The Residential Infill Project Concept Report will be the subject of two public hearings with City Council beginning this week. The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:
- Reduce the maximum allowed size of houses based on lot size and zone.
- Apply a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in areas with good access to services, jobs, transportation options and other amenities. Within the new overlay zone, allow more housing types (duplexes, triplexes on corners, additional ADUs) and rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5.
- Increase flexibility for cottage clusters (groups of small homes typically oriented around a shared common space).
- Provide incentives for retaining existing houses.
- Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.
WHAT: City Council Public Hearings on the Residential Infill Concept Report
WHEN: November 9 at 2 p.m. (time certain) and November 16 at 2–4 p.m. (time certain) and 6 p.m. (to give Portlanders a chance to testify after working hours)
WHERE: Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue; also streamed live on the Auditor's website
HOW: You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled. You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:
- Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
- Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.
Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address.
After hearing public testimony, City Council will vote on a resolution giving staff direction to develop Zoning Code language to implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by PSC hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.