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Written testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft being accepted until May 24

Portlanders now have another week to provide feedback on proposed changes to commercial/mixed-use zones outside of the Central City

On Tuesday, May 10, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hosted a large turnout of Portlanders for a public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft. This hearing was continued to Tuesday, May 17, with more than 30 more Portlanders testifying on a variety of issues. At the conclusion of this hearing, Commissioners decided to hold the record open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 for written testimony on Zoning Code changes. The record for Zoning Map changes will remain open until July 12, when the PSC will hold a public hearing on the Composite Zoning Map Proposal.

The PSC invites testimony on this proposal through May 24, 2016, at 5 p.m. in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App (click on Mixed Use Zones).
  • By Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on Mixed Use Zones continued to May 17, 2016

Portlanders can still testify on MUZ Proposed Draft in person or in writing

On May 10, 2016, the Portland Planning Commission (PSC) held a public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft. 

View the PSC Hearing Presentation (5/10/16)

Watch the PSC Hearing Video (5/10/16):

Continued public hearing and testimony opportunities

The PSC will continue the public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft to May 17, 2016, 5 p.m. at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C (2nd Floor):

  • The Commission will take oral testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments at the May 17 hearing.
  • Written and Map App testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Code amendments will be taken through May 17, at the conclusion of the PSC hearing.
  • The Commission will continue to accept testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Project Zoning Map amendments through July 12, 2016, when a subsequent public hearing will be held on the proposed Composite Zoning Map (which will include Mixed Use Zoning Map changes).

The Composite Zoning Map will show proposed zoning designations for all types of land uses: Residential, Commercial/Mixed-Use, Employment/Industrial, Campus Institutional, and Open Space.

Check the PSC Calendar to confirm the date, time and location.  

For more information about the Mixed Use Zones Project and how to testify, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse   

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Recap of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing (3/22/16) – Mixed Use Zones Project, Proposed Draft

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission was briefed on the Mixed Use Zones Project on March 22, 2016.

The Proposed Draft of the Mixed Use Zones Project was released on March 22, 2016. Project staff gave a presentation to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that same day. Commissioners learned about proposed zoning and code changes in commercial zones that would address community concerns about the scale of new development, transitions to adjacent neighborhoods and the need for more affordable housing.

Watch the staff presentation:

Download a copy of the presentation: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/8854197.

Download the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft Zoning Code and Map Amendments report: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/8789980.

Upcoming public hearing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing and take testimony on the proposal on May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500. Check the PSC Calendar to confirm the date, time and location. 

More details about the project and how to testify: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/570213.  

New regulations for Commercial/Mixed Use zones will include incentives for affordable housing and improve transitions into neighborhoods

Portlanders invited to testify on Mixed Use Zone Proposed Draft at public hearing on May 10

Last month, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a Proposed Draft for the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project.

These zoning changes for mixed use and commercial areas will make it easier to develop more vibrant places, increase housing choices, enable businesses to thrive, and help meet the daily needs of nearby residents. The MUZ project will make the commerical/mixed use zoning code easier to understand, ensure new mixed use/commercial buildings fit in better with surrounding neighborhoods, and more effectively encourage new development to include things the community values, like affordable housing.

The project proposes four new commercial zones with varying scales:

  • CM1: 35 feet (three stories)
  • CM2: 45 – 55 feet (four to five stories)
  • CM3: 65 – 75 feet (six to seven stories)
  • CE: 45 feet (four stories)

These four new zones would:

  • Provide incentives for public benefits (affordable housing and affordable commercial space) through bonuses that earn additional floor area.
  • Ensure active ground floor uses, such as retail, in the core commercial areas of centers.
  • Reduce building mass by articulating large façades and limiting building length.
  • Improve transitions to neighboring residential areas through a height “step down.”
  • Address commercial-residential conflicts through landscaping and setbacks.
  • Require neighborhood notification of most new development.

Read the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft; then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Mixed Use Zone Proposed Draft
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through May 10, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
  • By U.S. Mail:
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony

Have questions?

Review the Mixed Use Zones FAQs to see if we’ve already answered your questions. If not, please call the Comprehensive Plan Update Helpline at 503-823-0195. We’re here to help!

New regulations suggested for future development in Mixed Use zones; Proposed Draft ready for review

Public invited to testify at the Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing on May 10

New construction in Portland’s mixed use centers and corridors has been on the rise since the economy turned around, and pent up demand for new housing and commercial development is being met by developers and builders.

While new construction is needed to accommodate Portland’s growing population, not all development has been welcomed by Portlanders. Community members near some of Portland’s developing centers and corridors (e.g., main streets like Division and Williams) have expressed concern about the size and scale of this new construction, as well as the transition to surrounding neighborhoods. Planners have heard that:

  • Rules for building should be easier to understand.
  • New mixed use/commercial buildings should fit in better with nearby neighborhoods and contribute to strong neighborhood business districts.
  • The Zoning Code should more effectively encourage new buildings to have public benefits like affordable housing.

In response, the City of Portland is revising the city’s Commercial zones to improve regulations for new mixed use development.

Read the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft; then testify to the PSC in writing or in person.

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The Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft reduces the number of zones applied to centers and corridors outside Portland’s Central City to four (instead of the current nine): three new Commercial/Mixed Use zones (CM1, CM2, CM3) that vary by the scale of development allowed, and one medium-scale Commercial Employment (CE) zone with a commercial and employment emphasis that is typically applied outside designated centers.

The new zones update development and design standards in a variety of ways to meet the goals of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, respond to different development contexts, and address the needs and desires of a variety of community stakeholders. The new standards create incentives for new development that provide public benefits, such as affordable housing, and address other aspects of design.

Portlanders are invited to attend a public hearing, where the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hear oral testimony on the Proposed Draft.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Mixed Use Zone Proposed Draft
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony. A continued hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday May 17, 2016, at 5 p.m. — location to be announced. 

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through May 10, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email: 
    Email your comments with “Mixed Use Zones Testimony” in the Subject line to psc@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

How were these proposed new rules developed?

The Proposed Draft was developed over the past two years with feedback from the public, including a project advisory committee, as well as technical advisors. Early on, project staff hosted several neighborhood walks to learn what community members think about new development in their neighborhoods, and what could be improved from neighbors’ perspectives. Staff also talked to architects, developers, housing advocates and business people to understand their perspectives and needs.

The project process included multiple committee meetings with public comment opportunity, public workshops, open houses and information sessions, and meetings with other community-based groups. A Discussion Draft was released in fall 2015, and staff received hundreds of comments on the proposed code and map amendments. Open houses, information sessions and advisory committee meetings were advertised and open to the public. Background reports, concept reports, committee meeting notes, and other information was posted on the project website.

Next Steps

Following the public hearings in May, the PSC will hold work sessions in June and July to formulate its recommendation to City Council (remember to check the PSC calendar one week prior to the meeting to confirm). The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption.