Alliance raises concerns around residential infill project



Alliance raises concerns around residential infill project

The Alliance sent a letter to Susan Anderson, director of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Bureau, outlining concerns with the proposed residential infill project. The Alliance has been involved in the development of the project throughout its planning phase and supports the overall mission to increase housing options within single-family residential neighborhoods in the city. The key element of the project is a new housing opportunity overlay zone, which allows duplexes, triplexes, accessory dwelling units, etc., to be built on lots currently zoned for single-family residential properties. The Alliance letter raised concerns about the boundaries of the new overlay zone, which is focused near amenities like transit, parks and schools, but could be more effective if applied citywide. Additionally, the proposed project arbitrarily limits the square footage of new single-family homes, with a very significant decrease in the allowed square footage, which could adversely impact potential land value and, subsequently, property tax revenue. The Planning and Sustainability Commission heard testimony through May 18, and will be conducting internal work sessions before making a formal recommendation to Portland City Council sometime this summer.