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Commissioners tentatively scheduled to vote on July 14; final Recommended Draft sent to City Council in August
There’s a light at the end of the Comprehensive Plan tunnel! Since last fall, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held six public hearings and nine work sessions for the Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan. In June, commissioners will wrap up loose ends and hold a public hearing on the revised Growth Scenarios Report — sort of an impact analysis of the plan.
On July 14, the PSC is tentatively scheduled to vote to recommend the draft Comprehensive Plan to City Council. Their Recommended Draft will be transmitted to Council in August, signaling the opening of another public comment period.
Planning and Sustainability Commission next steps
The following PSC meetings will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A. Consult the PSC Calendar one week prior to each meeting to confirm times and details.
Tuesday, June 9, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Work session
Tuesday, June 23, 5 – 8 p.m.: Growth Scenarios Report hearing; work session
Tuesday, July 14, 5 – 9 p.m.: Work session; recommendation (vote, tentative)
Once the PSC votes, staff will publish their Recommended Draft (including the goals, policies and land use map) and forward to City Council sometime in August. Portlanders will then be invited to testify to City Council in writing or in person about the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft. Public hearings with Council will begin in the fall. Stay tuned for more information and exact dates moving forward.
Neighborhood office hours offer a chance to chat one-on-one with a planner
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan will establish new rules that affect the size, shape, height and location of shops, apartments, houses and places of employment.
You can learn more about how proposed new rules may affect you and your neighborhood. Throughout the summer, the City’s District Liaisons and other planners will be available to answer questions about the Comprehensive Plan Update; Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions and Employment Land projects; as well as other code development projects focusing on residential infill, accessory structures and more.
Planners will be holding neighborhood office hours around the city. Look for a meeting time near you and come with your questions and ideas.
Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Peninsula Park Community Center
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Saturday, June 13, 12 – 3 p.m.
805 SE 122nd Ave
Thursday, July 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave
Thursday, July 9, 4 – 7 p.m.
Mt Scott Community Center
5530 SE 72nd Ave
Tuesday, June 16, 4 – 7 p.m.
SWNI at Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Wednesday, July 22, 3 – 6 p.m.
Capitol Hill Library
10723 SW Capitol Hwy
Visit the Comprehensive Plans Update calendar to confirm details and find more times and locations for Neighborhood Office Hours in your district as they become available.
Draft zoning concepts focus on new development standards, floor area ratios, design overlays, affordable housing and commercial space bonuses, and enhanced notification requirements
Over the next 20 years, Portland is expected to grow by 123,000 additional households and 142,000 new jobs. Most of this growth will occur in neighborhood hubs and main streets like Hollywood, St Johns, SE Division and NW 23rd, which are home to a mix apartment buildings, ground-floor retail and single family homes. These mixed use centers and corridors will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods.
But new development is not always welcomed by the community. In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launched the Mixed Use Zones Project to address Portlanders’ concerns about the height, size, scale and design of new development in mixed use zones.
The Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ) proposes key changes to the City’s commercial and employment zones to make mixed use areas more attractive and responsive to residents and businesses, while still accommodating expected growth. The largest overhaul of Portland’s zoning code in 15 years, this project proposal includes:
Review the Draft Concept Report
A Mixed Use Zones Draft Code Concept Report has been shared with the project stakeholder advisory committee and is available for public review. The draft comprises several documents, including the entire report, an appendix and a shorter summary for easier reading.
Read the Mixed Use Zones Code Concepts Report here.
The MUZ update is an early implementation project for the new Comprehensive Plan. The zoning regulations will be voted on by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council.
The concept draft is available now and will be followed by a discussion draft this summer. Public comments on both the concept draft and discussion draft will be accepted until late summer or early fall. A proposed draft will be released in the fall, and the Planning and Sustainability Commission will subsequently hold a public hearing. Eventually, the MUZ project will join other code update projects making their way to City Council for consideration and adoption with other tasks to implement the Comprehensive Plan.
For more information, visit the Mxied Use Zones Project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.
Through extensive transportation and land use modeling, the report shows how the new land use plan will increase Portlanders’ access to complete neighborhoods, transit and parks while reducing per capita vehicle miles traveled.
In the next 20 years, Portland will be home to approximately 123,000 more households and 142,000 new jobs.
Portland’s existing zoning and Proposed Comprehensive Plan provide more than enough room to accommodate future residential growth. This means we can choose the best places to focus or prioritize new housing. The recently released Growth Scenarios Report evaluates several patterns — or scenarios — against a set of criteria for new residential development.
The Scenarios Report evaluates both the expected distribution of future growth throughout Portland and the benefits from infrastructure investments identified in the Citywide Systems Plan (CSP) and Transportation System Plan (TSP).
The Growth Scenarios Report shows that Portland’s long-range plan for growth, coupled with transportation and infrastructure investments, makes significant progress toward the Portland Plan’s aspirational goals for 2035.
By focusing growth in vibrant centers and along bustling corridors, the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan helps us reduce carbon emissions, gets people closer to jobs, provides more affordable housing, and creates demand for stores and restaurants. It also makes better use of our existing infrastructure like streets, transit systems, parks and pipes.
As a supporting document for Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update, the Growth Scenarios Report serves as an impact analysis of future development in Portland through the year 2035. Many of the criteria for the analysis come from the Portland Plan Measures of Success adopted in 2012.
Through extensive transportation and land use modeling, the report tells us how the Proposed Comprehensive Plan will perform against measurements for transit and active transportation, complete neighborhoods, access to parks and family-wage jobs, and carbon emissions.
Specifically, the report shows that the Proposed Comprehensive Plan:
Portland can accommodate future household growth and do it in ways that help meet our goals. But providing enough affordable housing, especially for the lowest income households, will continue to be a significant challenge.
The City needs to pursue a coordinated growth and investment strategy to meet its objectives. The growth strategy supports development in high-performing centers and corridors that already have relatively complete infrastructure systems. The investment strategy fills gaps in historically underserved areas to reduce disparities and increase equity.
Against a high bar, the Growth Scenarios Report demonstrates that the land use and investment decisions in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan gets Portland 75 to 80 percent toward our 2035 goals.
Public hearing at Planning and Sustainability Commission
The public is invited to submit testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the Growth Scenarios Report in writing or in person at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Please check the PSC calendar one week prior to the hearing to confirm details.
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