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Proposals call for Portland’s centers to support people-friendly design

Portlanders invited to testify on new rules meant to improve the design of buildings, public spaces and more; Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Project heads to Planning and Sustainability and Design commissions.

Sketch of people in front of mixed-use building

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan reaffirms the City’s commitment to grow up — not out. To do so, many of our existing centers and corridors will see larger and denser development than the built environment today. Over the next 20 years, these more populated areas will continue transforming into even more vibrant urban places as they accommodate 80% of projected housing units in the city.

Portland’s official Zoning Map includes many “overlays.” These are areas that are identified for special rules that protect environmentally sensitive areas, historic buildings, residents from aircraft noise and more. Overlays also identify areas that we want to have special features, such as greenways, light rail station areas – and good building design.  

Portland’s highest-capacity centers and corridors are zoned with a design overlay zone, which promotes people-oriented design in places where 60% of projected housing units will be built by 2035. These areas are designated with a ‘d’ overlay on Portland’s zoning maps.

Updating the ‘d’ to meet the needs of people – now and in the future

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments proposal (DOZA) strives to make Portland’s centers and corridors better designed places – for people.

DOZA restructures the processes and tools for Portland’s design overlay zone and Design Review Program to ensure they move us toward the future described in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and Climate Action Plan.

The DOZA project:

  • Updates the purpose statement of design overlay to clarify the following goals:
  1. Respond to context.
  2. Contribute to the public realm.
  3. Promote quality and resilience.
  • Removes the design overlay from single-dwelling zoned properties.
  • Establishes review thresholds based on the size and scale of the project.
  • Improves the design review process.
  • Creates new approval criteria for design review and new design standards.

Review the proposals and tell us what you think

The DOZA Proposed Draft includes four volumes:

  • Volume 1: Staff Report
  • Volume 2: Zoning Code and Map Amendments
  • Volume 3: Portland Citywide Design Guidelines
  • Volume 4: Appendices

You’re invited to review the proposals and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Design Commission.

1) Testify directly to the commissions at a joint public hearing

Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.
1900 SW 4th, Room 2500A 
Portland, Oregon 97201

2) Via the Map App (www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp)

3) Via U.S. Mail

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Design Overlay Zone Amendments
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100 
Portland, Oregon 97201

Next steps

After the PSC and Design Commission hear public testimony and the “record is closed” (no more testimony – written or oral – is accepted), the two commissions will hold work sessions to discuss the testimony and develop any amendments they want to make to the proposals before they vote on their recommendations to the City Council. Council is expected to hold public hearings on the Recommended Draft next spring.

PSC News: September 24, 2019 Meeting Information and Documents

Title 11: Extend Sunset Date – Hearing / Recommendation; Columbia/Lombard Wayfinding Improvements – Hearing / Recommendation

Agenda

  • Title 11: Extend Sunset Date – Hearing / Recommendation
  • Columbia/Lombard Wayfinding Improvements – Hearing / Recommendation

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

Deliver your greasy pizza box to the compost cart

Pizza delivery boxes belong in the green Portland Composts! roll cart

Does back to school time have you ordering pizza delivery or picking up a pizza on-the-go?

pizza box compostingUs too!

Remember: Greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled. Yes, pizza boxes are cardboard, but the paper fibers cannot be separated from the oil during the manufacturing process that converts cardboard into paper pulp.

Use your green curbside compost cart instead. That goes for any pizza delivery boxes from places all over Portland. One exception: Frozen pizza boxes belong in the garbage.

Find more compost tips at www.portlandcomposts.com.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

PSC News: September 17, 2019 Meeting Information and Documents

Planning for Racial Equity – briefing

Agenda

  • Planning for Racial Equity – Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

https://youtu.be/awi_7lKiKBs

 

Building Healthy Connected Communities Along Division Transit report ready for public review

Community members invited to review proposed improvements to the Division Transit corridor, related actions, transportation proposals and policy recommendations.

The final report for the Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor is now available for public review. The report focuses on three areas long the Division Transit project alignment between SE 76th and the Gresham city limits near SE 174th. The three areas are the Jade District, Division Midway, and 162nd Avenue.

The report includes information about opportunities and constraints for each focus area. And the recommendations serve primarily as a resource and stepping stone to further action.

Key recommendations in the report include:

  1. Street spacing standards. Provide the option for a new connection to be built in phases across multiple properties to increase feasibility on more sites.
  2. Small area and site planning. Zoning code and area planning tools can be adjusted to make development of opportunity sites more feasible as well as achieve policy objectives.
  3. Technical assistance. The City should create a program or practice of ongoing conversations with property owners and businesses not only in the Division Transit Corridor but all East Portland (including 82nd Ave) as well.
  4. Street plans. Continue development and implementation of adopted street plans.
  5. New policy, programs and tools. A finer grained pedestrian and bike (multi-modal) system is needed in East Portland. The City and its partners should continue exploring additional funding mechanisms for sidewalks and other pedestrian and bike priority infrastructure.
  6. Add several transportation projects in East Portland Centers to the Transportation System Plan (TSP) and Transportation System Development Charges (TSDC) project lists to improve safety, access and connectivity.

This report is one deliverable within a suite of coordinated actions taken in conjunction with the Division Transit project. Key partners in the project and these related actions are Metro, TriMet, Prosper Portland, and the City of Gresham.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The next steps for the public and project team include:

  1. Public review period for the final report from August through December 2019.
  2. Portland City Council consideration: A public hearing is tentatively planned for December 2019.
  3. City Council adoption: A vote will be scheduled in December 2019.

REVIEW THE FINAL REPORT AND COMMENT

Community members are invited to review the final report for the Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor.

Submit comments to staff about the report by December 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Marty Stockton at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-2041 or Marty.Stockton@portlandoregon.gov.