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Example Policy Language: Single and Multi Dwelling Design and Compatibility

Portland Comprehensive Plan Update
Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group
July 12, 2012


Example Policy Language:  Single and Multi Dwelling Design and Compatibility

Enhance the residential scale of Portland’s neighborhoods while accommodating the growth allowed by the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Encourage the development of a distinct and attractive urban identity in each of Portland’s neighborhoods.   As each new community plan is created, give consideration to how it links to and coordinates with urban design elements of adjacent areas.


While accommodating increased density build on the attractive qualities that distinguish the area.  Add new building types to established area with care and respect for the context that past generations of builders have provided.


Establish development standards that foster compatible design solutions in areas not subject to design review.   Identify and establish standards aimed at improving how development projects fit into the community.


Use the creation of new design districts and zoning standards to reduce the likelihood of conflicts between new and existing developments.  Address problems that emerge when new infill development is at greater density than existing development.


Encourage new residential development that is compatible with the existing character and scale of Portland’s neighborhoods by tailoring regulations for height, setbacks, and lot coverage based on a “5 Portlands” development characteristics approach.