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.
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, and establish a meter fee.
In December 2012, 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 (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 was asked to revise the program. A new ordinance, 186191 (PDF, 1.2 MB), was prepared and subsequently approved by the Council in July 2013.