As with officials in Toronto and Minneapolis, Portland planning commissioners appear poised to embrace gentle density.

In a series of straw votes last week, the planning commission endorsed a number of policy changes designed to cap the size of new single units, re-legalize structures that include more than one unit inside and allow buildings to get slightly bigger to include multiple units, Sightline reports.

The commission also recommended increasing the maximum number of allowable homes on a (previously single-family) lot to three or four.

The commission is an advisory body, so the changes still must go before the City Council. But its recommendations carry some weight, especially because the Portland City Council has been leaning pro-density in recent years, according to the website.

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