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Review the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft

Comments on the Discussion Draft of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update will be open until December 21, 2015.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Discussion Draft for the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update. Community review and feedback on the Discussion Draft will inform the Proposed Draft, scheduled to be released in February 2016. At that point we will invite further testimony for the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Review the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft

Residential Zoning Map changes are proposed to:

  • Match newly applied Comprehensive Plan designations, addressing a variety of situations.
  • Help prevent risk to public health and safety in areas with high natural hazard risk, infrastructure constraints, and/or limited urban services.
  • Address David Douglas School District school capacity constraints by reducing zoning potential until the district can accommodate increased enrollment.
  • Rectify various situations, including nonconforming density and split-zone sites.

New Open Space zones also acknowledge publicly owned lands that are either now or in the future intended for public open space use.

View the interactive map of changes being considered and submit comments directly on the Map App. Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Monday, December 21, 2015.

Additionally, you can send comments via email or letter:



City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Residential and Open Space Zones
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR  97201

For more information, visit the project website at Or call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Share your thoughts about residential infill development; take an online survey between now and January 12, 2016

Share your views with City planners working on the Residential Infill Project to help identify community priorities.

Portland is growing and new homes are springing up throughout the city. So the City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling neighborhoods to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents.

The Residential Infill Project will propose new and updated rules to address the scale and design of new houses and home additions, as well as determine where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed. The project will also explore alternative housing options that could help keep housing costs down while increasing the variety and types of housing available for Portlanders.

Tell City planners what you think

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.You will be able to prioritize the residential infill issues that are most important to you. Staff will use the results of the survey to help identify key community values as the project moves forward. 

Share the survey

Tell your friends and neighbors. Share the link to the survey, which will be available until Tuesday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m. Survey results will be posted online and shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

Residential Infill Project advisory committee walks and talks to learn more about infill development issues

SAC meetings, informational sessions and neighborhood walks catalyze discussion of potential code updates to create more effective regulations in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project. This meeting, a follow up to an optional informational session on November 17, aimed to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to the project’s third focus area: narrow lot development.

The SAC has met six times since September 2015 to learn about the City’s policy direction with the new Comprehensive Plan and discuss the first two project topic areas: scale of houses and alternative housing options. Additionally, City staff have led a series of four neighborhood walks for SAC members and interested residents covering four distinct Portland areas, including Inner South (Richmond), Western (South Burlingame), Eastern (Powellhurst-Gilbert) and Inner North (Boise-Eliot).

The next SAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 (2nd Floor). SAC members will be briefed on the policy framework that guides Portland’s projected population growth in single-dwelling residential neighborhoods and review best practices for residential infill development in other cities. Members will also help staff develop principles for the January 2016 charrette/workshop (tentatively scheduled for all day Thursday, January 21, 2015, location TBA) as well as evaluation criteria for assessing future prototype alternatives. The general public is welcome to attend and share comments and observations at all SAC events. Check the project calendar for meeting dates and times.

To stay up to date with future meetings and events, be sure to sign up on the project mailing list.

PSC News: December 15, 2015 Meeting Recap and Documents

R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation; R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation; Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing


  • R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation
  • R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation
  • Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing

Meeting files

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

Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan hearings continue; public invited to testify to City Council on recommended goals, policies and land use map

Three more public hearings throughout the city give Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development in the city

On November 19, more than 70 people testified at the first public hearing with City Council on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Additional hearings are scheduled from now until early January to give more Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about the recommended draft.

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Self Enhancement, Inc.
3920 N Kerby Ave

You must sign up to testify. Testimony sign-up sheets will be available one hour before the start of each hearing. Testimony will be taken in the order that people sign in. Each person may only sign up for themselves. Exception: Attorneys may sign up more than once if they are representing separate clients (e.g., Jane Doe, Esq. representing Mary Q Public and Jane Doe, Esq. representing John Q. Public).

Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person. You must be present when your name is called from the testimony sign-up list or you will lose your turn. If you testified at a previous hearing, please refrain from giving the same testimony twice; rather, present testimony about a complementary or different topic/issue.

When signing up, please include your name and mailing address. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal it.

Testimony on the goals, policies and land use map is currently expected to close at the end of the January 7, 2016 hearing. Additional public hearings may be scheduled after commissioner amendments are considered. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.


Can’t make it to a hearing? Share your feedback with City Council one of these other ways …

Online via the Map App: www.portlandmaps/bps/mapapp

Email: Sent to with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.