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Charting the Path to New Zoning

How the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map relate to new zoning code

The proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan is currently under review by the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The draft Comprehensive Plan Map includes proposed land use changes for a number of properties across the city, and many people are eager to talk about the zoning details for those places — particularly in mixed-use zones and around campus institutions.

The Comprehensive Plan establishes goals and policies and maps to guide subsequent land use activities. The Comp Plan Map assigns land use designations to every property — but not zones. That’s a separate step in the process.

The map identifies what the land can generally be used for (e.g., residential, employment, open space). Should it be light industrial or manufacturing? Multi-family or single-family? Specific rules about how buildings can look or how tall they can be are developed once these general land uses are defined and mapped. The zoning code addresses the details; height, setbacks, floor-area ratio (FAR) and other design characteristics for each property.

So how can we consider new zoning code while we’re still deciding on general land uses?

Land use designations and zoning are under different parts of the State of Oregon’s Periodic Review requirement.

  • Task 4 of Periodic Review (goals, policies and land use map) is currently before the PSC. It lays out the guidelines for long- and short-term land use decisions. If you’re interested in high-level direction about issues such as sustainability, equity, public involvement and general development direction in different areas of the city, this is the process you want to focus on.
  • Task 5 (zoning code and zoning map amendments) will come before the PSC in 2015. Task 5 projects (e.g., Mixed-Use Zones Project, Institutional Zoning Project) will be the first to apply the new Comprehensive Plan to on-the-ground rules. If you’re interested in nitty-gritty issues like FAR for mixed-use development in neighborhood hubs, this is where you can focus your attention.

To complete the Comprehensive Plan process in the time allotted by the state, staff began working on goals and policies (Task 4) last year and implementation projects (Task 5) this year, while Task 4 was (and still is) underway.

This dual work stream means that some information is available on the general approach to zoning code provisions (Task 5) even as the PSC is still deliberating the policy intent and map designations as part of Task 4. Written comments on the goals, policies and land use map will be taken until March 13, 2015.

The overlapping sequence will help ensure important zoning details are available before City Council votes on the recommended policies and map in June/July 2015, the state-imposed deadline for adoption of Task 4.

Zoning code and zoning map changes to implement the new Comprehensive Plan will be subject to additional public hearings before final action by the PSC and City Council. The state-imposed deadline for completing the related Task 5 is December 2015.

What’s next?

Task 4 Timeline

Date/Time Event Address Notes
October 28
5-9 p.m.
Public Hearing PCC SE Campus, Community Hall: 2305 SE 82nd Ave  
November 4
4-8 p.m.
Public Hearing 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500 Testimony about the initial candidate list of projects for the Transportation System Plan is encouraged.
November 18
5-8 p.m.
PSC Work Session (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. The PSC will use this work session to identify the topics for subsequent work sessions in 2015. Check project calendar to confirm time.
January 13
12:30-3:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Introduction to Consent Lists, discussion if decision-making with the new plan

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
January 27
6-9 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Centers & Corridors, Non-conforming Uses & Split-Zoning and Community Involvement & Implementation (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
February 10
12:30-3:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Economic Goals, West Hayden Island and Consent List #1 (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
February 24
6-9 p.m.

Public Hearing about the financially constrained Transportation System Plan (TSP) and its relationship to the Comprehensive Plan

Topics: Transportation, David Douglas and Consent List #2

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A Check project calendar for details and to confirm time.
March 10
12:30-3:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session on the Transportation System Plan (TSP, written comments only)

Topics: TSP, Housing and Residential Down-designations (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
March 13
5 p.m.
Deadline for written comments    
March 24
6-9 p.m.

PSC Work Session (no testimony)

Topics: Discussion of other individual map or policy changes of interest to commissioners (Items to be nominated before Feb. 24, 2 hours 30 minutes.).

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm details.
March 30 Tentative release date for Draft Recommended Plan reflecting PSC directions    
April 14
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Public Hearing on Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This is a state-required report defining employment-related land needs and describing how the plan accommodates projected job growth through 2035.
April 28
6-9 p.m.
Public Hearing on Growth Scenario Report Addendum 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A The 2013 Growth Scenarios Report described different potential growth patterns, and explored how those choices achieve the Portland Plan Measures of Success. This 2015 addendum will evaluate the draft plan against those same metrics. Essentially, this hearing is about determining if the plan will meet the goals we set, such as housing affordability, carbon emissions reduction, transportation mode shifts and tree canopy.   
May 12 Tentative date for final PSC Work Session and recommendation (vote) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony. Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
June 2015 or later City Council public hearings and decision (vote)   Check project calendar for details closer to the date.

Task 5 (Implementation) Timelines

Both the Mixed Use and Institutional Campus zoning projects are currently working with advisory committees to digest background research and define the concepts that will ultimately be brought to the PSC. Both of these projects will also inform a Zoning Map Amendment Package that will advance in 2015.

Time Frame Milestone/Event Notes
November 5
6-9 p.m.
Mixed Use Zones Workshop for preliminary concept proposal
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500
This will identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and list some other key parameters.
November 6
6-9 p.m.
Mixed Use Zones Workshop for preliminary concept proposal
Jefferson High School cafeteria: 5210 N Kerby Ave
This will identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and list some other key parameters. 
Winter 2015 Release of Mixed Use Concept Report and Institutional Campus Concept report  
Spring 2015 Release of proposed zoning code for Mixed Use and Institutional Campus zones  
April/May 2015 PSC public hearings on Institutional Campus code Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
May 2015 Release of draft zoning maps, including Institutional Campus and Mixed Use Zones Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony. Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
June/July 2015 PSC public hearings on Mixed Use code Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
July and/or September 2015 PSC public hearings on the proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
Fall 2015 City Council public hearing on the proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.

Portland residents show their food scraps are too good to waste

Nearly 80 percent of households are composting, and three-quarters of residents feel good about curbside collection service

Include the Food illustration

Portland’s curbside food scrap collection program just had its third birthday! 

Since 2011, Portland residents have turned over 200,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps into rich compost for healthier farms and gardens. That’s like filling 50 Olympic size swimming pools to the brim with compost!

Now almost 80 percent of Portland households are adding food scraps to their green composting roll cart. With all of your help, Portland has reduced garbage going to landfill by 36 percent since the food scrap collection program started three years ago.

Compost works. And we like it!

A recent citywide survey showed Portlanders love their curbside compost, recycling and garbage service and rate it more highly than almost any other city service. Nearly three‑quarters of residents feel “very good” or “good” about their curbside collection.

Looking for ways to make food scrap collection work even better for you?  Get information about successful food scrap collection, including how-to videos at www.portlandcomposts.com.

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