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Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission now ready for public review

Read about new proposals that will govern how our residential neighborhoods grow and evolve; then testify online or in person to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

As Portlanders, we have an opportunity to update the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods to allow more families and households to live in them — while limiting the construction of very large new houses.

Over the past two years, we had thousands of conversations with hundreds of people. And we heard that Portlanders want to take care of and improve their neighborhoods as the city grows. They want more people to have access to these vibrant residential areas and all the great things they offer — like schools, parks, shops, restaurants and grocery stores.

In response, we’re revisiting the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods so more people can enjoy the benefits of these vibrant neighborhoods. In collaboration with Portlanders from all over the city with many different experiences and perspectives, we’ve created a proposal that allows more housing units to be built in residential neighborhoods, but only if they follow new limits on size and scale.

Review the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft:

Tell the Planning and Sustainability Commision (PSC) what you think

Via the Map App … by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18

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Explore the Map App

The Map App is new and improved! In addition to viewing proposed map changes for individual properties, community members (property owners and renters) can now testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App. It’s as easy as sending an email. And once you press “submit,” you can see your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.

Or mail a letter … letters must be received by Friday, May 18
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Residential Infill Testimony
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201

At a public hearing …

You can testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at two public hearings:

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, Oregon

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, Oregon

Learn more about how this proposal might affect your property

The online Map App lets you look up a specific property and see what changes are proposed, but if computers aren’t your thing, you can talk to a planner one-on-one at drop-in hours around town or call our customer service helpline.

Drop-in hours

Stop by and see us at a nearby library.

Location Date Time Address

St. Johns Library Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 7510 N Charleston Ave.

Midland Library Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 805 SE 122nd Ave

North Portland Library Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.  512 N Killingsworth St.

Hollywood Library Monday, April 30, 2018 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 4040 NE Tillamook St.

Woodstock Library Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  6008 SE 49th Ave.

Hillsdale Library Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  1525 SW Sunset Blvd.


We’re ready for your questions. Call 503-823-0195. Interpretation services available.

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Or email us at with your questions and a knowledgeable person will respond to you. 

Next Steps

After the PSC hears public testimony and the “record is closed” (no more testimony – written or oral – is accepted), the PSC will hold work sessions in May and June to discuss the testimony and develop any amendments they want to make to the proposals before they vote on their recommendations to the City Council. Council is expected to hold public hearings on the PSC’s Recommended Draft this Fall.

For more information, visit the project website.