• Residential Infill Project E-UPDATE, October 23, 2017


    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. For more information visit the project website at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

    Thanks to all of you who joined us for the Residential Infill Project Kick-Off on October 10th. Here is a link to the powerpoint presentation given by Joe Zehnder, Chief Planner and Morgan Tracy, Project Manager of the Residential Infill Project. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/658612. Here are also the links to the Residential Infill Discussion Draft materials:

    • 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.

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

    The public review comment period on the Discussion Draft extends through Monday, November 20, 2017. 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 next year (see project timeline below). There will be a series of drop-in office hours at the District Neighborhood Coalition offices during the public review period to give community member a chance to discuss the proposals with staff as well as view maps and materials relevant to their district (there will be no presentations at these events). In addition to the drop-in office hours, staff will be available to help groups and organizations participate in the Discussion Draft review. Contact Julia Gisler to discuss options. Unfortunately, with 90+ neighborhood associations in Portland, project staff will not be able to meet with individual neighborhood associations.


    Drop-In Hours


    East Portland Drop-In Hours*

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    5:00 – 6:00 pm

    East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO), 1017 NE 117th

    *Project Presentation at EPNO Land Use Committee begins at 6:30 pm


    Northeast Drop-In Hours

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    5:00- 7:00 pm

    Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), 4815 NE 7th

    Central Northeast Drop-In Hours

    Monday, Oct 23, 2017

    5:00 – 7:00 pm

    Central Northeast Neighborhoods (CNN), 4415 NE 87th


    Southwest Drop-In Hours

    Monday, Oct 30, 2017

    5:00 – 7:30 pm

    Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

    North Drop-In Hours

    Thursday, Nov 2, 2017

    5:00 – 7:30 pm

    Kenton Fire House, 8105 N Brandon

    Southeast Drop-In Hours

    Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

    5:00-7:30 pm

    Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main


    Fix-it Fair. Come visit our table!

    Saturday November 18, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:30 pm
    Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland, OR 97266


    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.

    Project Timeline

    code-dev_rip_timeline (002)


    For More Information

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

    For general information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill