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Draft code changes for accessory structures available for review

New rules proposed for the size, design and location of garages, ADUs, and other accessory structures

What do trellises, ADA ramps, air conditioning units and garages have in common? They’re all what’s called an “accessory structure” — or a smaller structure that’s an “accessory” to a house or residence. The City regulates their size, location and mass to minimize impacts on neighbors.

Through the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is revising the City’s Zoning Code for accessory structures. It focuses on detached residential structures such as garages, storage sheds, home offices and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as decks, trellises, ADA ramps and mechanical equipment. The new regulations will streamline regulations by emphasizing form (setbacks, height and bulk) over function (how the accessory structure is used) while continuing to address impacts on neighboring properties. 

The public is invited to review the Discussion Draft for the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update.

The proposed amendments in the Discussion Draft will:

  • Expand the exemption that allows small one-story garages in side and rear setbacks to all detached covered accessory structures.
  • Set a building height maximum of 20 feet for all detached covered structures.
  • Require all detached covered accessory structures over 15 feet in height to meet revised compatibility standards.

The project focuses on detached accessory structures in residential zones, but code amendments are proposed within all the base zones as well as the accessory dwelling unit chapter in the Zoning Code.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update Discussion Draft contains the staff proposal for code amendments and corresponding commentary.

A two-page summary provides a brief overview of the project and code changes, as well as a timeline for the review and hearing process.

Learn more at an open house

Project staff will hold an open house on July 9 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. to answer questions about the Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B (2nd floor).

Staff will also be making short presentations at neighborhood district coalition offices; check the Meetings and Events calendar for more information. 

Public comments on the Discussion Draft will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Next Steps

Staff will consider public comments on the Discussion Draft when developing the Proposed Draft. The Proposed Draft will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) later in the summer, with an anticipated public hearing date in September. After hearing public testimony, the PSC will forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.

Please check the Meetings and Events calendar for details on upcoming events.

No rate increase for garbage and recycling

80% of residents will see their rates stay the same, the others will see a slight decrease. See message in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian or Vietnamese below.

For the third year in a row, Portland residents will not see a rate increase on their monthly garbage and recycling bills. Due to declining fuel prices and more efficient collection practices, rates will remain the same for most customers and will decrease for about 20 percent.

Learn more about rates by visiting www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates or by calling your garbage and recycling company.

View a Guide to Garbage, Recycling and Composting Collection at
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/368864


Arabic

عدم رفع رسوم نقل النفايات وإعادة التدوير

سيرى 80% من السكان أن الرسوم التي يدفعونها  ستبقى كما هي، بينما سيرى آخرون أن رسومهم
ستنخفض قليلاً.

للسنة الثالثة على التوالي، لن ير سكان بورتلاند زيادة في الرسم على
فواتيرهم الشهرية بشأن النفايات وإعادة التدوير. نظراً لانخفاض أسعار الوقود
وممارسات فعّالة بشكل أكثر لتجميع النفايات وإعادة التدوير، ستبقى الرسوم كما هي
لمعظم الزبائن وستنخفض حوالي 20 بالمائة لبعض الزبائن الآخرين.

للحصول على مزيد من المعلومات حول الأسعار، تفضّلوا بزيارة الموقع
الإلكتروني www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates  أو الاتصال بشركة النفايات وإعادة التدوير التي
تتعاملون معها.

والكومبوست وإعادة التدوير دليل لمّ ونقل النفايات
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/492832


Chinese (Simplified)

未提高垃圾回收收费标准

80% 的居民会发现他们收费标准保持不变,其余居民会发现其收费标准有小幅下降。 

波特兰居民将连续第三年发现他们每月垃圾回收账单上的收费标准未提高。由于燃料价格下降及收集工作更加高效,对大多数客户而言收费标准将保持不变,约 20% 客户的收费标准将会有所下降。

欲了解更多关于收费标准的信息,请登录 www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates 或致电您的垃圾回收公司。

垃圾、回收和堆肥收 集指南
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/373339


Japanese

ゴミ収集およびリサイクル料金の値上げなし

住民の8割の方々の料金は据え置き、その他の方々は料金が引き下げられます。

ポートランド市の住民にとって、毎月のゴミ収集およびリサイクル料金が、3年連続で値上げなしとなります。燃料費下落やゴミ収集作業能率の向上により、住民の大半の方々にとっては料金据え置き、その他の方々は約2割の料金引き下げとなります。

 料金について詳しくは、 www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates をご参照いただくか、 またはご利用のゴミ収集業者およびリサイクル業者にお電話でお問い合わせください。

ゴミ、リサイクル、 コンポスティング 回収サービスガイド
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/492824


Romanian

Nici o mărire a ratei pentru gunoi sau reciclare.

