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Residential Infill Project Update: Next steps for amendments to Proposed Draft

Staff studying and implementing changes requested by the Planning and Sustainability Commission; new meetings set.

Since early fall, the Residential Infill Project team has been revising the Proposed Draft of the Residential Infill Project to reflect changes the PSC requested at their September 11 work session. These changes require staff to revise maps, rework zoning code language, as well as analyze and test the revised proposals.

Staff are also developing new graphics and maps for the updated staff reports and the project summary handout. These materials will be posted on the project website before the PSC briefing on the revised proposals (now scheduled for February 12; see schedule below).

Upcoming PSC Meetings  

Both meetings are from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Check the time on the agenda one week prior by visiting the PSC calendar. All PSC meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel.  

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Briefing: Revised Economic Report – Staff will share the results of the revised Economic Report and analysis completed by Johnson Economics, which will be posted on the project website prior to the meeting.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | Briefing: PSC Revised Residential Infill Proposals – Staff will walk the Commission through their revised proposals to see how the changes work together as a package. Updated reports, map and summary will be posted on project website prior to the meeting. This briefing will be followed by PSC work session(s), and a vote on their recommendations to City Council is anticipated in March.

When will the public get to comment on these amendments?

The PSC’s amendments are based on public testimony received last spring on the Proposed Draft of the Residential Infill Project. They will not hold another public hearing before sending their recommendation to City Council. The public will be able to testify on the Residential Infill Project recommendations at the City Council public hearings — anticipated in summer 2019.

When will a parcel-specific map be available?

The PSC’s direction is to expand the areas that allow additional housing options to all R2.5, R5 and R7 zones, with some exceptions for natural hazard and resources — and infrastructure — constraints. Preliminary maps show this area will be approximately 90 percent of the R2.5, R5 and R7 residential zones citywide. Parcel-specific information will be available through an updated Map App, available online prior to the February 12 PSC briefing. Prior to the City Council hearing(s), the Map App will be updated as needed to reflect the PSC’s recommended proposals.

More information on the PSC’s work sessions and proposed changes

The previous eight PSC work sessions and accompanying materials are posted on the project website under Planning and Sustainability Commission Materials. All PSC meetings are livestreamed and may be viewed by clicking “Video” on the top of the YouTube channel home page.  

The following documents summarize the PSC’s tentative direction:

  • Strike-thru underline version. To see how PSC’s tentative direction would change the proposals of the April Proposed Draft, staff prepared a strike-thru underline version that reflects PSC’s tentative direction from their September 11 work session.
  • Revised summary of draft proposals. Staff has reorganized the draft proposals into two topic areas: 1) housing options and scale; and 2) building design.
  • Map of “a” overlay with PSC’s tentative direction. The “a” overlay map expands to almost all R2.5, R5 and R7 lots, with some exceptions for natural hazard and resources, as well as infrastructure, constraints. This is a concept map; staff will not be able to share a detailed parcel-level map until the PSC’s concept is further analyzed and reviewed by other City technical staff.

For general information about the project

Visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

Or give us a call:

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

Planning and Sustainability Commission directs Residential Infill Project staff to revise RIP proposals to reflect their amendments

Commissioners felt the initial proposals didn’t go far enough to address the housing shortage in Portland.

Since public hearings on draft zoning changes to create more housing options in Portland’s residential neighborhoods last May, the PSC held a series of work sessions on the RIP proposals. Over the course of 8 work sessions, they deliberated over the technical details of the proposal. The result is a series of amendments to the proposed zoning code and map changes.

At their September 11 work session, the PSC reviewed these amendments and gave staff the nod to begin revising the zoning code language and maps to incorporate their changes. 

Prioritizing housing choice and options
The Commission’s revised proposals would allow a wide range of housing types, including triplexes and fourplexes in single-dwelling zones. They also pushed to broaden the area where these housing choices would be allowed. To address the demolition of single-family homes, they created more incentives to retain existing houses, such as allowing them to be split into multiple units. They pushed for more flexibility for accessory dwelling units to incentivize their construction. And they looked for ways to create more homeownership opportunities for first-time buyers.

"If we continue our pattern of development today of tearing down smaller existing homes and building much larger single-family homes, we will lose the opportunity to create more housing options," said PSC Chair Katherine Schultz. “With our amendments, we’re prioritizing a wide range of housing types over single-family homes, internal conversions over demolition, the environment over increased consumption of land, and great neighborhoods for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.”

Watch the video(s)
You can watch the PSC as they give staff direction on their amendments to the Proposed Draft. The RIP discussion begins at 1:09:00.

Read the materials
You can also review staff-prepared work session materials for the September 11 work session and preliminary vote. Recaps of previous work sessions are also available on the RIP news updates.

