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What are people saying about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft?

More than 700 individuals and 46 organizations submitted comments on proposed code and map changes for single-dwelling neighborhoods.

Portlanders had a lot to share with City staff during the public review of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft (October 3 through November 30, 2017):

  • 433 people submitted 3,425 comments through the online and paper comment forms.
  • Community members sent 249 emails.
  • Staff received 46 letters from nonprofits and advocacy groups, public sector agencies and commissions, for-profit housing developers, business interests, neighborhood associations and district coalitions.
  • The lobby exhibit in the 1900 Development Services Building resulted in 36 comments.

Staff read and categorized all the comments and prepared a What We Heard Summary Report, which is now available on the project website. The report identifies key themes from all the comments, including:

  • Housing affordability.
  • How the “a” alternative housing opportunity overlay is mapped.
  • The displacement risk analysis.
  • Proposed regulations for cottage clusters.
  • Visitability standards to promote age-friendly housing.
  • Incentives to protect historic resources.

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Read the Residential Infill Project What We Heard Summary Report

In addition to this report, the full text of all the comments can be found in the appendices, which include:

  • Appendix A: Comment Form Responses
  • Appendix B: Emails and Letters from Individuals
  • Appendix C: BPS Lobby Exhibit Written Comments
  • Appendix D: Letters from Organizations

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

These comments will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring.

The first public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2018. At this hearing, Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft, which will be available to the public at least 30 days prior to the PSC hearing.

After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft) later this fall. After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?

Email or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Deadline for written testimony on the CC2035 Plan extended to Monday, January 22 at noon

Community members encouraged to send their testimony via email or deliver in person to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Yesterday, January 18, 2018, the Portland City Council held a public hearing on their draft amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. Roughly 70 people testified in person on these amendments to the new long-range plan.

At Commissioner Fritz’s suggestions, Council agreed to extend the deadline for written testimony – on the amendments only – until noon on Monday, January 22, 2018. Testifiers may submit their testimony by email or in person. 

  • Email: cc2035@portlandoregon.gov
  • In person: Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201 Attn: CC2035 Testimony

Read the Amendments Report and the Additional Amendments. (Note: Written testimony will only be taken on Council amendments.)

Vote on amendments moved to March 7 at 2 p.m.

Commissioners originally were scheduled to vote on their amendments to the CC2035 Plan on March 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. That vote has moved up one day; Council will now vote on the amendments at 2 p.m. on March 7.

The final vote on the entire plan is scheduled for May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.

Historic Resources Code Project holds second public roundtable

Participants discussed the purpose of a citywide Historic Resource Inventory and identified opportunities to encourage rehabilitation and reuse.

Example of Italianate-style architecture

The venue for the January 11 roundtable, the 1883 West Block, was included in the 1984 Historic Resource Inventory for its Italianate-style architecture.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held a second community roundtable for the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) at the Architectural Heritage Center in the East Portland/Grand Avenue Historic District. The event sought public input on “inventorying and adapting historic resources,” asking the approximately 40 participants to share perspectives on how best the City might identify and evaluate potentially significant historic resources and encourage the rehabilitation and reuse of significant historic resources through the zoning code. Topics discussed in participant breakout sessions included:

  • Expanding the Historic Resource Inventory to include more diverse types of historic resources.
  • The tension between having a Historic Resources Inventory that is too broad or too narrow.
  • The opportunities and challenges of soliciting crowdsourced information on historic resources.
  • Parking and use flexibility for designated historic resources.
  • Opportunities to increase market-rate and affordable housing production in conjunction with historic preservation.

Read a summary of the event for more information.

The suggestions and insights collected at the January 11 event will inform zoning code concepts developed by the Bureau of Planning and sustainability over the next several months. The next roundtable, “What’s Working and What’s Not in Portland’s Historic Districts,” will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Taborspace. If you are unable to attend an upcoming roundtable session, please consider taking the project’s online survey.

For more information about the HRCP, visit the project website or contact project manager Brandon Spencer-Hartle at historic.resources@portlandoregon.gov. Interested parties are also encouraged to join the historic resources program email list for project updates, including information about future opportunities for public involvement.

picture of McDonalds from 1963

Few properties east of 82nd Avenue were included in the 1984 Historic Resource Inventory. This 1963 McDonald’s, located at 9100 SE Powell Blvd, was used as a conversation starter for discussions related to updating the Inventory.

Resolve to redeem in 2018

Redeem more containers!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, more types of beverage containers started carrying a 10-cent deposit. These include bottles and cans for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha. Beer, soft drinks and water containers continue to be accepted at some grocery stores and BottleDrop Centers.

Not accepted: Wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, infant formula and metal cans that require a can opener.

Other changes to the statewide Bottle Bill took place in April 1, 2017. That’s when consumers started getting a dime back for carbonated beverages and water containers recycled at a return center.

When Oregonians take bottles separately to be redeemed, they make it easier for our local recyclers to turn them into something new. Many of these containers are recycled right in our region.

Portland residents can redeem beverage containers by taking containers to a local retailer or to a BottleDrop Redemption Center for money. As always, bottles and cans can still be set out for curbside collection without collecting that dime. At curbside, recycle aluminum and plastic beverage bottles in your blue recycling roll cart and glass bottles in your yellow recycling bin.

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.

Historic Resources Code Project holds first public roundtable

Participants prioritized values of historic preservation in anticipation of next gathering on January 11.

Attendees at roundtable

On Dec. 7, 2017, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held a kick-off event for the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) at the White Stag Block, an adaptively reused building in the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District.

The first of four community roundtables, the event asked participants to identify and describe the value and purpose of historic preservation in Portland. Approximately fifty Portlanders convened to share their opinions on the community value of historic resources, with conversation topics spanning the cultural, social, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and educational outcomes of preserving historic resources. A summary of the event is available as a PDF.

Group ideas from the roundtable   Group ideas from the roundtable

The benefits and values identified at the December 7th roundtable will inform the code project’s future input sessions, the next of which will address technical code concepts related to the identification, designation, and protection of historic resources. The next roundtable, “New Tools for Inventorying and Adapting Historic Resources,” will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Ave.). If you are unable to attend an upcoming roundtable session, consider submitting a public comment form online.

For more information about the HRCP, visit the project website or contact project manager Brandon Spencer-Hartle at historic.resources@portlandoregon.gov. Interested parties are also invited to join the historic resources program email list for project updates, including information about future roundtables.