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City Council to consider existing and new amendments to CC2035 Plan on March 22, 2018

With decisions on these amendments, the Plan will move to a final vote on May 24.

On March 22, the Portland City Council will continue its work on the CC2035 Plan beginning at 2 p.m. time certain. While some of the items on the agenda have been discussed multiple times, there will be two new amendments related to public school sites in the Central City as well as a motion to reconsider the RiverPlace amendments that were voted on March 7, 2018.

Order of business for the session and I. Portland Public Schools amendments:

On March 22, Mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce amendments regarding access to and parking on public school sites in the Central City. These amendments are being introduced because Lincoln High School is in the midst of their redevelopment process, and certain aspects of CC2035 could prevent the school from redeveloping in a way that works for the school.

If there is a second to the Mayor’s amendments, Council will open a public hearing and take testimony on the amendments. Any written testimony on those amendments must be submitted before the close of the public hearing because Council will vote on those amendments once testimony closes.

II. Vote on amendments heard on January 18 (Amendments Report) and January 18 (Additional Amendments) and March 7 (New Amendments
City Council will vote on a variety of amendments that were the subject of public hearings on January 18 and March 7 but have not yet been voted on. The amendments cover the view from the I-84 overpass, the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall, and how to measure "top of bank" (of the riverbank) under structures, among other things.

III. Reconsider and vote on RiverPlace
Commissioner Eudaly indicated that she intends to propose a motion for reconsideration of the RiverPlace Height and Tower Orientation amendments that were voted down on March 7. Because there was public testimony on the RiverPlace amendments on January 18, there will not be any additional public testimony on that item on March 22.

Next Steps

After the March 22 City Council session, project staff plan to prepare a Revised Recommended Draft (based on City Council’s Amendments) and publish it no later than May 17, 2018. On May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., time certain, City Council is expected to vote to adopt the Revised Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan. The final reading is expected to take place one week later. The expected effective date is July 9, 2018.

Keep it local at spring Community Collection Events in your neighborhood

These events do not accept household hazardous waste, construction demolition and remodeling debris and asbestos-containing materials.

community collection eventPortland residents can participate in the over 40 Community Collection Events scheduled in the spring. Materials accepted at collection events vary, however your local neighborhood association or community group may offer a combination of bulky waste collection, an onsite reuse section and a litter pickup activity.

For a reasonable donation or fee, you can bring bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, along with items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.

Items not accepted at these events include: Hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected at curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station.

Read more about asbestos-containing materials at the Metro transfer stations.

Need to find contact information for your neighborhood association?
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.  

Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Here are some tips:

  • Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate.
  • For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items.
  • For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up. 



New research by PSU grad student reveals racist covenants across Portland

Researcher seeks help finding historic restrictive covenants in deeds and titles denying people of color the right to own property.

In the early and mid-20th century, restrictive covenants — along with red lining and other racist planning tools — prevented people of color, particularly Black residents, from buying and owning property in Portland. These restrictive covenants were placed in property deeds and titles. And their use was supported by government, landowners, real estate boards, realtors, banks and local neighborhood associations to enforce racial segregation of neighborhoods. Although they are no longer enforceable, many of these covenants are still on deeds today.  

Covenant: “A written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action; the deed conveying the land contained restrictive covenants” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

How did covenants work?

Covenants were used on many of Portland’s originally platted private developments, which served as the only restriction on land uses until Portland adopted its first building code in 1918. These covenants (applied to individual properties as well as larger developments) continued to be used even after 1948, when they were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Examples of racist covenants in Portland include:

“… no person of African, Asiatic, or Mongolian descent shall be allowed to purchase, own, or lease said premise …”

 “… No Negroes, Chinese, Japanese, Orientals, or any person other than the Caucasian race shall rent, purchase, occupy or use and any building on any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different or nationality employed by the owner or tenant. …”

Covenants excluded people of color from creating wealth

Property ownership is the main path to wealth creation for most people in the United States. The effects of this racist tool and others like it have served as an impediment to housing for people of color over the long term. Covenants prevented many from accumulating wealth through purchasing and owning properties that have increased in value over time. In Portland, the racial disparities in homeownership still exist today. An example at right shows a covenant from a 1928 title the forbids people of color from purchasing homes in Palantine Hill. 

Graduate research reveals a part of Portland’s racist history

Greta Smith, a Portland State University Masters student in the Department of History, is studying the history of restrictive covenants in Portland. Through archival research and crowdsourcing, Smith has uncovered 20 racially restrictive covenants in neighborhoods such as Mocks Crest, Palatine Hill, Ferncrest, Laurelhurst and others. Her work is supported by the City of Portland and is based on a similar project at the University of Washington.

