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Example Policy Language: Design Quality and Compatibility in Design and Conservation Districts

Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group

July 12, 2012

Example Policy Language:  Design Quality and Compatibility in Design and Conservation Districts

Establish design districts and historic design districts for areas of attractive character within the City.  Use design zones to enhance the character of the area.  Establish guidelines of design acceptability that ensure continuation of each design district’s desired character.  Design guidelines should make the public’s objectives for the design review process clear to those developing property.

Promote the development of areas of special identity and urban character.  Portland is a city built from the aggregation of formerly independent settlements.  The City’s residential, commercial and industrial areas should have attractive identities that enhance the urbanity of the City.

Preserve and support the qualities of individual neighborhoods that help to make them attractive places.  Encourage neighborhoods to express their design values in neighborhood and community planning projects.  Seek ways to respect and strengthen neighborhood values in new development projects that implement this Comprehensive Plan.

Examine and develop desired character statements and standards to enhance the non-discretionary design review process, promote community objectives and provide developers with clear guidance.  Base character statements and standards on the “5 Portlands” approach.