Pentru 80% din rezidenți nu se va efectua nici o modificare a ratelor, ceilalți vor
observa o ușoară scădere a ratelor.

Pentru al treilea an la rând, rezidenții din Portland nu vor avea o creștere a ratei
lunare la gunoi și reciclare. Datorită prețului scăzut la combustibil și a
metodelor mai eficiente de colectare, ratele vor rămâne neschimbate sau vor
scădea pentru aproximativ 20 la sută.

Aflați mai multe despre rate vizitând www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates sau puteți suna compania dumneavoastră de
colectare și reciclare a gunoiului.

GHIDUL PENTRU COLECTAREA, RECICLAREA ȘI COMPOSTAREA GUNOIULUI
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/492825


Russian

Расценки на вывоз мусора и сдачу материалов на переработку не меняются

Для 80% жителей расценки не изменятся, у остальных жителей расценки на вывоз мусора
немного понизятся.

На протяжении трех лет подряд расценки на вывоз мусора и сдачу материалов на переработку
для жителей Портленда остаются неизменными. В связи со снижением цен на топливо
и более эффективными способами сбора, для большинства клиентов расценки на
вывоз мусора не изменятся, а для 20% клиентов они даже понизятся.

Дополнительную информацию о расценках вы сможете найти на сайте www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates или позвонив в вашу компанию по сбору мусора и материалов на переработку.

ГИД ПО КОМПОСТИРОВАНИЮ, ПЕРЕРАБОТКЕ И СБОРУ ОТХОДОВ
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/373340


Somali

Ma jiro qiime koror ku yimid qashinka iyo dib u warshadeynta 

Boqolkiiba 80% dadka degaanka ku nooli waxay arki doonaan qiimaha ay bixinayaan oo
sidiisii hore ahaan doonaa, kuwa kale ayaa arki doona waxoogaa hoos u dhac ah.

Saddex sanno oo xiriir ah, dadka degan Portland ma arki doonaan qiime koror ku yimiday
biilasha qashinkoodii iyo dib u warshadeynta. Iyadoo ay la xiriirto qiimaha
shidaalka ee hoos u dhacaya iyo tayada qashin qaadista, qiimahu sidiisii hore
ayuu u ahaan doonaa inta badan macaamiishay isagoo hoos u dhici doona qiyaastii
boqolkiiba 20.

Wax ka ogow qiimaha adigoo booqanaya www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates ama adigoo wacaya shirkadooda qashinka iyo dib u
warshadeynta.

TILMAAN KU AADAN QASHINKA, DIB U WARSHADAYTIISA IYO BACRIMINTIISA
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/492826


 

Spanish

No aumentarán las tarifas para la recolección de basura y reciclables

Para el 80% de los residentes, las tarifas seguirán siendo las mismas,
para el resto, disminuirán ligeramente.

Por tercer año consecutivo, los residentes de Portland notarán que en
sus facturas mensuales de recolección de basura y reciclables, las tarifas no
han aumentado. Debido a la disminución de los precios de combustibles y a
prácticas de recolección más eficaces, las tarifas seguirán siendo las mismas
para la mayoría de los clientes y para un 20 por ciento aproximadamente,
disminuirán.

Infórmese más sobre las tarifas ingresando a www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates o llamando por teléfono a la compañía de
recolección de basura y reciclaje de su zona.

UNA GUÍA PARA LA RECOLECCIÓN DE BASURA, RECICLAJE Y COMPOSTA
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/373341


Ukrainian

Тарифи на вивіз сміття і утилю не зростатимуть

80% мешканців не матимуть змін у тарифах, а на інших чекає незначне зменшення
тарифів. 

