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Project staff are developing draft code and map amendments for community review in the fall.
Since City Council approved a set of working concepts for the Residential Infill Project last December, the project team has been working with other City bureaus and local agencies to develop the draft Zoning Code and mapping amendments. Community members will get a chance to review and comment on those proposals in a few months.
Opportunities to review draft code and map concepts
Staff are planning a series of public review events this fall to share these draft ideas with the community before finalizing proposals for the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s public hearings. The updated timeline below is included in the latest project summary sheet.
Now, let’s clear up some misunderstandings …
We know this is a controversial project and some rumors have been circulating, especially on social media sites like Nextdoor. Because we don’t respond to questions or statements on these platforms, we’ve created a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address some of the misunderstandings. Here are a couple rumors the FAQs hope to dispel:
The project is not over; it is in midstream. Phase I: Concept Development has been completed, and we are now in Phase II: Code and Map Amendments. Phase I was completed last December when City Council accepted the Concept Report. The concepts in the report gave staff direction to develop a formal proposal as part of Phase II, which involves developing amendments to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map for public review this fall. After the community weighs in on a draft of code and map amendments during the summer, staff will prepare a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission to consider and hold public hearings in the fall. The PSC will amend the Proposed Draft based on public feedback and their deliberations, then send a Recommended Draft to City Council for a decision in 2018. See the timeline above for the steps in each phase.
City Council will not be holding more hearings on the conceptual boundary of the Housing Opportunity Overlay zone. When staff met with newly elected Mayor Ted Wheeler to discuss the overlay concept boundary and mapping approaches, he gave staff new direction: Rather than go back to Council, he wanted the PSC to hold hearings on a refined overlay zone boundary and forward their recommendations to Council.
The Mayor also directed staff to use the conceptual boundary on page 14 of staff’s Concept Report to Council as a starting place to begin further refinement of the boundary. To accomplish the boundary refinement, staff is working with representatives from PBOT, Tri-Met, Water, Fire, Police, BES, BDS, Metro and Housing Bureau. Potential boundary refinements will be based on infrastructure capacity, physical barriers, natural features and potential equity impacts. Project staff will share a draft boundary to Portlanders in the fall, before a proposed boundary goes to the PSC.
For More Information
For general information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
RIP team will begin transforming the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes.
Following City Council’s adoption of the Residential Infill Project Concept Report in December 2016, staff has begun “translating” the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Reflecting community input, the Council-approved and amended concepts would:
For more information about the concepts, see Council's Final Concept Report as well as a Summary of Council’s Adopted Concepts. Both of these documents have incorporated Council’s amendments. A Matrix of Council’s Amendments, arranged by topic area, has been prepared by staff.
Read news about the amendments published shortly after City Council voted on the RIP Concept Report on December 7.
Mayor Ted Wheeler has directed Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to bring a recommendation on the RIP housing overlay zone boundary to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for public hearings and deliberations. The boundary will reflect the goals for the project as well as constraints, such as whether transportation and sewer infrastructure can handle the additional demand. The boundary may also be adjusted based on physical barriers and natural features and will be reviewed for potential economic, housing affordability and equity impacts.
This fall, prior to the PSC hearings, community members will have an opportunity to review the draft code changes and zoning map amendments. The PSC is expected to forward their recommendation to City Council by Spring 2018.
Staff is planning to conduct a check-in with the community later this spring. Stay tuned for more information on the timeline and upcoming ways to participate in the project.
For general information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.
Next phase of the Residential Infill Project is honing the direction from the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes needed to implement the concepts.
With City Council’s adoption of the Concept Report in December 2016 the next phase of the Residential Infill Project has begun: the process of honing the direction from the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes needed to implement the concepts.
Visit the project website to see Council's Final Concept Report as well as a Summary of Council’s Adopted Concepts. Both of these documents have incorporated the Council’s amendments. A Matrix of Council’s Amendments, arranged by topic area, has been prepared by staff. Additional information about the amendments can also be found in the blog published on December 13.
As part of revising the concepts to proposed code and map changes, staff will be identifying areas where additional research and testing may be needed and developing a methodology to assess potential mapping boundary refinements. The public will have an opportunity to review draft code changes and map amendments this summer before the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council start their public hearings this fall/winter. Stay tuned for more information on the timeline and upcoming ways to participate in the project.
For general information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.
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Staff to begin drafting code and map changes in early 2017
On December 7, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that accepted the Residential Infill Project Concept Report with several amendments from the commissioners. Council amendments were based on testimony they heard at their November 9 and 16 public hearings. Nearly 120 people testified in person; Council also received approximately 550 letters and emails during their review.
Watch the videos of City Council sessions about RIP (November 1 a.m., November 9 p.m., November 16 p.m. and December 7 a.m.).
What did City Council approve?
Council voted on a set of concepts that aim to discourage home demolitions, while increasing housing choice in Portland’s single-dwelling residential neighborhoods. During the public hearings Mayor Charlie Hales often asked testifiers: If given the choice, would they 1) do nothing; 2) modify staff’s recommendations; or 3) start completely over. Most people responded that the recommendations were a good start but modifications were needed.
Overall, City Council agreed. Recognizing that the Concept Report gave general policy direction and guidance for staff to develop code and mapping proposals, Council made several modifications before they accepted the concept recommendations. Below is a summary of the Commissioner’s amendments by topic area.
Scale of houses
For more detailed information about what City Council voted on, staff has prepared a matrix of the approved recommended concepts and the City Council amendments.
The acceptance of the Concept Report sets the stage for the next phase of the Residential Infill Project: code writing and map amendment proposals. This phase, beginning early 2017, will include public review of a Discussion Draft, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council before final adoption by City Council. For more information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
Nearly 120 people testified in person to City Council about proposals that could reduce the scale of new and remodeled houses and help create more housing choices in Portland
City Council heard testimony from 119 people on the Residential Infill Project on November 9 and 16 and received 135 letters about the recommendations in the Concept Report. Next they will discuss the staff recommendations and could propose changes based on what they heard from the public. Commissioners will then vote on a resolution directing project staff to develop Zoning Code language and map changes over the next year, which will implement their approved concepts.
Learn more about the Residential Infill Project Concept Report
STILL TIME TO TESTIFY
Council has held the record open until November 23 to give Portlanders more time to submit testimony in writing. Testimony must be received by midnight on November 23 and must include your name and address. You may send written comments …
Missed the public hearings? Watch videos of past City Council meetings at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?tab=council
City Council will deliberate and vote on the recommendations in the RIP Concept Report in early December. Public testimony will not be heard at this time.
December 7, 2016, 10 a.m. (time certain)
Council Chambers at City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue
The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.
For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
Or contact project staff: