This afternoon, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted (5-4) in support of the revised residential infill project. During the vote, multiple commissioners pointed out the benefit and the need to create the opportunity to build different types of housing throughout the city in zones that currently only allow single-dwelling residences. Changing the zoning could result in approximately 4,000 – 24,000 new homes over the next two decades.
Commissioners also underscored the importance of the city to address indirect displacement, defined by the city as “the displacement of existing houses/households resulting from the redevelopment of units in three residential zones: 2.5, 5, and 7.”Four commissioners voted against the residential infill project partly to send a strong signal to City Hall that the city must prioritize policies, plans, and investments to meaningfully address displacement.
The Portland for Everyone coalition is extremely grateful to all of our members, businesses, stakeholder organizations, and neighborhood associations! Please join us as we continue to share our stories, research policy solutions, and testify before our Mayor and City Commissioners in late summer 2019 as we urge them to update our zoning in order to improve housing affordability and availability.
April 2 – May 18, 2018: Testify to the planning commission
The Proposed Draft will be considered by the Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission on May 8 and May 15. We need the Commission to make some key changes that can allow the proposal to achieve its potential to improve housing availability and affordability.
Their recommendations will set us up for getting the city council to pass a plan that truly delivers diverse, affordable housing.
We have published a blog post summarizing the proposal, with four main ways we think it should be improved.
And here is our coalition feedback letter. Many coalition members will also submit their own additional comments focused on their area(s) of expertise. But, we are all focused on making sure that Portland strengthens the proposal (summary of main points below):
BEFORE 5:00PM ON FRIDAY MAY 18, add your voice, and help make sure that we’re adding enough homes, and adding homes at price-points that more Portlanders can afford:
- Comment either on the project as a whole or on specific properties using the online Map App,
- Attend a Planning & Sustainability Commission hearing and testify in person on May 8 or May 15, or
- Mail comment letters to: Planning & Sustainability Commission | Residential Infill Testimony | 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100 | Portland OR 97201
We are confident that the following improvements – only slightly updated from those we have given previously to staff on former drafts – will ensure that the worthy goals of this project will be successfully met:
Summary of Key Recommendations:
- Allow the “housing options” provisions in all areas of the city to improve equity outcomes and encourage the creation of additional walking scale neighborhoods.
- Allow internal conversion of existing houses into multiple homes in all areas, and provide additional incentives for housing preservation and reuse.
- Revise the affordable housing bonus to include an additional home as well as FAR increases for below-market rate, family-sized homes. Exempt affordable housing projects from additional requirements.
- Create an accessible housing bonus, allowing an additional home as well as FAR increases for projects that are 100% fully accessible.
- Allow small triplexes on mid-block lots. Also allow these projects to access the improved affordable and accessible housing bonuses.
- Ensure no net loss in ADU allowances over current conditions, and actively incentivize the provision of secondary ADUs.
- Create a true cottage cluster code that encourages the development of smaller, more affordable homes.
- Rezone all historically narrow lots from R5 to R2.5, with design improvements, to let more households share land costs and provide housing options that more families can afford.
- Support a healthy urban tree canopy by designing flexible code provisions that incentivize saving trees and create less impervious surfaces.
- Eliminate minimum parking requirements for all housing types citywide.
We have until 5:00pm on Friday, May 18 to submit testimony on the Proposed Draft to the Planning & Sustainability Commission. To compare changes between the previous version (Discussion Draft) and this Proposed Draft, see this helpful comparison summary.
As always, make sure you’re signed up to receive our action alerts. Click here to sign up, or choose the ways you want to be involved.
OCTOBER 3 – NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Staff recently released the Discussion Draft of the proposed rule changes for Portland’s residential neighborhoods.
We summarized the proposal here on our blog.
And, here is our coalition response letter.
Many coalition members will also submit their own additional comments focused on their area(s) of expertise. But, we are all focused on making sure that Portland strengthens the proposal.
We think the project proposal would be much stronger if it would:
- Allow the “housing opportunity” provisions in all areas of the city to improve equity outcomes and encourage the creation of additional walking scale neighborhoods.
- Make the affordable housing incentives workable to increase the likelihood that they will be utilized.
- Allow internal conversion of existing houses into multiple units in all areas, and provide additional incentives for housing preservation.
- Create a true cottage cluster code that will encourage the development of smaller, more affordable homes.
- Rezone all historically narrow lots from R5 to R2.5, with design improvements, to share land costs and provide housing options that more families can afford.
- Support a healthy urban tree canopy by designing flexible code provisions that incentivize saving trees and creating less impervious surface.
Weigh in and help make sure that we’re adding enough homes, and adding homes at price-points that more Portlanders can afford.
The comment period on the city’s Discussion Draft has been extended to 5:00pm on Thursday, November 30. To comment, you can:
- Fill out the city’s online comment form (and then help spread the word!)
- Email comments to email@example.com, or
- Print & fill out a comment form, or write your own letter, and mail to: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Residential Infill Project | 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100 | Portland OR 97201
The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability is also hosting six open drop-in hours, and visiting neighborhood coalition land use/transportation meetings. Attend & give staff your feedback on the discussion draft in person – it goes a long way.
Are you ready to testify when the Residential Infill Project goes to the Planning Commission, or to Portland City Council? Do you want help preparing testimony? Click here to choose the ways you want to be involved.
Right now, the best way that you can join the fight for abundant, diverse, & affordable housing options in Portland is to help make sure that we are ready to turn out strong for smart land-use rule changes that will be considered this fall-winter. Here’s your spring-summer 2017 checklist:
1. Is your organization part of the Portland for Everyone coalition yet? If not, join us here!
2. It isn’t “renter’s rights or supply” – WE NEED BOTH. Sign on to reject false choices, and demand a full suite of housing solutions.
1. Are you all signed up to testify at Portland City Council, host a house party, and/or get our e-updates? Click here to choose the ways you want to be involved.
2. Make sure you and your family, neighbors, and friends have shared your Portland Housing Story via this website. We will also be making sure that these stories reach City Council, and you can also check the box if you might want to testify yourself.
3. Check our events page, attend an event coming up near you!
4. Scope our “For Advocates” resources page, and find some inspiration you can use to pen your own article or op-ed in a local publication, or fact-check a friend online.
5. Take a friend on a self-guided “Missing Middle” walking tour through historic Ladd’s Addition and along Madison just north of Hawthorne. You will be amazed at all the small & discreet housing types tucked into some of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods!