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Early Implementation projects for Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan are here – or coming soon

While the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on July 28 to recommend Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan to City Council, other projects that will help implement the new plan are in the pipeline.

These projects either address a state mandate or implement a key component of the new Comprehensive Plan. They will become effective after the plan is adopted by City Council. The public is invited to learn about and give feedback on the Early Implementation projects, including the following projects that have or will soon have drafts out for review.

Campus Institutional Zoning Project

A discussion draft for the Campus Institutional Zoning Project was released in early August, and the comment period is open until September 14, 2015. This project increases the development capacity of Portland’s college and hospital campuses to accommodate the projected demand for new construction and job growth over the next 20 years, while protecting surrounding neighborhoods from potential negative impacts. A proposed draft is expected in October. Learn more at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/institutions

Employment Zoning Project

The public can expect a Proposed Draft on the Employment Zoning Project on September 21.This project implements new policies to achieve more efficient use of industrial land and mixed employment areas, while also protecting neighborhood livability and watershed health. Outcomes include code changes to Industrial (IG) and General Employment (EG) zones and zoning map changes for new mixed employment areas. Learn more at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/employmentzoning

Mixed Use Zones Project

The Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft is scheduled to be published in late September. This project will develop new mixed use zoning designations and revise Portland’s commercial and central employment zoning codes currently applied in centers and corridors outside of the Central City. The project addresses issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses. The comment period on the Discussion Draft will close on October 30, 2015. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.

Discussion versus Recommended Drafts

Each project presents multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff will first publish a Discussion Draft (including policy, code and/or map changes), which serves as an initial proposal to stimulate discussion. Public comments on this draft may be submitted directly to project staff and are considered when developing the Proposed Draft. The Proposed Draft is staff’s proposal for the public and Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to review. The PSC holds public hearings on the Proposed Draft and invites public comments in the form of written or oral testimony. After considering public testimony and deliberating, the PSC recommends revisions to the Proposed Draft to produce a new Recommended Draft that is forwarded to City Council for adoption.

So far, the Employment Zoning Project and Campus Institutional Zoning Project have both released Discussion Drafts. These drafts are the first opportunity for the public to review new policy, code and/or map changes and give feedback directly to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). Staff will consider all comments on the discussion draft when writing proposed drafts for their projects. The public will then have the opportunity to review the proposed draft and provide testimony to PSC at public hearings. Check the PSC calendar for dates, times and tentative agendas.

Early Implementation Timeline & Commenting

Time

Event/Milestone

Opportunities for providing feedback

If yes, to whom?

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Employment Zoning Project and Campus Institutional Zoning projects

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing a  proposed draft

BPS staff

Summer/Fall 2015

Release of Proposed Draft for Employment Zoning Project

Yes – The public may provide written testimony to the PSC, who will consider it when developing a Recommended Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Mixed Use Zones Project and Zoning Map Update

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing a Proposed Draft

BPS staff

Fall 2015

Release of the Proposed Draft for Campus Institutional Zoning and Mixed Use Zones Projects

Yes – The public may provide written testimony to the PSC, who will consider it when developing a Recommended Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC’s public hearings and recommendations on Employment Zoning and Campus Institutional Zoning Projects

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing or given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Winter 2016

PSC’s public hearings and recommendations on Mixed Use Zones Project and Zoning Map Update

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing or given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

More Early Implementation projects are on their way this fall and winter. Check back here and/or subscribe to the Comprehensive Plan Update E-News by sending an email to pdxcompplan@portlandoregon.gov.