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Testimony on the Central City 2035 Plan Proposed Draft extended to Thursday, August 11 at 5 p.m.

Portlanders can submit written testimony on the new plan via the online Map App and email

On Tuesday evening, August 9, 2016, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) closed its public hearing on the Central City 2035 Plan Proposed Draft. More than 140 Portlanders testified during two three-hour sessions (the first hearing was on July 26).

Responding to requests from multiple stakeholders and groups, the PSC will accept written testimony until 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. Written testimony on the CC2035 proposal can be submitted:

  • Via the Map App: Testify about specific properties or transportation proposals through the Map App
  • By email: Be sure to include “CC2035 Plan Testimony” in the subject line and your full name and mailing address.
  • By delivering physical letters to the address below before the 5 p.m. deadline

Planning and Sustainability Commission
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
Attn: CC2035 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.

Residential Infill Project questionnaire closes on August 15

Share your feedback on proposals that address the scale of houses, housing types and historically narrow lots in residential neighborhoods

On June 15, 2016, the Residential Infill Project (RIP) released a set of proposals that would adjust Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Project staff then held six open houses around the city to share the proposals with community members. The events drew hundreds of Portlanders who were interested in and concerned about new development in their neighborhoods. Thanks to all who attended the events at Multnomah Arts Center (SW), Tabor Space (Inner SE), Historic Kenton Firehouse (North), East Portland Neighborhood Office (East), German American Society (Inner NE) and SMILE Station.

Staff notes reflecting the general conversations that occurred during the Q & A sessions at the open houses are posted on the project website with other public involvement documents.

Couldn’t attend an open house? Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire.
Since mid-June, an online open house and questionnaire has given Portlanders a chance to learn about the project and provide comments on the proposals. Deadline for filling out the questionnaire is August 15. Join hundreds of others and let staff know what you think of the draft proposals.

Visit the online open house and take the questionnaire

Don’t have enough space on the questionnaire?
Email your comments to All comments sent to our project mailbox will be included in the summary report of public comments. You may also mail your comments to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Residential Infill

How will public comments be used?
The Summary Report will be posted to the project website in September. These comments will inform possible revisions to the draft proposals for City Council consideration in November.

See the display boards in the lobby in front of the Permit Center at 1900 SW 4th Avenue

The same display boards that traveled to all the open houses are featured in the lobby in front of the permit center until Friday, August 12. These boards offer a chance to learn about the proposals at your own pace. While you’re there, you can give staff your feedback by:

  • Writing your comments on the flip chart.
  • Filling out a comment card and/or questionnaire and putting it in the comment box.

(subject to change; check website closer to date)

August 15: Public review of draft proposals ends
August/September: Summarize public comment and develop recommendations
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 2016: Begin working on code language
Summer 2017: Publish draft code language; public review
Fall 2017: PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language

For more information, visit the project website at

Or contact project staff:

Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

One part of the proposal includes a limit on the size of houses, which is based on lot size. 

Zoning Code update for mass shelters proposed to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness

Portlanders invited to learn more about the draft code update at an open house on August 31 and testify on the proposal at a public hearing on September 13

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft. The draft responds to City Council direction to reduce some regulatory and process barriers for the siting of mass shelters, short-term housing and affordable housing.

Mass shelters are structures that provide communal sleeping areas within a larger room. Short-term housing structures provide one or more individual sleeping rooms (similar to a dorm room) on a short-term basis. Neither one is allowed in industrial zones, including Terminal 1.

Homelessness on the rise
In 2015, more than 4,300 people in Portland were placed in emergency shelters. Another 1,887 people — a third of which were newly homeless — couldn’t find housing, even in emergency shelters.

The proposed code amendments provide more flexibility for the siting of mass shelters in zones where they are already allowed. The new regulations would increase the number of allowed beds and reduce separation requirements for these mass shelters. The code also reduces parking requirements for some shelters and short-term housing that are part of an existing institution such as church or other community service use. In areas where shelters or short term housing are subject to a conditional use review, the amendments provide some additional options for the type of review and criteria that must be met.

Read the Mass Shelter and Housing Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft

Learn more …

There are several upcoming events to find out more about the project:

Citywide Land Use Meeting
Monday, August 22, 7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500B

BPS Open House
Wednesday, August 31, 5–7 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave. 

… then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

PSC Hearing on Mass Shelters Code Update
Tuesday September 13, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A

Please check the PSC calendar prior to the hearing to confirm date, time and agenda.

Read the Notice of the PSC Hearing.

For more information about the project, please visit the project website or contact Phil Nameny at or 503-823-7709. 

Public invited to share feedback on how well the design overlay zone works and what they’d like to see improved

Online questionnaire allows public to give feedback on design review for new buildings in the design overlay.

Portland’s Zoning Code includes several overlay zones to address specific issues, such as historic resource preservation and environmental protection. The design overlay zone promotes the conservation, enhancement and continued vitality of areas with special scenic, architectural or cultural value.

dozaAs part of the Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) project, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is assessing the tools and processes that carry out the d-overlay.

Tell City planners what you think
The DOZA project team is seeking input from stakeholders, including neighborhood residents, architects, developers, affordable housing advocates and other interested groups. Please take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire and tell us how the d-overlay affects new building design and how you feel engaged in the process.

Share the questionnaire
Share the link to the questionnaire, which will be available until September 9th, 2016, at 5 p.m., with your friends, colleagues, neighbors and others interested in the city’s d-overlay. Questionnaire results will be used to inform recommendations for improving the d-overlay and incorporated into the consultant team’s final report.

Design Review
Design review involves a two-track system, which offers architects and developers a choice to ensure that certain types of development will enhance the recognized special design values of a site or area:

  1. Discretionary design review by staff or the Design Commission.
  2. Compliance with the non-discretionary Community Design Standards.

The deliverable for this project is a set of recommendations to improve the standards and tools used for d-overlay zones as well as how the d-overlay is administered. Seattle-based Walker Macy is leading the consultant team in an independent, comprehensive assessment of the process, guidelines and standards, and results of the d-overlay zone.  

For more information about the Design Overlay Zone Assessment visit our website at or contact Lora Lillard at 503-823-7721 or