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

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. The public hearings will be broadcast live at

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:

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

Or contact project staff:

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager,, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement,, 503-823-7624