City seeks public feedback on demolition, infill and other housing issues
Portlanders down over demolition in the city’s neighborhoods will be able to share their laments and ideas with the city during a series of open houses throughout the summer.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Residential Infill Project and a stakeholder advisory committee are currently exploring different ways to tweak the city’s zoning rules to help set the stage for future growth and development in the metro region. Areas under consideration and looked at in draft proposals include everything from demolition, which has become a contentious issue in the city’s neighborhoods, to accessory dwelling units, types of housing and the size of new homes.
Looking to capture community feedback on the issues, BPS is staging a series of open houses this summer, along with an online questionnaire that people can use to offer feedback between now and Aug. 15. The bureau maintains an ongoing online open house, as well.
The project kicked off last week with an open house at the Multnomah Art Center, which drew about 100 people. Five more open houses are scheduled for later this month and in July, with the next one set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Tabor Space, 5441 S.E. Belmont St.
According to BPS, staff will use the input it gathers over the summer to “refine proposals for City Council to consider in the fall.” After the council offers its direction, BPS staff will draft changes to the city’s Zoning Code rules, which could be adopted by the fall of 2017.
More information on the process can be found on the city’s Residential Infill Project page.