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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Bureau of Transportation Staff Reports Available for Upcoming Comprehensive Plan Work Sessions

Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss economic development and employment land, the revised Economic Opportunity Analysis, West Hayden Island and more at February 10 work session

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the Feb. 10, 2015, Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. The reports include staff-recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, in response to public testimony received to date.

The staff reports now available for public review are:

The Portland Bureau of Transportation also posted a staff report to the PSC on the Transportation System Plan, which is part of the Comprehensive Plan Update. This report is intended to inform the PSC hearing on February 24 (starting at 5 p.m.) and Work Session #4 on March 10.  

Staff reports or memos for subsequent PSC work sessions will be available approximately two weeks prior to each one.

Work Session #2

The February 10 work session will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m., and the final agenda will be posted on the PSC calendar approximately one week before the meeting. The public is invited to attend; however, this is a work session for commissioners, so no public testimony will be taken during this or any other work session.

The PSC will, however, accept written comments on the Proposed Draft until March 13, 2015. The public is encouraged to submit testimony as early as possible, but the commissioners will be considering all testimony received through the closing date. Commissioners are community volunteers so they need sufficient time to review such a large volume of testimony. 

Testimony is cataloged, scanned and batched together for delivery to the PSC regularly (approximately every two weeks). Staff then prepares reports that summarize the testimony to date, provide preliminary recommendations on the upcoming work session topics and suggest issues requiring further discussion/deliberation by the commissioners. Due to the quantity of testimony received, there may be a short lag between when a letter is submitted and when it is addressed in the relevant staff report.

View the schedule of planned work sessions.

Charting the Path to New Zoning

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



Charting the Path to New Zoning HandoutThe 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 proposes 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 land use 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.

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

A. 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 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 were 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

All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar.

Date/Time Event/Milestone Address Notes

March 24, April 14, May 12

PSC Work Sessions (no testimony)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

These meetings are open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

April 28 to May 11

Tentative release date for Draft Recommended Plan reflecting PSC directions

  This is a draft of the PSC’s eventual recommendation to City Council,  presented for their review. This staff-prepared draft reflects initial direction from the PSC in previous work sessions, and staff recommendations that the PSC has tentatively accepted.  The PSC will have approximately a month to review it prior to a final vote.  They may make further amendments at the May 26 or June 9 work sessions.   

April 28

3:00 p.m.

Public Hearing on Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

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.

May 12

12:30 p.m.

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 26 or June 9 

Final PSC Work Session and Recommendation (vote)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony on the proposed Zoning Code. Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.

Summer/Fall 2015

City Council public hearings and decision (vote)

 

Check CPU project calendar to confirm 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. All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar.

Time Event/Milestone Notes
November 2014 Release of initial Mixed Use Zones Preliminary Concept Proposal Identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and other key parameters.
Spring 2015 (tentative) Release of Mixed Use Concept Report and Institutional Campus Concept Report  
Spring 2015 (tentative) Release of Proposed Zoning Code for Mixed Use and Institutional Campus Zones  
Summer 2015 (tentative) Release of Draft Zoning Maps, including Institutional Campus and Mixed Use Zones Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony.
July 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Institutional Campus Code Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
July/August 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Mixed Use Code Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony. Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
September-November 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
Fall 2015/Winter 2016 (tentative) City Council Public Hearing on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check CPU project calendar to confirm details closer to the date.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Reports Available for January 27 Comprehensive Plan Work Session

Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss decision-making, Centers and Corridors, non-conforming situations, split zoning and more

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the Jan. 27, 2015, Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. The reports include staff-recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, in response to public testimony received to date.

The first reports available for public review are:

Staff reports or memos for subsequent PSC work sessions will be available approximately two weeks prior to each one.

Work Session #1

The January 27 work session will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500. The meeting starts at 3 p.m., and the final agenda will be posted on the PSC calendar approximately one week before the meeting. The public is invited to attend; however, this is a work session for commissioners, so no public testimony will be taken during this or any other work session.

The PSC will, however, accept written comments on the Proposed Draft until March 13, 2015. Community members are encouraged to review the work session schedule and send their comments about a particular topic to the commission at least eight days before that issue will be discussed. This will allow commissioners time to review relevant testimony before each meeting.

View the schedule of planned work sessions. 

Portland’s Unique Neighborhoods Star in the Latest Centers & Corridors Video

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases newest episode in a series about the City’s growth management strategy

Hot off the “cutting room floor,” the latest episode of Portland’s Centers & Corridors video focuses on the different types of these vibrant hubs and bustling streets. Some of our favorite places in Portland take a starring role; neighborhoods like Sellwood and Montavilla, Multnomah Village, Hollywood and St Johns. And major thoroughfares like Barbur and Sandy boulevards.

Viewers can see computer-generated renderings of the different types of neighborhood, town and regional centers and corridors. The video shows how the size and scale of each determines the types of amenities and services each one can provide Portland’s residents and visitors. And it helps explain why more density and development means more shops, restaurants, transit, parks and civic buildings for people living in and around these compact neighborhoods and vibrant streets.

So take a look, and see if you can tell what kind of center or corridor you live or work in — or would like to. Portland has so many different shapes and sizes of great places. Focusing growth in Centers and Corridors means we’ll be able to create even more.