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Residential Infill Project advisory committee addresses scale of new houses and remodels, narrow lots, and alternative housing options during two-part charrette


Charrette Work Session and Public Open House  

On Thursday, January 21, the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed issues related to the scale of houses, as well as policy questions about where development of narrow lots is currently allowed and where it should be allowed in the future.

The “charrette” format was based on a collaborative approach to problem-solving, incorporating diverse and authentic dialog from a wide spectrum of project stakeholders. Committee members worked in small groups with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff, along with experts in architectural and urban design, to develop ideas for possible future changes to City code. The charrette concluded at a subsequent SAC meeting on Tuesday, February 2 with an in-depth discussion of alternative housing options.

The public open house following the all-day charrette was attended by more than 30 residents, who learned about the project’s three primary topics (scale of houses, narrow lot development and alternative housing options), the work of the advisory committee, and ongoing opportunities for the general public to be involved in this important process.

Thanks to everyone who attended, shared their interests and concerns, and completed feedback forms. Summaries of the charrette discussions will be available after the SAC has had an opportunity to review them at their next meeting on March 1, 2016.

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