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Residential Infill Project advisory committee walks and talks to learn more about infill development issues

SAC meetings, informational sessions and neighborhood walks catalyze discussion of potential code updates to create more effective regulations in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project. This meeting, a follow up to an optional informational session on November 17, aimed to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to the project’s third focus area: narrow lot development.

The SAC has met six times since September 2015 to learn about the City’s policy direction with the new Comprehensive Plan and discuss the first two project topic areas: scale of houses and alternative housing options. Additionally, City staff have led a series of four neighborhood walks for SAC members and interested residents covering four distinct Portland areas, including Inner South (Richmond), Western (South Burlingame), Eastern (Powellhurst-Gilbert) and Inner North (Boise-Eliot).

The next SAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 (2nd Floor). SAC members will be briefed on the policy framework that guides Portland’s projected population growth in single-dwelling residential neighborhoods and review best practices for residential infill development in other cities. Members will also help staff develop principles for the January 2016 charrette/workshop (tentatively scheduled for all day Thursday, January 21, 2015, location TBA) as well as evaluation criteria for assessing future prototype alternatives. The general public is welcome to attend and share comments and observations at all SAC events. Check the project calendar for meeting dates and times.

To stay up to date with future meetings and events, be sure to sign up on the project mailing list.

PSC News: December 15, 2015 Meeting Recap and Documents

R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation; R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation; Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing


  • R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation
  • R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation
  • Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at  

Share your thoughts about residential infill development; take an online survey between now and January 12, 2016

Share your views with City planners working on the Residential Infill Project to help identify community priorities.

Portland is growing and new homes are springing up throughout the city. So the City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling neighborhoods to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents.

The Residential Infill Project will propose new and updated rules to address the scale and design of new houses and home additions, as well as determine where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed. The project will also explore alternative housing options that could help keep housing costs down while increasing the variety and types of housing available for Portlanders.

Tell City planners what you think

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.You will be able to prioritize the residential infill issues that are most important to you. Staff will use the results of the survey to help identify key community values as the project moves forward. 

Share the survey

Tell your friends and neighbors. Share the link to the survey, which will be available until Tuesday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m. Survey results will be posted online and shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

‘Tis the season to reduce, reuse and recycle

Use this quick reference guide as a reminder of where to put holiday items once you’re finished with them.

Recycle gift boxes, cardboard, wrapping paper and greeting cards in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart (foil-lined items belong in the garbage).Put leftover holiday treats and natural decorations, like greenery and pine cones, in the green Portland Composts! roll cart. Multifamily residents should talk with their property managers to find out how and where to dispose of greenery and trees if they don’t have a green Portland Composts! roll cart. 

Reuse packing peanuts, padded envelopes, bows and ribbons or place these items in the garbage

Find a detailed list of what goes where or download the Be Cart Smart guide

Have extra garbage during the holidays?

You can set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Residents who rent a house or smallplex of two to four units should talk to the landlord before setting out extra garbage or large/bulky items for collection. There is a fee for this service. Multifamily residents can alert the property manager to the need for an additional pickup if there is excess garbage and recycling.