Residential infill

Residential Infill Project – Part 2

E-UPDATE, November 10, 2021

If you would like receive regular updates on the second part of the Residential Infill Project (known as RIP2) click here. We’ll send you monthly updates about our progress and opportunities for your participation and input throughout the public process.

What is the Residential Infill Project|Part 2 about?

RIP2 addresses several outstanding mandates in the State’s middle housing bill HB2001, which was passed in 2019. This bill requires Metro cities to allow duplexes on all lots where single homes are allowed as well as other types of middle housing (triplexes, fourplexes, attached houses and cottage clusters) in many residential areas.

While the first part of RIP addressed higher density residential zones (R2.5 to R7), the second part will apply to the rest of the residential zones, including Portland’s larger lots in outlying areas (R10 and R20). RIP2 will also create new standards for attached houses and cottage clusters for all single-dwelling zones.

Another recently passed piece of housing legislation, Senate Bill 458, requires cities to allow applicants to divide middle housing units so that each unit is on its own lot and can be owned separately.

For more information visit the project website at: portland.gov/bps/rip2

How is your lot potentially affected?

Find out with the new online interactive RIP2 Map App tool.

The Map App allows you to enter an address and see whether it is in an affected single-dwelling zone, what types of housing may be allowed, and whether the property already has or is proposed to have the “constrained sites ‘z’ overlay zone.” This overlay zone means the property has one or more natural resources or land hazards.

Properties with the constrained sites ‘z’ overlay, or that are not on a maintained street or large enough, are generally limited to either a house with or without an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or a duplex.

Check out the map app here: www.portlandmaps.com/bps/residential-infill-2/    

Proposed Draft is available now!

We’re excited to announce the publication of the much-anticipated RIP2 Proposed Draft. This is our proposal to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to implement the middle housing changes in the R10 and R20 zones and bring us into compliance with the State’s middle housing rules. The Proposed Draft includes our staff report summarizing the project, as well as the proposed Zoning Code changes. The PSC will be reviewing and (hopefully) making their recommendation on it to City Council later this year.

RIP2 Info Sessions November 17 & 18

We’re offering two virtual info sessions so you can ask staff questions about the RIP2 proposals. They’ll be held the week after the Proposed Draft is published so you have time to read through the report and formulate questions. The sessions will be held on November 17 and 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Some of the more impactful changes with RIP2 will be to the lower density R10 and R20 zones, which were left out of the original RIP. We’ve broken the two info sessions into “eastside” and “westside” sessions, so residents of those areas can ask questions specific to their unique geography, especially those living in the R10 and R20 zones. We’ll try to focus on more local concerns at each session; however, anyone is welcome to attend either session.

To attend, you will need to register on the RIP2 project website and click on the link for the info sessions: www.portland.gov/bps/rip2/events

RIP2 coming to the PSC November 30

If you can’t read through the Proposed Draft or make it to one of the info sessions, you can watch project staff brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission and answer their questions on the evening of November 30. You may also testify at a public hearing on RIP2 in December (more info to follow on that next month).

The PSC briefing on RIP2 will be at 5 p.m. on November 30. Watch it here.

What’s next?

We’re just beginning, but things will move pretty quickly.

After the PSC briefing on November 30, the Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on RIP2 in mid-December.

After taking testimony and deliberating on the proposals, the PSC will make a recommendation to City Council around February of next year. Council will hold an additional public hearing before making the final decision on RIP2 in the Spring 2022.

The package of amendments must be adopted by June 30, 2022, to meet the state’s compliance-mandated deadline.

Future e-updates will include more specifics about times and locations, as well as options to provide written or verbal testimony to the PSC. So, stay tuned!

For general information about the project

Visit the website: portland.gov/bps/rip2
Or call or email project staff at residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1105 …

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