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Proposed changes in NW Plan District aim to provide more parking options; public hearing March 8, 2016

Zoning Code changes would require new minimum parking standards for apartments over 30 units and provide new flexibility for shared parking.

On-street parking can be hard to find for customers, residents and employees in the Northwest District. As the popular shopping and dining area along NW 21st and 23rd Avenues continues to develop and more apartments are built in the area, concerns about managing and developing parking options also grow.

On-street parking

To help address the problem, the City of Portland adopted the Northwest Parking Management Plan in 2013 to manage and improve access to the on-street parking supply in the district. Parking meters are now being installed and an expanded area parking permit program was launched last year.  

But what about off-street parking?

On-street parking is only one piece of the parking puzzle. Another other piece is the availability and number of off-street parking spaces in places like garages and apartment buildings. The Northwest Parking Update Project is proposing two Zoning Code amendments to help improve and contribute to the long-term supply of parking options by:

  • Establishing minimum parking requirements for residential development with more than 30 units. This would bring the NW Plan District more in alignment with multi-family parking requirements established for much of the city in 2013. 
  • Expanding opportunities for accessory parking lots to rent out excess off-hour spaces. Parking garages in the NW are sometimes vacant during parts of the day or on the weekend. Allowing these garages to rent space to visitors during off-hours will help ease parking congestion in the area.

See the proposed draft here: Proposed Draft - Northwest Parking Update Project

Come to an Open House to answer questions about the project on Wednesday March 2, 2016, 5 – 6: 30 pm, at Friendly House (1737 NW 26th at NW Thurman).

How can I provide feedback to decision-makers?

The public is invited to provide testimony on this proposal in person at the public hearing in front of the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Northwest Parking Update Project
March 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A (second floor)
Please call 503-823-7700 or check the PSC calendar (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452) for the scheduled time.

Testimony may also be submitted before the hearing in writing via the following:

By U.S. Mail:
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
1900 SW 4th Avenue Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Attn: NW District Parking Update

By email: psc@portlandoregon.gov

By fax: 503-823-7800

Next Steps

The PSC will consider and take public testimony on the Proposed Draft of the NW Parking Update Project on March 8, 2016. The Commission may amend the proposal before they vote to recommend the draft proposal to Portland City Council. That draft of the proposal is called the Recommended Draft.

City Council will hold additional public hearings and take formal public testimony on the Recommended Draft. Council may amend the Recommended Draft before they vote to adopt the proposal. This will likely occur in April or May 2016.

For more information, visit the project website or contact Joan Frederiksen at joan.frederiksen@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-3111.

The Central City 2035 Plan Discussion Draft is released, revealing a fresh vision for the heart of the city just in time for Valentine’s Day

This new long-range plan for Portland’s urban core includes goals, policies, maps and code to ensure a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Central City for all.

At the heart of the city and the region, Portland’s Central City is home to more than 32,000 people and 123,000 jobs in less than five square miles. From the West End and Lloyd to South Downtown and the Central Eastside, its 10 different neighborhoods offer residents, employees and visitors a variety of cultural, educational, employment and recreational opportunities.

But as Portland grows, becomes more diverse and experiences the effects of climate change, the city’s center will face new and increasing challenges.

The Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) aims to meet those challenges, while improving and building upon past plans and traditions. The Plan lays the groundwork for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Central City, where people can collaborate, innovate and create a better future together.

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Review the CC2035 Discussion Draft

Key Elements of the Plan

A place to call home…

More and more people are calling Central City their home. With the transformation of the Pearl District into a thriving, walkable neighborhood, we know the Central City can be more than just a place to work, go to school or recreate. It’s actually a really great place to live. Other Central City neighborhoods are poised to become similarly vibrant (think South Waterfront and the Lloyd District), with housing close to jobs, shops, restaurants, transit, parks and other amenities.

Today, roughly 30 percent of the housing in the city center is affordable. The new plan aims to maintain this percentage with a bonus system to spur the construction of more affordable housing.

Employment Center for the Region

The Plan supports economic development strategies and programs to facilitate economic growth in the Central City. It builds on the connection — created by Tilikum Crossing — between the emerging industries in the Central Eastside with OHSU and PSU and encourages a range of businesses to locate in the area, particularly technology and research/development firms.

What was initially allowed as an interim use on underutilized surface parking lots, food carts have become small business stepping stones and a part of Portland's vibrant culture. The plan recognizes the value of food carts to the economy and calls for developing a strategy to accommodate them in other ways, as surface parking lots transform into mixed use buildings with retail, office and residential units. New transportation infrastructure will support residents, businesses and freight operations. And new land use tools will help expand commerce on and along the Willamette River.

New Bonus and Transfer System

The City’s priorities for affordable housing and historic preservation get a boost with the Plan, which capitalizes on more floor area (FAR) and height — but protects iconic views of Mt. Hood and other treasured sites with firm height limits. The Plan creates a new affordable housing fund and bonus that creates fees to be spent on creating more units for people of all ages and incomes.

