Code amendments would address design review, neighborhood contact requirements, shed roof heights, floor area use clarification and more
Regulatory improvement code amendment packages (RICAP) are intended to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. RICAPs address technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving work plan. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is now working on the seventh package of code amendments, and a discussion draft is available for Portlanders to review.
The new RICAP 7 Discussion Draft contains 45 items that are being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement, per community requests submitted via the Regulatory Improvement Request (RIR) Database. Comments from the public on the Discussion Draft are welcome through Feb. 27, 2015.
Project staff will hold an open house on Feb. 10, 2015, from 5 – 7 p.m. to answer questions about the RICAP 7 Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4thAve, Room 7A (7th floor). Staff will also be reviewing the Discussion Draft with the neighborhood coalitions; check the project calendar for more information.
Summary of Potential Amendments
Many of the items in the Discussion Draft reflect simple code corrections or clarifications to ensure that regulations are implemented consistent with the original policy intent. Three items resulted in no proposed amendment after Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff researched and analyzed the issue. The remaining items include either minor policy or more substantive changes to:
- Allow for small changes to approved Type III Design Review cases to be processed through a Type II review.
- Specify that required pre-application conferences must be held prior to submitting the land use application.
- Establish a one-year time limit for the neighborhood contact requirement.
- Clarify how to measure the area occupied by land uses that are limited in size by particular zones.
- Clarify how to measure the height for shed roof structures.
- Allow fences in the commercial zone buffer overlay setback for sites with residential development.
- Allow a conditional use review to establish alternative minimum and maximum parking standards.
- Reorganize the definitions chapter to arrange items alphabetically.
The comment period for the Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.
Staff will incorporate comments received on the Discussion Draft into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing in the spring. The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.