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Final City Council hearing on Comp Plan amendments on April 20

First City Council hearing on Commissioner-sponsored amendments draws crowd

On Thursday, April 14, Portland City Council held its first public hearing on a set of amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The amendments were “sponsored” by the Commissioners based on public testimony on the Recommended Draft plan as well as their own interests and concerns.

More than 100 Portlanders showed up to share their feedback on the amendments with City Council. Testimony focused on topics ranging from open data, the proposed conversion of Broadmoor golf course to industrial land, and other proposed Comp Plan Map changes. A significant portion of the testimony was about the “middle housing” concept, an amendment sponsored by Mayor Charlie Hales.

The final scheduled hearing on the Comp Plan amendments is Wednesday, April 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. 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. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person.

Next Steps

At the end of the hearing, the Mayor will close the hearing and testimony (unless it is extended), and Council will begin work sessions on the Comp Plan amendments the following week on April 28. Final vote on the City’s new Comprehensive Plan is expected in June 2016. 


New regulations for Commercial/Mixed Use zones will include incentives for affordable housing and improve transitions into neighborhoods

Portlanders invited to testify on Mixed Use Zone Proposed Draft at public hearing on May 10

Last month, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a Proposed Draft for the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project.

These zoning changes for mixed use and commercial areas will make it easier to develop more vibrant places, increase housing choices, enable businesses to thrive, and help meet the daily needs of nearby residents. The MUZ project will make the commerical/mixed use zoning code easier to understand, ensure new mixed use/commercial buildings fit in better with surrounding neighborhoods, and more effectively encourage new development to include things the community values, like affordable housing.

The project proposes four new commercial zones with varying scales:

  • CM1: 35 feet (three stories)
  • CM2: 45 – 55 feet (four to five stories)
  • CM3: 65 – 75 feet (six to seven stories)
  • CE: 45 feet (four stories)

These four new zones would:

  • Provide incentives for public benefits (affordable housing and affordable commercial space) through bonuses that earn additional floor area.
  • Ensure active ground floor uses, such as retail, in the core commercial areas of centers.
  • Reduce building mass by articulating large façades and limiting building length.
  • Improve transitions to neighboring residential areas through a height “step down.”
  • Address commercial-residential conflicts through landscaping and setbacks.
  • Require neighborhood notification of most new development.

Read the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft; then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Mixed Use Zone Proposed Draft
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through May 10, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email:
  • By U.S. Mail:
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony

Have questions?

Review the Mixed Use Zones FAQs to see if we’ve already answered your questions. If not, please call the Comprehensive Plan Update Helpline at 503-823-0195. We’re here to help!

Several Comprehensive Plan early implementation projects will result in an updated Zoning Map

Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold public hearing on a “composite” Zoning Map on July 12

Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map are at City Council for hearings, work sessions and adoption. Bringing up the rear of the Comp Plan Update are several “early implementation” projects that will update the City’s zoning map and code.

These projects were created to address the most urgent needs to implement Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development, including creating enough employment land (for jobs and different types of businesses), addressing the scale and design of new mixed use development along busy corridors and in neighborhood hubs, and resolving discrepancies between the land use and zoning maps.

Last October, the Employment Zoning Project released a discussion draft for public comment. Since then, multiple drafts on this and other zoning update projects have been released. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held public hearings for most of the Zoning Map update projects, which include:

After a public hearing with the PSC for the Mixed Use Zones Project on May 10, all of the Zoning Map updates above will be combined into a single – or composite – Zoning Map and considered as a whole. A public hearing on this Composite Zoning Map with the PSC is scheduled for July 12, 2016, when the PSC will invite testimony and make a recommendation to City Council about the consolidated map.

Get Involved

Portlanders have had the opportunity to provide feedback on these zoning update projects since each Discussion Drafts for each one were released over the past year. The PSC will hold public hearings on the following Proposed Drafts:

Mixed Use Zones Project
Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A

Zoning Map Composite
Tuesday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
1120 SW 5th Ave, Room C

Check the PSC calendar to confirm the date, time and location one week prior to the scheduled hearing.

The PSC also invites testimony on these proposals in writing, via:

  • Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App
  • Email:
  • U.S. Mail: Planning and Sustainability Commission, c/o City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: [project name] testimony

Next Steps

Following the PSC’s public hearings on these zoning updates, the Commission will recommend a new Zoning Map to City Council, which will hold additional hearings. tentatively scheduled for fall 2016.

What’s the difference between the Comprehensive Plan Map and the Zoning Map?

The Comprehensive Plan Map depicts a long-term vision of how and where the city will grow and change over the next 20 years to accommodate anticipated population and job growth. In contrast, the Zoning Map tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today

PSC News: April 26, 2016 Meeting Recap

Multnomah County Courthouse — hearing / recommendation; Deconstruction Code Language — briefing; Solid Waste Rates — briefing; Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — work session


  • Multnomah County Courthouse — hearing / recommendation
  • Deconstruction Code Language — briefing
  • Solid Waste Rates — briefing
  • Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Make spring cleaning easy with Community Collection Events

Community Collection Events offer Portland residents a wide range of proper disposal options for household bulky waste while prioritizing and promoting recycling and reuse.

Collection of electronics to be disposed

With over 40 neighborhood cleanup events scheduled around Portland in April and May, residents all over the city will have a chance to remove unwanted clutter from their homes, basements and garages. Materials accepted at collection events vary, from bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, to items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.

As funding sponsors of these events, both BPS and Metro are providing more information about asbestos and prohibiting some materials from Community Collection Events.

Items not accepted at these events include: hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; and waste and recyclables collected curbside.

Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:
Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
Siding: cement siding shingles “Transite”
Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing

Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Find details about Community Collection Events hosted by neighborhood associations or community groups through your neighborhood coalition office:
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
Neighbors West/Northwest (NW/NW)
North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SEUL) 
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

Need to find contact information for your neighborhood association?
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.  

Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up. 

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