Project recruiting members for Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Portlanders sought to represent their communities and neighborhoods to advise City staff on new development standards in single-dwelling residential areas.

In just about every neighborhood in Portland, residents are seeing older homes going down and new – often larger – homes going up in their place.

While not a new phenomenon, demolition and infill have been on the upswing in Portland as the economy improves and builders try to meet the increased demand for all types of housing. In 2014, approximately 300 demolition permits were submitted, or roughly one a day. That’s about a .2 percent annual replacement rate, which is comparable to other cities nationwide. While fewer than half the homes are replaced by two or more houses, the average size of replacement homes is about 2,000 square feet, or nearly twice the size of its predecessor.

What is being done?

In response to community concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales initiated the Residential Infill Project to ensure that new or remodeled houses are well integrated and complement the fabric of neighborhoods. The project will evaluate the city’s single-dwelling development standards and focus on three main topics: scale of houses, narrow lot development and alternative housing options.

How to get involved

In addition to an inclusive public outreach and engagement process, the project will be guided by a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of neighborhood representatives along with other individuals and organization representatives having interests, skills, knowledge and expertise in the areas of residential construction, affordable housing, architecture, urban design, historic preservation, real estate and financing, alternative forms of housing, social and housing services, and sustainable development.

The City is looking for Portlanders to serve on the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

If you are interested, please visit the SAC webpage for more information about committee member roles, responsibilities, selection process and timeline. A Statement of Interest must be submitted no later than August 7, 2015 to:


U.S. Mail:

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
c/o Residential Infill SAC
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

The SAC will meet throughout the 18-month long project, starting in September with twice monthly meetings through the end of the year. After that it will meet less frequently as the project transitions to drafting and adopting regulations through a public legislative process. SAC members will be asked to help to share discussions and updates with their respective networks as well as assist at public events.

About the project

By 2035, Portland will be home to 123,000 more households. While most of these new housing units will be in mixed use centers and corridors, approximately 20 percent of these new homes are expected to be single-dwelling attached or detached houses.

The Residential Infill Project will address the scale, size, mass and location of new single-family construction to help protect the unique character of Portland’s treasured neighborhoods. But it will also look at smaller forms of housing (skinny houses, stacked flats, cottages, etc.) to ensure that where they are allowed, these more affordable forms of housing reflect the desired character of the single-dwelling zones. 

Does this plastic go in the blue roll cart?

Yogurt style tubs and bottles with a neck are just two of the many plastic items that are accepted at the curb. This illustration helps when you have a plastic item in question.

Hey Portland! You probably know that you can recycle many plastic containers together with paper and metal in the blue recycling roll cart. But not all plastics can be recycled at the curb. In Portland, plastics accepted at the curb are based on SIZE and SHAPE.

Which plastics go in the recycling roll cart?

When in doubt, throw it out or, even better, visit to find a nearby depot that will take these plastics.

Check online for a complete list of what’s accepted in the blue recycling roll cart.

Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation discussion drafts coming this summer and fall

Projects address employment land, institutional campuses and mixed use zones; includes consolidated zoning map

Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan will manage growth and development in the city for the next 20 years. That’s a pretty abstract concept. But down to earth, the plan includes some “early implementation” projects that will update the zoning code — or the rules — that regulate the size, allowable uses, location and scale of new buildings and development.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is focusing particularly on future development in mixed use zones, in and around campus institutions (e.g., hospitals and college campuses) and of employment land, including industrial areas. Project staff will be releasing discussion drafts for each project starting in July and running through September.

Discussion drafts allow planners to share their initial thinking with the community and consider the feedback as they develop their proposed drafts, which are presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for formal review and public hearings.

Early implementation projects will address the zoning code and map in different ways:

The Employment Zoning Project is implementing new directions for industrial and employment land uses. Project outcomes will include code changes to industrial and general employment zones and zoning map changes for new mixed employment areas. These land use changes address prosperity and equity objectives and 20-year land needs for job growth, while protecting neighborhood livability and watershed health.   

The Campus Institution Zoning Update Project increases the amount of development capacity for Portland’s dispersed college and hospital campuses. This will help these institutions accommodate projected demand for space and facilities over the next 20 years. The project also addresses surrounding neighborhoods and seeks to protect them from potential negative impacts of such development.

The Mixed Use Zones Project is proposing new zones for mixed use areas to address issues of scale, size, mass and location of new development in mixed use areas as well as create incentives for developers to build more affordable housing. In addition to reducing the number of zones for commercial development in these areas, the project will address community concerns about appropriate transitions between commercial main streets and hubs to surrounding single-dwelling neighborhoods.

Early Implementation Project Timeline

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases discussion drafts (comments to BPS staff):

  • Employment Land (Zoning Code and Map) – July 2015
  • Campus Institutions (Zoning Code) – July 2015
  • Mixed Use Zones (Zoning Code and Map) – September 2015
  • Residential and Open Space (Zoning Map) – September 2015

PSC holds public hearings and accepts written testimony on proposed drafts and recommendations: September 2015 – March 2016
City Council holds public hearings: May – June 2016
City Council adopts new Comprehensive Plan: Summer 2016
Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development reviews adopted plan: 2016
Effective date: 2017

Early Implementation (Task 5)



Opportunities for providing feedback

If yes, to whom?

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Employment Land, Campus Institutions and Mixed Use Zones

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing the Proposed Draft

Project staff

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Draft of Residential and Open Space Zoning Map

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing the Proposed Draft

Project staff

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Institutional Campus

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Employment Land

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Mixed Use Zones

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Winter 2016

PSC Public Hearings on the Proposed Zoning Maps

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

All hearings are open to the public. Please check the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar for schedule updates at

City Council to hold public hearing on SE Quadrant Plan on July 8 at 3 p.m.

Portlanders invited to testify on new plan to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st-century employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to the Willamette River


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Troy Doss

Portland, ORE. — On July 8, 2015, City Council will hold a public hearing on a nonbinding resolution to adopt the Southeast Quadrant Plan. Portlanders are invited to testify on the SE Quadrant Recommended Draft at the hearing.

Public Hearing, Southeast Quadrant Plan – Testimony Welcome
July 8, 2015, 3 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
1221 SW 4th Avenue

How to give testimony
You can share your feedback on the plan with City Council in several ways:

1. Testify in person at the hearing (see details below)

2. Submit written testimony:

Attn: Council Clerk
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140
Portland, OR 97204

3. FAX or email comments to 503-823-4571 or Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Guidance for testifying in person

  • Arrive early to sign up and get instructions on how testimony will be heard.
  • The normal allotted time to testify is 3 minutes; however, it may be necessary to limit the time to 2 minutes or less if there are many people testifying.
  • Testifiers can provide the commissioners with printed materials. Please provide eight copies to the Council Clerk.
  • Testifiers are allowed to show Power Point presentations or other slides, but they must use the laptop provided at the testimony table and advance their own slides within the allotted 2-3 minutes. It’s helpful to submit files before the hearing as there is usually not enough time to load them and get copies for the record once public testimony begins.

Download council documents
Southeast Quadrant Plan – Recommended Draft

The plan is provided as a large ~28MB file; it is also divided into chapters. The same material can be found in both. If you are having trouble downloading the larger file, please try downloading the individual sections.

Next Steps
Once the plan is adopted by resolution, it will be integrated with the N/NE and West Quadrant plans and other input into a Central City 2035 Plan, which will then be the subject of public hearings before both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council in 2016.


PSC News: July 14, 2015 Meeting Recap

Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation


  • Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at