Recognizing the connections between food and the community’s environmental, economic, and public health, the City of Portland—through the Urban Food Zoning Code Update— strives to remove zoning code barriers to urban food production and distribution. After over a year of discussions with the community and actively working with a volunteer Code Development Advisory Group, a Discussion Draft of proposed code changes was released in early February. These proposed changes support community gardens, farmers markets, for-profit market gardens, food buying clubs, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community.
How can I get a copy of the Discussion Draft?
An electronic version of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Discussion Draft is posted on the project website (www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode). Hard copies are available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or call 503-823-7700 to receive a copy.
How can I share my ideas about these proposed regulations?
Your thoughtful feedback on the proposed zoning code changes in the Discussion Draft is important and will guide the final code language that staff will present to the Planning and Sustainability Commission later this spring.
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 7th. Please submit your comments online https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8HC3W2T or mail to
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
The report to the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be available in late March. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24th.
For more information about the project and upcoming events please contact Julia Gisler, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-7624; firstname.lastname@example.org.