Next steps
Once project staff have written the code to implement the proposed changes and revised the map, they will come back to the PSC for a final vote later this fall.

The public will be able to weigh in on the PSC’s recommended map and code after they are forwarded to City Council, which will hold public hearings and accept written testimony on the RIP Recommended Draft.

Want more information?
Visit the project website.

Or give us a call:

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

Residential Infill Project (RIP) keeps rippin' along

Planning and Sustainability Commission is continuing its discussion of proposed new rules for residential development.

Over the past two years, Portlanders around the city have indicated they want to take care of and improve their neighborhoods as the city grows. They want more people to have opportunities to live in complete neighborhoods. And they want more housing choices at different price points ... for their parents, so they can age in place. Their children so they can afford to live in the city they grew up in. For the teachers, and grocery clerks, students and firefighters who contribute to our communities. And the many newcomers who are moving here every day.

Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission is in the process of considering new rules that would shape our residential neighborhoods. These proposals would allow more housing units to be built in residential neighborhoods, but only if they follow new limits on size and scale.

Read recent media coverage of RIP

Alone, a zoning change won’t solve our housing shortage. But the rules that govern what types of housing are allowed in our neighborhoods affect not just how they look and feel – but who can live in them as well. Together, these new rules will help to restore diversity to our residential neighborhoods by allowing more families and households to live in them, while at the same time limiting the construction of massive new homes.

The PSC has completed five work sessions (see links to YouTube videos below) and has two more scheduled to complete their initial review of RIP proposals. 

Upcoming PSC Work Session

  • Tuesday, August 14 – Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. (RIP time on agenda 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Topic: Narrow Lots)
  • Tuesday, September 11 – Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. (RIP time on agenda TBA | PSC gives staff final direction on their Proposed Draft amendments)

Please confirm dates, times and agendas one week prior by visiting the PSC Calendar.

Later this fall ... 

Staff will bring back revised code and maps that implement the PSC’s direction. The Commissioners will consider these changes and vote on their recommendations to City Council.

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel.  

Past PSC Work Sessions

You may view past PSC work sessions by clicking “Video” on the top of the YouTube channel home page or via the links provided below. 

Want more information?

Visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Or give us a call:

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

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.

Zoning watch: Work sessions begin on Residential Infill Project proposed new rules for Portland’s residential neighborhoods

Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider public testimony as they contemplate revisions to the Proposed Draft; watch Commissioners deliberate on BPS YouTube channel.

Over the past two months, Portlanders have reviewed and testified on proposals for new construction in residential neighborhoods. The proposals in the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft would update the rules for single-dwelling zones to allow more housing options for people’s changing needs while limiting the size of new houses to better fit existing neighborhoods.

The Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft reports were released on April 2, and the Planning and Sustainability Commission heard public testimony at two hearings (May 8 and 15). Commissioners are also reviewing testimony submitted via the online Map App and other written testimony. 

Public input has been robust! The PSC heard from nearly 140 people during the public hearings and received 1,089 written comments. Testimony on the Proposed Draft is no longer being accepted, but you can still review what people said about the proposals. Visit the Map App and read the public testimony.

PSC Work Sessions

The PSC is conducting work sessions on the proposals to prepare their recommendations to the City Council. At these work sessions Commissioners will not hear public testimony. However, staff-prepared work session materials will be posted on the project website so you can follow along.

Three upcoming work sessions are tentatively organized by topic areas: 

Please confirm dates, times and agendas one week prior by visiting the PSC Calendar.

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) completes public hearings on the Residential Infill Project; extends written testimony until 5 p.m. Friday, May 18

The PSC hears more than six hours of testimony on May 8 and 15. Nearly 140 people testified on proposed rules for new construction in Portland’s residential neighborhoods.

Over the course of two evenings in May, Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission heard 139 people testify on the proposals put forth in the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft. The commission has “closed” oral testimony but will accept written testimony until Friday, May 18.  

Submit written testimony to the PSC by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 via:

  • The Map App; click on the “Testify” button
  • U.S. Mail (note: letters must be received by May 18):
    Planning and Sustainability Commission 
    Attn: Residential Infill Project
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps: Work Sessions

The PSC will conduct several work sessions on the proposals, beginning on May 22. These will likely continue through June. At these meetings there will be no public testimony as Commissioners pose questions to staff and each other, then deliberate on the issues before making a recommendation to City Council.  

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel (click “Video” on the top of the home page for past meetings).

Past PSC meetings on Residential Infill Proposals:

Links to the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft documents:

All the documents are available on the project website. Hard copies of the Project Summary and Volumes 1 and 2 are available at our office at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. The bureau receptionist will mail you a copy if you call 503‑823‑7700.

For more information about the Proposed Draft

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.