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DOZA open house May 9; DOZA Tools Concept Report coming soon

Portlanders are invited to learn more about proposed improvements to the Design Review process at an open house May 9; initial concepts for new tools to implement Design Review released on May 7.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project team is sharing proposals to improve design review in Portland. Community members can review the DOZA Process Discussion Draft (available now) and DOZA Tools Concept Report (available May 7), then talk with staff at an open house on May 9.  

DOZA Open House

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines

What’s in the DOZA Process Discussion Draft?

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft is available now; comments are due by June 1, 2018.

DOZA Process proposes ways 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 implements the City’s design review program through the development review process.  This DOZA Process Discussion Draft provides a 60-percent draft of the proposals for public feedback.

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft proposes to:

  1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone and related design chapters to reflect the direction of the new Comprehensive Plan.
  2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
  3. In the Gateway plan district, allow smaller projects to use Community Design Standards as an alternative to a design review.
  4. Align the Type III design review and historic resource review process with an applicant’s design process by allowing phased submittals of materials, requiring early design conferences and ensuring focused commission deliberations and decision-making.
  5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership to allow landscape architects as industry technical experts, and clarify that the public-at-large member is independent of these industries.

Read the DOZA Process Discussion Draft

Staff welcome feedback on the Discussion Draft. Your comments will be considered as we prepare the Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission in August. The PSC will hold public hearings and accept testimony in writing and in person at that time.

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report is scheduled for release on Monday, May 7; comments are appreciated by June 1, 2018, but are welcome through the summer.

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 update the thresholds for design review and consider several additional concepts. This DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a 40-percent draft of these concepts for public feedback.

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Design overlay zone map. Update the map to align with the new purpose statement of the Design overlay zone. This concept would expand the Design overlay zone to all neighborhood centers and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  2. Thresholds. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside.
  3. “Character” buildings. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.
  4. New tools. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.

This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform preparation of the DOZA Tools Discussion Draft this winter.

Questions about DOZA Process or Tools? Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

How to testify on the Residential Infill Project proposals on May 8 and May 15

Tips for testifying to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

On May 8 and 15, 2018, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hear testimony from the public about the Residential Infill Project. The proposals before the Commission would change the rules that shape our residential neighborhoods so that more people can live in them, while limiting the size of very large new houses.

The Commission is committed to effective public involvement and is looking forward to hearing from you. Here are the details on how you can testify in person at the hearings:

  • Commissioners will hear testimony on May 8 and 15, starting at 5 p.m.
  • The hearings will be at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A.
  • Project staff will be on hand starting at 3:30 p.m. to help people sign up to testify.

One spot in line = One two-minute testimony slot

  • Signing up for someone else – If a person wants to sign up for someone else, they will need to get in line again.
  • Groups – If several people represent a group and want to testify together, they all need to be there to sign up for their two-minute slot at the same time. Each person in the group will need to wait in line to sign up individually for their two-minute slot.
  • People representing multiple groups – While the Commission encourages individuals to only represent one group, if a person is representing more than one group, they need to stand in line for each testimony slot. They may not sign up for several slots at once. 

Written testimony may be submitted through the Map App or by sending a letter by May 18 to:

Planning and Sustainability Commission 
Attn: Residential Infill Project
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

For more information about the Proposed Draft, please visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

DOZA Tools Concept Report ready for public review; learn more about DOZA at May 9 open house

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments Package (DOZA) aims to improve design review in Portland; the DOZA Tools Concept Report follows the release of DOZA Process Discussion Draft.

DOZA Tools Concept Report coverThe quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, people-oriented design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places are important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design (‘d’) overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering design review and consider several additional concepts. The DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a “40-percent” draft of these concepts for public feedback.

Read the DOZA Tools Concept Report

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.
  2. Update the Design overlay zone map to align with the new purpose statement of the ‘d’ overlay. This concept would expand the design overlay zone to neighborhood centers without an existing ‘d’ overlay and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  3. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside. This concept is consistent with how the Design overlay zone has been applied over time.
  4. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the DOZA Tools Concept Report and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform development of the Discussion Draft this winter.

Open House

Community members are invited to an open house on May 9 to learn about the DOZA Tools Concept Report as well as the DOZA Process Discussion Draft. Project staff will be available to answer questions and welcome community feedback.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and Streetcar lines 

Staff will also be meeting with community groups and others to share information about the projects and to answer questions. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

How to Comment

Comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report are appreciated by Friday, June 1, 2018, but welcome through the summer. Send comments to Lora Lillard, DOZA Tools Project Manager.

  • E-maillora.lillard@portlandoregon.gov
  • Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    Attn: DOZA Tools
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps

Your comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report will be considered as we develop a DOZA Tools Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in Winter 2019.

PSC News: May 22, 2018 Meeting Recap

Solid Waste & Recycling Franchise Review — Briefing; Better Housing by Design — Briefing; Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Agenda

  • Solid Waste & Recycling Franchise Review — Briefing
  • Better Housing by Design — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) completes public hearings on the Residential Infill Project; extends written testimony until 5 p.m. Friday, May 18

The PSC hears more than six hours of testimony on May 8 and 15. Nearly 140 people testified on proposed rules for new construction in Portland’s residential neighborhoods.

Over the course of two evenings in May, Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission heard 139 people testify on the proposals put forth in the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft. The commission has “closed” oral testimony but will accept written testimony until Friday, May 18.  

Submit written testimony to the PSC by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 via:

  • The Map App; click on the “Testify” button
  • U.S. Mail (note: letters must be received by May 18):
    Planning and Sustainability Commission 
    Attn: Residential Infill Project
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps: Work Sessions

The PSC will conduct several work sessions on the proposals, beginning on May 22. These will likely continue through June. At these meetings there will be no public testimony as Commissioners pose questions to staff and each other, then deliberate on the issues before making a recommendation to City Council.  

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel (click “Video” on the top of the home page for past meetings).

Past PSC meetings on Residential Infill Proposals:

Links to the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft documents:

All the documents are available on the project website. Hard copies of the Project Summary and Volumes 1 and 2 are available at our office at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. The bureau receptionist will mail you a copy if you call 503‑823‑7700.

For more information about the Proposed Draft

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.