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Proposed zoning code changes around growing, selling and buying food to be considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commissioners want to hear what you think of Proposed Draft of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the online survey for the Discussion Draft of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update. Comments were overwhelmingly positive! Staff have since incorporated the comments into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday, April 24 for a public hearing.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project promotes appropriate neighborhood-scaled food production that builds community and increases access to healthful, affordable food for all residents, especially those who have limited access. The following proposed zoning code changes explicitly allow these types of progressive food systems to flourish, while protecting neighborhood livability.

  • Market Gardens (for-profit). Currently, market gardens are only allowed in a few zones (employment, open space and very low density residential zones). The proposed amendments allow them in all zones (with size limits in residential zones) and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Community Gardens. Currently, community gardens are allowed in all zones. The proposed amendments continue to allow them in all zones and add regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Food Membership Distribution Sites. Currently, the zoning code is unclear how to regulate the pick-up sites for food buying clubs and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations. The proposed amendments allow food membership distribution sites in all zones and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Farmers Markets. Currently, farmers markets are regulated as temporary uses, which can be confusing and expensive. The proposed amendments address farmers market location, frequency, number of "non-farmer" vendors, and when markets may set up on parking lots.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you. Before they make a recommendation to City Council, they are soliciting public input on the Urban Food Zoning Code Update – Proposed Draft.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)

Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

6 p.m. (Please call 503-823-7700 one week prior to the hearing for the exact time on the agenda or check times at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode.)

You may submit your comments on the Proposed Draft to the PSC by testifying at the public hearing on April 24 and/or sending your written comments to:

  • Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Rm. 7100, Portland, OR 97201

  • psc@portlandoregon.gov

  • Fax number 503-823-7800, Attn: Planning and Sustainability Commission

How do I get a copy of the Proposed Draft?
You can download the Urban Food Zoning Code Update - Proposed Draft or get a hard copy from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or call 503-823-7700 to receive a copy. 

Contact Information

Julia Gisler, Process Manager/Public Involvement

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7624; julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov

Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-4225; steve.cohen@portlandoregon.gov

Amy Gilroy, Health Consultant
Oregon Public Health Institute
503-227-5502 ext. 229; amy@orphi.org

 

Proposed Code Changes to Enhance Portlanders' Connection to Food are Now Available for Public Review

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project team has released a Discussion Draft of changes to the City of Portland Zoning Code that will affect the way food can be grown and distributed in Portland — particularly in our neighborhoods.

These proposed changes reflect the comments many Portlanders gave us on the Concept Report  last summer. They support community gardens, farmers markets, for-profit market gardens, food buying clubs and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community. Public comments on the Concept Report are covered in the Summary of Concept Report Questionnaire.

Over the past few months, project staff has been working closely with a Code Development Advisory Group (CDAG) to take the concept ideas from last summer and develop draft zoning code language for this public review. The CDAG was composed of 18 members with a variety of interests, perspectives and experiences around urban food production and distribution.

Tell us What You Think

Your thoughtful feedback and constructive critique of the proposed zoning code changes in this Discussion Draft will guide the final code language that staff presents to the Planning and Sustainability Commission later this spring (a hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 24). An online survey is available for you to provide input on the zoning code changes.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 7.

Please submit your comments online or by mail/email to:

Julia Gisler

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100

Portland,OR97201

julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov

Urban Food Code Update Discussion Draft Community Meetings

You can also learn more about the project and provide comments on the Discussion Draft at two community meetings in late February.

Community Open House

Tuesday, February 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Learn how these proposals will affect growing, selling and buying food in our neighborhoods

St. Philip Neri Church

2408 SE 16th Avenue (frontage on Division Street)

TriMet Bus #4 

Health Partners Meeting

Tuesday, February 28, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Learn how these proposals promote health

June Key Delta Community Center

5940 N Albina Avenue

TriMet Bus #4
 

In addition to these meetings, project staff will be available to meet with groups interested in learning more about the project. Contact Julia Gisler at julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov (503-823-7624) for more information. 

How do I get a copy of the Discussion Draft?

An electronic version of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Discussion Draft is now posted on the project website. Hard copies will be available at the community meetings and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or call 503-823-7700 to receive a copy. 

Contact information

Julia Gisler, Process Manager/Public Involvement

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7624; julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov

Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-4225; steve.cohen@portlandoregon.gov

Amy Gilroy, Health Consultant
Oregon Public Health Institute
503-227-5502 ext. 229; amy@orphi.org

Proposed Changes to the Zoning Code that Support Small-scale Food Production and Distribution will be Published in Early February

In just a few weeks, the Urban Food Zoning Code Update project will release a discussion draft of proposed changes to the City's zoning code that will affect the way that food can be grown and distributed in Portland- particularly in neighborhoods. The proposed new code language will support activities such as community gardens, farmers markets, and food buying clubs at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community.

The public's review on these proposals will begin in early February and extend into early March. The discussion draft report, along with an electronic comment sheet, will be available on this website after Feb 10th. Reports will also be available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th floor, or by contacting Karen Lucchesi at 503.823.4552 or karen.lucchesi@portlandoregon.gov to have a copy mailed.

Learn About the Results of the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report Questionnaire

Last summer over 800 people submitted questionnaires (online or written) about the ideas presented in the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report. Project staff has compiled these comments and produced a summary report. In addition to the summary report, you may also see the actual comments submitted by topic area. Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas and comments. This input is very important and will guide code development this fall.

Next opportunity for public input on the Urban Food Zoning Code Update is scheduled for February 2012, when actual draft language of zoning code amendments will be available for public review.

Over 800 questionnaires submitted on Concept Report

Thanks to the over 800 people who submitted a questionnaire or survey on the ideas presented in the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report. Your comments have been compiled into a database and staff is in the process of developing a summary that will guide code development this fall. We anticipate posting the summary—along with the complete database—by mid-October.