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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Design Overlay Zone Amendments

  • Portland’s d-overlay gets an update with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments.

  • The Design Overlay zone will encourage development that builds on context, contributes to the public realm, and encourages quality and long-term resilience.

  • The package will implement recommendations from the Design Overlay Zone Assessment.

In 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Development Services (BDS) hired a consultant team to assess the City’s design overlay zone (d-overlay). The result was the Design Overlay Zone Assessment, which included a set of findings and recommendations to improve the process and tools that implement the d-overlay.

Now, BPS and BDS are ready to put those recommendations into action with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Package, which comprises three projects: DOZA Process, DOZA Tools and DOZA Administration. The DOZA Administration project is an ongoing effort by BDS to make the Design Review process more efficient through internal changes at BDS. Examples include increasing staff capacity, managing Design Commission meetings more effectively, and using new tools to facilitate Commission deliberation.   

Contact for DOZA Administration Process Improvements:
Staci Monroe, 503-823-0624,

BDS DOZA Administration Process Improvements

This spreadsheet details the status of recommended administration process improvements and will be updated quarterly.

BPS DOZA Package

The BPS DOZA webpage contains information concerning the DOZA package, project calendar, DOZA final report, how to stay informed as well as news and updates.