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First public feedback phase for Residential Infill Project comes to a close; 1,400 comments received

Council to review recommendations for new regulations shaped by community input

After eight weeks of open houses, an online questionnaire and other public engagement efforts, the initial phase of outreach for the Residential Infill Project closed on August 15. The online open house had more than 8,000 visitors, and nearly 600 community members attended the in-person open houses held throughout various parts of Portland. Thanks to the Neighborhood District Coalitions and Multnomah Arts Center, Tabor Space, Kenton Firehouse, East Portland Neighborhood Office, the German American Society, and Smile Station for assistance arranging the space, hosting events and publicizing the events.

Staff received more than 1,400 public comments from the questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at the open houses, emails and letters. The proposals for scale of new houses in single-dwelling zones, alternative housing types and narrow lot development were full of detail and technical information. Thanks to everyone who took the time to dig into the proposals and give feedback, as well as share concerns and suggestions. Feedback on the proposals will help shape the recommendations for City Council to consider in this fall. While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next steps
Staff will be reviewing and summarizing public input in a summary report to be published by mid-September. This will help staff develop recommendations for City Council to consider in November at a series of public hearings.

After the hearings, City Council will give staff direction on the recommended concepts in order to develop specific code amendments as part of a legislative process phase in 2017. That process will include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision. 

Planning and Sustainability Commission completes public hearings on CC2035

More than 750 Portlanders gave testimony on the new long-range plan for Portland’s urban core; PSC will delve into the details at upcoming series of work sessions

Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held two 3-hour hearings on July 26 and August 9. A total of 130 Portlanders testified about the Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) Proposed Draft, and the record is now closed.

Testimony Received

Type of testimony Amount (approximate) Links
Oral testimony 130 July 26, August 9
Written testimony    
Letters 280 July 26, August 9
Map App comments 350 Document with all comments
Total: 760  

What did people talk about at the hearing?

While it’s difficult to summarize hundreds of comments in one set of bullets, there were some common themes, such as:

  • Tools for historic preservation, setting appropriate building height limits and ensuring the compatibility of new buildings with existing character in historic districts.
  • Public view corridors and the impacts to development of maintaining current views.
  • Tools for improving the supply of affordable, family-friendly housing in the Central City, in addition to ongoing work by City bureaus (BPS’s Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Program and the Housing Bureau’s Inclusionary Housing Program).
  • Different approaches to increasing the stock of low-carbon buildings.
  • Changes to parking requirements for new development.
  • Balancing new bike infrastructure with other modes, such as freight.
  • Requests from property owners and residents for specific changes to zoning, allowed building floor area and height.
  • Costs and benefits related to ecoroofs on new buildings.
  • Ideas about improving recreational access to the river in the Central City.
  • New parks and schools to support increasing populations.

View the videos of both hearings and review the written testimony

Next steps

Don’t worry if you don’t see your topic listed above. Staff and the PSC Commissioners are currently reviewing all comments in preparation for a series of work sessions on September 27, November 8 and January 24, 2017. At the final PSC meeting in January, the Commission is expected to recommend a new draft of the plan to City Council for review in early 2017.

These dates are subject to change. Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled meeting to confirm the date, time and location. Staff will publish materials approximately one week prior to each work session.

 

PSC News: August 23, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation; Task 5: Zoning Code — work session / recommendation

Agenda

  • Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation
  • Task 5: Zoning Code — work session / recommendation

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

 

Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project approved 5-0 by City Council

Community development plan focuses on creating affordable housing and supporting local businesses and residents

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On July 27, 2016, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division corridor.

This plan is the City’s community development component of the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. It focuses on getting more and better affordable housing along the corridor, especially in and around East Portland, and making sure the project benefits current businesses and residents. The intent is to address housing and economic development issues in the corridor, while synchronizing investments with construction of the transit project.

Over the next five years, the plan aims to generate 300 affordable housing units, improve multi-dwelling standards and strengthen tenant protections. On the economic development side, the goal is to provide business assistance and retention services (i.e., prevent displacement of local businesses) and improve access to jobs for residents along the corridor from outer Southeast Portland to the Gresham border.

Council discussion
Before voting to approve the Local Action Plan, City Council had a lengthy discussion. Some commissioners were concerned about the funding gap noted in the plan — $27M for housing and more than $4M for economic development activities. Kurt Creager, housing director for the City, indicated that the funding gap for housing could be filled over the next five years with new resources that weren’t available at the time the plan was prepared.

Funding for the economic development activities for the first year of the plan will come from a variety of grants and other funding sources. In subsequent years, the economic development activities may require some general fund appropriations. But Commissioners agreed the plan was a good first step in getting ahead of rising costs before the transit project is built.

Council expressed appreciation for staff ingenuity to fund economic development activities in the first year and will re-evaluate the need each year.

Watch the discussion and vote

Next steps
Fall 2016 – Locally Preferred Alternative decided.
Winter 2016 – City Council public hearing about the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
2017-19 – Design and engineering.
2018-21 – Construction.

The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022.

For more information, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/64377, or contact Radcliffe Dacanay at radcliffe.dacanay@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9713.