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Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) will address 43 technical and minor policy items.
The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a hearing on Aug. 13, 2013, to review the City’s proposed workplan for regulatory improvement or RICAP 6. Several people appeared to testify in support of examining issues related to short-term rentals, home occupation issues, wireless facility regulations and density transfers, among other topics.
The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages seek to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. Suggestions for improving the City's codes come from issues identified by other City bureaus, members of the public and the development community. These suggestions are entered into the Regulatory Improvement Requests (RIR) database. Suggestions are prioritized based on the geographic reach of the issue, the severity of impact or how often the issue arises, and room for improvement of the existing regulation. Issues that may require a major change in policy are not addressed through RICAP. RICAP addresses technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving workplan.
The RICAP 6 workplan was unanimously approved by the PSC as proposed, which will enable staff to begin researching and analyzing potential code amendments for future consideration through the legislative process. Staff anticipates releasing a public discussion draft report in January 2014, and will return to the PSC for a hearing on the proposed code amendments in Spring of 2014.
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Worksession between PSC and City Council to discuss the proposal for WHI to be scheduled
On July 9, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) made its final recommendations on the annexation of West Hayden Island and directed staff to incorporate some additional amendments. Today, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the revised PSC Recommended Draft to City Council. A work session will be scheduled this fall so the PSC and City Council can discuss the draft. Please check the WHI web calendar for more information on the work session in the coming weeks.
Read the PSC WHI Recommended Draft.
BPS E-News, August 2013
Char • rette \ shuh-ret \ n. an intense period of design or planning activity, often used to bring together multiple stakeholders and generate many ideas during one timeframe. Derived from a French term meaning small cart, "charrette" refers to a cart pushed through the drawing studios whenever final projects were due at the famous architecture school Ecoles des Beaux Arts in Paris. It was not uncommon for 19th-century French architecture students to be frantically finishing presentations "en charrette."
While the mood was more about focused collaboration than frantic individual efforts during two recent BPS-led planning charrettes, participants literally rolled up their sleeves to help forge a new vision for the southeast and west quadrants of Portland’s Central City.
Home to the oldest neighborhoods and tallest buildings in the City of Portland, the western part of Portland’s Central City is a diverse and eclectic place. The West Quadrant Plan aims to guide the next 20 to 25 years of growth, development and major investments in the area. Roughly at mid-point in the planning process, the project team convened a charrette to synthesize the research and ideas gathered so far with stakeholders and the public in order to move into the next phase of the project ― concept planning.
Over the course of a week in June, BPS staff, colleagues from other bureaus, stakeholders, community members as well as planning consultants brainstormed new approaches to planning for the many unique areas in the West Quadrant. For instance, they considered entertainment in Old Town/Chinatown, the emerging retail needs in the University District, neighborhood services in Goose Hollow and new residential opportunities in the Downtown core.
Some of the major themes that emerged from the charrette include:
Colorful maps, beautiful sketches and the report from the WQP charrette are included in the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting #5 packet .
The West Quadrant Plan project team is refining quadrant-level concept maps and will share them at a public open house in September. For information about the project in general and to sign up for project updates, please visit the project webpage.
Earlier this summer, the SE Quadrant Plan kicked off with the Inner SE Station Area Planning process, which will update the vision and long-range plan for the areas around the four new close-in light rail stations at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate. In June and July, property and business owners, residents, employees and other stakeholders gathered at community meetings and neighborhood walks to discuss the future character of the area, and opportunities and challenges associated with the new light rail stations.
Building on that community feedback, the project team held a three-day concept development charrette and open house in the Central Eastside from August 20-22. During the first two days of the charrette, staff and consultants worked with area stakeholders to develop alternative land use, urban design and transportation concepts for the four station areas. Staff then shared the results of the work from the charrette with the public at an open house.
Find out more about the Station Area Charrette.
In addition to the close-in southeast station areas on the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail alignment, the SE Quadrant and Inner SE Station Area Planning process will involve detailed planning for the entire Central Eastside District of the Central City.
The SE Quadrant Plan process, which will formally begin in the fall of 2013, is an element of the broader Central City 2035 (CC2035) project to update the 1988 Central City Plan. It will examine the long-term role and character of the Central Eastside, exploring ways to leverage new investment with an emphasis on increasing employment opportunities and revitalizing mixed-use corridors. As a result of this effort, new policies, urban design concepts and potential zoning updates will emerge to guide future growth and development.
For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/sequadrant.
BPS E-News, August 2013
It’s summertime in Portland – and this fabulous weather and stunning natural beauty really puts the city’s best features on display! So naturally, it’s the time of year that lots of tourists and other visitors come to Portland. You can see them on the streetcar and MAX lines, and walking around the central city armed with a map and backpack.
What’s not to love about the Park Blocks, or Powell’s, Portland State, or Waterfront Park? Residents and tourists alike seek out these signature places because they offer peaceful respite along tree-lined boulevards, or myriad adventures in the many books inside the world’s largest book store, or countless opportunities to experience the Willamette River while listening to music, biking or strolling along the waterfront, or dining al fresco on a warm summer evening.
Great cities are made up of wonderful places like these, where people come together and enjoy urban amenities — like shops, restaurants, parks, bike and walking paths, entertainment, museums — as well as jobs and housing. When they all come together in one place, you get a vibrant city center.
The west side of Portland’s Central City has all of these amenities – but we also know it could have more.
Currently, we’re working on making the Central City a place with more livable neighborhoods — neighborhoods being the key word. A place with not just jobs, but different kinds of housing to provide for our growing population, more parks for kids and families, and more grocery stores and other services to meet residents’ daily needs. We’re also trying to create more opportunities for businesses — large and small — to find a niche and fill it. And, provide safer, greener ways to get around — for transportation and recreation.
In June, Central City planners held a week-long charrette to find ways to help the West Quadrant (which runs from the River District to South Waterfront and Goose Hollow to Old Town/Chinatown) to the next level of urban evolution. Working with colleagues and partners from other bureaus — such as Parks, Environmental Services, Development Services, Transportation, Housing Bureau, Development Services and Portland Development Commission — the project team guided participants through a process to generate new ideas for a more livable, attractive and prosperous central west side. Advisory committee members of the CC2035 Concept Plan and West Quadrant Plan, as well as PSU planners and students, the Portland Business Alliance, social service agencies, neighborhood residents, business owners and others joined the work sessions at strategic points along the way.
What emerged from this highly collaborative process was an affirmation of some old ideas that are working well, and some new concepts to lead Portland to a more prosperous and healthy future. A recap of the charrette is included in our Central City story in this issue.
I’d like to thank our partners and fellow collaborators for their contributions to this exciting work. Their passion for the West Quadrant is shared by many people in the community who have a goal for a more vibrant, livable place to work and live.
Here’s to a long-lasting and sunny summer!
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability