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Mixed Use Zones Project: Revising zoning to support vibrant neighborhoods in centers and corridors

You’re invited to share your thoughts during upcoming neighborhood walks

NE Broadway walkPortland is made up of more than 90 neighborhoods, many of which have bustling centers or streets where people can shop, eat, work, play and take transit to jobs. But not all parts of Portland have these kinds of amenities or access to public transportation.

The city’s new proposed Comprehensive Plan is focused on creating more of these thriving, healthy and connected neighborhoods throughout the city, in part by targeting housing and job growth in Portland’s centers and corridors.  Zoning regulations will need to support these functions, as well as promote pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks; create desirable places to live, work and visit; and address the needs of nearby residential areas.

The Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ) will revise the zoning code for commercial and mixed use zones to help create more vibrant centers and corridors. The project is part of Task 5: Implementation for the Comprehensive Plan Update.

To better understand current conditions, issues and community aspirations, the project team has been leading a series of community walks. Community members are invited on these walks to share ideas for how zoning regulations can be refined to help make better places. Your feedback will help staff see zoning issues through a local lens.

We want to know:

  • What’s working well or not so well regarding new development?
  • How can zoning code regulations help support a thriving business environment?
  • What building features, scale or site designs will enhance the character of the area?
  • What design features will create a quality environment for future residents?
  • What are appropriate ways of creating transitions in development scale and activity between mixed use development and adjacent residential areas?

Staff, neighbors and community activists have participated in three walks so far. They have discussed zoning and development in/around:

  • NE Broadway from the Lloyd District to Hollywood
  • SE Division around SE 122nd Avenue
  • SE 82nd Avenue around SE Division

For more information, and for full details on upcoming walks, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse or call 503-823-7700.

Mixed Use Zones Project Hosts NE Broadway Walkabout

The public is invited to walk with planners and share ideas for how zoning changes can contribute to making Broadway a vibrant place

Join community members and City of Portland planners for a walk along NE Broadway to share ideas for how zoning regulations can be crafted to help achieve desired development outcomes. Neighbors, business and property owners, apartment residents — everyone is invited to share their perspectives on how future development can contribute to making Broadway a vibrant place.

WalkaboutWhen: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. until Noon
Where: Meet at the Fred Meyer play park at NE 28th and Weidler Street
Options: Join a walk on NE Broadway east toward Hollywood, or a walk west to NE 16th

The NE Broadway Walkabout is part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Mixed Use Zoning Project. This project will revise zoning code regulations for commercial and mixed use zones to implement the “centers and corridors” concepts that emerged from the Portland Plan and Comprehensive Plan Update. Mixed-use corridors, such as Broadway, are intended to be enhanced as vibrant commercial districts and as places that play an important role in accommodating housing and employment growth. Zoning regulations will need to support these functions, as well as promote development designed to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment; create places where people will want to live, work and visit; and address the relationship to adjacent residential areas. The Broadway walk will be a key opportunity for City staff to consider these zoning and development issues through a local lens.

The types of questions to be considered will include:

  • What’s working well or not so well on Broadway regarding new development?
  • How can zoning code regulations help support a thriving business environment?
  • What scale of development is appropriate, and how might this vary along Broadway?
  • What building design features will enhance the character of Broadway?
  • What design features will create a quality environment for future residents?
  • What are appropriate ways of creating transitions in development scale and activity between mixed-use development along Broadway and adjacent residential areas?

Come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

Several more walkabouts in neighborhoods across Portland are in the works — stay tuned for more details about these events and other ways to get involved in the Mixed Use Zones Project. For information, contact Barry Manning, project manager at 503-823-7965 or barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov.

Next Steps for Comprehensive Plan Update

Milestones and events include more opportunities to learn and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has been guiding the city’s growth and development for more than 30 years. City planners have been working hard to update this long-range plan to ensure the community is prepared to manage expected population and employment growth over the next 25 years.

CPU timelineSomething this important requires robust community participation and plenty of opportunities for all Portlanders’ voices to be heard. Over the past couple of years, City staff have been soliciting public feedback at neighborhood association meetings, open houses, workshops, summer tabling events, community meetings and other events. Public comments have also been received through online surveys and the Map App as well as comment cards, letters and emails.

As we move into the final phases of the project, public input will now be considered through the legislative process — in the form of testimony given at Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and City Council hearings.

See the timeline and process chart for the remaining phases of the project.

Currently, staff are busy preparing the Proposed Plan, incorporating feedback gathered in the latter half of 2013, which is summarized in the What We Heard memo). The Proposed Plan will be released in July, and Portlanders will be able to submit testimony to the PSC at public hearings held throughout the city, beginning in late September. There will be informational open houses scheduled in July and in early September. After considering public testimony, the PSC will forward a Recommended Plan to City Council for consideration in early 2015.

Included in the Comprehensive Plan update process, some Early Implementation projects have begun. These projects represent the last phase of the state-mandated periodic review work plan. Technical experts and dedicated volunteers have been forming committees to discuss revisions to the zoning code, oversee community involvement processes, refine the Transportation Systems Plan, and more.  The July and September 2014 open houses will include information about Early Implementation projects. Additional outreach for these projects will occur in early 2015, before the PSC and City Council hold hearings on those projects.

Stay tuned for announcements of specific open house dates, as well as information about how you can submit formal testimony to the PSC and City Council.