Residential Infill Project

Today is the last day to let the Residential Infill Project in Portland know what you think about their proposed changes to zoning laws. Their online “open house” will educate you about the proposed changes. Please note, there will be more opportunities to offer feedback in the future if you cannot get to it today.

Basically, this project aims to identify changes to zoning definitions to allow for more infill of inner parts of SE Portland. The changes proposed will only effect neighborhoods that are within a quarter mile of major traffic thoroughfares. (You won’t be seeing more infill in Westmoreland or on Alameda Ridge, which received criticism by concerned citizens at the meeting I attended.)

Changes would include a wide variety of things. For example, the proposed code would allow more units within the same building near Centers and Cooridors. This would include two ADUs per house (one internal and one external,) and duplexes on all lots, triplexes on all corner lots. It would also allow “cottage clusters” on lots larger than 10,000 square feet.

The size of houses would also be reduced. Houses would have new square foot limits as proportional to lot size. House rooflines would be lowered and setbacks from the street would need to match existing houses.

There are many more changes. Please click here to check out a summary.

At my neighborhood meeting there was a great discussion about these proposed changed. A spokesperson from United Neighborhoods for Reform was present. She detailed what aspects of the proposed changes her group supports and has issues with. They like the idea of houses being limited to 2,500 square feet on 5,000 square foot lots. They take issue with most of the rest of the plan, stating that it would lead to even more deconstruction and rebuilding than is already happening.

What do you think?