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The City of Portland, Oregon

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What is the Residential Infill Project about?

As we spoke with Portlanders around the city over the past two years, we heard that people want to take care of and improve their neighborhoods as the city grows. They want more access to our vibrant residential neighborhoods—and all the great things they offer like schools, parks, shops, restaurants, and grocery stores.

We heard that Portlanders want more opportunities to live in complete neighborhoods not just for themselves, but for their parents, so they can age in place. For their children so they can afford to live in the city they grew up in. For the teachers, and nurses, and firefighters who contribute to our communities. And the many newcomers who are moving here every day.

To fulfill this shared vision, we’re revisiting the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods to create opportunities for more Portlanders to enjoy the benefits of these vibrant communities. In collaboration with Portlanders from all over the city with many different experiences and perspectives, we’ve created a proposal that allows more housing units to be built in residential neighborhoods, but only if they follow new limits on size and scale.

The project will address the scale of houses and home additions. The project will also provide opportunities for more housing choices, which could help keep costs down by diversifying the city’s housing stock with a greater variety of housing options for Portlanders. The project will also look at improving narrow lot development and make recommendations about where these lots may be appropriate. Review a summary sheet of the project.