Mapping racially restrictive covenants

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has partnered with Smith to create an interactive map showing the location of racist covenants in Portland. The areas with covenants are shown in blue; click on one to see excerpts from the restrictive language as well as link to a Google document with an image of the actual covenant.

Explore an interactive map showing racially restrictive covenants  

Property deeds and titles needed

Smith’s biggest challenge is sifting through thousands of title deeds. The proof of racist covenants is there, but many homeowners do not scan their deeds or titles so they are unaware they exist. If you know of a restrictive covenant, please contact Greta Smith at

Racist housing policies have been a part of Portland’s history for generations and their effects continue to persist in the form of racial disparities in homeownership and wealth, segregation and vulnerability to displacement pressures. As Portland experiences an affordable housing crisis, more conversations about these inequities and their underlying root causes are needed.

Where has the DOZA project been? Portlanders seeking design review want to know.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Process and Tools projects are gearing up for public feedback.

After doing additional research on peer cities and exploring new ideas for Portland, the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package is back. But with a twist.Multi-family housing unit with playground

It consists of only two projects now:
1. DOZA Process
2. DOZA Tools

DOZA Process remains about nine months ahead of DOZA Tools. Some work items that originally were part of the process updates, such as the thresholds, were moved to the tools updates so they can be implemented jointly with the new discretionary design guidelines and objective standards. However, the thresholds update specific to the Gateway plan district remains in the process updates.


DOZA Process is an effort to make the design review process more efficient, predictable and transparent. The project proposes amendments to the Zoning Code that work in conjunction with ongoing administrative improvements being led by the Bureau of Development Services (BDS).

The project proposals:

1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone to reflect the direction of the Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan.
2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
3. Expand options for smaller projects in the Gateway plan district, including the use of standards.
4. Align the Type III Design Review and Historic Resource Review processes with an applicant’s design process.
5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership.

Next Steps

A DOZA Process Discussion Draft will be released April 10, 2018, and comments are welcome through June 1, 2018. Feedback on the Discussion Draft will be considered as staff develops a Proposed Draft, scheduled for release in August 2018. This draft will be considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission in September and October.


DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the design overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will also update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering review. And it may include additional concepts related to the Design overlay zone map and regulations related to civic buildings and character buildings.

Next Steps

A DOZA Tools Concept Report will be released May 2, 2018, and comments are welcome through the summer. Staff will consider feedback on the Concept Report as they develop a Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in November 2018.


Contact DOZA Coordinator Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or

Project website:

Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission now ready for public review

Read about new proposals that will govern how our residential neighborhoods grow and evolve; then testify online or in person to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

As Portlanders, we have an opportunity to update the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods to allow more families and households to live in them — while limiting the construction of very large new houses.

Over the past two years, we had thousands of conversations with hundreds of people. And we heard that Portlanders want to take care of and improve their neighborhoods as the city grows. They want more people to have access to these vibrant residential areas and all the great things they offer — like schools, parks, shops, restaurants and grocery stores.

In response, we’re revisiting the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods so more people can enjoy the benefits of these vibrant neighborhoods. In collaboration with Portlanders from all over the city with many different experiences and perspectives, we’ve created a proposal that allows more housing units to be built in residential neighborhoods, but only if they follow new limits on size and scale.

Review the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft:

Tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) what you think

Via the Map App … by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18

Screen capture of the Map App

Explore the Map App

The Map App is new and improved! In addition to viewing proposed map changes for individual properties, community members (property owners and renters) can now testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App. It’s as easy as sending an email. And once you press “submit,” you can see your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.

Or mail a letter … letters must be received by Friday, May 18
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Residential Infill Testimony
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201

At a public hearing …

You can testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at two public hearings:

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, Oregon

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, Oregon

Learn more about how this proposal might affect your property

The online Map App lets you look up a specific property and see what changes are proposed, but if computers aren’t your thing, you can talk to a planner one-on-one at drop-in hours around town or call our customer service helpline.

Drop-in hours

Stop by and see us at a nearby library.

Location Date Time Address
St. Johns Library Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  7510 N Charleston Ave.
Midland Library Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  805 SE 122nd Ave
North Portland Library Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.   512 N Killingsworth St.
Hollywood Library Monday, April 30, 2018 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.  4040 NE Tillamook St.
Woodstock Library Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.   6008 SE 49th Ave.
Hillsdale Library Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.   1525 SW Sunset Blvd.


We’re ready for your questions. Call 503-823-0195. Interpretation services available.



Or email us at with your questions and a knowledgeable person will respond to you. 

Next Steps

After the PSC hears public testimony and the “record is closed” (no more testimony – written or oral – is accepted), the PSC will hold work sessions in May and June to discuss the testimony and develop any amendments they want to make to the proposals before they vote on their recommendations to the City Council. Council is expected to hold public hearings on the PSC’s Recommended Draft this Fall.

For more information, visit the project website.