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Residential Infill Project open houses begin; share draft proposals for new houses and additions in single-dwelling zones

Online open house and questionnaire offer community members another way to learn about the project and give feedback on proposals that address the scale of new houses, housing options and historically narrow lots.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the Residential Infill Project (RIP) kicked off a new round of public involvement at the Multnomah Art Center. More than 100 community members showed up to learn more about the project, ask questions and voice their concerns about new development in Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods. 

In response to community concerns about demolition and infill, RIP staff and the stakeholder advisory committee are exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. Draft proposals to reduce the scale of new houses, allow more housing options and address issues around historically narrow lots are now available for public review and comment.

Online Open House and Questionnaire

Portlanders will have many more opportunities to learn about the draft proposals, and staff will use the public input to refine proposals for City Council to consider in the fall. From June 15 to August 15, the public is invited to review draft proposals and take an online questionnaire.

Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire.

Open Houses and Drop-In Hours

More open houses are scheduled throughout the city in June and July to give community members a chance to review staff proposals. The presentations will be the same at all locations.

Please come to learn about the project, review the proposals, ask questions and share your feedback.

Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont St., Copeland Commons
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #15 and 71

Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line

East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #25, 71 and 77

German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St. (at Sandy Blvd)
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #12 and 71

SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Avenue
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*TriMet: Bus #70
This open house is hosted by United Neighborhoods for Reform.

*Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner at http://trimet.org/#/planner to plan your route.

Staff will also be available to discuss the draft proposals at the following drop-in hours:

  • June 21, 12:30–2:30 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street
  • June 21, 5–7 p.m. at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • June 27, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N Schofield Street
  • June 29, 3:30–5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Avenue
  • June 30, 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard

Next Steps*
Staff will use the public input to refine proposals for City Council to consider in the fall. Council will provide direction on the recommended concepts, and staff will then draft changes to the zoning code rules for adoption in 2017. 

  • June 15 through August 15: Public review of draft proposals
  • August/September: Summarize public comment and revise proposals
  • October 3: Publish staff recommendations to City Council
  • October 25: Planning and Sustainability Commission briefing (tentative)
  • November 9: City Council hearing(s) (tentative); provide direction for code language
  • Winter 2017: Begin working on code language
  • Summer 2017: Publish draft code language; public review
  • Fall 2017: PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language

* Subject to change; check website closer to date

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill, email project staff at residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov, or contact:

Julia Gisler, Public Involvement
503-823-7624 

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager
503-823-6879

PSC News: June 28, 2016 Meeting Recap

Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session; Central City 2035 Plan — briefing

Agenda

  • Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session
  • Central City 2035 Plan — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

 

New Zoning Map goes to Planning and Sustainability Commission

Community members invited to testify on Composite Zoning Map at public hearing on July 12

City Council may have adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan last week, but there’s still more work to be done to implement it. Next up is a Composite Zoning Map, which incorporates new zoning from several Early Implementation projects.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held public hearings for all of the implementation projects making updates to the Zoning Map, including employment land, campus institutions, residential and open spaces, and mixed use zones. These projects were created to address the most urgent needs to implement Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development.

New “Composite” Zoning Map
Now all of the Zoning Map updates have been combined into one “Composite” Zoning Map. You can view the new map by visiting the online Map App.

The PSC will invite testimony on the Composite Zoning Proposal at a public hearing on July 12, 2016.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Composite Zoning Map
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 4 p.m. 
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

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 July 12, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
  • 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: Composite Zoning Map testimony

Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.

Next steps

Following the PSC’s public hearing, the Commission will hold a work session on August 2, 2016, and recommend a new Zoning Map to City Council, which will hold additional hearings in the fall.

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. The Zoning Map tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today

For more information, visit the project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/compositezoning

 

 

City seeking input on ideas to revitalize the Eastbank Crescent and provide a public beach along the Willamette

Design ideas for the Eastbank Crescent and the Central City Potential Swimming Beach Study shared at open house on June 29 at the PCC CLIMB Center

The Willamette River has often been referred to as Portland’s front yard. Actually, it’s more like our own lake, swimming pool or beach, with potential to attract and accommodate even more sunbathers, swimmers, boaters, kayakers and water lovers of all kinds.

The City of Portland is studying how to create a vibrant public space along the Willamette, with improved fish and wildlife habitat. Planners are looking at the Eastbank Crescent, the riverfront site between the Hawthorne and Marquam Bridges just north of OMSI. The area includes the Holman Dock, a launch for multiple rowing and paddling clubs and popular with sunbathers in summer months. The dock is in disrepair and needs to be replaced, providing an opportunity to synchronize planning, clean up and repair efforts.

