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Learn about the Comprehensive Plan Update. Find out more through news items, meeting announcements and summaries.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Reports Available for January 27 Comprehensive Plan Work Session

Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss decision-making, Centers and Corridors, non-conforming situations, split zoning and more

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the Jan. 27, 2015, Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. The reports include staff-recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, in response to public testimony received to date.

The first reports available for public review are:

Staff reports or memos for subsequent PSC work sessions will be available approximately two weeks prior to each one.

Work Session #1

The January 27 work session will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500. The meeting starts at 3 p.m., and the final agenda will be posted on the PSC calendar approximately one week before the meeting. The public is invited to attend; however, this is a work session for commissioners, so no public testimony will be taken during this or any other work session.

The PSC will, however, accept written comments on the Proposed Draft until March 13, 2015. Community members are encouraged to review the work session schedule and send their comments about a particular topic to the commission at least eight days before that issue will be discussed. This will allow commissioners time to review relevant testimony before each meeting.

View the schedule of planned work sessions. 

Portland’s Unique Neighborhoods Star in the Latest Centers & Corridors Video

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases newest episode in a series about the City’s growth management strategy

Hot off the “cutting room floor,” the latest episode of Portland’s Centers & Corridors video focuses on the different types of these vibrant hubs and bustling streets. Some of our favorite places in Portland take a starring role; neighborhoods like Sellwood and Montavilla, Multnomah Village, Hollywood and St Johns. And major thoroughfares like Barbur and Sandy boulevards.

Viewers can see computer-generated renderings of the different types of neighborhood, town and regional centers and corridors. The video shows how the size and scale of each determines the types of amenities and services each one can provide Portland’s residents and visitors. And it helps explain why more density and development means more shops, restaurants, transit, parks and civic buildings for people living in and around these compact neighborhoods and vibrant streets.

So take a look, and see if you can tell what kind of center or corridor you live or work in — or would like to. Portland has so many different shapes and sizes of great places. Focusing growth in Centers and Corridors means we’ll be able to create even more.

Charting the Path to New Zoning

How the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map relate to new zoning



Charting the Path to New Zoning HandoutThe proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan is currently under review by the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The draft Comprehensive Plan Map proposes land use changes for a number of properties across the city, and many people are eager to talk about the zoning details for those places — particularly in mixed use zones and around campus institutions.

The Comprehensive Plan establishes goals and policies and maps to guide subsequent land use activities. The Comp Plan Map assigns land use designations to every property — but not zones. That’s a separate step in the process.

The land use map identifies what the land can generally be used for (e.g., residential, employment, open space). Should it be light industrial or manufacturing? Multi-family or single-family? Specific rules about how buildings can look or how tall they can be are developed once these general land uses are defined and mapped. The zoning code addresses the details; height, setbacks, floor-area ratio (FAR) and other design characteristics for each property.

Q. So how can we consider new zoning code while we’re still deciding on general land uses?

A. Land use designations and zoning are under different parts of the State of Oregon’s Periodic Review requirement.

  • Task 4 of Periodic Review (goals, policies and land use map) is currently before the PSC. It lays out the guidelines for long- and short-term land use decisions. If you’re interested in high-level direction about issues such as sustainability, equity, public involvement and general development direction in different areas of the city, this is the process you want to focus on.
  • Task 5 (zoning code and zoning map amendments) will come before the PSC in 2015. Task 5 projects (e.g., Mixed-Use Zones Project, Institutional Zoning Project) will be the first to apply the new Comprehensive Plan to on-the-ground rules. If you’re interested in issues like FAR for mixed use development in neighborhood hubs, this is where you can focus your attention.

To complete the Comprehensive Plan process in the time allotted by the state, staff began working on goals and policies (Task 4) last year and implementation projects (Task 5) this year, while Task 4 was — and still is — underway.

This dual work stream means that some information is available on the general approach to zoning code provisions (Task 5) even as the PSC is still deliberating the policy intent and map designations as part of Task 4. Written comments on the goals, policies and land use map will be taken until March 13, 2015.

The overlapping sequence will help ensure important zoning details are available before City Council votes on the recommended policies and map in June/July 2015, the state-imposed deadline for adoption of Task 4.

Zoning code and zoning map changes to implement the new Comprehensive Plan will be subject to additional public hearings before final action by the PSC and City Council. The state-imposed deadline for completing the related Task 5 is December 2015.

What’s next?

Task 4 Timeline

All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452.

Date/Time Event/Milestone Address Notes

January 27

3:00 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Centers & Corridors, Non-conforming Uses & Split-Zoning and Community Involvement & Implementation (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.

February 10

12:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Economic Goals, West Hayden Island and Consent List #1 (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.

February 24

3:00 p.m.

Public Hearing about the financially constrained Transportation System Plan (TSP) and its relationship to the Comprehensive Plan; work session

Topics: Transportation, David Douglas and Consent List #2

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.

March 10

12:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: TSP, Housing and Residential Down-designations (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.

March 13

5:00 p.m.

Deadline for written comments

   

March 24

3:00 p.m.

PSC Work Session (no testimony)

Topics: Discussion of other individual map or policy changes of interest to commissioners (Items to be nominated before Feb. 24, 2 hours 30 minutes.).

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.

March 30

Tentative release date for Draft Recommended Plan reflecting PSC directions

   

April 14

12:30 p.m.

Public Hearing on Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This is a state-required report defining employment-related land needs and describing how the plan accommodates projected job growth through 2035.

April 28

3:00 p.m.

Public Hearing on Growth Scenario Report Addendum

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

The 2013 Growth Scenarios Report described different potential growth patterns, and explored how those choices achieve the Portland Plan Measures of Success. This 2015 addendum will evaluate the draft plan against those same metrics. Essentially, this hearing is about determining if the plan will meet the goals we set, such as housing affordability, carbon emissions reduction, transportation mode shifts and tree canopy.   

May 12 12:30 p.m. (Tentative Date)

Final PSC Work Session and Recommendation (vote)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony on the proposed Zoning Code. Check project calendar for details closer to the date.

July 2015 or later

City Council public hearings and decision (vote)

 

Check project calendar for details closer to the date.

Task 5 (Implementation) Timelines

Both the Mixed Use and Institutional Campus zoning projects are currently working with advisory committees to digest background research and define the concepts that will ultimately be brought to the PSC. Both of these projects will also inform a Zoning Map Amendment Package that will advance in 2015. All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452.

Time Event/Milestone Notes
November 2014 Release of initial Mixed Use Zones Preliminary Concept Proposal Identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and other key parameters.
Winter 2015 (tentative) Release of Mixed Use Concept Report and Institutional Campus Concept Report  
Spring 2015 (tentative) Release of Proposed Zoning Code for Mixed Use and Institutional Campus Zones  
Summer 2015 (tentative) Release of Draft Zoning Maps, including Institutional Campus and Mixed Use Zones Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony.
June/July 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Institutional Campus Code Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
July/August 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Mixed Use Code Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony. Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
September/October 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
Fall 2015 (tentative) City Council Public Hearing on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.