After eight weeks of open houses, an online questionnaire and other public engagement efforts, the initial phase of outreach for the Residential Infill Project closed on August 15. The online open house had more than 8,000 visitors, and nearly 600 community members attended the in-person open houses held throughout various parts of Portland. Thanks to the Neighborhood District Coalitions and Multnomah Arts Center, Tabor Space, Kenton Firehouse, East Portland Neighborhood Office, the German American Society, and Smile Station for assistance arranging the space, hosting events and publicizing the events.
Staff received more than 1,400 public comments from the questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at the open houses, emails and letters. The proposals for scale of new houses in single-dwelling zones, alternative housing types and narrow lot development were full of detail and technical information. Thanks to everyone who took the time to dig into the proposals and give feedback, as well as share concerns and suggestions. Feedback on the proposals will help shape the recommendations for City Council to consider in this fall. While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.
Staff will be reviewing and summarizing public input in a summary report to be published by mid-September. This will help staff develop recommendations for City Council to consider in November at a series of public hearings.
After the hearings, City Council will give staff direction on the recommended concepts in order to develop specific code amendments as part of a legislative process phase in 2017. That process will include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision.