The Central City 2035 Plan proposes amendments to Zoning Code Chapter 33.510 among other sections of the zoning code. These amendments would change the shape and height of new buildings or additions that could be built on your property, or may otherwise affect the value of your property. Proposals include:
- Changes to the shape and height of new development. A comprehensive overhaul of the floor area ratio (FAR) bonus and transfer system, including new regulations that prioritize affordable housing, as well as preservation and seismic upgrade of historic resources. Increased bonus height options are proposed along the south Transit Mall extension and at the bridgeheads on both sides of the river. Decreased heights are proposed within public view corridors and in historic districts.
- More flexible employment zones. The Employment Opportunity Subarea (EOS) in the Central Eastside is being expanded to accommodate high tech, light manufacturing, software development and creative industries. Additional allowances for retail and office uses are proposed for in new and existing buildings. Allowing small retail shops in certain parks such as Governor Tom McCall Waterfront and Holladay parks is proposed.
- Other proposed changes. A comprehensive overhaul and simplification of parking regulations are proposed. Some new buildings will be required to meet green building standards. Requirements for increased ground floor windows, sidewalks, plazas and green spaces will help create a vibrant pedestrian environment. Expanding the prohibition of new drive-through facilities across the Central City will ensure pedestrian safety and reduce carbon emissions.