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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:
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.
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:
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.
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)
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. The public hearings will be broadcast live at www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361.
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:
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:
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.
While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; and Julia Gisler, public involvement, 503-823-7624 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Share your feedback on proposals that address the scale of houses, housing types and historically narrow lots in residential neighborhoods
On June 15, 2016, the Residential Infill Project (RIP) released a set of proposals that would adjust Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations.
Project staff then held six open houses around the city to share the proposals with community members. The events drew hundreds of Portlanders who were interested in and concerned about new development in their neighborhoods. Thanks to all who attended the events at Multnomah Arts Center (SW), Tabor Space (Inner SE), Historic Kenton Firehouse (North), East Portland Neighborhood Office (East), German American Society (Inner NE) and SMILE Station.
Staff notes reflecting the general conversations that occurred during the Q & A sessions at the open houses are posted on the project website with other public involvement documents.
Couldn’t attend an open house? Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire.
Since mid-June, an online open house and questionnaire has given Portlanders a chance to learn about the project and provide comments on the proposals. Deadline for filling out the questionnaire is August 15. Join hundreds of others and let staff know what you think of the draft proposals.
Don’t have enough space on the questionnaire?
Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments sent to our project mailbox will be included in the summary report of public comments. You may also mail your comments to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Residential Infill
How will public comments be used?
The Summary Report will be posted to the project website in September. These comments will inform possible revisions to the draft proposals for City Council consideration in November.
See the display boards in the lobby in front of the Permit Center at 1900 SW 4th Avenue
The same display boards that traveled to all the open houses are featured in the lobby in front of the permit center until Friday, August 12. These boards offer a chance to learn about the proposals at your own pace. While you’re there, you can give staff your feedback by:
(subject to change; check website closer to date)
August 15: Public review of draft proposals ends
August/September: Summarize public comment and develop recommendations
October 3: Publish staff recommendations to City Council
October 25: Planning and Sustainability Commission briefing (tentative)
November 9: City Council hearing(s) (tentative); provide direction for code language
Winter 2016: Begin working on code language
Summer 2017: Publish draft code language; public review
Fall 2017: PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language
For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
Or contact project staff:
Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624
One part of the proposal includes a limit on the size of houses, which is based on lot size.
Online open house and questionnaire offer community members another way to learn about the project and give feedback on proposals that address the scale of new houses, housing options and historically narrow lots.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the Residential Infill Project (RIP) kicked off a new round of public involvement at the Multnomah Art Center. More than 100 community members showed up to learn more about the project, ask questions and voice their concerns about new development in Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods.
In response to community concerns about demolition and infill, RIP staff and the stakeholder advisory committee are exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. Draft proposals to reduce the scale of new houses, allow more housing options and address issues around historically narrow lots are now available for public review and comment.
Portlanders will have many more opportunities to learn about the draft proposals, and staff will use the public input to refine proposals for City Council to consider in the fall. From June 15 to August 15, the public is invited to review draft proposals and take an online questionnaire.
More open houses are scheduled throughout the city in June and July to give community members a chance to review staff proposals. The presentations will be the same at all locations.
Please come to learn about the project, review the proposals, ask questions and share your feedback.
5441 SE Belmont St., Copeland Commons
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #15 and 71
Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line
East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #25, 71 and 77
German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St. (at Sandy Blvd)
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #12 and 71
8210 SE 13th Avenue
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #70
This open house is hosted by United Neighborhoods for Reform.
*Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner at http://trimet.org/#/planner to plan your route.
Staff will also be available to discuss the draft proposals at the following drop-in hours:
Staff will use the public input to refine proposals for City Council to consider in the fall. Council will provide direction on the recommended concepts, and staff will then draft changes to the zoning code rules for adoption in 2017.
* Subject to change; check website closer to date
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement
Morgan Tracy, Project Manager