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Green Loop is featured attraction at Saturday Walkways event in the Park Blocks

Loop PDX contest winner Untitled Studios engaged hundreds of people participating in the all-day event

people walking and riding bikes downtown

On August 20, hundreds of Portlanders braved the heat to join the Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks on the Green Loop event. A mile-long celebration of public space to promote active transportation on the historic Park Blocks, the event illustrated how a potential Green Loop could feel on the ground. Co-sponsored by Oregon Walks and Better Block PDX , the all-day event was also supported by Metro, Neighbors West/Northwest, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

The winner of Design Week Portland and UO John Yeon Center’s  Loop PDX design competition, Untitled Studio was a key attraction along the walk route. Members of the design team engaged passersby in a pop-up exhibit, featuring two interactive displays: a large map of the Central City and a 3D model of a typical intersection. Participants were asked to share their insights about the future design of the Green Loop through writing and drawing. Untitled Studio hopes to assemble these ideas into a future exhibition for Design Week Portland next spring.

Placed along the mid-town blocks were historical markers, created by Chet Orloff and Linda Wisner, showcasing the history of Portland’s transportation and planning in the Central City. In addition, the route featured programming and activities sponsored by community organizations, institutions and businesses such as the Multnomah County Central Library, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, City Repair, Portland Bocce League, Nelson/Nygaard, Street Roots and many more. 

Missed the event?

Watch a short video of people interacting with the Untitled Studio displays. Or view and interact with the displays in person, along with the historical markers and photographs of the event, in the lobby of 1900 SW 4th Ave from Monday, August 29 to Friday, September 9.  

First public feedback phase for Residential Infill Project comes to a close; 1,400 comments received

Council to review recommendations for new regulations shaped by community input

After eight weeks of open houses, an online questionnaire and other public engagement efforts, the initial phase of outreach for the Residential Infill Project closed on August 15. The online open house had more than 8,000 visitors, and nearly 600 community members attended the in-person open houses held throughout various parts of Portland. Thanks to the Neighborhood District Coalitions and Multnomah Arts Center, Tabor Space, Kenton Firehouse, East Portland Neighborhood Office, the German American Society, and Smile Station for assistance arranging the space, hosting events and publicizing the events.

Staff received more than 1,400 public comments from the questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at the open houses, emails and letters. The proposals for scale of new houses in single-dwelling zones, alternative housing types and narrow lot development were full of detail and technical information. Thanks to everyone who took the time to dig into the proposals and give feedback, as well as share concerns and suggestions. Feedback on the proposals will help shape the recommendations for City Council to consider in this fall. While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next steps
Staff will be reviewing and summarizing public input in a summary report to be published by mid-September. This will help staff develop recommendations for City Council to consider in November at a series of public hearings.

After the hearings, City Council will give staff direction on the recommended concepts in order to develop specific code amendments as part of a legislative process phase in 2017. That process will 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. 

Planning and Sustainability Commission completes public hearings on CC2035

More than 750 Portlanders gave testimony on the new long-range plan for Portland’s urban core; PSC will delve into the details at upcoming series of work sessions

Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held two 3-hour hearings on July 26 and August 9. A total of 130 Portlanders testified about the Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) Proposed Draft, and the record is now closed.

Testimony Received

Type of testimony Amount (approximate) Links
Oral testimony 130 July 26, August 9
Written testimony    
Letters 280 July 26, August 9
Map App comments 350 Document with all comments
Total: 760  

What did people talk about at the hearing?

While it’s difficult to summarize hundreds of comments in one set of bullets, there were some common themes, such as:

  • Tools for historic preservation, setting appropriate building height limits and ensuring the compatibility of new buildings with existing character in historic districts.
  • Public view corridors and the impacts to development of maintaining current views.
  • Tools for improving the supply of affordable, family-friendly housing in the Central City, in addition to ongoing work by City bureaus (BPS’s Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Program and the Housing Bureau’s Inclusionary Housing Program).
  • Different approaches to increasing the stock of low-carbon buildings.
  • Changes to parking requirements for new development.
  • Balancing new bike infrastructure with other modes, such as freight.
  • Requests from property owners and residents for specific changes to zoning, allowed building floor area and height.
  • Costs and benefits related to ecoroofs on new buildings.
  • Ideas about improving recreational access to the river in the Central City.
  • New parks and schools to support increasing populations.

View the videos of both hearings and review the written testimony

Next steps

Don’t worry if you don’t see your topic listed above. Staff and the PSC Commissioners are currently reviewing all comments in preparation for a series of work sessions on September 27, November 16 and January 24, 2017. At the final PSC meeting in January, the Commission is expected to recommend a new draft of the plan to City Council for review in early 2017.

These dates are subject to change. Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled meeting to confirm the date, time and location. Staff will publish materials approximately one week prior to each work session.


PSC News: August 23, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation; Task 5: Zoning Code — work session / recommendation


  • Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation
  • Task 5: Zoning Code — work session / recommendation

Meeting files

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