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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
3524 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.

What’s new from the Residential Infill Project?

Project staff are developing draft code and map amendments for community review in the fall.

Since City Council approved a set of working concepts for the Residential Infill Project last December, the project team has been working with other City bureaus and local agencies to develop the draft Zoning Code and mapping amendments. Community members will get a chance to review and comment on those proposals in a few months.

Opportunities to review draft code and map concepts

Staff are planning a series of public review events this fall to share these draft ideas with the community before finalizing proposals for the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s public hearings. The updated timeline below is included in the latest project summary sheet.    

                 

Now, let’s clear up some misunderstandings …

We know this is a controversial project and some rumors have been circulating, especially on social media sites like Nextdoor. Because we don’t respond to questions or statements on these platforms, we’ve created a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address some of the misunderstandings. Here are a couple rumors the FAQs hope to dispel:

  • “The Residential Infill project is a done deal.”

The project is not over; it is in midstream. Phase I: Concept Development has been completed, and we are now in Phase II: Code and Map Amendments. Phase I was completed last December when City Council accepted the Concept Report. The concepts in the report gave staff direction to develop a formal proposal as part of Phase II, which involves developing amendments to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map for public review this fall. After the community weighs in on a draft of code and map amendments during the summer, staff will prepare a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission to consider and hold public hearings in the fall. The PSC will amend the Proposed Draft based on public feedback and their deliberations, then send a Recommended Draft to City Council for a decision in 2018. See the timeline above for the steps in each phase.

  • “Council will be holding public hearings on the mapping options (this summer).”

City Council will not be holding more hearings on the conceptual boundary of the Housing Opportunity Overlay zone. When staff met with newly elected Mayor Ted Wheeler to discuss the overlay concept boundary and mapping approaches, he gave staff new direction: Rather than go back to Council, he wanted the PSC to hold hearings on a refined overlay zone boundary and forward their recommendations to Council.

The Mayor also directed staff to use the conceptual boundary on page 14 of staff’s Concept Report to Council as a starting place to begin further refinement of the boundary. To accomplish the boundary refinement, staff is working with representatives from PBOT, Tri-Met, Water, Fire, Police, BES, BDS, Metro and Housing Bureau. Potential boundary refinements will be based on infrastructure capacity, physical barriers, natural features and potential equity impacts. Project staff will share a draft boundary to Portlanders in the fall, before a proposed boundary goes to the PSC.

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

 

Residential Infill Project moves forward with Council direction

RIP team will begin transforming the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes.

Following City Council’s adoption of the Residential Infill Project Concept Report in December 2016, staff has begun “translating” the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Reflecting community input, the Council-approved and amended concepts would:

  • Reduce the maximum size of new houses and remodels in single-dwelling zones.
  • Establish a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone that will allow more housing types (i.e., houses with two ADUs, duplexes, duplexes with detached ADUs, and triplexes on corner lots) in selected areas near centers and corridors with good access to neighborhood services.
  • Refine the boundary of the Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to consider property lines, physical barriers, natural features, topography and infrastructure constraints.
  • Provide added flexibility for internal conversions of existing houses citywide.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters on large lots citywide.
  • Explore incentives for age-friendliness, affordability and tree preservation.
  • Not allow historically narrow lots to be built on in the R5 zone.
  • Make citywide improvements to the R2.5 zone.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

Council Documents
For more information about the concepts, see Council's Final Concept Report as well as a Summary of Council’s Adopted Concepts. Both of these documents have incorporated Council’s amendments. A Matrix of Council’s Amendments, arranged by topic area, has been prepared by staff.

Read news about the amendments published shortly after City Council voted on the RIP Concept Report on December 7.

Next steps
Mayor Ted Wheeler has directed Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to bring a recommendation on the RIP housing overlay zone boundary to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for public hearings and deliberations. The boundary will reflect the goals for the project as well as constraints, such as whether transportation and sewer infrastructure can handle the additional demand. The boundary may also be adjusted based on physical barriers and natural features and will be reviewed for potential economic, housing affordability and equity impacts.

This fall, prior to the PSC hearings, community members will have an opportunity to review the draft code changes and zoning map amendments. The PSC is expected to forward their recommendation to City Council by Spring 2018.

Staff is planning to conduct a check-in with the community later this spring. Stay tuned for more information on the timeline and upcoming ways to participate in the project.

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.

Residential Infill Project Begins Implementation Phase

Next phase of the Residential Infill Project is honing the direction from the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes needed to implement the concepts.

With City Council’s adoption of the Concept Report in December 2016 the next phase of the Residential Infill Project has begun: the process of honing the direction from the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes needed to implement the concepts.

Visit the project website to see Council's Final Concept Report as well as a Summary of Council’s Adopted Concepts. Both of these documents have incorporated the Council’s amendments. A Matrix of Council’s Amendments, arranged by topic area, has been prepared by staff. Additional information about the amendments can also be found in the blog published on December 13.

Next Steps

As part of revising the concepts to proposed code and map changes, staff will be identifying areas where additional research and testing may be needed and developing a methodology to assess potential mapping boundary refinements. The public will have an opportunity to review draft code changes and map amendments this summer before the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council start their public hearings this fall/winter. Stay tuned for more information on the timeline and upcoming ways to participate in the project.

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.


 

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