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The latest news about RICAP 6, including the current workplan and list of potential amendments.

City Council Passes Majority of RICAP 6 to Second Reading

Short-term rental regulations still being debated; public hearing to be continued

On June 4, City Council chambers were packed with people hoping to testify on the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s (PSC) recommendation for the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6, or RICAP 6 for short. 

After short presentations by staff and PSC Commissioner Katherine Schultz on the code amendments, Mayor Hales opened the hearing to the 78 people who had signed up to testify on the new short-term rental regulations. Much of the initial testimony came from current short-term rental operators for Airbnb and other vacation rental sites. But many people, including neighborhood activists, did not have time to speak. So commissioners voted to extend the hearing for the short-term rental proposal to July 2.

Questions arose about full-house vacation rentals, short-term rentals within apartments and condos, and the effect of short-term rentals on affordable housing. After three hours of testimony, Council decided that additional discussion and a follow-up hearing would be needed on the short-term rental amendments and agreed to the following: 

  • Schedule a work session with staff for June 24 at 10 a.m. to discuss the short-term rental issues.
  • Hold a second hearing on July 2 starting at 2 p.m. to allow more people to testify on the proposal and any subsequent revisions.
  • Forward the remainder of the regulatory amendments from RICAP 6 to a second reading on June 11 because these items did not generate any testimony or changes in the proposal.

Please check the RICAP calendar for additional information on the upcoming events.  For other updates to the short-term rental proposal, please check the RICAP Web Page.

City Council to Hold June 4 Public Hearing on RICAP 6

Recommended Draft includes amendments to short-term rental regulations

The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) Recommended Draft on June 4, beginning at 2 p.m. Public testimony on short term rentals and many other zoning code amendments will be taken at this time.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft is based on input and testimony received during a 3-month public outreach period and a public hearing on April 22, 2014.

RICAP 6 includes many amendments to the zoning code, including changes that:

  • Allow limited modifications of wireless facilities to conform with federal regulations.
  • Clarify regulations on temporary activities such as construction staging, temporary filming and emergency situations.
  • Extending zoning protections to designated historic resources located in the public right of way.

However, the public is most interested in the new regulations for short term rentals. Testimony on any of the recommended code changes is welcome at the City Council hearing on June 4.

City Council Public Hearing on RICAP 6
Wednesday June 4, 2014, 2 p.m.
City Hall – Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland Oregon

View the Recommended Draft: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/490955
View the Hearing Notice: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/490957

For instructions on the City Council Hearing and submitting testimony: www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26979

Planning and Sustainability Commission Recommends Approval of RICAP 6

Package updates regulations and creates a streamlined permit for smaller scale short-term rentals

At their April 22 public hearing, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to approve the Proposed Draft of the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) with a few minor changes. As part of the presentation, staff provided two memos that introduced code refinements to address Radio Frequency Transmission Facilities and further clarify the requirements for sleeping rooms in Accessory Short Term Rentals. RICAP 6 addresses 45 items, ranging from minor policy matters to technical corrections to the Zoning Code, and a few items that were evaluated and deemed not to need any changes.

The Commission divided the hearing into two parts, taking public testimony on and voting in favor of the bulk of the RICAP 6 items first, and then using the remainder of the evening to hear testimony on the proposed short-term rental regulations.

The Commissioners heard both concern about and support for the proposed changes that would allow residents to rent one or two bedrooms in their single-family house or duplex unit to overnight guests with an administrative permit. A summary of the key elements of the Accessory Short-Term Rental proposal is here.

The PSC considered a number of issues but made only one minor refinement to how a household is defined before voting 8-1 to move the remainder of the RICAP 6 package forward to City Council in their Recommended Draft, which will be published in May prior to a City Council hearing in June. Details about the release date of the Recommended Draft and City Council hearing will be posted on this site soon.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Holds April 22 Public Hearing on Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package

RICAP 6 features amendments addressing short-term rentals

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a hearing on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft on April 22, beginning at 6 p.m. Public testimony on short-term rentals and the other proposed code amendments will be taken at this time.

The Proposed Draft was refined based upon input received over seven weeks of outreach during the review of the Discussion Draft. While RICAP 6 includes more than 40 code amendments based on public requests, including improvements to wireless facilities and clarifying regulations on temporary activities such as construction staging, emergency situations and on-site filming, the greatest interest expressed by Portlanders was on the proposed new regulations around short-term rentals.  A summary memo of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal captures the key ideas in support of and opposition to the proposed code amendments and contains staff's responses to questions and concerns.  


Information on the Public Hearing on RICAP 6

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission - Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

Testimony on the  RICAP 6 package will be taken starting at approximately 6:15 p.m. Testimony about topics other than the short-term rental proposal will be taken first, with testimony and commission deliberation on the proposed short-term rental regulations following a recommendation on the other topics.

View the agenda: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc
View the Proposed Draft: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/484884
For detailed instructions on submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

RICAP 6 Proposed Draft Released for Public Comment

A wide range of Zoning Code amendments is headed to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for a public hearing

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft in preparation for the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) public hearing on April 22, 2014. 

This Proposed Draft updates the public Discussion Draft, released in January. The Proposed Draft includes staff consideration of the many comments received over the seven-week outreach period. The bulk of the public comments were on the code amendments addressing short-term rentals. A summary of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal is available and contains City staff’s responses to these issues.

Public Hearing on RICAP 6
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

View the agenda: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc

View the Proposed Draft: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/484884

For detailed instructions on submitting testimony: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

The project team will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the short-term rental proposed amendments on April 8 at 12:30 p.m. No public testimony will be taken at the briefing, but the public is welcome to listen to the staff presentation and hear what questions the commissioners are asking. The briefing will be in the same location as the public hearing noticed above.