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PSC News: October 13, 2015 Meeting Information and Documents

R/W #7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent; Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing


  • R/W ##7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent
  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing

Meeting files

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

Eagerly Awaited Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft Released

Public invited to share feedback with City planners about new regulations that will guide the “look and feel” of Portland’s growing centers and corridors.

Based on public input, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has developed a Discussion Draft of new regulations for mixed use zones. The Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft includes draft Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments for community review and feedback.

Review the Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft

The code amendments in the Discussion Draft would replace the current array of commercial zones with a smaller number of new commercial/mixed use zones. The new regulations would accommodate growth and development in centers and corridors while addressing community concerns about building massing and design, transitions to lower density zoning, outdoor space and ground floor uses. They would also provide incentives for affordable housing, affordable commercial space, plazas/community gathering places and sustainable development.

The Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft represents evolving thinking and is an initial proposal to stimulate community discussion.

Staff will gather public comments on this Discussion Draft to inform the development of a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in early 2016 for their consideration, public hearings and a vote.

See the Mixed Use Zones Project component of the Comprehensive Plan Map App to find out where the new commercial/mixed use zones are proposed to be applied:

Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Monday, November 16, 2015:


Write:    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

              Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project

              1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100

              Portland, OR  97201

Learn more at Mixed Use Info Sessions and an Early Implementation Open House
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is hosting a series of public information sessions on the Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft as well as an open house on all the Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation projects (see list below). Please check the Comprehensive Plan Update calendar to confirm dates, times and locations at

CENTRAL – Info Session
Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Room 2500 A/B

CENTRAL – Info Session
Thursday, October 8, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Presentation at 8:30 a.m.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Room 2500 A/B

SOUTHEAST – Info Session
Monday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis Street, Portland

SOUTHWEST – Info Session
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Wilson High School – Cafeteria
1151 SW Vermont Street, Portland

(Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Land and more)
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
PCC Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building – Room 104
705 N Killingsworth Street, Portland

EAST – Info Session
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Floyd Light Middle School – Library
10800 SE Washington, Portland

For more information, visit the project website at


News release: Mayor Hales Joins Local Businesses to Kick Off Climate Week

The goal: To get at least 50 Portland businesses to join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions. (Tuesday, SEPT. 22, 2015)

Mayor Hales Joins Local Businesses to Kick Off Climate Week

Mayor Charlie Hales this week announced his Business Climate Challenge. The goal: To get at least 50 Portland businesses to join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions.Mayor Hales kicks off Climate Week

And several Portland businesses already have stepped up to the challenge, including Elephants Delicatessen, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Indow, Trillium Asset Management, CH2M Hill, Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Moda Health.

The challenge is just one of a package of initiatives driven by the city, or going before City Council for Climate Week, Sept. 21 to 25.

“There’s this notion that the City of Portland is green, but that the business community is opposed,” Hales said. “That might have been true once, but not today. Today, members of our business community share our city’s values of equity and livability.”

One such business is Hopworks Urban Brewery.

“Mayor Hales’ climate challenge strikes at the heart of our mission,” said Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster and Founder of Hopworks. “For eight years we have proven that it is possible to have a sustainable, environmentally conscious business and be profitable. Today we join the Oregon Business Climate Declaration and commit to further examine every inch of our operation, creating efficient processes that lead to reduced environmental impact.”

Susan Anderson, director of the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, said Climate Week includes a series of events and initiatives hosted in New York City but with a global reach that connects cities, businesses, nations, organizations and individuals to address climate change. The week falls between the Vatican’s climate change summit in July, and the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, part of the Dec. 4 Paris Climate Conference, hosted by Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, and Michael Bloomberg, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Carbon emissions in Portland have declined 14 percent since 1990, well ahead of the national trend. Portland’s experience suggests that cities can reduce emissions as their economies and populations grow.   “Portland’s work on climate is not limited to one week—in fact, it stretches back more than two decades,” Anderson said. “Collectively, we are making some real progress. We also recognize that we have a long way to go.”

Hales, Anderson and other city leaders kicked off the Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge with a Tuesday press conference that includes representatives of a wide array of progressive businesses.

More than 200 Portland businesses—and more than 400 across the state —have signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration. Portland now is asking businesses to add their names to that list and to take specific steps in their operations to reduce emissions.

Thanks to Portland’s leadership on climate policy, Hales was invited to the Vatican summit in July and to the unveiling of the White House’s Clean Power Plan debut in August.

Portland adopted its Climate Action Plan in 1993 and, this year, updating it with new, ambitious goals. Since 2013, the city’s per capita carbon emissions are 35 percent below 1990 levels. Total carbon emissions are 14 percent below 1990.

Equally importantly, many of the same things that are reducing carbon emissions are creating jobs and making Portland a better place to live. Portland and Multnomah County now have 12,000 clean tech jobs, an increase of 25 percent in the last 15 years. Meanwhile, businesses leaders continue to retrofit their buildings, keeping energy costs down and creating decent jobs.

“We’ve created a city where businesses have an opportunity to grow, to create jobs, to support worker

Mayor Charlie Hales Commences First Meeting of the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee

First SAC meeting signals formal launch of the code update project to address infill development in single-dwelling neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the kickoff meeting of the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project.

Chief Planner Joe Zehnder thanked SAC members before introducing Mayor Charlie Hales.

“The Residential Infill Project is a top priority of mine, and Portland will be significantly shaped by recommendations made by this SAC,” he addressed the committee. He highlighted local economist Joe Cortright’s assessment that “the U.S. has a city shortage,” which requires innovative solutions that maintain city character and meet growing preferences for urban living. “We need to ensure that as growth happens, it happens in a way that contributes to the livability of our neighborhoods.”

Staff then gave a short project overview covering the land use planning framework and the three project topic areas (scale of houses, alternative housing options, and narrow lot development). Facilitator Anne Pressentin (from EnviroIssues) then led an exercise to identify key background and core values of SAC members as related to residential infill issues. While the SAC represents a variety of interests and geographies, the exercise illustrated many commonalities among the SAC members.

The next Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting will be held on October 6, 2015, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500. SAC members will review their draft charter and spend most of the meeting talking about scale of houses, learning about the city’s development standards and how they are applied. The public is welcome to attend and offer comments and observations at the end of the meeting.