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Hearings wrap up on Residential Infill Project, but written testimony accepted until November 23

Nearly 120 people testified in person to City Council about proposals that could reduce the scale of new and remodeled houses and help create more housing choices in Portland

City Council heard testimony from 119 people on the Residential Infill Project on November 9 and 16 and received 135 letters about the recommendations in the Concept Report. Next they will discuss the staff recommendations and could propose changes based on what they heard from the public. Commissioners will then vote on a resolution directing project staff to develop Zoning Code language and map changes over the next year, which will implement their approved concepts.

Learn more about the Residential Infill Project Concept Report 

STILL TIME TO TESTIFY

Council has held the record open until November 23 to give Portlanders more time to submit testimony in writing. Testimony must be received by midnight on November 23 and must include your name and address. You may send written comments …

  • Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov

Missed the public hearings? Watch videos of past City Council meetings at:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?tab=council  

COUNCIL VOTE

City Council will deliberate and vote on the recommendations in the RIP Concept Report in early December. Public testimony will not be heard at this time.

December 7, 2016, 10 a.m. (time certain)
Council Chambers at City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled. You may also watch the hearing streamed live on the Auditor's website.

NEXT STEPS

The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

Or contact project staff:

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7624

Public hearings on Residential Infill Project Concept Report November 9 & 16

City Council to hear testimony on new regulations that could reduce the scale of new and remodeled houses and help create more housing choices in Portland.

The Residential Infill Project Concept Report will be the subject of two public hearings with City Council beginning this week. The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will: 

  • Reduce the maximum allowed size of houses based on lot size and zone.
  • Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs, transportation options and other amenities. Within the new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters (groups of small homes typically oriented around a shared common space).
  • Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

WHAT: City Council Public Hearings on the Residential Infill Concept Report

WHEN: November 9 at 2 p.m. (time certain) and November 16 at 24 p.m. (time certain) and 6 p.m. (to give Portlanders a chance to testify after working hours) 

WHERE: Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue; also streamed live on the Auditor's website

HOW: You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled. You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:
  • Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
  • Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.
Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address. 
 

Next Steps
After hearing public testimony, City Council will vote on a resolution giving staff direction to develop Zoning Code language to implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by PSC hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

 

Residential Infill Project Concept Report now available; City Council public hearings scheduled for November 9 and 16

Proposals will reduce the scale of houses and help create more housing choices in Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods

In response to community concerns related to new infill development, housing affordability and compatibility, demolitions, and the need for more housing choices in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to undertake the Residential Infill Project (RIP) in August 2015.

Two online questionnaires and two months of public review later, project staff have released the RIP Concept Report for City Council to consider before directing staff to write implementing code.

The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:

  • Reduce the size of houses based on lot size and zone.
  • Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs and transportation options and other amenities. Within this new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters.
  • Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.
  • Concept report cover

Read the Residential Infill Concept Report 

Download a four-page handout that summarizes the recommendations

Copies of the report are also available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or can be mailed to you if you call 503-823-7700. 

What has changed from the RIP Discussion Draft proposals?

The most significant changes to the proposals are:

1)      Change to scale of housing: In addition to lot size,
         differentiate by zone when calculating the allowable
         size of house.

2)      Changes to housing choice:

  • Establish a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to be applied where additional housing types will be allowed;
  • Revise the study boundary of where to apply the Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to include more amenity-rich areas and exclude David Douglas School District.    
  • Require design controls for projects with more units than currently allowed by the base zone; and
  • Create new incentives to retain existing houses.

3)      Change to historically narrow lots: Rezone to R2.5 to reflect lot size.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing
Project staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Concept Report on October 25, 2016, at 4 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2500A (no testimony will be taken). You can watch the briefing on the BPS YouTube channel.

Please check the PSC calendar prior to the event to confirm date, time and details. 

City Council Briefing and Public Hearings
Next month staff will give City Council a briefing on the recommended concepts. After the briefing Council will hold public hearings, followed by a vote by resolution giving staff direction to develop Zoning Code language and Zoning Maps that will implement the concepts they approve.

November 1, 9:30 a.m.                 
Briefing (no public testimony)

November 9, 2 p.m. (time certain)           
Public hearing

November 16, 2 p.m. (time certain)
Public hearing; deliberation/vote, if time allows

All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings will be broadcast live at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/28258.

How do I testify at City Council?
You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled.

You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:

Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204

Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.

Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address. 

To learn more about past events and outreach efforts that helped shape the recommended concepts, please review the following documents:

Next Steps
In November, City Council is expected to give staff direction to develop Zoning Code language that will implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by PSC hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

Or contact project staff:

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7624

Residential Infill Project online questionnaire and open houses yielded 1,400 comments about proposed rules for new development in single-dwelling zones

See what Portlanders said about the RIP draft proposals and learn about next steps for the project as it makes its way to City Council

Over the course of two months (from June 15 to August 15), hundreds of Portlanders reviewed and commented on draft proposals for new regulations in single-dwelling neighborhoods. The proposed zoning for new houses and remodels would affect scale, housing types and narrow lot development in single-dwelling residential areas.

During the eight-week public review period, staff collected more than 1,400 public comments from an online questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at open houses, as well as emails and letters. Thanks to everyone who took the time to learn about the proposals and give feedback, including concerns and suggestions.

A summary report of the feedback on the Residential Infill Project draft proposal is now available on the project website. The summary report includes six appendixes that provide the entire text of the comments received, the notes from the open house Q & A sessions, and demographic cross-tab tables for the questionnaire data.

Read the RIP Summary Report of the Public Comments on the Draft Proposal.

While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next Steps
The project team is using the feedback on the draft proposals to develop recommended concepts for City Council to consider at a series of public hearings in November. The recommended concept report will be available later in October for the public to review.

City Council is expected to give staff direction to develop Zoning Code language that will implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision. 

For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill. Or contact project staff: Morgan Tracy, project manager, 503-823-6879 or morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov; and Julia Gisler, public involvement, 503-823-7624 or julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov

First public feedback phase for Residential Infill Project comes to a close; 1,400 comments received

Council to review recommendations for new regulations shaped by community input

After eight weeks of open houses, an online questionnaire and other public engagement efforts, the initial phase of outreach for the Residential Infill Project closed on August 15. The online open house had more than 8,000 visitors, and nearly 600 community members attended the in-person open houses held throughout various parts of Portland. Thanks to the Neighborhood District Coalitions and Multnomah Arts Center, Tabor Space, Kenton Firehouse, East Portland Neighborhood Office, the German American Society, and Smile Station for assistance arranging the space, hosting events and publicizing the events.

Staff received more than 1,400 public comments from the questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at the open houses, emails and letters. The proposals for scale of new houses in single-dwelling zones, alternative housing types and narrow lot development were full of detail and technical information. Thanks to everyone who took the time to dig into the proposals and give feedback, as well as share concerns and suggestions. Feedback on the proposals will help shape the recommendations for City Council to consider in this fall. While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next steps
Staff will be reviewing and summarizing public input in a summary report to be published by mid-September. This will help staff develop recommendations for City Council to consider in November at a series of public hearings.

After the hearings, City Council will give staff direction on the recommended concepts in order to develop specific code amendments as part of a legislative process phase in 2017. That process will include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision.