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The site screening process is a key part of planning for a citywide network of places to ride a bicycle off-road.
This process is underway and is happening in multiple steps:
First, the project team screened out properties that would not be appropriate for off-road cycling for an easily identifiable reason (such as properties that were very small, incredibly steep, fully developed, predominantly wetland, or designated as industrial land or archaeologically significant).
Next, the team categorized remaining sites as potentially suitable for off-road cycling trails, parks, both, or neither, based on considerations like slope, size, and the extent of existing natural areas.
As a third step, the project team, the Project Advisory Committee, and agency partners will identify initial sites that might offer good opportunities to provide a connected network of diverse off-road cycling experiences. This step will also consider important factors like:
The final step will combine community knowledge and feedback with on-the-ground site assessments.
As part of a broader community engagement strategy, community members will be able to explore and comment on all potential off-road cycling sites via an online interactive map. Sites that were screened out in previous steps will also be displayed and identified as such. Community members will be asked to help shape the plan by voicing their priorities for Portland’s parks and trails; commenting on potential sites; identifying ways to create a varied off-road cycling system that meets community needs; and noting potential management opportunities or challenges that should be explored further.
Specialists in environmental conservation and off-road cycling facility design will also complete field assessments of potential sites that have unique features or challenges. They will confirm suitability for the types of riding experiences proposed based on environmental conditions and other site-specific factors.
With PSC recommendation, code update project goes to City Council for public hearing on November 2
After hearing public testimony on the Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update on September 13, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a work session on September 27 to discuss the proposal and make their recommendation to City Council.
The PSC recommendations provide more flexibility for the siting of mass shelters in zones where they are already allowed, including increasing the number of beds and reducing separation requirements between buildings. The new code also reduces parking requirements for some mass shelters and short-term housing.
The PSC recommended not to move forward with any permanent amendments affecting the process of design or historic review of affordable housing projects. This was based on a lack of case studies to determine the effectiveness of the current temporary measure as well as due to testimony received at the hearing.
City Council will hold a public hearing on November 2 to consider the PSC recommendation.
Portland City Council Hearing
Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update
November 2, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
The public is also invited to testify in writing via:
U.S. Mail: 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.
In 2015, more than 4,300 Portlanders were placed in emergency shelters, and nearly 1,900 more were unable to find housing, even temporary housing. The code updates in this project respond to City Council’s direction to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to “simplify regulations, remove regulatory obstacles and expedite processes for land use reviews and permits for affordable housing projects, mass shelters and short-term housing” (Resolution #37196, passed on March 9, 2016).
Planning and Sustainability, Housing bureaus collaborate on policies and regulations for new Inclusionary Housing Program
Last spring the State Legislature adopted SB 1533 that enabled local governments to require affordable housing units be included in new multi-family developments. Under the direction of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the Portland Housing Bureau is undertaking a process to develop an Inclusionary Housing program that is expected to be adopted by the Portland City Council in December.
As part of this program, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed changes to the Zoning Code that will require new development with 20 or more units to set aside up to 20 percent of the new units as affordable for households earning 80 percent of the median family income (MFI), which is about $58,650 for a family of four. As part of the program, developments will be eligible for density bonuses, fee waivers and tax abatements. As an alternative, developers will be able to provide affordable units off site, but nearby, or pay a fee into an affordable housing fund.
The public is invited to testify on the Proposed Draft at the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hearing.
Public Hearing: Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Proposed Draft
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through October 25, 2016, in writing:
Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.
Following the PSC’s public hearing, the Commission will hold a work session on November 8, 2016, and vote on a recommendation for City Council to consider in December 2016.
On February 10, 2016, through Resolution No. 37187, City Council asserted its intention to engage in a fair, deliberative, data-driven community discussion of enabling ordinances resulting from the removal of the preemption on inclusionary housing in the 2016 State Legislative Session.
Under the direction of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the Portland Housing Bureau has introduced the recently formed Inclusionary Housing Program, which mandates the provision of affordable units in new multi-dwelling residential development through changes to the Zoning Code.
In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed a set of new regulations to ensure the City complies with the Inclusionary Housing Program and SB1533. The Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Proposed Draft requires that new construction of more than 20 units include a share of affordable units. The developer may also pay a fee in lieu of constructing affordable units, which will go into an affordable housing fund.
The Inclusionary Housing program is expected to be adopted by the Portland City Council in December, and is one of several tools available to the city to address the shortage of affordable housing.
Height/floor area ratio and transportation-related topics dominate first public hearing
Last Thursday, October 6, 2016, City Council held a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package. More than 75 Portlanders signed up to testify, but due to unrelated events at City Hall, Council was able to hear testimony from roughly 45 people before running out of time.
Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Implementation begins at approximately 1:39:20.
While testimony provided on October 6 addressed a variety of topics, there were some common themes, such as:
This Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 2 p.m., City Council will hold another public hearing on the proposal. Portlanders may sign up to testify in front of Council Chambers starting at 1 p.m. However, please note that priority will be given to those who signed up to testify on October 6 and were unable to do so.
City Council Public Hearing
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Please check the Auditor’s website for more information and to confirm details. People interested in providing testimony may begin signing up one hour before the hearing but may only sign up for one person at a time. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person.
Other ways to testify
City Council will continue to accept written testimony on the Early Implementation Package until at least October 13. Learn how to provide testimony by visiting the How to Provide Feedback page.
Read a summary of the September 27 PSC discussion; then review agenda for next work session about height in other areas of the Central City, parking and the Willamette River
On September 27, 2016, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held the first of several work sessions on the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Plan Proposed Draft. Up first? Appropriate heights in historic districts and how some of the Central City’s iconic views should be protected.
Proposed new regulations include reductions to allowed building heights in historic districts to ensure new development is compatible with the character of older structures. The Proposed Draft also removes the option to achieve bonus height in all historic districts in the Central City.
Here’s a breakdown of the PSC decisions.
PSC Action: In response to testimony, the PSC supported the proposed recommendations to reduce heights, with a small amendment to allow an additional 25 feet of height in the NW 13th Avenue Historic District south of Hoyt Street.
PSC Action: The PSC asked staff to return with more information about whether the same amount of floor area (FAR) of buildings allowed today could be built with reduced heights.
The CC2035 Proposed Draft includes an update of the decades-old regulations to protect scenic resources in the Central City. The draft includes proposals to adjust building height limits to maintain some views. Staff are also proposing to add new height limits to protect a few new views. The PSC discussed the three views that attracted the most testimony.
PSC Action: Support the Proposed Draft. Do not restore the historic panoramic views of downtown. Allow limited tree removal to maintain the current view of Mt Hood.
PSC Action: The PSC supported allowing more building height along Jefferson Street and creating a new viewpoint closer to the bridge.
PSC Action: The PSC gave this topic considerable thought and made the tough decision not to support staff’s proposal to maintain the view of Mt Hood from Salmon Springs by reducing building height in a narrower corridor.
At the November 16 PSC work session, the Commission is expected to discuss:
PSC Work Session on CC2035 Plan
Wednesday, November 16, 4 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Please check the PSC calendar to confirm time and location prior to each work session.