Barbara Strunk of United Neighborhoods for Reform, a citywide coalition of neighborhood representatives pushing review and tightening of Portland’s real property demolition regulations, told the Hollywood Star News that UNR is promoting reform of lot splitting, residential infill and accessory dwelling regulations.
To prevent demolitions spurred by existing allowable lot-splitting, UNR urged residents to write Portland City Commissioners, asking them to remove “lots of record” and “lot remnants” language from the zoning code’s Title 33.110 that covers single dwellings. Detailed information is available at http://www.fixportlandzoning.com/.
Strunk said Portland’s residential infill process continues to seek members for the Stakeholder Advisory Committee. “Neighborhood representation is very important, so UNR urges citizens to consider applying to be a member of this committee,” she said. Information is available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.
In a letter to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, UNR affirmed positive use of Accessory Dwelling Units. “ADUs are a way to provide affordable housing or income to allow people to remain in their homes,” the letter said. “They are a way to increase density (without teardowns) and preserve the existing livable character of a neighborhood.” The letter went on to say that UNR is certain Portland has lost far too many smaller, entry-level homes in the demolition epidemic of the last several years and affirmed that ADUs can help fill this void.
To promote ADUs, UNR lobbied for ADUs to be “…limited to existing houses only. Allowing ADUs to be built at the same time as new construction can only act as an incentive to demolition. All the positive benefits that we feel can come from ADUs could be eliminated entirely with this provision,” the letter recommended.
Strunk said UNR’s Demolition-Development Resolution, the result of a two-year effort supported by 43 Portland neighborhood associations, calls for preservation of neighborhood livability, sustainability and affordable housing.