Третій рік поспіль мешканці Портленда не матимуть тарифних змін у своїх щомісячних
рахунках за вивіз сміття і утилю. Завдяки зменшенню цін на паливо та більш
ефективним методам збирання, для більшості мешканців тарифи залишаться на
такому ж самому рівні, а для біля 20% мешканців тарифи зменшаться.

Дізнайтеся більше про тарифи на сайті www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates або зателефонуйте у свою компанію зі збору сміття
і утилю.

ГІД ПО ВИДАМ СМІТТЯ, ПЕРЕРОБЦІ І ЗБОРУ КОМПОСТУ
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/492830


Vietnamese

Không tăng giá đối với các dịch vụ đổ rác và tạp liệu tái chế biến

80% dân cư sẽ thấy giá biểu dịch vụ dành cho họ vẫn giữ nguyên, những người khác sẽ
thấy có sự giảm nhẹ.

Trong năm thứ ba liên tiếp, dân cư vùng Portland sẽ không thấy có sự gia tăng giá biểu
trong các hóa đơn đổ rác và tạp liệu tái chế biến hàng tháng của họ. Do giá
xăng dầu giảm và các áp dụng thu gom hiệu quả hơn, các giá biểu sẽ vẫn được giữ
nguyên cho hầu hết khách hàng, và sẽ giảm xuống cho khoảng 20 phần trăm khách
hàng.

Hãy vào thăm trang web này để tìm hiểu thêm về các giá biểu www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates hoặc gọi điện thoại cho công ty đổ rác và tạp liệu
tái chế biến của quý vị.

HƯỚNG DẪN VỀ VIỆC PHÂN HỦY, TÁI CHẾ VÀ THU GOM RÁC
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/373342

Draft Recommended Comprehensive Plan Available for Planning and Sustainability Commission Review

PSC will discuss the draft at its two June meetings before forwarding a recommendation to City Council this summer

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) is in the final stretch of preparing their Comprehensive Plan recommendation to City Council. The Draft Recommended Plan will be discussed at two meetings in June (June 9 and June 23 work sessions). This revised draft, prepared by BPS staff, incorporates changes based on public input and direction from the PSC over the past six months. Between July 21, 2014 and May 26, 2015, the PSC held six public hearings, received over 4,000 comments from the public, and had nine work sessions to shape their recommendation. 

The PSC will be reviewing this new draft to ensure it is consistent with their earlier work session recommendations and direction to staff. Commissioners may also discuss further amendments to this draft before taking a final vote, which is expected in July. A final Recommended Plan will be transmitted to City Council in mid-summer, at which time the public may provide input and comments to Council about the Recommended Plan. City Council will then schedule public hearings on the Recommended Plan during the fall and will invite the public to comment at hearings. 

After months of public hearings and work sessions, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will vote on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Commissioners tentatively scheduled to vote on July 14; final Recommended Draft sent to City Council in August

There’s a light at the end of the Comprehensive Plan tunnel! Since last fall, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held six public hearings and nine work sessions for the Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan. In June, commissioners will wrap up loose ends and hold a public hearing on the revised Growth Scenarios Report — sort of an impact analysis of the plan.

On July 14, the PSC is tentatively scheduled to vote to recommend the draft Comprehensive Plan to City Council. Their Recommended Draft will be transmitted to Council in August, signaling the opening of another public comment period.

Planning and Sustainability Commission next steps

The following PSC meetings will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A. Consult the PSC Calendar one week prior to each meeting to confirm times and details.

Tuesday, June 9, 12:30­ – 4:30 p.m.: Work session
Tuesday, June 23, 5 – 8 p.m.: Growth Scenarios Report hearing; work session
Tuesday, July 14, 5 – 9 p.m.: Work session; recommendation (vote, tentative)

Once the PSC votes, staff will publish their Recommended Draft (including the goals, policies and land use map) and forward to City Council sometime in August. Portlanders will then be invited to testify to City Council in writing or in person about the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft. Public hearings with Council will begin in the fall. Stay tuned for more information and exact dates moving forward.

Neighborhood office hours offer a chance to chat one-on-one with a planner

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan will establish new rules that affect the size, shape, height and location of shops, apartments, houses and places of employment.

