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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Reports Available for March 10 Comprehensive Plan Work Session

Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss the Transportation System Plan, housing and residential densities

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the March 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.

Reports available for the March 10 meeting are:

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

Work Session #4

The March 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. 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. 

Save the Date: Mixed Use Zones Project Info Sessions

Join us at February events to learn more about the Revised Zoning Concept, including new draft development and design standards

Portlanders can help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland by participating in the Mixed Use Zones Project.

You’re invited to an info session to learn more about the Revised Zoning Concept and share your feedback.

Session #1
February 25, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)
Refined Concept presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Session #2
February 26, 2015, 7:30 – 10 a.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)
Refined Concept presentation at 8 a.m.

These sessions will begin with an informal open house. A presentation on the Mixed Use Zones Revised Zoning Concept will occur at the times noted above. These will be followed by an opportunity for you to talk to staff, ask questions and provide feedback.

The Mixed Use Zones Project will propose new zones and regulations for commercial and mixed use development intended to:

  • Improve height transitions to lower density residential zones.
  • Address building scale and divide the mass of larger buildings.
  • Encourage ground floor activity and commercial uses in key areas.
  • Require more ground floor windows and building entrances.
  • Provide shared or outdoor space for residents.
  • Foster affordable housing and commercial space, historic preservation, plazas and other features.

Staff will present information and ideas on the zoning concepts and use public input to help create the Revised Zoning Concept document.

Project goals and next steps

Over the next 25 years, roughly half of Portland's new housing development is expected to occur in mixed use Centers and Corridors. 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 to address issues that arise with newer more intensive mixed use building forms.

A Mixed Use Zones Preliminary Zoning Concept was released last fall. The Revised Zoning Concept is expected to be finalized in March 2015. After completion of the zoning concept, proposed zoning codes will be developed, with public hearings anticipated in Summer/Fall 2015.

For more information about the Mixed Use Zones Project, please visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse

 

Enough Land for Jobs in Portland? Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis says "Yes"!

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearing on new EOA on April 14

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan ensures the City has enough land for housing and jobs based on projections for population growth and business development. Through the Centers and Corridors growth management strategy, the City can accommodate the need for more housing.

But it’s the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) that helps us determine how much land we need for future employment and then posits ways to meet that goal.

The good news is that the recently revised EOA shows that the policies, infrastructure investments and land use map changes in the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft will support Portland’s economic growth into the middle of the 21st century.

Portland has room to accommodate 142,000 new jobs on 3,000 acres of employment land by 2035. This is in addition to the city’s existing 370,000 jobs.

Meeting Goal 9

Under Statewide Planning Goal 9, Oregon cities must provide enough employment sites of suitable sizes, types and locations to accommodate forecast job growth for the next 20 years. The 2035 Comprehensive Plan will support job growth by creating:

  • An additional 450 acres of development capacity in existing industrial areas through land use changes, public infrastructure investments and brownfield redevelopment.
  • An additional 375 acres of development capacity for major campus institutions, the Central Eastside and Lower Albina industrial districts, and town centers throughout the city.
  • Capacity to expand marine terminals, rail yards and airport facilities.

Industrial Lands and Watershed Health Strategies

Industrial lands are sites that typically allow light and heavy manufacturing, warehousing, marine cargo and other industrial uses. These sites play a key role in supporting and growing middle-skill, family-wage jobs, which generally do not require an advanced degree. They help provide opportunity and income self-sufficiency to the 30 percent of Portland students who do not graduate from high school, as well as the 30 – 40 percent of high school graduates who do not go on to college. This, in turn, helps the City reach it equitable prosperity goals and support a balanced economy.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan accommodates 31,600 new jobs, 22 million square feet of new building area, and 1,700 acres of land development in our industrial districts by 2035.

But much of the industrially zoned land in Portland is located in or near environmentally sensitive areas along the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The proposed plan includes a balanced strategy of goals, policies, infrastructure investments and map changes to both promote economic prosperity and improve watershed health through:

  • Retention and protection of prime industrial land.
  • Intensification of land use and reinvestment in freight infrastructure.
  • Brownfield redevelopment.
  • Private golf course conversion to allow for industrial land and open space.

