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Comprehensive Plan testimony accepted until April 27

City Council continues hearing on Commissioner-sponsored amendments

After another public hearing on potential City Council amendments to the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan on April 20, 2016, Commissioners decided to continue hearing testimony until Wednesday, April 27. More than 75 people testified at the hearing, which had been continued from April 14. The most frequently cited items included policies related to open data, middle housing, anti-displacement and historic preservation. The Council also received a large number of comments about the proposed conversion of Broadmoor Golf Course to industrial land, Eastmoreland zoning designations and many other proposed Comp Plan Map changes.

At the end of the April 20 hearing, there were more than 50 people who had signed up but didn't have an opportunity to testify. The Council agreed to continue the hearing on April 27 at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Oral testimony on April 27 will be limited to those signed up to speak on April 20 who were not able to testify that day.

Written testimony about the potential Council amendments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 27. Comments can be sent via email to, submitted online via the Map App, mailed to the Council Clerk (1221 SW Fourth Ave., Room 130, Portland OR 97204), or delivered to the Council Clerk during the hearing on April 27. 

The Council closed oral testimony on the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), and other related supporting documents. Written comments on those documents will continue to be accepted until Friday April 22 at 5 p.m.

The Council will begin voting to accept or reject the potential amendments on April 28 and May 11. The final vote on the City’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan is expected in June 2016.

Comment on draft code language for deconstruction requirement through May 18

BPS is working to increase deconstruction activity in Portland.

deconstruction workersDraft code language for Portland’s new deconstruction requirement that will help shape how certain buildings are removed in Portland is now ready for public comment through May 18, 2016. Portland City Council passed the new Deconstruction Resolution with a unanimous vote in February.

After incorporating revisions from the public comment period, City Council will consider the code language on June 29. Code language provides a framework for deconstruction and salvage requirements as well as enforcement. The new deconstruction requirement goes into effect in October 2016. 

Deconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials. Currently, less than 10 percent of houses that are removed use deconstruction -- the rest are mechanically demolished, sending most materials to the landfill.

The new resolution directs BPS to develop code language that: 

Requires projects seeking a demolition permit for a one or two-family structure (house or duplex) to fully deconstruct that structure if: 

1. The structure was built in 1916 or earlier; or
2. The structure is a designated historic resource.

Provisions for exemptions will include structures that are determined to pose an immediate safety hazard or unsuitable for deconstruction / salvage (e.g., too much rot, mold, or fire). 

Benefits of the new deconstruction requirements

  • Diverts 8,000,000 pounds (4,000 tons) of materials for reuse (annually).
  • Creates job opportunities that act as a pathway for construction careers.
  • Increases likelihood of discovering materials containing lead and asbestos for safe removal and disposal.
  • Triples the amount of deconstruction activity in Portland.

How to Comment

The new code language is available for review at the City's website

Submit comments by email to

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-5468, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Deconstruction Grant Program gets additional funds from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

At a June 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step towards increasing deconstruction activity in Portland. City Council unanimously supported the recommendation and asked BPS to return in January 2016 with a status report on the grant program and recommendations for next steps. Maximum grant awards are $2,500 for full deconstruction; $500 for partial projects. 

BPS was recently awarded additional funding to support the grant program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Visit for application criteria and instructions.


Contact Shawn Wood at or 503-823-5468.

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