By Associated Press - Sunday, April 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland may tighten restrictions on new homes as community groups push to limit impacts of infill construction and demolition in close-in neighborhoods.

The Oregonian reports ( ) Portland may rewrite parts of its code to slow down infill development. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is asking for $600,000 to launch a process to examine the issue.

Planners say they’ll likely focus on tightening rules on new homes’ height, the space they take up on a lot and the distance they stand from the property line.

The city is also seeking to address construction of so-called skinny houses, built on lots half the size of typical homes.

Mayor Charlie Hales said people in long-established neighborhoods feel threatened by “haphazard infill.”

Home builders say they’re responding to demand for new homes.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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