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What are people saying about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft?

More than 700 individuals and 46 organizations submitted comments on proposed code and map changes for single-dwelling neighborhoods.

Portlanders had a lot to share with City staff during the public review of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft (October 3 through November 30, 2017):

  • 433 people submitted 3,425 comments through the online and paper comment forms.
  • Community members sent 249 emails.
  • Staff received 46 letters from nonprofits and advocacy groups, public sector agencies and commissions, for-profit housing developers, business interests, neighborhood associations and district coalitions.
  • The lobby exhibit in the 1900 Development Services Building resulted in 36 comments.

Staff read and categorized all the comments and prepared a What We Heard Summary Report, which is now available on the project website. The report identifies key themes from all the comments, including:

  • Housing affordability.
  • How the “a” alternative housing opportunity overlay is mapped.
  • The displacement risk analysis.
  • Proposed regulations for cottage clusters.
  • Visitability standards to promote age-friendly housing.
  • Incentives to protect historic resources.

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Read the Residential Infill Project What We Heard Summary Report

In addition to this report, the full text of all the comments can be found in the appendices, which include:

  • Appendix A: Comment Form Responses
  • Appendix B: Emails and Letters from Individuals
  • Appendix C: BPS Lobby Exhibit Written Comments
  • Appendix D: Letters from Organizations

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

These comments will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring.

The first public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2018. At this hearing, Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft, which will be available to the public at least 30 days prior to the PSC hearing.

After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft) later this fall. After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?

Email or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Public review period of Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft closes

Comments on code and map changes will be summarized in a report to be posted in January 2018.

Over the eight-week period between October 4 through November 30, the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft was available for public review. Thanks to all who took the time to learn about the proposals and share their feedback with staff.

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

Comments received will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring. Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft at that time. After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft). After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

What's next?

Staff is currently reading and categorizing all the comments received and preparing a summary report. Look for the What We Heard Summary Report on the project website by early January. In addition to this report, all the comments in their entirety will be posted on the website.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?

Email: residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov

Or speak with a team member directly:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Still time to comment on the Residential Infill Project amendments

Public comment period for the Discussion Draft extended to Thursday, November 30

Since the release of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft, dozens of community members have attended the kick-off meeting, one of the five drop-in office hours or any of the various meetings staff have been attending since the proposals were published on Oct. 3, 2017. This outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council hearings next year.

We have heard that the November 20 date is making it more difficult to prepare feedback due to the timing of several organizations’ monthly meeting schedules. So we're extending the comment deadline to the end of the month (November 30) to give people more time read the draft proposals and submit their comments. Please note: This is not the last chance to be heard; formal public hearings will be held with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in the winter and City Council in the spring of next year.

Review the Discussion Draft materials

The Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft materials include:

  • Project summary – 8-page color summary of the 12 proposals of the Discussion Draft with maps and illustrations
  • Volume 1: Staff Report and Map Amendments – includes project overview and introduction, analysis of proposals, as well as the methodology for creating the Housing Opportunity Overlay – the new ‘a’ overlay
  • Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments – the actual regulations
  • Volume 3: Appendices – includes Guidance from the Comprehensive Plan, FAR Background, R2.5 Catalog, Visitability Best Practices, Map Refinements, and Historically Narrow Lot Background 

Parcel-specific information that shows which amendments will affect individual properties is available through the Map App – an interactive online map.

How to comment

Comments are due by November 30, 2017.

You may submit comments on the Discussion Draft in several ways:  

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Residential Infill Project
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

How will my comments be used?

Comments on the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft will be directed to City staff, who will use the feedback as they develop a proposal for the PSC. This Proposed Draft will be considered by the PSC early next year, and Portlanders will be able to give formal testimony on the Proposed Draft at that time.

For more information

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Residential Infill Project draft code and map amendments now available

Learn more about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft at a kick-off meeting on October 10 and/or drop-in hours near you.

Since City Council approved a set of working concepts for the Residential Infill Project (RIP) last December, BPS staff have been working with other City bureaus and local agencies to draft zoning code and map amendments that address the scale of new houses, create more housing opportunity for Portlanders, and refine narrow lot development standards. 

