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City Council now accepting testimony on the Residential Infill Project

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Portlanders can testify in person at public hearings in January or via the Map App.

Four years in the making with the community, advisory groups, and many others, the Residential Infill Project is heading to City Council for public hearings in January 2020. The public is invited to testify on the proposals in person or in writing via the Map App.

City Council will hold two public hearings in January. These hearings will likely be well-attended, so to allow as many folks as possible to testify, testimony will be limited to 2 minutes each.

Both hearings will be located in Council Chambers at 1221 SW 4th Ave:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 16 – 5 p.m.

Submit written testimony via the Map App

Written testimony is now being accepted through the Map App testimony submitter. You can testify about the project in general or about a specific property:

General testimony

To provide general testimony, click on the blue “Testify” button on the right and you will be taken to a simple form. You can add photos, upload letters, or just type your comments right into the form.

Property specific

If you are testifying about a specific property, enter the address in the search bar at the top. The screen will change and pull up that address. When you click on the “Testify” button, your testimony will now be tagged to that parcel.

Change your mind about the specific property? No problem! Just hit the “Back” button, and it will take you back to the general screen.

Testify via U.S. mail

If you prefer, you can send testimony through the mail to the following address:

City Council Residential Infill Project Testimony

1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130

Portland, OR 97204 

Be sure to include “Residential Infill Project Testimony” so it gets routed to the right place. Testimony must be received by the date of the hearing.

Read the PSC’s recommendations to City Council

You can review the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation to City Council in their Residential Infill Project Recommended Draft. Key recommendations for single-dwelling zones include:

  • Increase the range of permissible housing types (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and additional accessory dwelling units).
  • Expand the area where these housing types would be allowed (replaces the previously proposed ‘a’ overlay with the ‘z’ overlay, which limits where these housing types can be built based on landslide risk, flood plain and natural resources).  
  • Scale the building size limits to increase incrementally with the second or third unit. For instance, on a 5,000 sf R5 zoned lot, a house could be up to 2,500 sf, a duplex 3,000 sf, and a triplex or fourplex tops out at 3,500 sf.
  • Remove minimum parking requirements and add new garage design requirements.

Learn about these and other proposals by reviewing the Recommended Draft documents.

For general information about the project

You can visit the project website: portland.gov/rip

Use the Map App to learn more about how the proposals affect particular properties.