Maximizing the use of industrial land reduces the pressure to create more sites in environmentally sensitive areas, particularly in the Portland Harbor.

Other Job Growth Capacity Strategies

Other areas of the city are also targeted for job growth, including:

  • Central City Industrial – The SE Quadrant Plan will designate additional capacity in the Central Eastside Industrial District, primarily by expanding industrial office development and limiting retail sales and services. 90 more acres and 10,000 new jobs
  • Campus Institutions – Hospitals, colleges and universities are projected to have the highest job growth over the next 20 years. The new Comprehensive Plan designates these campus institutions as employment districts rather than conditional uses in residential areas to help them expand without encroaching on nearby neighborhoods. 370 more acres and 23,000 new jobs
  • Central City Commercial and Neighborhood Commercial areas have more than enough capacity to accommodate the forecast job growth. 840 more acres and 69,000 new jobs

Read the entire revised EOA.

Public Hearing on the EOA

Portlanders are invited to comment on the revised EOA to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), which will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (please check the PSC calendar to confirm details).  Written comments are also welcome by April 14, either by mail or in writing. See Tips for Testifying for more information.

After the hearing, the PSC will vote to recommend the EOA, which will move onto to City Council for adoption with other parts of the new Comprehensive Plan.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Staff Reports Available for February 24 Comprehensive Plan Work Sessions

Planning and Sustainability Commission to discuss the David Douglas School District and Community Involvement policies at February 24 work session

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a set of Comprehensive Plan staff reports in preparation for the Feb. 24, 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:

At the February 24 meeting, the PSC will hold a work session on the above topics from 3 - 5 p.m., followed by a public hearing of the Transportation System Plan (from 5 - 9 p.m.), also posted as a staff report to the commission.

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

Work Session #3

The February 24 work session on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft (#3) 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. However, the public may testify on the TSP, starting at 5 p.m.

The PSC will continue to 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.

Have Your Say about Future Transportation Projects and Programs in Portland

See the Transportation System Plan updated project list, then testify at a public hearing on February 24

Along with the Comprehensive Plan, the City of Portland is updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP), a long-range plan to guide transportation investments in our community through 2035. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on the TSP on February 24 at 5 p.m. But there are many other ways you can learn more and provide comments on the proposed plan (keep reading!).

Public Hearing: Transportation System Plan
Planning and Sustainability Commission
Tuesday, February 24, 5 – 9 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., 2500A

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has published its recommended project list for the next 25 years. The list includes sidewalks, bridges and road improvements to enhance freight, bike and pedestrian access to neighborhoods and employment centers. This is PBOT’s draft recommendation based on months of public input on transportation system goals, policies and projects. The list shows major capital improvements that could be built in the coming years. It also shows citywide programs like Safe Routes to School, which includes clusters of small projects like filling in sidewalk gaps.

But this is not the end of the process.

Given the need to enhance Portland’s transportation system and the shortage of funds, PBOT needs to hear which projects and programs are most important to community members. Portlanders can show the projects they think should be:

  • Prioritized by adding them to the “constrained” funding list, which shows the projects we can afford to fund within a realistic revenue forecast.
  • Lower priority or shifted to the “unconstrained” list, which includes lower priority projects that may not be funded without substantial new revenue.

View the TSP Major Projects + Citywide Programs Recommendation List. This includes project lists separated by Neighborhood Coalition.

Projects are also viewable on the interactive online Map App, a convenient way to see and comment on all the proposed projects. Be sure to click on the Transportation tab at the top of the page.

Or visit the TSP Online Open House, where you can view information boards and current handouts about the project.

You can learn even more at the TSP web site and view the PBOT staff report to the PSC, which includes an overview of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map as well as the project lists.

The PSC is accepting written comments (via the Map App, letter or email) on the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map changes until March 13. Read the tips for testifying on the TSP.

The public is also invited to testify on the TSP in person at the public hearing with the PSC on February 24, starting at 5 p.m.