On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the kickoff meeting of the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project.
Chief Planner Joe Zehnder thanked SAC members before introducing Mayor Charlie Hales.
“The Residential Infill Project is a top priority of mine, and Portland will be significantly shaped by recommendations made by this SAC,” he addressed the committee. He highlighted local economist Joe Cortright’s assessment that “the U.S. has a city shortage,” which requires innovative solutions that maintain city character and meet growing preferences for urban living. “We need to ensure that as growth happens, it happens in a way that contributes to the livability of our neighborhoods.”
Staff then gave a short project overview covering the land use planning framework and the three project topic areas (scale of houses, alternative housing options, and narrow lot development). Facilitator Anne Pressentin (from EnviroIssues) then led an exercise to identify key background and core values of SAC members as related to residential infill issues. While the SAC represents a variety of interests and geographies, the exercise illustrated many commonalities among the SAC members.
The next Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting will be held on October 6, 2015, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500. SAC members will review their draft charter and spend most of the meeting talking about scale of houses, learning about the city’s development standards and how they are applied. The public is welcome to attend and offer comments and observations at the end of the meeting.