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See what new multifamily and mixed-use buildings will look like by watching these digital animations

Movies help people envision how new design standards and guidelines will make larger buildings more attractive and people friendly; deadline for comments on Discussion Draft extended to May 1.

Last year it was the Green Loop; this year it’s our Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project featured at Design Week Portland.

During the week-long festival of all things design related, the DOZA team held an open house to share three digital animations showing what draft Design Standards would look like in “real life.”

Because the project is updating design tools for multi-dwelling, commercial and mixed use projects, the videos depict different building types in various parts of the city. Click on a video below and do a “flyover” of apartments and mixed use commercial buildings in the following areas of the city:

What are the digital animations based on?

Prior to releasing the DOZA Discussion Draft, project staff worked with three architectural design teams to illustrate the results of new proposed design standards in areas of the city with different characteristics, such as geography and slopes, street patterns and lot size.

These drawings illustrate how regulations can shape building projects and how new design standards can respond to different contexts.

All the consultant teams’ analysis and drawings are available to review in Appendix B: Consultant Testing of Draft Guidelines and Standards of the DOZA Discussion Draft.

There’s still time to weigh in!

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the DOZA Discussion Draft so far.

We’ve extended the comment period to May 1, so more people can review the videos and proposals and share their feedback.

What do you think? Send your comments to by May 1.

Questions? Contact Kathryn Hartinger at or (503) 823-9714.

Smart City PDX prepares information privacy guidelines to support next generation of digital services for city government operations

At Portland City Council in May: Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles

Smart City PDX, in collaboration with Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office and the Office of Equity and Human Rights, is taking a new set of guidelines to Portland City Council to help protect private and sensitive data managed by the City of Portland. These privacy and information protection principles emerged from the need that local governments must prioritize and plan for emergent information technologies used in government services. Together, we are building the next generation of digital public services and we want all Portlanders to participate in these processes and their benefits.

people discuss smart cities pdx

The meaning of the City Council resolution

If City Council approves the resolution, city staff at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Office of Equity and Human Rights will be empowered to work with other City of Portland bureaus to identify and develop a process for creating, reviewing, an implementing and strengthening equitable and anti-discriminatory policies and procedures that promote the Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles. This would include determining the staff and budget resources needed to implement this process as part of an overall Data Governance strategy for the City. Additionally, staff would be directed to make recommendations to assure community involvement in the review of City procedures, practices and policies.

Portland city government collects data and information for different purposes and we need to assure equitable services while following our values for racial equity and providing access to people living with disabilities and other marginalized communities as a critical component in assessing outcomes. These same communities can also be more vulnerable to the misuse of data, which highlights the importance of safeguards that guides institutional practices and informs the community of our commitment to their privacy.

Resolving complex issues that our city faces like homelessness, traffic congestion and people’s mobility, transition to clean energy, and safe spaces for all may require multiple agencies to exchange data. Without clear rules, and resources devoted to managing data and information with modern standards, this type of agile, responsible data sharing won’t be possible.

One of the main priorities in our Smart City PDX program is to implement best practices in information management that make the City of Portland a better and more trusted steward of data. Developing these principles took the involvement of city staff from our information security, legal and equity teams, and experts involved on privacy efforts at the City of Seattle and City of Oakland. After our first draft was ready last year, it took several months to get feedback from community members, technical advisory bodies and all bureaus, resulting in the draft resolution to be submitted to City Council.

The balance between transparency, privacy and data utility can also be complex

The City of Portland’s Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles include asking ourselves about the value of collecting personal information in the first place. The goal is to make sure the City only uses data for a well-defined purpose that brings value to the community. By promoting transparency in how data and information is used, our City can make sure to provide a fair, equitable and accountable processes in the services we provide.

City Council will consider the Citywide Privacy and Information Protection Principles resolution on June 19. Read the proposed principles here. For more information about the work on privacy and these principles send an email to: or visit www.smartcitypdx.comSign up to receive project updates by email. 

Meet our new director, Andrea Durbin

Director Durbin joined the BPS

BPS welcomed Andrea Durbin this month and, as expected, she is already diving into her role as director. As staff get to know her, we also thought the wider community would appreciate a little insight into what Andrea thinks about the planning and sustainability issues facing Portland. 

Q and A with Andrea

1. With over a decade of environmental leadership and action in Oregon, you have experienced some major successes for the state and the City of Portland. What stands out to you as a success you are most proud to have been a part of?

