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Written testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft being accepted until May 24

Portlanders now have another week to provide feedback on proposed changes to commercial/mixed-use zones outside of the Central City

On Tuesday, May 10, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hosted a large turnout of Portlanders for a public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft. This hearing was continued to Tuesday, May 17, with more than 30 more Portlanders testifying on a variety of issues. At the conclusion of this hearing, Commissioners decided to hold the record open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 for written testimony on Zoning Code changes. The record for Zoning Map changes will remain open until July 12, when the PSC will hold a public hearing on the Composite Zoning Map Proposal.

The PSC invites testimony on this proposal through May 24, 2016, at 5 p.m. in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App (click on Mixed Use Zones).
  • By Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony

New Community Involvement Program for future planning efforts available for review

Rooted in the Portland Plan's community involvement principles, the proposed program will implement new Comprehensive Plan policies related to community involvement

Renowned for its great neighborhoods, public transit and urban scale, Portland’s livability didn’t happen by accident. City planners – with the help of community members – created Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan in 1980. Portland’s new 2035 Comp Plan involved even more people in the process. Moving forward, how can we ensure that future planning efforts reflect the needs and desires of Portland’s growing and increasingly diverse population?

Goal 1 of state land use law calls for cities to engage the public when creating and updating land use plans. As part of early implementation efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update, a new Community Involvement Program is being proposed that will support staff working to achieve the goals and policies laid out in Chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan. In February, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a Discussion Draft, offering Portlanders a chance to review and provide feedback to project staff. These comments were considered when creating the Proposed Draft of the Community Involvement Program, which is now available for public review. 

Portlanders are invited to testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on the Proposed Draft through June 14, 2016.

Read the Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft; then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or in person.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through June 14, 2016, in writing:

  • By Email: Address your comments with “Community Involvement Program Testimony” in the subject line to psc@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By US Mail:
    Attn: Community Involvement Program Testimony
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland OR, 97201

Why is this important?

Policy 2.16 of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan directs the City to “Maintain a Community Involvement Program that supports community involvement as an integral and meaningful part of the planning and investment decision-making process.” This program, described in the Proposed Draft, will serve as a framework to carry out these policies, providing structure and guidance for staff and community members to continuously learn, adapt and refine practices for meaningful, inclusive involvement.

This project is an Early Implementation Comprehensive Plan project, implementing part of Chapter 2 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Unlike other Early Implementation projects, which primarily implement regulations through code and map changes, this project outlines a new program inside the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This program includes requirements and activities that are already in place, and integrates new ones required by the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, including a new Community Involvement Committee and a manual to guide staff community involvement activities.

Questions? Contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.

 

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on Mixed Use Zones continued to May 17, 2016

Portlanders can still testify on MUZ Proposed Draft in person or in writing

On May 10, 2016, the Portland Planning Commission (PSC) held a public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft. 

View the PSC Hearing Presentation (5/10/16)

Watch the PSC Hearing Video (5/10/16):

Continued public hearing and testimony opportunities

The PSC will continue the public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft to May 17, 2016, 5 p.m. at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C (2nd Floor):

  • The Commission will take oral testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments at the May 17 hearing.
  • Written and Map App testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Code amendments will be taken through May 17, at the conclusion of the PSC hearing.
  • The Commission will continue to accept testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Map amendments through July 12, 2016, when a subsequent public hearing will be held on the proposed Composite Zoning Map (which will include Mixed Use Zoning Map changes).

The Composite Zoning Map will show proposed zoning designations for all types of land uses: Residential, Commercial/Mixed-Use, Employment/Industrial, Campus Institutional, and Open Space.

Check the PSC Calendar to confirm the date, time and location.  

For more information about the Mixed Use Zones Project and how to testify, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse   

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Recap of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing (3/22/16) – Mixed Use Zones Project, Proposed Draft

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission was briefed on the Mixed Use Zones Project on March 22, 2016.

The Proposed Draft of the Mixed Use Zones Project was released on March 22, 2016. Project staff gave a presentation to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that same day. Commissioners learned about proposed zoning and code changes in commercial zones that would address community concerns about the scale of new development, transitions to adjacent neighborhoods and the need for more affordable housing.

Watch the staff presentation:

Download a copy of the presentation: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/8854197.

Download the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft Zoning Code and Map Amendments report: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/8789980.

Upcoming public hearing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing and take testimony on the proposal on May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500. Check the PSC Calendar to confirm the date, time and location. 

More details about the project and how to testify: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/570213.  

Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map Amendment Package Discussion Draft Released

Public invited to comment on proposals for a variety of zoning code and map changes

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a Discussion Draft of a series of proposed Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments to implement new 2035 Comprehensive Plan policies or otherwise respond to Council direction. The miscellaneous code and map amendments considered in this proposal respond to a variety of issues not otherwise addressed in other Early Implementation Projects (e.g., Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Land, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map), which have been presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Specific amendments proposed in the Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map amendment package will:

  1. Allow retail plant nurseries as a conditional use in residential zones.
  2. Preserve rights to one house on lots that were buildable prior to down-zoning as part of the City’s natural hazard mitigation strategy.
  3. Amend multi-dwelling residential zone maximum FAR map (Map 120-17) to include several properties located in close-in Southwest Portland, which changed designations on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map.
  4. Allow established office uses in historic buildings to continue in the R5 zone as an incentive to preserve historic resources.
  5. Amend the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary plan district to limit office uses and expand the area where these limits apply.
  6. Address school district enrollment capacity during Zoning Map amendments, land divisions, and planned developments in a district that has a school facility plan.
  7. Delete requirement for addressing “no-net-loss of housing” policies for quasi-judicial Comprehensive Plan Map amendments and Zoning Map changes.
  8. Update the trail alignments designation on the Zoning Map to correspond to the Major Public Trail alignment adopted in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Learn more about the project background and proposed Zoning Code text and map amendments on the project website.

Next Steps

Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through Friday, May 20, after which staff will consider the input received and prepare an amended Proposed Draft for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for July 26, 2016.

For additional information please contact John Cole, Project Manager at john.cole@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3475.