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Planning & Sustainability Commission considers amendments to the Zoning Code for mass shelters

Commissioners made suggestions at the conclusion of public hearing on the proposal to increase the number beds and locations for temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness

Staff with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) presented the Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft at a public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on September 14.

Read the minutes of and watch the video of the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing, commissioners deferred making a decision until September 27 and asked staff to consider some changes to the BPS proposal.

Staff have released a memo with their response to these suggestions in anticipation of the September 27 work session. The PSC will determine whether to accept the amendments within the memo prior to making their recommendation to City Council.

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider testimony on the PSC Recommended Draft in early November. 

For more information, visit, or call Phil Nameny, project manager, or 503-823-7709.

Residential Infill Project online questionnaire and open houses yielded 1,400 comments about proposed rules for new development in single-dwelling zones

See what Portlanders said about the RIP draft proposals and learn about next steps for the project as it makes its way to City Council

Over the course of two months (from June 15 to August 15), hundreds of Portlanders reviewed and commented on draft proposals for new regulations in single-dwelling neighborhoods. The proposed zoning for new houses and remodels would affect scale, housing types and narrow lot development in single-dwelling residential areas.

During the eight-week public review period, staff collected more than 1,400 public comments from an online questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at open houses, as well as emails and letters. Thanks to everyone who took the time to learn about the proposals and give feedback, including concerns and suggestions.

A summary report of the feedback on the Residential Infill Project draft proposal is now available on the project website. The summary report includes six appendixes that provide the entire text of the comments received, the notes from the open house Q & A sessions, and demographic cross-tab tables for the questionnaire data.

Read the RIP Summary Report of the Public Comments on the Draft Proposal.

While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next Steps
The project team is using the feedback on the draft proposals to develop recommended concepts for City Council to consider at a series of public hearings in November. The recommended concept report will be available later in October for the public to review.

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 public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision. 

For more information, visit Or contact project staff: Morgan Tracy, project manager, 503-823-6879 or; and Julia Gisler, public involvement, 503-823-7624 or

PSC News: September 27, 2016 Meeting Recap

Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update — work session / recommendation; Design Guidelines for Chinatown/Japantown — briefing; CC2035 Plan — work session


  • Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update — work session / recommendation
  • Design Guidelines for Chinatown/Japantown — briefing
  • CC2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Off-road Cycling Master Plan launching map of potential sites

Interactive map will be used to collect public feedback on locations across the city that could be recommended for future off-road cycling facilities

Young women at mountain bike camp

BPS is developing an Off-road Cycling Master Plan to help meet the community’s recreation needs by providing Portlanders more opportunities to be active and experience nature in the city and to guide where and how Portland creates places to ride a bicycle off-road.

Interactive Map
Project staff and consultants have begun screening sites throughout the city for their potential as future off-road cycling facilities, including sustainable trails and bike parks for mountain biking, skill tracks and other types of off-road cycling activities. Last month, the project advisory committee reviewed the first draft results of the screening process.

Based on this screening process, the BPS GIS team is developing a new interactive map to display potential off-road cycling sites across Portland. Available later this fall, the online map will allow stakeholders to view and comment on the screened sites, as well as other desirable cycling locations that are not included on the map.

Needs Assessment
The project team is also working on a citywide “needs assessment” to better understand the types and number of off-road facilities needed to serve Portlanders. The team is looking at other U.S. cities for models of urban off-road cycling facilities. And following the example of the successful Portland Skatepark Plan, the team is working to establish a level of service to guide decision-making. The project advisory committee will review this draft document in a future meeting.

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About the Off-road Cycling Master Plan
The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will provide a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities to expand opportunities for kids, adults and families to ride for fun, exercise and to experience nature in the city.

The Off-road Cycling Master Plan is considering the needs of all park users, the park system as a whole, and broad City goals. The plan will be based on best practices and guidelines for sustainable trail design and management, which require careful consideration of all trail users and the natural environment.

The bureau is leading this planning effort in collaboration with members of the public, stakeholder groups and other City bureaus and public agencies. The Project Advisory Committee, which is guiding the development of the plan, includes 16 community members representing a broad spectrum of trail and park users, environmental stewards, business, recreation and tourism interests, and a variety of historically under-served communities.

For more information about the plan, visit the project website at or email