Green Loop

For casual cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, a proposed six-mile open space path around the Central City (outside the Greenway Trail) will offer people a chance to stroll, run or ride bikes through parks and neighborhood business districts. The “Green Loop” is part of a larger effort to repurpose public rights-of-way into community spaces. It will connect many of the city’s civic and cultural institutions and link Downtown’s iconic park sequences to the rest of Portland.

21st-century Central Eastside

The 2035 Plan also lays the groundwork for the Innovation Quadrant in the southern end of the Central City, where industry in the Central Eastside Industrial District and academic researchers at OHSU, PSU and others can collaborate and thrive. The Plan can spur new job opportunities for workers with a variety of different interests, skills and education levels and improves access to growing high tech, light manufacturing and software jobs. This will be achieved largely through increased job densities with more flexible employment zones in the Central Eastside.

Height and Views

Finally, the Plan retains the successful building height pattern from 1970 but allows taller buildings along the Transit Mall (SW 5th and 6th streets). It will protect public view corridors of treasured sites like Mt. Hood from viewpoints at Tilikum Crossing and other key vantage points. It establishes height limits and new regulations within historic districts to ensure compatibility with existing historic character. And it retains the basic “step down” to the Willamette River, parks and adjacent neighborhoods, but allows greater height around bridgeheads to increase development potential and activate the waterfront. See the CC2035 MapApp for site-specific information about height and FAR. 

Willamette River and the Environment

New land use tools will help protect, provide access to and activate the Willamette River and its banks. 

Learn more. Join the conversation.

To learn more about the draft Plan, Portlanders are invited to view it online, attend an open house on either the east or west side of the Willamette River … and more.

Attend an open house:

  City of Portland Bldg 1900 SW 4th Ave Olympic Mills Bldg107 SE Washington St
Ongoing lobby displays; staff available daily 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb 22 – 26 Feb 29 – March 4
Open houses with breakout sessions to dig into complex topics Feb 24, 4 – 7 p.m. March 2, 4 – 7 p.m.

Community meetings: Staff will be visiting neighborhood associations, business and trade associations, and other groups during February and March. View the project calendar to see details for scheduled meetings.

Request a meeting or presentation: We will do our best to attend meetings upon request. Email us at cc2035@portlandoregon.gov to request a presentation.

Comment on the CC2035 Discussion Draft
Your feedback is welcome from February 9 – March 31, 2016.

Subsequent drafts of the plan and public hearings

Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft as they develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission, which will hold public hearings in June. The PSC will vote to recommend a draft to City Council, and more hearings will be heard in front of that body in the fall.

Questions? Contact the Central City Team: 503-823-4286, cc2035@portlandoregon.gov 

Motivate change in your community — become a Master Recycler

Apply now for the upcoming spring course, taking place in Clackamas County

Inspire and make a difference while connecting with others who care about our natural resources just like you. Join over 1450 Master Recyclers from Canby to East Portland, Gresham to Sandy and everywhere in between.

master recyclersMaster Recyclers are a volunteer corps who motivate neighbors and coworkers to take action on sustainable consumption, toxics reduction, composting and recycling..

Learn from the Experts
Join 30 fellow recycling enthusiasts in an eight-week course, learning from innovative leaders about topics such as:

  • Sustainable consumption
  • Fixing and reusing items
  • The sharing community
  • Toxics reduction
  • Green building
  • Recycling and compost processing
  • The global markets in which recyclables are bought and sold

During the course you will also tour recycling centers, compost facilities and hazardous and municipal waste sites, to see firsthand how these systems work.

  • WHAT: Clackamas County 8-week spring course and 30-hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. starting on March 30, and two Saturdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 9 and May 7.
  • WHERE: Hosted by Clackamas County, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.
  • COST: $50.00 - Partial and full scholarships are available.
  • Application deadline is March 1st at noon.

Learn more or apply by visiting www.masterrecycler.org

This program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

Residential Infill Project advisory committee addresses scale of new houses and remodels, narrow lots, and alternative housing options during two-part charrette

At a follow-up open house, community members learned more about the project, asked questions and shared concerns.

Charrette

Charrette Work Session and Public Open House  

On Thursday, January 21, the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed issues related to the scale of houses, as well as policy questions about where development of narrow lots is currently allowed and where it should be allowed in the future.

The “charrette” format was based on a collaborative approach to problem-solving, incorporating diverse and authentic dialog from a wide spectrum of project stakeholders. Committee members worked in small groups with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff, along with experts in architectural and urban design, to develop ideas for possible future changes to City code. The charrette concluded at a subsequent SAC meeting on Tuesday, February 2 with an in-depth discussion of alternative housing options.

The public open house following the all-day charrette was attended by more than 30 residents, who learned about the project’s three primary topics (scale of houses, narrow lot development and alternative housing options), the work of the advisory committee, and ongoing opportunities for the general public to be involved in this important process.

Thanks to everyone who attended, shared their interests and concerns, and completed feedback forms. Summaries of the charrette discussions will be available after the SAC has had an opportunity to review them at their next meeting on March 1, 2016.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov.