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Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft to be released in March

Public hearing with Planning and Sustainability Commission tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2016.

The anticipated Proposed Draft for the Mixed Use Zones Project – originally scheduled for publication on February 1 – is now being published in March 2016.

City Council is currently working on amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map through the end of March, after which they will hold public hearings in April (see related story) and vote to adopt this portion of the new Comp Plan. To help Council and the public maintain focus on this work, the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project schedule has been extended.

Once the MUZ Proposed Draft is released, Portlanders will have roughly two months to review the draft before a public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission, tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2016. Testimony will be accepted in person at a public hearing, and via the Map App, letter or email.


Last September the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) released a Discussion Draft of the Mixed Use Zones Project. This Early Implementation Project of the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan is developing new regulations for development in centers and corridors outside the Central City. The project addresses issues arising with new mixed use buildings, such as mass, design and context, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.

Last fall, project staff presented and discussed the Mixed Use Zones Project with Portlanders at six information sessions and an open house in October 2015. Comments on the discussion draft were accepted via the Map App, letter and email until November 16, 2015. Comments received went directly to project staff for consideration when drafting the Proposed Draft.

For more information, visit the project website at

City Council begins work sessions on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Commissioners discussing their amendments in February and March; two hearings on them scheduled for April, vote anticipated in May

Today City Council discussed several Comprehensive Plan topics in a work session. The discussion focused on the Urban Design Framework, the Division Design Initiative testimony, the concept of “middle housing,” and potential affordable housing bonuses under consideration with the Central City 2035 and Mixed Use Zones projects. This was the second of four planned work sessions to discuss Comprehensive Plan testimony. 

View materials from the first two work sessions

Commissioners have also now identified potential amendments they are interested in. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has compiled a tentative amendment list to track requested amendments in a consistent format, as we understand them. Staff believe this reflects each commissioner's intent or interest, but the list should be cited as a BPS staff summary and not quoted as the commissioners’ words.

Read the tentative amendment list

City Council will hold additional work sessions to consider testimony on the goals, policies and land use map, as well as discuss amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. An amendments package will be published on March 9 before holding public hearings on Commissioner-sponsored amendments on Tuesday, April 14, 2016.

City Council Work Sessions
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave

Tuesday, January 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Introduction, public involvement, Economic Opportunity Analysis

Tuesday, February 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Centers and Corridors, middle housing, housing affordability

Tuesday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  
Tentative: Nonconforming uses and small commercial nodes, map refinement recommendations, transportation strategy and related policy, transportation projects

Tuesday, March 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tentative: Anti-displacement policy, historic preservation policy, employment and industrial mapping, overview of other selected amendments, Q&A, next steps

Report with compiled commissioner-sponsored amendment proposals will be published March 9, 2016.

City Council Public Hearings on Commissioner-sponsored Amendments
Thursday, April 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2 – 5 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave

City Council Public Votes on Amendments and Findings

Amendment Vote
Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. (2 hours)  

Vote on Findings
Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. (2 hours)

Final Vote
Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Please check the City Auditor’s website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.

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

City Council holds five public hearings throughout the city on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

More than 230 Portlanders testified on the Comp Plan goals, policies and land use map; even more testify via email and the Map App.

Last August, the Planning and Sustainability Commission formally transmitted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft to City Council for consideration and public hearings.

After a series of work sessions, the first hearing on November 19, 2015, took place at City Hall, and more than 70 people provided testimony. Council held the next three hearings at community centers throughout the city.

Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Southwest Portland hosted the second hearing on December 3. The following week the third hearing was held at East Portland’s Parkrose High School on December 10. More than 100 Portlanders provided testimony at these two hearings.

After a break for the holidays, Council held what they expected to be a final hearing on January 7, 2016, at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) in Northeast Portland. But commissioners were not able to hear all 120 Portlanders signed up to testify, so they scheduled a fifth hearing back at City Hall on January 13. Council also kept the record open for written testimony until January 15 at 5 p.m. to ensure enough time for all testimony to be received.

In all, City Council heard 235 people testify on the draft 2035 Plan during five public hearings. Portlanders also submitted testimony in writing and via the Map App. All testimony is now online and will soon be available to review in an interactive database.

Read more about the Recommended Draft testimony.

City Council is now conducting work sessions to discuss key issues in and potential amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, such as centers and corridors, mixed use design and form, housing, transportation projects, employment and industrial land, historic preservation and anti-displacement policies.

Read more about the work sessions and commissioners' amendments.


Public testimony on Recommended Draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan now online

Public can view more than 2,200 pieces of written and oral testimony to City Council on long-range plan for Portland’s growth and development.

A complete set of public testimony on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft is now online for review. Between August 18, 2015, and January 8, 2016, Portlanders submitted more than 2,200 pieces of written and oral testimony about the draft 2035 Plan to City Council. Testimony was given via:

  • Map App = ~700
  • Email = ~1,100
  • Letters = 80
  • In person/verbal = 235 (at public hearings on November 19, December 3 and 10, 2015, and January 7, 2016)

View the testimony files

Comments covered topics from specific zoning requests for private properties to general comments about the City’s stated goals and policies. Some of the most frequent topics included:

  • Concerns around and/or support for potential zoning adjustments as a result of Center and Corridor designations and the Mixed Use Zones Project (particularly Multnomah Village).
  • Support for the redevelopment of brownfields and the decision to keep the status quo on West Hayden Island.
  • Support for the Division Design Initiative.
  • Concerns related to consideration of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) low forecast.
  • Recommendations and observations regarding the character of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas, including desire for denser development.
  • Concerns around equitable access to housing, affordable housing and the mitigation of further gentrification of certain neighborhoods.
  • Support for the preservation of historic buildings through landmark status or small-scale mixed use developments at 2717 SE 15th Ave.
  • Concerns around the closing of Strohecker grocery store in SW Portland and support for restricted commercial use (1984 land use ordinance no. 155609).
  • Concerns around possible five-story mixed use buildings with no parking around 5250 NE Halsey.
  • Desire for farm property at NE 122nd and Shaver Street (Rossi Farm) to be reclassified as R5 instead of R3.

This testimony is being considered by City Council as they discuss key issues and themes during upcoming Comp Plan work sessions. And soon it will be accessible through an interactive database on the Comprehensive Plan Map App. Once the database is live, Portlanders will be able to view comments by specific properties and sort by topic or issue.