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Expiration Date Extension Project and Central City 2035 Plan Re-Adoption

The Portland City Council recently adopted two projects that will have impacts on expiration dates and development in the Central City Plan District. Both projects will go into effect on August 10, 2020.

The Central City 2035 Plan is a new land use, transportation and environmental plan to manage growth and development in Portland’s urban core. It was adopted in June 2018 and went into effect in July 2018. The plan was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals and eventually remanded back to the city to address items identified in the court rulings. The Central City 2035 Plan was re-adopted by City Council on July 8, 2020 with the same code and maps as the original version. The updated Findings report and re-adopted CC2035 Plan are available on the project website.

The Expiration Date Extension Project includes code amendments that would extend some land use reviews and pre-application conferences, maintain inclusionary housing rates and allow virtual neighborhood meetings. The intent of the project is to provide relief to applicants impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic disruption. The plan can be viewed on the project website.

Updated Pedestrian District Boundaries and Classifications Take Effect March 6, 2020

The new pedestrian classifications include changes to Pedestrian District boundaries to align with all designated “Centers” and major Transit Station Areas, as defined by Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

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SERVICE UPDATE
March 2, 2020

Updated Pedestrian District Boundaries and
Classifications Take Effect March 6, 2020

On February 5, City Council adopted an ordinance to amend the Transportation System Plan to incorporate new pedestrian classifications. The new pedestrian classifications include changes to Pedestrian District boundaries to align with all designated “Centers” and major Transit Station Areas, as defined by Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

What changed?

Pedestrian Districts.

  • In some cases, the boundaries of existing Pedestrian Districts have expanded,
  • Some Pedestrian Districts are new, and
  • Some former Pedestrian Districts have been removed because they are no longer classified as Pedestrian Districts.

Pedestrian classifications. Some streets may have a pedestrian classification that is higher or lower than it was before.

How might this impact sidewalk design/ frontage improvement requirements?

The Portland Pedestrian Design Guide uses pedestrian classifications to determine the sidewalk design/ frontage improvement requirements associated with private development. Applications for building or development permits or land use reviews submitted on or after March 6, 2020 must meet frontage improvement requirements associated with new pedestrian classifications, per the existing Pedestrian Design Guide.

How do I check the new Pedestrian District boundaries and new pedestrian classifications?

Scrollable maps of new pedestrian classifications are available here.

What should I expect in Development Review?

During the interim period on or after March 6, 2020 when new pedestrian classifications take effect, and before adoption of an updated Pedestrian Design Guide (anticipated 2021), PBOT Development Review will apply the 1998 Pedestrian Design Guide to new 2020 pedestrian classifications as follows:

2020 Classifications (New) 1998 Pedestrian Design Guide Requirements to Apply (Interim)
Pedestrian District Pedestrian District
Major City Walkway City Walkway
City Walkway City Walkway
Neighborhood Walkway Local Service Walkway
Local Service Walkway Local Service Walkway

What additional sidewalk design/ frontage requirements may come in 2021?

Future updates to the Pedestrian Design Guide may include, but are not limited to, updates to sidewalk design criteria for various pedestrian facilities, including requirements for minimum sidewalk widths, placement of street trees and sidewalk furnishings, and street corner design at crossings.

Questions?

Michelle Marx, PBOT Pedestrian Coordinator
Michelle.Marx@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-4589

 


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BDS to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020.

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SERVICE UPDATE
February 21, 2020

Updated: Implementation of Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot (result of a subdivision or partition), unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

At this time, Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) has not been amended to conform to the requirements of the new state law. Starting Monday, March 2, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law. In addition to the allowances for primary structures in Title 33, development of a primary structure will be allowed as described below. If any of the Title 33 allowances for primary structures in residential zones or plan districts preclude a primary structure based on the characteristics of the site or ownership, the allowances described below prevail. If the lot is precluded under both Title 33 allowances and the allowances described below, a primary structure is not allowed.

Requirements for a Primary Structure on Platted Lots

A primary structure is allowed on a lot that is fully intact as originally platted, except as reduced in size due to right-of-way dedication or condemnation; on an adjusted lot that is larger than the originally platted lot; or a combination thereof, that meets the following:

  1. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in an environmental protection or environmental conservation overlay zone;
  2. No portion of the lot, adjusted lot or combination is in the special flood hazard area; and
  3. The lot, adjusted lot or combination has an average slope of less than 25 percent.

Note: Title 33 definitions (33.910) and measurements (33.930) apply.

How to Apply

Lot Confirmation: To confirm that a lot is eligible for a primary structure, submit a Lot Confirmation application. Deed information showing the lot meets Title 33 definitions is required for any lot that is not fully intact as platted. More information is on the application form.

Building Permit: Eligibility of existing tax lots for a primary structure can be determined through a building permit review

Questions?


 


CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
February 6, 2020

Bureau of Development Services to Implement Senate Bill 534 (Platted Lots)

On July 23, 2019, the Governor of Oregon signed Senate Bill 534 (SB 534) into law, with an implementation date of March 1, 2020. It requires that development of at least one dwelling unit be allowed on each platted lot, unless the City determines the lot is constrained by lack of infrastructure, steep slopes, natural resources or hazards.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is in the process of developing amendments to Portland's Zoning Code (Title 33) that, if approved by the City Council, will amend the zoning code to conform to the requirements of the new state law. However, the proposed amendments to the zoning code are not expected to be adopted by the required implementation date. Therefore, during the interim period between Monday, March 2, and the effective date of new City code, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement the requirements of the new state law.

Further guidance on how the state law will be implemented during this interim period will be provided prior to March 2. Questions about this process should be directed to Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6979 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov.

Review the state law here.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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