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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Draft update to design zones out for public discussion

The Discussion Draft for the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project is out and ready for review through April 12, 2019.

Neighborhood retail street scene

Portland’s Design overlay zones are getting an update, and project staff wants your input. The project’s Discussion Draft has launched, and public comments are welcome through April 12, 2019.

The DOZA project will revise the rules and processes that some new buildings go through to ensure people-oriented design serves residents, workers, and visitors in our most vibrant places.

Read the Discussion Draft documents.

Please send feedback or questions to

Open houses across the city

Open House

March 16, 2019 2-4 p.m.
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St
TriMet: Line 15

American Institute of Architects Open House

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4-7 p.m.
403 NW 11th Ave
TriMet: Line 77, Portland Streetcar

Design Week Open House

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4-7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue (1st floor lobby)
TriMet: Multiple bus lines
MAX Green/Yellow line
Portland Streetcar

Come learn more, offer your feedback, and ask staff questions at any of the following open houses—including one we’re hosting as part of the Design Week Portland festival.

For other scheduled meetings, check the project calendar.

Staff is also available to attend community meetings upon request. Contact Kathryn Hartinger at or (503) 823-9714.

Next steps

In the spring, staff will consider the comments received on the Discussion Draft and refine it into a Proposed Draft. The Design Commission and Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold joint public hearings in summer 2019.

Event RESCHEDULED for March 5th: 82nd Avenue Study Community Open House

The 82nd Avenue Study Community Open House is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 6-8:00 p.m. The event will be in the same location, Portland Community College – Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Community Hall Annex.

Please help us spread the word and invitation to others.

Portland Community College (PCC) has been very accommodating and swiftly helped us get our event rescheduled in advance of our PSC hearing on March 12. Thank you PCC!

We hope to see you Tuesday evening.

For more information, please visit the 82nd Ave Study website:

PSC News: March 26, 2019 Meeting Recap

Willamette River Greenway Inventory Update – Hearing / Recommendation; I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project – Briefing


  • Willamette River Greenway Inventory Update – Hearing / Recommendation
  • I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project – Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

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.


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.

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Residential Infill Project one step closer to City Council

Planning and Sustainability Commission votes 5 - 4 to recommend new rules for more units and smaller buildings in Portland's neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission made a few final amendments to their Revised Proposed Draft and voted 5 – 4 to allow more types of housing in single-family neighborhoods. The vote followed several work sessions about the impacts of the Commissioners' initial amendments, which increased the number of allowed units on lots in single-dwelling zones. Their amendments also expanded where these additional units would be allowed citywide, with some exceptions for natural resources and hazards.

After discussing the projections for increased housing units with the proposed changes and the potential impact on vulnerable households, Commissioners voted to recommend the proposed changes to City Council. These changes will allow more housing options in Portland’s neighborhoods, including duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.

The proposals would also create options for homeowners to add more ADUs to their property in most R2.5, R5 and R7 single-dwelling zones. These additional units, along with limits on building mass and scale, will provide Portlanders more housing choices at lower costs and within a smaller building "envelope" than the large single houses currently replacing demolished homes. 

Addressing displacement

While all the Commissioners expressed concerns about displacement occurring under current rules, the majority of the Commission found that the project would provide multiple benefits for Portland’s future housing needs, while also reducing displacement pressure citywide. Several Commissioners thought the proposals did not do enough to address potential displacement concerns and voted against the package.

View the March 12 PSC work session (RIP starts at 00:32:00; PSC vote with individual commissioners’ closing remarks start at 2:43:00).

You can also view the Power Point presentation, with several charts and graphs to help explain the difference between several analyses of the project and projected outcomes. 

Next Steps

The PSC’s Recommended Draft of the Residential Infill Project, including their amendments to the Revised Proposed Draft and an updated Map App, will be published later this spring. City Council hearing(s) are tentatively scheduled for September. More information about the schedule will be shared as details are finalized.

For general information about the project

Visit the website:

Or give us a call:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879

  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

Take hard-to-recycle items to the Green Days recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for this community recycling event.

Join Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers on Saturday, April 6, 2019 for a Green Days community recycling event in Portland. Drop off items and participate in activities for you and your family. Meet Trail Blazers personalities, win tickets and other prizes. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Weidler Street in Portland. Be Cart Smart, the City of Portland’s residential recycling education program, will be on hand in the Vendor Village to answer recycling questions and share waste reduction ideas.

foam blocks

Accepted materials include: Plastics bags and wrap, Styrofoam, batteries, electronics and cardboard.

Acceptable items for Agilyx: All forms of Polystyrene (#6) including Styrofoam. No starch peanuts, Polypropylene or Polyethylene foam.

Acceptable items for Free Geek: Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems – and Oregon E-Cycles program items like computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards and mice. Find out more about what is and isn’t accepted.

Give back! The Oregon Food Bank will accept your cans and bottles for donation through the Bottle Drop fundraising program. 

Learn more about Let’s Go Green Together.