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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Background + Planning Process

Northwest District Parking Plan Background

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 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. This demand impacts livability and business vitality.

Planning Process

In late 2009, the Portland 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, establish a meter fee.

In December 2012, with a 3-1 vote, the Portland City Council approved a Parking Management Plan for Northwest Portland and directed the Bureau of Transportation to begin work on a three-phase, 18-month implementation process. Council documents included Ordinance 185805,  Exhibit A, Resolution 36984 and the Northwest District Parking Management Plan.

However, after community feedback, the Bureau of Transportation was asked to again revise the program. A new Ordinance (186191) was prepared and subsequently approved by the Council in July 2013. Council documents included a new Exhibit A and Amended Resolution 36984, as well as a new map.