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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.

Traffic changes at SE Tacoma and SE 6th August 3 - 7

Construction at the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and SE 6th Avenue from August 3 – 7 will lead to temporary traffic changes for drivers that week. From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection, due to grading and paving work in the middle of the intersection. Traffic on 6th Ave. will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week.

This news release is available online.


Release: July 31, 2015

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111,

Traffic changes at SE Tacoma and SE 6th August 3 - 7

Construction at the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and SE 6th Avenue from August 3 – 7 will lead to temporary traffic changes for drivers that week. From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection, due to grading and paving work in the middle of the intersection. Traffic on 6th Ave. will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week.

Left turns and north/south movements can be made at intersections east of 6th Ave.

The intersection is being rebuilt as part of the Sellwood Bridge replacement project to line up with the new bridge. The intersection will include a traffic signal and left turn lanes for Tacoma traffic.

On Monday, August 3, crews will move concrete barriers near the intersection starting at 3 am to prepare for asphalt grinding starting at 7 am.

Multnomah County is the lead agency for the Sellwood Bridge project. The City of Portland, which is a project partner, will maintain the new intersection and signal. For more information, visit

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Note: An architect's rendering of the completed 6th & Tacoma intersection is attached.

Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Comments from ONI Bureau Director honoring Midge Purcell at City Council

The following are the comments made by ONI Bureau Director during City Council’s proclamation honoring the work of Midge Purcell from the Urban League of Portland on the eve of her move to the UK.

Good morning Mayor Hales, Commissioners

My name is Amalia Alarcon Morris and I am the director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement

It gives me great joy to have been asked to speak today about Midge Purcell – a woman I love and admire very much.

Midge had been working with ONI’s Jeri Jimenez (formerly known as Williams), managing our DCL partnership with the Urban League. But I personally got to know her during our efforts on the Portland Plan Equity and Civic Engagement TAG. For over two years, a core group of us bonded over the joys and sorrows of trying to convince our bureaucracy about the importance of equity to Portland’s future. Midge’s insights, clear analysis, strategic thinking and her sense of humor kept us going through the endless re-writes and the frustrations of having our re-writes re-written. During that time someone began calling our group, comprised of Midge, Lisa Bates, Danielle Brooks, Dora Perry, Desiree Williams-Rajee, the late, great Afifa Ahmed-Shafi, and me, the equity ladies. On days that were especially frustrating, Midge dubbed us the somewhat less dignified “Sad Bastards.” And on days when we wanted to walk away we would organize a “sad bastard” happy hour and recharge our batteries and come back to the table.

Midge will tell you that all her efforts were team efforts, and that is true. But it leaves out the fact that every team needs a leader, someone who points out the way – and jumps into the work too. Someone who inspires the team to keep going until the work is done. And that is Midge Purcell. Leadership development, wildly successful get-out-the-vote efforts, not one, but two State of Black Oregon reports and the Ban the Box efforts are just some of the ways Midge has worked to make Portland a better place for all Portlanders. Her work, and that of her DCL colleagues from the Latino Network IRCO, NAYA, and CIO was recognized this year by Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for being one of their top 10 identified Innovations in American Government. I can’t say that enough. It makes me giddy…I’ll probably say it some more…Innovations in American Government. That was Harvard…

Midge is a brilliant woman. She taught me about getting clear and being strategic. About letting go of the battle in favor of winning the war. About releasing personal hurt from injuries caused by systems in service of changing those systems for the better. She taught me that if you can’t change it right now, you can find fellowship, laugh at it, and yourself, and get up and try again tomorrow. All this she did with the utmost humility and generosity of spirit.

I spoke with Midge yesterday and asked her if there was anything she would want me to say today. True to form, she told me to say that none of the work she has done in Portland during her tenure would have happened without the ONI DCL grant that seeded the creation of her department. Though I doubt that, I will take it. And maybe put in for my retirement – quitting while I’m ahead.

I feel privileged to have been a part of Midge’s movement during her time here. Glad to have worked with her and planned with her and grieved with her and celebrated with her.

Saying goodbye to such a positive force is not easy. But it is mitigated by the knowledge that the next Sad Bastards happy hour will be in London. Thank you Midge Purcell for your brilliance and your friendship. We will carry on with your work. Portland’s loss is London’s gain. Safe journeys and God-speed.