Kickoff public workshop for the Better Housing by Design project updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code


Better Housing by Design Public Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. – noon (doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Portland Community College Southeast, Community Hall Annex (see campus map)
SE Division Street and SE 82nd Avenue
TriMet: #4, #72

As Portland grows, more people will be living in multi-family housing in and around bustling centers and corridors; in places like apartments, condominiums, courtyard housing, rowhouses and more.  A large portion of this new housing will be located in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1, RH and RX).

Many City goals and policies encourage better housing development that provides quality living environments, connected to schools, shopping and transit. The Better Housing by Design project will build on these goals and policies as well as public input from past projects to update the rules to ensure new construction in the multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents.

Project kicks off with Public Workshop
The Better Housing by Design team has spent the last few months researching and assessing what and where the problems are in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. This work is summarized in the BHD Assessment Report. Now it’s time to share some of what we found and ask community members – whether you live in, are neighbors, or help create multi-family housing –  for feedback on how we can best improve the design of multi-family development through the zoning code.  Topics the project will address include:

  • Open space and other elements that support healthy living for residents,
  • Design that integrates with neighborhood characteristics,
  • Incentives for affordable housing and accessible units, and
  • Creation of new street and pedestrian connections in areas that lack them, such as East Portland, so that residents can safely and easily reach local destinations.

You’re invited to a public workshop where we’ll have several activities that will get at the heart of these topics. The public workshop will include a presentation and small-group discussions. Participants will be able to learn more about the project, process and timeline, and provide feedback on the project’s initial concepts.

Want to learn more? Have questions?
For more information about the project, please visit the project website – particularly a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs). There you’ll find answers to things like, “What problems is this project intended to solve?” Or “Who decided these are problems?” And “How can public input influence this project?” This project, which is focusing on multi-dwelling zones outside the Central City, is one of a number of projects updating zoning code regulations for housing.  Other projects are the Residential Infill Project, focusing on the single-dwelling zones, and the Mixed Use Zones Project, which focused on the commercial/mixed use zones.


Or contact project manager, Bill Cunningham, or 503-823-4203.


The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access to this public workshop. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please contact 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711, at least three business days in advance of the event.

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