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Mixed Use Zones Project to share new concepts

November 5 & 6 workshops offer Portlanders a chance to view and discuss initial ideas to improve zoning code

Last month, we shared news about the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project, an early implementation project for the Comprehensive Plan Update. Mixed use zones allow commercial development as well as multifamily housing. They are scattered around the city along busy main streets and boulevards (corridors) and vibrant neighborhood hubs (centers).

The draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan proposes a growth management strategy focusing much of the city’s future growth and development in and along centers and corridors — places like Hollywood and St Johns, Barbur Blvd and 82nd Ave. But because centers and corridors are so diverse in size and character, mixed use regulations must be refined to more sensitively accommodate the needs of the community while simplifying the code. 

The MUZ Project is being guided by an advisory committee, which has helped craft principles for developing new code for mixed use zones, such as quality design, economically feasible development, equity, and sensitivity to neighborhood character and adjacent structures.

Staff have also been gathering community feedback from neighborhood walkabouts and holding roundtable discussions with businesses, developers and designers. Feedback from this process and the project advisory committee has informed a very preliminary conceptual framework for code updates.

Now it’s time to share that framework with the community

A workshop to present and discuss these initial concepts will be held November 5, 6 - 9 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave (Rm 2500) and November 6, 6 – 9 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Avenue (cafeteria). Staff will describe the proposed new zones and some basic characteristics (i.e., anticipated floor-area ratios and height limits). A more detailed MUZ concept report is due by Winter 2015. Proposed zoning codes are expected in the spring. Public hearings on the proposed mixed use zones are scheduled for the summer.

For more information, see the story on the Comprehensive Plan Update news feed

PSC News: October 21, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

City Green Building Policy — briefing; CC2035 West Quadrant Plan — work session


  • City Green Building Policy — briefing
  • CC2035 West Quadrant Plan — work session

Meeting files

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

Two More Comp Plan Public Hearings: PCC Southeast and Downtown

Written comments on Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft accepted until March 13

The third public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft with the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be Tuesday, October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the new PCC campus at 2305 SE 82nd Ave and Division. Look for the meeting in the Community Hall.

Jade District Rendering

Come early and stroll around the facilities, then squint your eyes south down 82nd Ave toward the Fubon market and imagine the area 15 to 20 years from now. The computer-generated image above is a hint of what’s possible in this emerging cultural, educational and business district.

SE 82nd and Division is designated a neighborhood center in the new Comprehensive Plan. That means the growth and economic activity already happening in this dynamic part of Portland will be enhanced by new zoning, infrastructure investments and transit.

In the News 

The Portland Tribune recently published a front page story about the area and the City’s efforts to make it a more livable, walkable, amenity-rich neighborhood. Reporter Steve Law toured the area with planners working on the Mixed Use Zones Project. His story explains how a civic corridor like 82nd Ave could mature into one with more street trees, pedestrian crosswalks, traffic calming features, mixed-use housing and retail around nodes such as the Jade District near the PCC campus, as well as Lents Town Center and proposed neighborhood centers in Montavilla and Roseway.  

You can read the article and then share your feedback on the proposed plan with the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday night. (And learn more about the Mixed Use Zones Project and upcoming project workshops at

Future Timeline 

The last 2014 public hearing on the proposed draft will be Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A. The PSC will then hold several work sessions and begin the new year with additional meetings, work sessions and hearings on the Comprehensive Plan and supporting documents and reports. The Commission will continue to accept written comments on the goals, policies and land use map until March 13. View the project calendar for more information.  

Mixed Use Zones Project Shares Preliminary Concepts at Public Workshops

Learn more and help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland’s centers and corridors

Community members are invited to learn more about and contribute to the development of new zoning regulations governing commercial and mixed use development in Portland’s centers and corridors. The draft Comprehensive Plan forecasts roughly 50 percent of Portland’s new housing and jobs will occur in these key places throughout the city.

Please join the Mixed Use Zones Project team to:

  • Hear what we’ve learned from public input and research.
  • Learn about the potential zoning components, directions and framework.
  • Share your thoughts on the emerging zoning concepts.

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November 5, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)

November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave (cafeteria)

Meeting Agenda

6 p.m. – Doors open

6:30 p.m. – Presentation: What we’ve learned; issues and concepts

7:30 p.m. – Work Session: Share your thoughts

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up: Common themes, next steps

9:00 p.m. – Adjourn

(Light snacks provided)

What is the Mixed Use Zones Project?

The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment Zoning Codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City. These zones (CN1/2, CO1/2, CM, CS, CG, CX, EX), in which mixed uses are allowed, were created more than 20 years ago when auto-oriented and low-intensity commercial uses were more common. 

The project will address issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.  An initial concept proposal is being developed this fall.  A more detailed Mixed Use Zones Concept Report is due this winter. Proposed zoning codes are expected in spring 2015. Public hearings on any proposed zoning codes are anticipated in June/July 2015.

Why are we doing this?

Portland is expected to grow — by roughly 122,000 households and 140,000 jobs — over the next 20 years. Where new people and businesses locate is key to supporting and enhancing the qualities that help make Portland an attractive place. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus neighborhood businesses and much of new household growth in mixed use “Centers and Corridors” that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. This will help Portland meet its goals for becoming a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

More information about the Mixed Use Zones Project



Phone: 503-823-7700

Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR, 97201, Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project