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Mayor Charlie Hales Appoints Community Members to Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed a 25-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee to assist the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with the Residential Infill Project.

The Residential Infill Project will evaluate Portland’s single-dwelling development standards to ensure that new or remodeled houses are well integrated and complement the fabric of neighborhoods throughout the city. Three primary topics to be addressed are:

  • Scale of houses.
  • Narrow lot development.
  • Alternative housing options.

The first meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 2500A. Following a brief introduction by the mayor, committee members will meet the project staff and fellow stakeholders, then hear more about the project and residential infill issues. The committee will continue to meet each month as necessary through the duration of the project.

“Due to the large number of applications we received, we could not appoint everyone. However, we had some stellar candidates — too many in fact,” Hales said. “This is a good problem to have.”

The 25-person committee includes Portlanders involved in design, construction and the sale of single-dwelling homes as well as people interested in how residential infill affects or contributes to neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

Following a five-week recruitment and application process, Hales appointed the advisory committee to assist the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with the Residential Infill Project. Nearly 100 applications were received from a wide range of people interested in offering their perspective on residential infill issues. Members include:

  Appointee Affiliation
1 Linda Bauer East Portland Action Plan (EPAP)
2 Sarah Cantine Scott Edwards Architects
3 Alan DeLaTorre Portland Commission on Disability
4 Jim Gorter Southwest Neighbors, Inc. (SWNI)
5 John Hassenberg Oregon Remodelers Association
6 Marshall Johnson Energy Trust of Oregon
7 Emily Kemper Manufactured Structures Board
8 Douglas MacLeod Homebuilders Association (HBA)
9 Mary Kyle McCurdy 1000 Friends of Oregon
10 Maggie McGann Habitat for Humanity
11 Rod Merrick Merrick Architecture Planning
12 Rick Michaelson (pending) Neighbors West Northwest (NWNW)
13 Michael Molinaro Southeast Uplift (SEUL)
14 Danell Norby Anti-Displacement PDX
15 Douglas Reed East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
16 Vic Remmers Everett Homes
17 Brandon Spencer-Hartle Restore Oregon
18 Eli Spevak Orange Splot Construction
19 Barbara Strunk United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR)
20 Teresa St. Martin Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)
21 Young Sun Immigrant and Refugee Committee Organization (IRCO)
22 David Sweet Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
23 Eric Thompson Homebuilders Association (HBA)
24 Garlynn Woodsong Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN)
25 Tatiana Xenelis-Mendoza North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)

In addition to community members representing residents from all parts of the city, the appointees also include homebuilding, architecture, historic, energy efficiency and real estate perspectives, as well as aging and disabled, anti-displacement and land use interests.

Members were chosen from each Neighborhood District Coalition and United Neighborhoods for Reform, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Portland Commission on Disability, Anti-Displacement PDX, the Energy Trust of Oregon, Scott Edwards Architects, Merrick Architecture, Oregon Remodelers Association, Homebuilders Association, Fish Construction NW, Orange Splot Construction, Habitat for Humanity and Everett Homes.

“There are many facets to the issue of preserving and enhancing Portland’s unique neighborhoods,” Hales said. “In addition to the Residential Infill Project, my Neighborhoods Initiative is addressing long-term citywide growth strategies through such efforts as the Comprehensive Plan Update, discouraging demolitions, and expanded affordable rental housing development to ensure Portland’s prized neighborhoods remain livable and affordable.”

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is just one element of an inclusive public engagement effort – including regular project updates, online surveys, public events and hearings – to seek input and help formulate policy recommendations for the Residential Infill Project. Bureau staff will work with a public outreach and facilitation specialist to reach other affected stakeholders and community members. In addition, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting agendas, minutes and other meeting materials will be posted on the project website:\bps\infill

For more information, contact Julia Gisler at (503) 823-7624 or or Morgan Tracy at (503) 823-6879 or