I am most proud of the leading work I have done on climate change in the state. While we still have more work to do, Oregon is leading nationally toward making the shift to a zero-carbon economy. We have adopted policies to drive toward 100% clean, renewable energy and set a deadline of 2030 to get coal out of Oregon’s energy mix. We are cleaning up our fuel supply with Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, which is also cleaning up our air and providing consumers with cleaner choices to fuel their vehicles. These policies are cornerstones for transitioning to a more resilient economy and reducing carbon pollution that affects the health and livability of our community.

2. The City continues to experience growth that is adversely impacting low-income and communities of color. Where do you see opportunities to reduce harm and provide equitable access to housing?

One of the reasons I am excited about this job is the opportunity to work on affordable housing in Portland and to be more intentional about protecting the most underserved communities from being harmed, and for these same communities to benefit and be lifted as we adapt and grow as a city. This will include updating zoning policies to provide more options for housing that will accommodate different needs of families, from multi-generational families to first-time home buyers and renters.

BPS is working on two important policies that we will be bringing to City Council in the coming months – Better Housing by Design and the Residential Infill Project. Together, these new policies will provide more housing options for Portlanders at lower cost and generally reduce displacement across the city by increasing the supply of housing. We will also be working together with our city and community partners to develop anti-displacement strategies to provide more support for Portland families that are at risk of displacement in certain parts of the city. 

With more and more people moving here, the growth expected over the coming decades requires us to be very intentional about how we ensure that all Portlanders, especially communities of color and low-income families, have opportunities to build wealth and stay in their communities.

3. Where do you see the opportunity for advancing climate action in Portland?

While Portland has been a real climate leader, we will need to step up that action over the next decade. According to the latest science, the next decade of action will be critical for reducing the impact and harm our community will see from climate change. One of the biggest areas to tackle next for Portland will be how to transition to a clean transportation system and reduce the pollution that impacts the health of our communities, especially the communities that bear the burden of environmental pollution: communities of color and low-income communities. We will need to ensure that our transportation system provides clean choices and expands options, access and affordability for all Portlanders. 

With the passage of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative by voters, we are working closely with community partners to develop an effective program to invest in the clean energy transition in communities across the city and help communities of color, low-income and small businesses withstand the impacts of climate change by investing in energy efficiency, clean energy and resiliency programs. We think that this program can be a model for other cities across Oregon and the country. 

I look forward to working with the Mayor and the City Council to update Portland’s Climate Action Plan over the next year to respond to the scientific call for faster action on climate.

4.  What is your biggest hope for the people of Portland?

My hope is that Portland will be a welcoming city for everyone. We’ll have housing and economic choices for new comers and old timers to stay in the city, with housing that is affordable. We will be a more diverse and inclusive city with stronger connectivity between communities. As we grow and welcome more people to Portland, I hope that we manage and address this growth in a way that retains what we love about Portland and want to keep: our unique neighborhoods, our livability, our parks and an engaged, caring community. 

We know that 20 years from now, our city will look and feel different, but it should be even better. We can make decisions today that enhance what our city will feel like tomorrow while safeguarding some of our core values – such as protecting the urban growth boundary, parks and open spaces, increasing access to the outdoors, creating walkable, complete neighborhoods and increasing transportation choices that are safe, accessible and clean. 

My hope is that we can think big, bold and plan for the future we want to see for this great city.

Lightning Round

Favorite Portland Park: Forest Park is one of the city’s treasures.

Favorite Bridge: I generally take Steel bridge or Broadway on my bike commute and love to cross the river each day to work. But St. Johns and the Tillikum bridge are my favorite bridges to look at lit up at night.

Favorite city event: Summertime Music Concerts in the Parks. I love packing a picnic and enjoying music on a summer evening with friends and family.

Favorite restaurant: Depends on my mood and the company. My kids and I love Ethiopian (Beta-Lukas) and Indian (Indian Oven or Hello India). Mediterranean Exploration Company is one of my personal favorites.

Favorite workout: I love barre and spinning. I haven’t tried Burn Cycle yet, but hope to soon.

Last book I read: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate and wine. 

PSC News: May 14, 2019 Meeting Recap

Introduction of New BPS Director Andrea Durbin – Briefing / Smart City PDX Privacy and Information Protection Resolution – Briefing


  • Introduction of New BPS Director Andrea Durbin – Briefing
  • Smart City PDX Privacy and Information Protection Resolution – Briefing

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