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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. 

Residential Infill Project questionnaire closes on August 15

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.

Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire

Don’t have enough space on the questionnaire?
Email your comments to residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov. 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:

  • Writing your comments on the flip chart.
  • Filling out a comment card and/or questionnaire and putting it in the comment box.

NEXT STEPS
(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. 

Residential Infill Project open houses begin; share draft proposals for new houses and additions in single-dwelling zones

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.

Online Open House and Questionnaire

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.

Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire.

Open Houses and Drop-In Hours

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.

Tabor Space
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

SMILE Station
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:

  • June 21, 12:30–2:30 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street
  • June 21, 5–7 p.m. at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • June 27, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N Schofield Street
  • June 29, 3:30–5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Avenue
  • June 30, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard

Next Steps*
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. 

  • June 15 through August 15: Public review of draft proposals
  • August/September: Summarize public comment and revise proposals
  • 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 2017: Begin working on code language
  • Summer 2017: Publish draft code language; public review
  • Fall 2017: PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language

* Subject to change; check website closer to date

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill, email project staff at residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov, or contact:

Julia Gisler, Public Involvement
503-823-7624 

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager
503-823-6879

SAVE THE DATE(S): Residential Infill Project begins series of open houses, starting June 15 at the Multnomah Arts Center, to share draft proposals for new houses and additions in single-dwelling zones

In addition to open houses, an online open house and questionnaire will offer community members another chance to learn about the project and give staff feedback

The Residential Infill Project is exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. From June 15 to August 15, the public is invited to review draft proposals that will influence proposals delivered to City Council in fall 2016.

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, RIP project staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) have developed proposals that address three topics:

  1. Reducing the size of houses – How to make new infill housing more compatible with existing neighborhoods.
  2. Increasing the range of housing types – How to allow more types of smaller housing units in single-dwelling areas.
  3. Historically narrow lots – How to provide more housing through the development of skinny lots.

Open Houses: In Person and Online
Staff will hold a series of open houses around the city. The presentations and format at all locations will be the same. Please come to learn about the project, review the proposals, ask questions and share your feedback.

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #44 

Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont St., Copeland Commons
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #15 and 71

Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line

East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #25, 71 and 77

German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St. (at Sandy Blvd)
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #12 and 71

SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Avenue
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
*Tri-Met: 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.

An online open house and questionnaire will also offer Portlanders a chance to learn about the project and provide comments on the proposals.

Next Steps
(subject to change; check website closer to date)

   
June 15 – August 15 Public review of draft proposals
August/September Summarize public comment and revise proposals 
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:
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement
503-823-7624

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager
503-823-6879

Or email project staff at: residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov