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Commissioners hear testimony from more than 60 Portlanders about public trail alignments, zoning changes in Northwest Portland and more
On October 13, 2016, City Council held the second of two public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package. More than 60 Portlanders testified in front of commissioners, including a dozen or so people who had signed up but were unable to testify at the previous hearing on October 6. Mayor Charlie Hales left the written testimony period open until 8 a.m. Monday, October 17 to give Portlanders a few more days to submit testimony via email, letter or the Map App.
Testimony provided on October 13 addressed a variety of topics, including parking, major public trail alignments, parcel-specific zoning requests, height reductions for future development in some historic districts in Northwest Portland, and Transportation System Plan Street Design Classifications.
Over the next two months, City Council will hold a couple of work sessions and a final hearing before adopting the Recommended Early Implementation Package. Next up is a work session on October 25 to consider public testimony, discuss specific topics and prepare amendments. These amendments will be “sponsored” by Commissioners, based on public testimony on the Recommended Early Implementation Package as well as their own interests and concerns.
On November 17 City Council will hold the last public hearing on the City’s new Comp Plan to accept testimony on the amendments. Council will discuss that testimony during a work session on November 22, and a final vote on the Recommended Early Implementation Package will take place in December.
City Council Work Session
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9 a.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
City Council Public Hearing
Amendments to Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Please check the Auditor’s website for more information about how to testify and to confirm details.
Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.
Proposals will reduce the scale of houses and help create more housing choices in Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods
In response to community concerns related to new infill development, housing affordability and compatibility, demolitions, and the need for more housing choices in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to undertake the Residential Infill Project (RIP) in August 2015.
Two online questionnaires and two months of public review later, project staff have released the RIP Concept Report for City Council to consider before directing staff to write implementing code.
The report recommendations are at a concept level and reflect hundreds of conversations with stakeholders and community members. The recommended concepts will:
Copies of the report are also available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or can be mailed to you if you call 503-823-7700.
The most significant changes to the proposals are:
1) Change to scale of housing: In addition to lot size, differentiate by zone when calculating the
allowable size of house.
2) Changes to housing choice:
3) Change to historically narrow lots: Rezone to R2.5 to reflect lot size.
Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing
Project staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Concept Report on October 25, 2016, at 4 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2500A (no testimony will be taken). You can watch the briefing on the BPS YouTube channel.
City Council Briefing and Public Hearings
Next month staff will give City Council a briefing on the recommended concepts. After the briefing Council will hold public hearings, followed by a vote by resolution giving staff direction to develop Zoning Code language and Zoning Maps that will implement the concepts they approve.
November 1, 9:30 a.m.
Briefing (no public testimony)
November 9, 2 p.m. (time certain)
November 16, 2 p.m. (time certain)
Public hearing; deliberation/vote, if time allows
All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. The public hearings will be broadcast live at www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361.
How do I testify at City Council?
You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled.
You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:
Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.
Written testimony must be received by the time of the last hearing on November 16 and must include your name and address.
To learn more about past events and outreach efforts that helped shape the recommended concepts, please review the following documents:
In November, City Council is expected to give staff direction to develop Zoning Code language that will implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by PSC hearings before going back to City Council for public hearings and a final decision.
For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
Or contact project staff:
Written testimony deadline extended; work sessions will follow
Portland City Council completed the second of two public hearings on the Recommended Draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package on October 13.
City Council has held the record open for written testimony through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17.
Council will next hold work sessions to discuss proposed amendments. They are expected to make their final recommendation in the next month.
For more information, visit the project web page: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71486
Residential Infill Project — briefing; Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project — hearing
** Testimony will be taken for this agenda item. Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person and may be changed at the Chair's discretion.
An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.
The site screening process is a key part of planning for a citywide network of places to ride a bicycle off-road.
This process is underway and is happening in multiple steps:
First, the project team screened out properties that would not be appropriate for off-road cycling for an easily identifiable reason (such as properties that were very small, incredibly steep, fully developed, predominantly wetland, or designated as industrial land or archaeologically significant).
Next, the team categorized remaining sites as potentially suitable for off-road cycling trails, parks, both, or neither, based on considerations like slope, size, and the extent of existing natural areas.
As a third step, the project team, the Project Advisory Committee, and agency partners will identify initial sites that might offer good opportunities to provide a connected network of diverse off-road cycling experiences. This step will also consider important factors like:
The final step will combine community knowledge and feedback with on-the-ground site assessments.
As part of a broader community engagement strategy, community members will be able to explore and comment on all potential off-road cycling sites via an online interactive map. Sites that were screened out in previous steps will also be displayed and identified as such. Community members will be asked to help shape the plan by voicing their priorities for Portland’s parks and trails; commenting on potential sites; identifying ways to create a varied off-road cycling system that meets community needs; and noting potential management opportunities or challenges that should be explored further.
Specialists in environmental conservation and off-road cycling facility design will also complete field assessments of potential sites that have unique features or challenges. They will confirm suitability for the types of riding experiences proposed based on environmental conditions and other site-specific factors.