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

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.)

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.  

Mixed Use Zones Project Shares Preliminary Concepts at Public Workshops

Learn more and help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland’s centers and corridors

Community members are invited to learn more about and contribute to the development of new zoning regulations governing commercial and mixed use development in Portland’s centers and corridors. The draft Comprehensive Plan forecasts roughly 50 percent of Portland’s new housing and jobs will occur in these key places throughout the city.


Please join the Mixed Use Zones Project team to:

  • Hear what we’ve learned from public input and research.
  • Learn about the potential zoning components, directions and framework.
  • Share your thoughts on the emerging zoning concepts.

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Dates

November 5, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)

November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave (cafeteria)

Meeting Agenda

6 p.m. – Doors open

6:30 p.m. – Presentation: What we’ve learned; issues and concepts

7:30 p.m. – Work Session: Share your thoughts

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up: Common themes, next steps

9:00 p.m. – Adjourn

(Light snacks provided)

What is the Mixed Use Zones Project?

The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment Zoning Codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City. These zones (CN1/2, CO1/2, CM, CS, CG, CX, EX), in which mixed uses are allowed, were created more than 20 years ago when auto-oriented and low-intensity commercial uses were more common. 

The project will address issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.  An initial concept proposal is being developed this fall.  A more detailed Mixed Use Zones Concept Report is due this winter. Proposed zoning codes are expected in spring 2015. Public hearings on any proposed zoning codes are anticipated in June/July 2015.

Why are we doing this?

Portland is expected to grow — by roughly 122,000 households and 140,000 jobs — over the next 20 years. Where new people and businesses locate is key to supporting and enhancing the qualities that help make Portland an attractive place. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus neighborhood businesses and much of new household growth in mixed use “Centers and Corridors” that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. This will help Portland meet its goals for becoming a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

More information about the Mixed Use Zones Project

Website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse

Email: mixedusezones@portlandoregon.gov

Phone: 503-823-7700

Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR, 97201, Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project  

Charting the Path to New Zoning

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

The 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 includes proposed 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 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.

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

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 nitty-gritty 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

Date/Time Event Address Notes
October 28
5-9 p.m.
Public Hearing PCC SE Campus, Community Hall: 2305 SE 82nd Ave  
November 4
4-8 p.m.
Public Hearing 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500 Testimony about the initial candidate list of projects for the Transportation System Plan is encouraged.
November 18
5-8 p.m.
PSC Work Session (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. The PSC will use this work session to identify the topics for subsequent work sessions in 2015. Check project calendar to confirm time.
January 13
TBD
PSC Work Session on topics TBD (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
January 27
TBD
PSC Work Session on topics TBD (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
February 10
TBD
PSC Work Session on topics TBD (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
February 24
TBD
Public Hearing about the financially constrained Transportation System Plan (TSP) and its relationship to the Comprehensive Plan 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A Check project calendar for details and to confirm time.
March 10
TBD
PSC Work Session on the TSP (written comments only) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm time.
March 13
5 p.m.
Deadline for written comments    
March 24
TBD
PSC Work Session (no testimony) 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar to confirm details.
March 30 Tentative release date for Draft Recommended Plan reflecting PSC directions    
April 14
TBD
Public Hearing on Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis 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
TBD
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 Tentative date for final PSC Work Session and recommendation (vote). 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A This meeting is open to the public. Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
June 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.

Time Frame Milestone/Event Notes
November 5
6-9 p.m.
Mixed Use Zones Workshop for preliminary concept proposal
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500
This will identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and list some other key parameters.
November 6
6-9 p.m.
Mixed Use Zones Workshop for preliminary concept proposal
Jefferson High School cafeteria: 5210 N Kerby Ave
This will identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and list some other key parameters. 
Winter 2015 Release of Mixed Use Concept Report and Institutional Campus Concept report  
Spring 2015 Release of proposed zoning code for Mixed Use and Institutional Campus zones  
April/May 2015 PSC public hearings on Institutional Campus code Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
May 2015 Release of draft zoning maps, including Institutional Campus and Mixed Use Zones Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
June/July 2015 PSC public hearings on Mixed Use code Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
July and/or September 2015 PSC public hearings on the proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.
Fall 2015 City Council public hearing on the proposed Zoning Maps Check project calendar for details closer to the date.

Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing #2 at Parkrose High School

On Tuesday, October 14, 5 - 9 p.m. public can testify on draft plan for the future of Portland as the city grows and changes

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its second public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft at Parkrose High School on Tuesday, October 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Portlanders are invited to tell the commissioners what they think about the draft 2035 plan for Portland as the city grows and changes.

By holding this (and the following) hearing out in the community, the commissioners hope to make it easier for more Portlanders to give their feedback on the proposed draft. The third hearing two weeks later will be in East Portland at the new Portland Community College campus at SE 82nd and Division. The fourth hearing will be downtown.

Public Hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft
Planning and Sustainability Commission

October 14, 2014 at 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street

October 28, 2014 at 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue

November 4, 2014 at 4 – 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A 

If you can’t attend one of the hearings and/or you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that instead.

  • Send written comments to:

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

More than 50 Portlanders testified at the first hearing September 23. And many more packed the meeting room to listen and observe the process. You can read the meeting minutes and written testimony as well as watch the video of the meeting. Then prepare your testimony and tell the commissioners what you think.

Review the Plan

To prepare for testifying, you can review the Introduction, Parts of the Plan and Urban Design Direction, explore the Map App, and/or consult a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also read the PSC’s Tips for Testifying.

And if you have questions, please feel free to call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email pdxcompplan@portlandoregon.gov.