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Mixed Use Zones Project to share new concepts

November 5 & 6 workshops offer Portlanders a chance to view and discuss initial ideas to improve zoning code

Last month, we shared news about the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project, an early implementation project for the Comprehensive Plan Update. Mixed use zones allow commercial development as well as multifamily housing. They are scattered around the city along busy main streets and boulevards (corridors) and vibrant neighborhood hubs (centers).

The draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan proposes a growth management strategy focusing much of the city’s future growth and development in and along centers and corridors — places like Hollywood and St Johns, Barbur Blvd and 82nd Ave. But because centers and corridors are so diverse in size and character, mixed use regulations must be refined to more sensitively accommodate the needs of the community while simplifying the code. 

The MUZ Project is being guided by an advisory committee, which has helped craft principles for developing new code for mixed use zones, such as quality design, economically feasible development, equity, and sensitivity to neighborhood character and adjacent structures.

Staff have also been gathering community feedback from neighborhood walkabouts and holding roundtable discussions with businesses, developers and designers. Feedback from this process and the project advisory committee has informed a very preliminary conceptual framework for code updates.

Now it’s time to share that framework with the community

A workshop to present and discuss these initial concepts will be held November 5, 6 - 9 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave (Rm 2500) and November 6, 6 – 9 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Avenue (cafeteria). Staff will describe the proposed new zones and some basic characteristics (i.e., anticipated floor-area ratios and height limits). A more detailed MUZ concept report is due by Winter 2015. Proposed zoning codes are expected in the spring. Public hearings on the proposed mixed use zones are scheduled for the summer.

For more information, see the story on the Comprehensive Plan Update news feed

Portlanders share their homes

New regulations make short-term rentals legal

Thanks to new regulations crafted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portlanders can now legitimately rent bedrooms in their homes to guests staying fewer than 30 days. The new rules allow residents to rent out up to two bedrooms in their single-dwelling residence with a low-cost permit, provided they live in their residence at least nine months a year.

The new regulations, which were passed unanimously by City Council in July, require a City inspection and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Operators of short-term rentals must notify their neighbors, post their permit number on their listings, and remit transient lodging taxes to the City. For more information about short-term rental permits, please the Bureau of Development Services webpage

Mayor Charlie Hales released a proposal that would expand these new rules to cover multi-dwelling buildings, including apartments and condominiums. City Council will consider such amendments at a public hearing on November 19. More information about the proposal is available on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program (RICAP) News and Update page

PSC News: October 21, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

City Green Building Policy — briefing; CC2035 West Quadrant Plan — work session


  • City Green Building Policy — briefing
  • CC2035 West Quadrant Plan — work session

Meeting files

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

Two More Comp Plan Public Hearings: PCC Southeast and Downtown

Written comments on Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft accepted until March 13

The third public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft with the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be Tuesday, October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the new PCC campus at 2305 SE 82nd Ave and Division. Look for the meeting in the Community Hall.

Jade District Rendering

Come early and stroll around the facilities, then squint your eyes south down 82nd Ave toward the Fubon market and imagine the area 15 to 20 years from now. The computer-generated image above is a hint of what’s possible in this emerging cultural, educational and business district.

SE 82nd and Division is designated a neighborhood center in the new Comprehensive Plan. That means the growth and economic activity already happening in this dynamic part of Portland will be enhanced by new zoning, infrastructure investments and transit.

In the News 

The Portland Tribune recently published a front page story about the area and the City’s efforts to make it a more livable, walkable, amenity-rich neighborhood. Reporter Steve Law toured the area with planners working on the Mixed Use Zones Project. His story explains how a civic corridor like 82nd Ave could mature into one with more street trees, pedestrian crosswalks, traffic calming features, mixed-use housing and retail around nodes such as the Jade District near the PCC campus, as well as Lents Town Center and proposed neighborhood centers in Montavilla and Roseway.  

You can read the article and then share your feedback on the proposed plan with the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday night. (And learn more about the Mixed Use Zones Project and upcoming project workshops at

Future Timeline 

The last 2014 public hearing on the proposed draft will be Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A. The PSC will then hold several work sessions and begin the new year with additional meetings, work sessions and hearings on the Comprehensive Plan and supporting documents and reports. The Commission will continue to accept written comments on the goals, policies and land use map until March 13. View the project calendar for more information.