With these changes, Portland’s single-family residential neighborhoods will be able to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents.

Project staff are ready to share the draft code and map amendments with the community. Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequent City Council hearings later next year (see timeline below). Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by Nov. 20, 2017.

What’s in the RIP Discussion Draft?

Materials for public review include a project summary and the Discussion Draft in three volumes:

  • Volume 1: Staff Report and Map Amendments — includes project overview and introduction, analysis of proposals, as well as the methodology for creating the Housing Opportunity Overlay – the new ‘a’ overlay.
  • Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments — the actual regulations.
  • Volume 3: Appendices — includes Guidance from the Comprehensive Plan, FAR Background, R2.5 Catalog, Visitability Best Practices, Map Refinements, and Historically Narrow Lot Background.

Parcel-specific information that shows which amendments will affect individual properties is available through the Map App — an interactive online map.

Review all documents in the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft.


Public outreach begins with a kick-off meeting

Join us for a kick-off meeting to learn more about the project and the contents of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft. This will include a staff presentation about the code and map amendments.   

Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft Public Review
Kick-off Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Room 2500
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Reports available, staff on hand to answer questions
6:30 – 7:30 – Staff presentation
TriMet: Bus #12, 43, 44 and MAX Green and Orange Lines

Date, time, and location will be updated in the project calendar.  


District Drop-in Office Hours

The kick-off meeting will be followed by a series of drop-in office hours. In addition to these public events, staff will be available to help groups and organizations participate in the Discussion Draft review. This can be done through staff presentations at meetings or brainstorming other ways to share information about the project.

East Portland Drop-in Office Hours*
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
1017 NE 117th
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
5 – 6:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #25, #71 and #77
*Project presentation at EPNO Land Use Committee begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Northeast Drop-in Office Hours
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
4815 NE 7th
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #6 and #72

Central Northeast Drop-in Office Hours
Central Northeast Neighborhoods (CNN)
4415 NE 87th
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #12 and #71

Southwest Drop-in Office Hours
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #44

North Drop-in Office Hours
Kenton Fire House
8105 N. Brandon
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line

Southeast Drop-in Office Hours
Southeast Uplift
3534 SE Main
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
5 –7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #14, #15, #66 and #75 

Dates, times, and locations will be updated in the project calendar.  


How to comment

Comments are due by Nov. 20, 2017. You may submit comments on the Discussion Draft in several ways:  

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Residential Infill Project
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

How will my comments be used?

Comments on the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft will be directed to City staff, who will use the feedback as they develop a proposal for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). This Proposed Draft will be considered by the PSC early next year, and Portlanders will be able to give formal testimony on the Proposed Draft at that time.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?

Email: residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov

Or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

RIP is alive and well; public launch coming soon

Residential Infill Project to release discussion draft of preliminary code and map amendments in September

There seems to be some confusion, so let’s clear something up: The Residential Infill Project is still going strong.

Maybe folks think that it’s all wrapped up because they haven’t seen project staff out in the community as much lately. That’s because they’ve been busy at their desks preparing draft Zoning Code and map changes to implement the concepts City Council approved in December 2016.

“We’ll have something to share with folks in the early fall,” says Project Manager Morgan Tracy. “We’re organizing events and opportunities for public review, so keep an eye out for announcements on the website or check in with your neighborhood association.” The public review period will include drop-in hours, other meetings and online comment opportunities.

After hearing from community members, staff will make revisions and present a Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at the start of the new year. The PSC will take testimony from the public before making a recommendation to City Council, who will also hear testimony before making their decisions. 

See a timeline below (we’re in the orange section). And stay tuned for updates about events and opportunities to give feedback on the discussion draft as well as dates for PSC and City Council hearings. You may also sign up to receive periodic email updates.

                   

Frequently Asked Questions
In the meantime, check out this series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Residential Infill Project.

Want more information?

Email: residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov

Or call a team member directly:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7624

And visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.