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PSC News: April 12, 2016 Meeting Recap

RW #8070, SW Florida St west of SW 45th — hearing/recommendation; Task 5: Transportation System Plan — work session/recommendation; Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — hearing


  • RW #8070, SW Florida St west of SW 45th — hearing/recommendation
  • Task 5: Transportation System Plan — work session/recommendation
  • Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map — hearing**

** The Task 5: Residential & Open Space Zoning Map agenda item is a public hearing, and testimony will be taken. Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person and may be changed at the Chair’s discretion. Testimony cards/sign-up will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Meeting Files

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

New parking regulations for the NW Plan District considered by Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commissioners passed on minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling construction but voted to recommend “shared parking” in the district.

The Northwest Parking Update Project had a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on March 8, 2016. Staff had proposed changes to two parking-related regulations in the Northwest Plan District:

  1. Adding minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling development with more than 30 units.
  2. Liberalizing existing rules that allow accessory parking to be used as commercial parking in the Residential and Central Employment zones (sometimes referred to as “shared parking”). For example, this would allow spaces in a private parking garage to be rented by non-users (e.g., Legacy’s staff and patient parking garage).

The PSC did not recommend support for the parking minimums portion, based on concerns about a potential impact on housing affordability, whether directly via increased building costs or indirectly by reduced supply. But Commissioners voted to recommend forwarding the “shared parking” changes.

City Council will hold a public hearing on the NW Parking Update project in late April or early May, but no date has been set yet.

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Finalists announced for Loop PDX Design Competition

Five finalists have been announced for the Loop PDX design competition organized by the UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in collaboration with Design Week Portland.

PORTLAND, OR. – (18 March 2016) – The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape and Design Week Portland are pleased to announce the five finalists for the Loop PDX design competition to bring to life the city’s proposed 6-mile “green loop,” a bike/pedestrian greenway linking the east and west side neighborhoods of the central city.

They are:

  1. Alta Planning in collaboration with Greenworks, Portland, Oregon
  2. SWA Group, Sausalito, California
  3. Peter Bednar, Prague, Czech Republic
  4. Untitled Studio, Portland, Oregon
  5. DHM Design, CH2M Hennebery Eddy architects, and Tad Savinar, Carbondale, Colorado and Portland, Oregon.

The finalists will compete for a $20,000 top prize to further develop the winning scheme. They will present their proposals during Design Week Portland on 6 pm, Monday, April 18 at Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10.00.

Proposed by the Portland Planning Bureau in the Central City 2035 Plan, the loop is conceived to connect the Pearl District/Old Town, West End, Cultural District, PSU, South Auditorium, South Waterfront, OMSI, Central Eastside and Lloyd District with a single parkway that would cross the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridge and the Tilikum Crossing.

Loop PDX drew 38 proposals by leading professional firms, upstart shops, activist groups, and students from across the West, along with entries from as far away as Thailand. The competition was sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland Trailblazers/Rose Quarter, Key Development, Beam Development, and Joan Childs and Jerry Zaret.

The finalists offer a wide array of approaches and visions:

Portland-based Alta Planning/Greenworks proposed a series of different types of pathways, from painted tracks to bicycle couplets, all occupying existing streets and linking playgrounds and public spaces.

SWA Group from Sausalito, CA would deploy everything from boldly patterned paintings to festivals to gradually bring to life “enriched streets” of paths connecting pocket parks.

Untitled Studio from Portland proposed a strategy of “rings of ownership” of block-by- block partnerships between the city and private property owners, periodically marked by train-trestle arbors.

Peter Bednar of Prague offered a kit of parts of street furniture, moveable planters, painted walls, and other easily made moves that could incrementally lead to more permanent features like lighting and tree-lined, center-lane parkway.

DHM Design, CH2m, Hennebery Eddy architects, and Tad Savinar envisioned a bold forested greenway that could eventually become a “Park Blocks” for the Central Eastside but could also begin with designated corridors of plantings and green walls.

Loop PDX Design Jury:

  • Paula Scher, designer, Pentagram, New York
  • Gina Ford, director of urban studio, Sasaki, San Francisco
  • Michelle Delk, director of landscape, Snohetta, New York
  • Mike Lydon, Street Plans Collective and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, New York
  • Andrew Howard, cofounder of Better Block and principle with Team Better Block

Loop PDX technical advisory committee:

  • Susan Anderson, director Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Leah Treat, director Bureau of Transportation
  • Mike Abbate, director Parks & Recreation
  • Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
  • Tom Kelly, Portland Development Commission member
  • Brad Malsin, president, Central Eastside Industrial Council
  • Wade Lang, American Assets Trust
  • Sarah Heinecke, director of Lloyd Ecodistrict
  • Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum
  • Jonathan Nicholas, Moda
  • Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum

The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape is devoted to inspiring future acts of visionary design and conservation. A program of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, the Center presents major public programs on design and conservation and more intimate events at two properties designed by John Yeon: the Watzek House, a 1937 modernist masterpiece and Portland’s only National Historic Landmark residence; and The Shire, a unique, 75-acre work of landscape design in the Columbia River Gorge.

Media Contact:
Sabina Poole, UO AAA Communications, 503-412-3729,

Randy Gragg, executive director, John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape,

Portlanders get familiar with the draft Central City 2035 Plan at open houses and drop-in hours

Community members learn about bike improvements, the Green Loop, new height limits, parking, the river and more

Portlanders got a chance to talk to city planners about the future of the city’s urban core during open houses and drop-in sessions in early March, coinciding with the release of the Central City 2035 Discussion Draft.

More than 70 people attended open houses on both sides of the river, and even more had the opportunity to learn about the plan during drop-in hours over the course of two weeks. Project staff also attended more than 40 meetings with neighborhood associations, property owners, and others throughout the Central City. They shared information and answered questions about the CC2035 Plan, gathering input on the Discussion Draft. Public feedback will inform the development of a Proposed Draft, which will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission on June 14, 2016.

What we’ve heard so far…

At drop-ins, meetings and open houses, staff heard about a wide variety of topics. Some of these are summarized below.

  • Questions about how maximum building heights are determined and how the City is protecting important public views. Height comments also supported both taller and shorter buildings in different parts of the Central City.
  • Interest in how the plan proposes to improve parking, particularly in the Central Eastside.
  • Strong interest in the transportation elements of the plan, particularly in improving specific streets for bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Excitement about the “big ideas” such as the Green Loop concept, a small version of which was on display at the events.
  • Support for goals and policies that would result in more trees, particularly on the east side of the Willamette River.
  • Interest in learning more about sustainable building elements of the plan, such as requiring ecoroofs and more flexibility with the green building standards.

Tell us what you think! Join the conversation.

Experience the open house with our Online Open House. Review and comment on the CC2035 Discussion Draft before March 31, 2016 by: