Portland Updating Regulations for Infill in Single-Family Residential Neighborhoods

Portland is tackling a critical but often controversial issue: how to regulate infill development in residential neighborhoods when growth is pushing landowners and developers to build bigger and denser.

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December 26, 2015, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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A press release from the city of Portland announces an online survey soliciting feedback on "new and updated rules to address the scale and design of new houses and home additions." The new rules will also "determine where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed."

The online survey is part of the Department of Planning and Sustainability's Residential Infill Project, underway since September 2015. The online survey will be open for public comment until January 12, 2016.

"The project will also explore alternative housing options that could help keep housing costs down while increasing the variety and types of housing available for Portlanders," according to the press release. Lots more details about the scope of the Residential Infill Project's planning process can be found on the official website of the project.

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