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SAVE THE DATE(S): Residential Infill Project begins series of open houses, starting June 15 at the Multnomah Arts Center, to share draft proposals for new houses and additions in single-dwelling zones

The Residential Infill Project is exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. From June 15 to August 15, the public is invited to review draft proposals that will influence proposals delivered to City Council in fall 2016.

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, RIP project staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) have developed proposals that address three topics:

  1. Reducing the size of houses – How to make new infill housing more compatible with existing neighborhoods.
  2. Increasing the range of housing types – How to allow more types of smaller housing units in single-dwelling areas.
  3. Historically narrow lots – How to provide more housing through the development of skinny lots.

Open Houses: In Person and Online
Staff will hold a series of open houses around the city. The presentations and format at all locations will be the same. Please come to learn about the project, review the proposals, ask questions and share your feedback.

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #44 

Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont St., Copeland Commons
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #15 and 71

Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line

East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #25, 71 and 77

German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St. (at Sandy Blvd)
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #12 and 71

SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Avenue
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
*Tri-Met: Bus #70
This open house is hosted by United Neighborhoods for Reform.

*Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner at to plan your route.

An online open house and questionnaire will also offer Portlanders a chance to learn about the project and provide comments on the proposals.

Next Steps
(subject to change; check website closer to date)

June 15 – August 15 Public review of draft proposals
August/September Summarize public comment and revise proposals 
October 3 Publish staff recommendations to City Council 
October 25 Planning and Sustainability Commission briefing (tentative)
November 9 City Council hearing(s) (tentative); provide direction for code language
Winter 2016 Begin working on code language
Summer 2017 Publish draft code language; public review
Fall 2017 PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language

For more information, visit the project website at

Or contact:
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager

Or email project staff at: