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Commissioners hear testimony from nearly 60 Portlanders; support affordable housing goals and actions
The West Quadrant Plan was the focus of a public hearing at City Council on Feb. 4, 2015. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff presented the big ideas in the recommended plan, including creating a healthy and vibrant 21st-century urban waterfront, developing a signature 10-mile walking and biking parkway (or Green Loop), encouraging a mix of uses in the quadrant and constructing a model low-carbon Central City.
Close to 60 community members testified on the Recommended Draft for more than four hours, with much of the testimony focusing on height and density limits in the West End and Goose Hollow.
But affordable housing took center stage when Commissioner Dan Saltzman co-sponsored the resolution to adopt the plan, along with Mayor Charlie Hales. Commissioner Nick Fish also spoke passionately about the need to keep Portland from becoming like San Francisco and other high-cost cities through regulations and programs that would support affordable and workforce housing on the west side of the Central City.
The West Quadrant Plan calls for a mix of housing types and establishes an affordable housing target for 2035. It also addresses the environmental health of the Willamette River and proposes actions to protect historic resources.
In regards to building height, the plan leaves existing limits in much of the quadrant alone. It does, however, propose transfer of development rights for historic buildings in Old Town/Chinatown as well as bonuses that could create incentives for affordable housing, building setbacks for plazas and public space, and other civic amenities.
At one point during the hearing, Commissioner Steve Novick asked staff about the relationship between building height and carbon emissions. BPS Director Susan Anderson pointed out that higher buildings can help create more compact, transit-accessible and amenity-rich communities, which help us reach our climate action goals.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is conducting a study to determine the costs and benefits of bonuses to both the City and developers as well as the financial viability of different types of bonuses. BPS is also working on an updated Scenic Resources Inventory in the city center, which will identify view sheds and corridors worth preserving. Until this work is done, however, no final decisions on height limits or bonuses will be made.
The West Quadrant Plan will be back on the Council agenda in a few weeks. Please check Council agendas to confirm the following:
After Council votes to adopt the plan by resolution, planners will then begin to consolidate all of the quadrant plans (West, N/NE and SE quadrants) and draft new Zoning Code provisions for a complete Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan. This combined plan and ordinance will then be the subject of hearings before the Planning and Sustainablity Commission and City Council in 2016. Once adopted, CC2035 will become an amendment to the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan.
The West Quadrant Plan is a long-range plan for Central City districts west of the Willamette River, including Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, the Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University. For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/westquad.
Community event features draft updates to design review exemptions and processes, neighborhood contact requirements, shed roof heights, floor area use clarification and more
The City of Portland continually updates and improves building and land use regulations through regulatory improvement code amendment packages (RICAP). The latest package (RICAP 7) includes 45 items for regulatory improvement consideration, including refinements to design review exemptions and review processes for changes to approved designs, neighborhood contact requirements, shed roof heights, floor area use and more.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Code Development Team will hold an open house on Feb. 10, 2015, 5 ― 7 p.m., to present information and answer questions about the RICAP 7 Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A (7th floor).
RICAP 7 Discussion Draft
Tuesday, February 10, 5 ― 7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Rm 7A (7th floor)
Portlanders are invited to share their feedback on the Discussion Draft with staff at the open house. Comments on the 45 items can also be submitted by mail to 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: RICAP 7; FAX: 503-823-7800; or email.
The comment period for the Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Staff will then incorporate those comments into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing in the spring. The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.
For more information about RICAP 7 and the Discussion Draft, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/ricap.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.
Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss economic development and employment land, the revised Economic Opportunity Analysis, West Hayden Island and more at February 10 work session
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the Feb. 10, 2015, Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. The reports include staff-recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, in response to public testimony received to date.
The staff reports now available for public review are:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation also posted a staff report to the PSC on the Transportation System Plan, which is part of the Comprehensive Plan Update. This report is intended to inform the PSC hearing on February 24 (starting at 5 p.m.) and Work Session #4 on March 10.
Staff reports or memos for subsequent PSC work sessions will be available approximately two weeks prior to each one.
Work Session #2
The February 10 work session will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m., and the final agenda will be posted on the PSC calendar approximately one week before the meeting. The public is invited to attend; however, this is a work session for commissioners, so no public testimony will be taken during this or any other work session.
The PSC will, however, accept written comments on the Proposed Draft until March 13, 2015. The public is encouraged to submit testimony as early as possible, but the commissioners will be considering all testimony received through the closing date. Commissioners are community volunteers so they need sufficient time to review such a large volume of testimony.
Testimony is cataloged, scanned and batched together for delivery to the PSC regularly (approximately every two weeks). Staff then prepares reports that summarize the testimony to date, provide preliminary recommendations on the upcoming work session topics and suggest issues requiring further discussion/deliberation by the commissioners. Due to the quantity of testimony received, there may be a short lag between when a letter is submitted and when it is addressed in the relevant staff report.
Comprehensive Plan Update — work session
An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.
Portlanders are invited to learn about and share their feedback on the latest developments for the SE Quadrant Plan
Join the SE Quadrant planning team at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) on February 19 to learn about the future of the Central Eastside. View maps, images and diagrams, and read and comment on the goals, policies and actions that have been developed over the last year and a half. Input from the open house, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and other Central Eastside stakeholders will help shape the SE Quadrant Draft Plan to be released in March.
You’ll be able to learn more and share your ideas about how the plan will:
Attendees are invited to explore the exhibits of historic train engines, and Rail Heritage Center staff will be on hand to answer questions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
SE Quadrant Open House
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave
Parking: There is a parking lot available west of SE Water Ave on SE Caruthers Street.