River attracts multiple users

The river is shallow here, drawing swimmers in addition to boaters. The shallow water, rare for the Central City, also presents an opportunity to improve habitat for multiple species of fish. The heavily used Greenway Trail traverses the site, with several confusing crossings and conflict points between cyclists, pedestrians and boaters carrying sculls.

To ensure public access to the river, a new dock, habitat restoration and trail improvements are coordinated and create a cohesive, well-functioning public space, the City is developing the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan.

Swimming Study

Portland’s improved wastewater and stormwater runoff system has made the Willamette River much cleaner and safer for swimming. Consequently, more residents want access into and on the river. So the City is looking at five shallow-water sites along the river in the Central City, including the Eastbank Crescent, to determine if there is a suitable location for a family-friendly public beach.

Design ideas for the Eastbank Crescent and the Central City Swimming Beach Study will be presented for comment and feedback at a public open house on Wednesday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the PCC CLIMB Center. Please note that parking lot fees will be waived. Visit Tri-Met’s Trip Planner at http://trimet.org/#planner to plan your route

For more information visit the project website or contact Lori Grant at lori.grant@portlandoregon.gov.

It’s 2035. What did the new Comprehensive Plan deliver?

Imagine … 20 years from now, what would Portland look like guided by our new long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city?

A little more than 35 years ago, Portland welcomed its first Comprehensive Plan, a blue print for the city that would be admired around the world in the decades to come. In 1980, the population of Portland was 366,000, a little more than half of what it is today.

Back then, Mt St Helens had just erupted, and Supertramp and Donna Summers were all the rage. Smart phones were only on Star Trek, Microsoft had just 11 employees, and a kid could ride a bike without a helmet and get away with it.

Portlanders banded together into neighborhood associations to block the Mt Hood Freeway and ensured those transportation dollars would go toward the construction of the MAX blue line. A downtown parking lot was transformed into Pioneer Square, and the Harbor Freeway into Tom McCall Waterfront Park. And Portland’s 1980 Comp Plan directed population and employment growth into a series of “nodes and noodles.”

The rest is history.

Fast forward to 2035 ... Nodes and noodles have become “centers and corridors,” and Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan has helped a mid-sized city grow up. Portland has become a place where most people can live healthy lives, with access to good jobs, safe streets and bikeways, affordable housing, clean air and water, walkable neighborhoods, quality transit service and beautiful parks.

The 2035 Comp Plan built upon the best of Portland’s strong planning heritage, advanced a more equitable approach to neighborhood development and leveraged Portland’s rapid growth to balance prosperity, human and environmental health, equity and resilience.

Imagine 20 years from now …

… a Portland that has nearly a quarter of million new people living here. Places like Hollywood, the Jade District, North Pearl, and Barbur and Powell Boulevards will be high-functioning mixed use areas with easy access to transit and a range of housing types to meet the needs of smaller households, Portlanders who want to age in place, and an increasingly diverse population.

Imagine …

… a city with 140,000 more jobs. More middle-wage jobs and a balanced economy fueled by the preservation of industrial land, expansion of our colleges and hospitals, a robust Central City, and flourishing smaller businesses in centers and corridors.

… better transit with new routes throughout East Portland, connecting more residents with their jobs; and fewer cars on the road, creating more room for freight, bikes and pedestrians.

… healthier people who have easy, safe and pleasant routes to walk, bike or take transit.

… and a safer and more resilient Portland with well-maintained infrastructure.

Most of Portland’s diverse population would live in complete, healthy and safe neighborhoods, close to the amenities they need. Tens of thousands more well-paying jobs would offer residents financial security and a pathway to wealth. Increased housing options would make it possible for individuals and families to create households to their liking. And a robust transit system and greenway network would offer multiple transportation options for Portlanders to get to and from work, as well as other places they want to go.

Sound crazy? It’s not. If the 1980 Comp Plan could transform a city suffering from suburban flight and crumbling infrastructure into a destination city for tourists as well as newcomers looking for a place to call home … it’s entirely possible that the 2035 Comp Plan — built on the success of previous planning efforts and created with the benefit of more data and public involvement, and inspired by so many other forward-thinking cities — could successfully guide Portland well into the mid-21st century.

Thank you!

With the adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan by City Council on June 15, 2016, Portland's long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland is on its way to the state for acknowledgement. And, thus, a reality.

Many thanks to the tens of thousands of community members who contributed to the plan. Just as with the 1980 Comp Plan, your contributions will be appreciated for generations to come.