Portland's Northwest District is a dense and active urban neighborhood situated north of West Burnside Street and west of I-405. The area is home to several busy corridors where commercial and institutional uses are concentrated, surrounded by residential areas.
Because the Northwest District is a destination neighborhood, it handles a large volume of traffic from visitors. Along with the area’s residents and employers, these visitors create a higher-than-usual demand for on-street parking.
The Northwest Parking Plan was developed over the course of several years through hard work and collaboration among city staff and area residents and businesses.
The Bureau of Transportation prepared the latest ordinance, 186191 (PDF, 1.2 MB), which the Portland City Council approved in July 2013. Council documents also include Exhibit A and Amended Resolution 36984 (PDF, 983 KB), and an updated map.
The planning process began in late 2009, when City Council asked the Bureau of Transportation to address the parking challenges in the area by developing an ordinance that would create a meter and permit district, and establish a meter fee.
In December 2012, City Council approved an initial Parking Management Plan for Northwest Portland, with documents including:
- Ordinance 185805 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Exhibit A (PDF, 91 KB)
- Resolution 36984 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Northwest District Parking Management Plan (PDF, 12.8 MB)
After receiving feedback from the community, the Bureau of Transportation revised the program, resulting in the current, fully approved Northwest Parking Plan.