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What are people saying about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft?

More than 700 individuals and 46 organizations submitted comments on proposed code and map changes for single-dwelling neighborhoods.


Portlanders had a lot to share with City staff during the public review of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft (October 3 through November 30, 2017):

  • 433 people submitted 3,425 comments through the online and paper comment forms.
  • Community members sent 249 emails.
  • Staff received 46 letters from nonprofits and advocacy groups, public sector agencies and commissions, for-profit housing developers, business interests, neighborhood associations and district coalitions.
  • The lobby exhibit in the 1900 Development Services Building resulted in 36 comments.

Staff read and categorized all the comments and prepared a What We Heard Summary Report, which is now available on the project website. The report identifies key themes from all the comments, including:

  • Housing affordability.
  • How the “a” alternative housing opportunity overlay is mapped.
  • The displacement risk analysis.
  • Proposed regulations for cottage clusters.
  • Visitability standards to promote age-friendly housing.
  • Incentives to protect historic resources.
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What We Heard Summary Report

Read the Residential Infill Project What We Heard Summary Report

In addition to this report, the full text of all the comments can be found in the appendices, which include:

  • Appendix A: Comment Form Responses
  • Appendix B: Emails and Letters from Individuals
  • Appendix C: BPS Lobby Exhibit Written Comments
  • Appendix D: Letters from Organizations

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

These comments will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring.

The first public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2018. At this hearing, Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft, which will be available to the public at least 30 days prior to the PSC hearing.

After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft) later this fall. After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

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 or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at www.portland.gov/rip.