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Public hearing on short-term rental code improvements — and more — on April 22

BPS E-News, April 2014

Did you know the City has a program to make ongoing improvements to the zoning code, even while we’re updating the longer range Comprehensive Plan? This process of making small fixes on a regular basis is called RICAP, short for the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package process.

Last summer, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) approved a work plan for the sixth Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package process – or RICAP 6. In January, staff released a Discussion Draft for public review and response. While RICAP 6 includes more than 40 code amendments based on public requests, including improvements to wireless facilities and construction staging regulations, the proposed new regulations around short-term rentals have generated the most interest among Portlanders.

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Recently, BPS released the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft, which updates the Discussion Draft and will be considered by the PSC at a public hearing on April 22, 2014.

The Proposed Draft has been refined based on the many comments received over a seven-week outreach period, including numerous meetings with neighborhood associations and district coalitions. A summary memo of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal captures the key ideas in support of and opposition to the proposed code amendments and contains staff’s responses to questions and concerns.

Portland seeks a long-term solution to short-term rentals

Recently, there has been a dramatic increase all over the world in the number of residences being rented informally on a short-term basis through internet sites like Airbnb and HomeAway (peer-to-peer rentals). In Portland, for example, Airbnb’s listings have jumped from 107 in January 2011 to more than 1,550 today. The most common listings are from hosts who live on their property and offer a bedroom for rent on a nightly basis in their home. This is a new way of providing visitor lodging accommodations, and many cities are determining how to regulate these new short-term rentals. We looked at New York, San Francisco, Cannon Beach, Ashland and Austin, Texas, among others, to help us create new regulations that fit our unique community.  

In Portland, rentals of fewer than 30 days are considered short-term, and renting up to five bedrooms is allowed through the Bed and Breakfast Facilities chapter of the Zoning Code. But this process (a Type II Conditional Use Review) is expensive and time consuming, and it doesn’t fit the scale of the smaller, more informal peer-to-peer-type rentals.

The proposed amendments offer one- and two-bedroom short-term rental operators a less expensive and faster process, while ensuring that surrounding neighbors are notified of the new activity.

On Tuesday, April 8, staff briefed the PSC on the proposed short-term rental code regulations, including an amendment to address safety concerns raised during the comment period. Testimony on the entire RICAP 6 package will be taken at the public hearing on April 22, with testimony and commission deliberation on the proposed short-term rental regulations following testimony on the remainder of the RICAP 6 proposals.

Public Hearing on RICAP 6

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A 

Neighborhood cleanup events kick off Earth Month, with a community focus

BPS E-News, April 2014

Spring cleaning season is here, with a focus on Earth Day in Portland. Neighborhoods all across Portland hold cleanup events to give residents a chance to reduce waste and unwanted clutter from their homes, basements or garages.

There are 47 neighborhood cleanup events scheduled throughout Portland during the spring months. Accepted materials at cleanups vary. Materials typically include bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, hard-to-recycle materials, scrap metal, building materials and wood.

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Neighborhood cleanups prioritize and promote both recycling and reuse over throwing away. Volunteers from neighborhood associations coordinate these events and have been offering more options for reuse and swapping at the events every year. Last year, 33 neighborhood cleanups incorporated onsite reuse options, allowing neighbors to take, swap or buy items immediately. 

The seven Neighborhood Coalitions have listings of the scheduled cleanup events by neighborhood association.

Find contact information for your neighborhood association from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.

Contact the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7202 for possible cleanup dates, locations, costs and accepted materials.

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at Portland’s largest community celebration on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free event takes place in Kenton Park in North Portland and has something for everyone: Live music, entertainment, kids’ activities and information tables from a variety of organizations and businesses

Transportation and Natural Systems are Focus of Next SE Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting

Advisory committee to discuss transportation circulation and natural systems on May 8

Map of focus area for SAC#6 meetingSystems thinking will create the framework for the next SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting in May. The project team will present ideas about transportation circulation and natural systems for the SAC to consider and discuss.

By 2035, Portland’s Central Eastside is expected to gain 9,000 new jobs (Bulletin #2 – Land Demand and Development Capacity). This increase in employment density will affect transportation circulation and require new approaches to open space and green systems in the area to create easier access for employees while protecting freight movement and other essential functions of the district. In addition, Portlanders have repeatedly expressed the need for better connections to and improved health of the Willamette River.

The SAC discussions about these interconnected systems will help staff prepare for a two-day charrette, June 3 - 4. The charrette will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the district and provide input on the SE Quadrant Plan. Check the project calendar for more information.

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents.

Upcoming Meetings

TWG Meeting #3
Thursday, April 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6
Thursday, May 8, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor)

Southeast Quadrant Charrette
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3 – 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Room 7A
1900 SW 4th Ave (7th floor)

SAC Meeting #7
Thursday, June 5, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor)


West Quadrant Plan Team Collects Feedback; Stakeholder Advisory Committee to Review Revised Drafts

Over the past two months, West Quadrant Plan project staff have presented the seven district draft plans to hundreds of people.

March 10 West Quadrant Plan Open House participantsSince the seven initial discussion drafts were presented at the January and February Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, staff has collected public feedback at the March 10 Open House at City Hall, through the online Virtual Open House, and by attending a dozen community and neighborhood association meetings. A report of feedback highlights by district can be found here.

Selected feedback highlightsThe comments are being used to revise the district drafts and to identify areas of disagreement that need further SAC discussion. The Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University revised drafts will be discussed at the April 21 SAC Meeting (see the meeting materials).

The Pearl District, Downtown, West End and South Waterfront revised drafts will be discussed at the May 19 SAC Meeting. A review of the complete Draft West Quadrant Plan will be on the agenda for the June 16 SAC Meeting, and the final review and approval process by the SAC is scheduled for July 21. Materials for each of these meetings will be posted when they are available.

All SAC meetings are open to the public, and public feedback on any of the draft district plans is still welcome. Questions or comments can be emailed to westquadrant@portlandoregon.gov. For more information, contact Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or by email at kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Holds April 22 Public Hearing on Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package

RICAP 6 features amendments addressing short-term rentals

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a hearing on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft on April 22, beginning at 6 p.m. Public testimony on short-term rentals and the other proposed code amendments will be taken at this time.

The Proposed Draft was refined based upon input received over seven weeks of outreach during the review of the Discussion Draft. While RICAP 6 includes more than 40 code amendments based on public requests, including improvements to wireless facilities and clarifying regulations on temporary activities such as construction staging, emergency situations and on-site filming, the greatest interest expressed by Portlanders was on the proposed new regulations around short-term rentals.  A summary memo of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal captures the key ideas in support of and opposition to the proposed code amendments and contains staff's responses to questions and concerns.  


Information on the Public Hearing on RICAP 6

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission - Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

Testimony on the  RICAP 6 package will be taken starting at approximately 6:15 p.m. Testimony about topics other than the short-term rental proposal will be taken first, with testimony and commission deliberation on the proposed short-term rental regulations following a recommendation on the other topics.

View the agenda: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc
View the Proposed Draft: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/484884
For detailed instructions on submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906