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Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft to be released in March

The anticipated Proposed Draft for the Mixed Use Zones Project – originally scheduled for publication on February 1 – is now being published in March 2016.

City Council is currently working on amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map through the end of March, after which they will hold public hearings in April and vote to adopt this portion of the new Comp Plan. To help Council and the public maintain focus on this work, the Mixed Use Zones (MUZ) Project schedule has been extended.

Once the MUZ Proposed Draft is released, Portlanders will have roughly two months to review the draft before a public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission, tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2016. Testimony will be accepted in person at a public hearing, and via the Map App, letter or email.

Background

Last September the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) released a Discussion Draft of the Mixed Use Zones Project. This Early Implementation Project of the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan is developing new regulations for development in centers and corridors outside the Central City. The project addresses issues arising with new mixed use buildings, such as mass, design and context, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.

Last fall, project staff presented and discussed the Mixed Use Zones Project with Portlanders at six information sessions and an open house in October 2015. Comments on the discussion draft were accepted via the Map App, letter and email until November 16, 2015. Comments received went directly to project staff for consideration when drafting the Proposed Draft.

For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.