You can learn more about how proposed new rules may affect you and your neighborhood. Throughout the summer, the City’s District Liaisons and other planners will be available to answer questions about the Comprehensive Plan Update; Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions and Employment Land projects; as well as other code development projects focusing on residential infill, accessory structures and more.

Planners will be holding neighborhood office hours around the city. Look for a meeting time near you and come with your questions and ideas.  

N Portland
Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Peninsula Park Community Center
700 N Rosa Parks Way

E Portland
Saturday, June 13, 12 – 3 p.m.
Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Ave

Thursday, July 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave

SE Portland
Thursday, July 9, 4 – 7 p.m.
Mt Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave

SW Portland
Tuesday, June 16, 4 – 7 p.m.
SWNI at Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Wednesday, July 22, 3 – 6 p.m.
Capitol Hill Library
10723 SW Capitol Hwy

Visit the Comprehensive Plans Update calendar to confirm details and find more times and locations for Neighborhood Office Hours in your district as they become available.

New Zoning Concepts for Mixed Use Areas Available for Review

Draft zoning concepts focus on new development standards, floor area ratios, design overlays, affordable housing and commercial space bonuses, and enhanced notification requirements

Over the next 20 years, Portland is expected to grow by 123,000 additional households and 142,000 new jobs. Most of this growth will occur in neighborhood hubs and main streets like Hollywood, St Johns, SE Division and NW 23rd, which are home to a mix apartment buildings, ground-floor retail and single family homes. These mixed use centers and corridors will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. 

But new development is not always welcomed by the community. In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launched the Mixed Use Zones Project to address Portlanders’ concerns about the height, size, scale and design of new development in mixed use zones.

The Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ) proposes key changes to the City’s commercial and employment zones to make mixed use areas more attractive and responsive to residents and businesses, while still accommodating expected growth. The largest overhaul of Portland’s zoning code in 15 years, this project proposal includes:

  • A simpler array of zones. Reduces the number of commercial or employment zones from nine to four to accommodate small scale (2-3 story), medium scale (4-5 story) and large scale (5+ story) development. 
  • New standards to address building bulk. Controls building mass through new floor area ratios (FAR) that include all uses, including residential development (FAR is the proportion of building area to lot size). Current commercial zones do not have floor area limits for residential development.
  • Compatibility and transitions. Includes new development and design standards to reduce the apparent mass of new buildings, provide better transitions to adjacent buildings, and improve the relationship between buildings and streets. These include required step-downs and setbacks from abutting residential properties as well as requirements for larger building walls to be broken up into smaller segments.
  • Incentives for public benefits. Adds performance bonuses to allow additional FAR, and in some cases height, in exchange for public benefits, such as: 
    1. Affordable housing
    2. Green features (e.g., green roofs and landscaped areas)
    3. Publicly accessible plazas
    4. Historic preservation
    5. Affordable commercial space
  • Ground floor uses on main streets. Encourages ground floor activity, including ground floor windows and active commercial uses in key places.
  • Better design. Expands the Design overlay zone to several new areas within the major centers identified in the Comprehensive Plan. These centers are expected to grow substantially over time, and additional design tools will help create high quality, pedestrian-supportive places.  
  • Public notice. Proposes enhanced neighborhood notification or contact requirements for development in mixed use zones. This would include neighborhood and business associations at a minimum.
  • Parking. The project is moving forward in tandem with an update to on-street parking management tools that could be applied in high growth centers and corridors. For more information click here.

Review the Draft Concept Report

A Mixed Use Zones Draft Code Concept Report has been shared with the project stakeholder advisory committee and is available for public review. The draft comprises several documents, including the entire report, an appendix and a shorter summary for easier reading.

Read the Mixed Use Zones Code Concepts Report here.

Next steps

The MUZ update is an early implementation project for the new Comprehensive Plan. The zoning regulations will be voted on by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council.

The concept draft is available now and will be followed by a discussion draft this summer. Public comments on both the concept draft and discussion draft will be accepted until late summer or early fall. A proposed draft will be released in the fall, and the Planning and Sustainability Commission will subsequently hold a public hearing. Eventually, the MUZ project will join other code update projects making their way to City Council for consideration and adoption with other tasks to implement the Comprehensive Plan.

For more information, visit the Mxied Use Zones Project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.