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Interested in multi-family development in eastern Portland and other multi-dwelling zones?

The Better Housing by Design (BHD) project is working to improve new development of apartments, townhouses, fourplexes, courtyard housing and other types of housing in multi-dwelling zones. Along with community advocates and other Portlanders, city planners are considering ways of improving the design of new multi-family development to better meet the needs of people who live here now and in the future.

February workshop produced good ideas and feedback

We heard some great ideas and feedback at the Better Housing by Design workshop on February 25, when staff introduced the project at PCC Southeast. Now community members are invited to explore these ideas and provide more input at a series of working group meetings.

The first meeting on March 7 focused on Eastern Portland design/development issues and citywide amenity bonuses. Future meetings will focus on other topics that have citywide relevance. You can attend and participate in any of the meetings.

Stakeholder Working Group Meetings and Topics

These meetings will provide an opportunity for community members to discuss design issues and code concepts in detail. Discussions and ideas will contribute to a refined set of code concepts, alternative development options, and conceptual street plans to be presented at a public workshop on June 3, 2017.

March 7 (Tuesday), 6 – 8 p.m. | Eastern Portland Focus
9955 NE Glisan Street (Ride Connection Office)

Focus on East Portland design/development issues and citywide amenity bonuses

  • Eastern Portland design/development approaches
  • Corridor design and land use provisions (including allowances for limited commercial near LRT stations and along major corridors)
  • Amenity bonuses, including affordable housing and incentives for accessible housing

March 23 (Thursday), 6 – 8 p.m. | Citywide Topics
4815 NE 7th Avenue (Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood Office / King School)

Focus on outdoor spaces and building scale

  • Outdoor space requirements
  • Form-based approaches for regulating development
  • Step-down height adjacent to single-dwelling zoning

April 6 (Thursday), 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern Portland Focus – Jade District
8114 SE Division Street (Jade/APANO Multicultural Space)

Focus on street/pedestrian connectivity and Jade District street plan and development options

  • Street/pedestrian connectivity – general discussion
  • Street/pedestrian connections in Jade District
  • Alternative development options for Jade District

April 19 (Wednesday), 6 – 8 p.m.: Citywide Topics and Inner Neighborhoods Focus
4815 NE 7th Avenue (Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood Office / King School)

Focus on street frontage design and Inner Neighborhood development options

  • Front garage limitations and front entrance requirements
  • Front setbacks in higher density zones
  • Alternative development options for Inner Neighborhoods

May 3 (Wednesday), 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern Portland Focus – Rosewood/Glenfair
16126 SE Stark Street (Rosewood Initiative Space)

Focus on street connectivity approaches and Rosewood street plan and development options

  • Street/pedestrian connectivity – general discussion
  • Street/pedestrian connections in Rosewood
  • Alternative development options for Rosewood

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to 503-823-7728 or betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov. And check the project calendar to confirm date/time and other details. 

Public Workshop on Code Concepts
June 3 (Saturday), 10 a.m. – noon
Location: TBD

This workshop will be an opportunity to learn about and provide input on the compiled code concepts, alternative development options, and conceptual street plans that will have been refined during the stakeholder working group meetings.

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