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Notice of City Council Hearing for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Tree Preservation in Development Situations

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. time certain, Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

City Council will hear proposed amendments to Title 11, Trees, regarding tree preservation in development situations on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. time certain, Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. 

Due to recent public concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods, amendments to Title 11, Trees, are proposed to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation, especially preservation of large sized trees, in development situations. The proposed amendments aim to: 

  1. Revise the mitigation requirement (payment into the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund) for trees removed to be based on the size of the tree removed. Currently, the same mitigation is required for all trees removed regardless of size. 

  2. Add a notification requirement when trees of a certain size are removed. 

Staff from the Portland Parks and Recreation and from the Bureau of Development Services created two initial proposals to address this issue. Following that, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) held hearings and developed recommendations to City Council. Each proposal and a comparison table of the proposals can be found at the following links: 

Since the PSC and UFC recommendations, Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman have developed the following proposal to be considered at City Council (Fritz/Saltzman Proposal). 

Testimony can be made in person at the hearing, or may be submitted in writing. Email written testimony to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov or send to 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Questions may be directed to Emily Sandy at the Bureau of Development Services, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-7828. 

Lunch & Learn: Affordable Housing Program for New Development in Portland

Friday, February 19, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

City of Portland, Portland Housing Bureau and Bureau of Development Services

The Portland Housing Bureau and the Bureau of Development Services invite you to a FREE presentation to learn about the affordable housing programs available for new development.

Friday, February 19, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm
Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

Join us for a discussion about incentives for private developers to include affordable housing and other public benefits in their projects.

Mississippi neighborhood of N Portland Topic covered:

  • Programs available through the City
  • Program benefits
  • Eligibility
  • Application process
  • Approval

Presented by Portland Housing Bureau Program Coordinator, Dory Van Bockel.

Bureau of Development Services staff will be available to answer zoning and commercial building questions.

If you have questions contact Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 16 de febrero.

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Affordable Housing and Development Incentives

The Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau work together collaboratively to provide information to the public on incentives for new affordable housing development and rehabilitation of existing properties.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

January 25, 2016

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

The Bureau of Development Services and the Portland Housing Bureau work together collaboratively to provide information to the public on incentives for new affordable housing development and rehabilitation of existing properties

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) can provide support through a wide range of services to private residential home owners and larger development projects. Get more information about resource availability by visiting the PHB website, or by calling PHB at 503-823-2375.

This mixed-use project is being developed by Marathon Acquisition & Development in the Mississippi neighborhood of N Portland.

This mixed-use project is being developed by Marathon Acquisition & Development in the Mississippi neighborhood of N Portland and will make 20% of the housing units affordable by utilizing Portland Housing Bureau’s MULTE Program. 

 

Free Presentation and Discussion: PortlandMaps Beta Project

January 14, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Office - 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland OR

City of Portland, Bureau of Technology Services and Bureau of Development Services

The City of Portland, Bureau of Technology Services and Bureau of Development Services
invite you to a PortlandMaps Beta Project Free Presentation and Discussion

January 14, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Office
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland OR

PortlandMaps.com is a City of Portland online mapping application that provides property based information on permit records, zoning designations, crime statistics, school and parks, utilities, earthquake and flood data, and more. It is visited approximately 250,000 times a day by the general public.

PortlandMaps MobilePortlandMaps Beta Project presentation will cover:

  • Background information on why PortlandMaps is changing
  • How to use the new PortlandMaps
  • New functionality, and
  • Opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback

What to bring:

  • Laptop or mobile device
  • Questions about the PortlandMaps.com Beta Project (Please take a few minutes to look at the Beta version of PortlandMaps at https://www.portlandmaps.com/beta/ prior to attending)

Presented by Bureau of Technology Services manager Matt Freid and the Bureau of Development Services.

If you have questions contact: Matt Freid at beta.portlandmaps@portlandoregon.gov.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

Effective January 4, 2016: New Accessory Structure Zoning Code Regulations

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 33, Portland Zoning Code as part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Regulatory Improvement Program, Accessory Structures Project.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

December 29, 2015

CUSTOMER AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268 

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Portland City Council approved changes to City of Portland Title 33, Portland Zoning Code as part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Regulatory Improvement Program, Accessory Structures Project.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project revises the regulations for accessory structures with a focus on detached accessory structures, such as garages, covered patios, storage sheds and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), as well as decks, trellises, ADA ramps and mechanical equipment. The amendments streamline the standards to create one set of regulations for all covered accessory structures that is based more on form (setbacks, height and bulk) rather than function (how the building is used).

 
Summary of Accessory Structure Zoning Code Regulations

Summary of Accessory Structure Zoning Code Regulation Changes                                           

Major Changes effective January 4, 2016:

  • Accessory Structure Types Allowed in Setbacks. The Zoning Code currently allows detached garages to be built within required side and rear building setbacks as long as they meet specific size, height, and setback requirements.  These parameters will remain largely the same, but any kind of accessory structure (including ADUs) may use the provisions to be built within the setback.

  • Height Requirements Outside of Setbacks. When detached accessory structures are not located within required setbacks, the maximum height for these structures is 20 feet measured to the average height of the highest gable.  The Zoning Code currently allows ADUs to be 18 feet high, but other detached accessory structures to be the height limit of the zone (usually 30 feet).

  • Design Standards for Tall Accessory Structures and Increased Design Flexibility. The additional design standards (including matching roof pitch, exterior materials and windows) that apply to new ADUs will apply to all detached accessory structures, but only if they are over 15 feet tall.  No additional design standards apply to smaller structures.  The design standards required have been made more flexible and now allow options.

  • Mechanical Equipment in Setbacks. Mechanical equipment attached to the side of a building is allowed a 20 percent projection into a required side or rear setback.  Ground mounted mechanical equipment is allowed a full projection into side and rear setbacks, but screening with a fence or landscaping is also required.
 
Details

For a complete list of changes and details about the Accessory Structure Zoning Code Update, please see the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update draft.

 
Questions

Questions about impact of these changes on a development project?  Please contact BDS’s Planning and Zoning Hotline at 503-823-7526.