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LCDC upholds Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan

State land use commission rejects six appeals to adopted plan.

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) voted on March 15, 2018, to reject six appeals that had been filed in December to block elements of Portland's newly adopted Comprehensive Plan. The 20-year plan includes new land use policies, land use maps and zoning, and new public facilities plans.

Appeals from the Multnomah Neighborhood Association cited objections to mixed use zoning in Multnomah Village and the “middle housing” policy adopted with the new plan. The neighborhood association also objected to new community engagement policies adopted with the plan. Another appeal concerned the zoning designation of a property in the Arnold Creek area. 

State officials are now expected to prepare a written order implementing the Commission’s decision. The LCDC decision may be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals. If the LCDC decision is not appealed, the plan will be considered “acknowledged” by the state. 

The plan is scheduled to go into effect on May 24, 2018. 


Map Refinement Project – Testimony period extended through 8 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2018

Community members encouraged to send their testimony via the Map App, email or deliver in person to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

On Wednesday, March 14, the Portland City Council held a public hearing on the Recommended Draft of the Map Refinement Project. Over 30 people testified in person.

Council extended the deadline for written testimony until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. Testifiers may submit their testimony via the Map App, email or in person. 

  • Map App
  • Email:; include “Map Refinement Project Testimony” in the subject line
  • In person: Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201 Attn: Map Refinement Project

Review Testimony as it comes in

Community members can view all testimony as it comes in via the online Testimony Reader.

The next City Council session on the Map Refinement Project is scheduled for April 4, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony. A final vote on the Map Refinement Project is anticipated on May 24, 2018. The map changes will go into effect on May 24, 2018.

The Map Refinement Project is evaluating and amending the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or the Zoning Map designations for a limited number of sites or small areas across the city, based on consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

For more information on this project visit:

City Council to consider existing and new amendments to CC2035 Plan on March 22, 2018

With decisions on these amendments, the Plan will move to a final vote on May 24.

On March 22, the Portland City Council will continue its work on the CC2035 Plan beginning at 2 p.m. time certain. While some of the items on the agenda have been discussed multiple times, there will be two new amendments related to public school sites in the Central City as well as a motion to reconsider the RiverPlace amendments that were voted on March 7, 2018.

Order of business for the session and I. Portland Public Schools amendments:

On March 22, Mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce amendments regarding access to and parking on public school sites in the Central City. These amendments are being introduced because Lincoln High School is in the midst of their redevelopment process, and certain aspects of CC2035 could prevent the school from redeveloping in a way that works for the school.

If there is a second to the Mayor’s amendments, Council will open a public hearing and take testimony on the amendments. Any written testimony on those amendments must be submitted before the close of the public hearing because Council will vote on those amendments once testimony closes.

II. Vote on amendments heard on January 18 (Amendments Report) and January 18 (Additional Amendments) and March 7 (New Amendments
City Council will vote on a variety of amendments that were the subject of public hearings on January 18 and March 7 but have not yet been voted on. The amendments cover the view from the I-84 overpass, the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall, and how to measure "top of bank" (of the riverbank) under structures, among other things.

III. Reconsider and vote on RiverPlace
Commissioner Eudaly indicated that she intends to propose a motion for reconsideration of the RiverPlace Height and Tower Orientation amendments that were voted down on March 7. Because there was public testimony on the RiverPlace amendments on January 18, there will not be any additional public testimony on that item on March 22.

Next Steps

After the March 22 City Council session, project staff plan to prepare a Revised Recommended Draft (based on City Council’s Amendments) and publish it no later than May 17, 2018. On May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., time certain, City Council is expected to vote to adopt the Revised Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan. The final reading is expected to take place one week later. The expected effective date is July 9, 2018.

PSC News: March 27, 2018 Meeting Information and Documents

Solid Waste & Recycling Rates — Briefing; Affordable Commercial Bonus — Briefing; Congestion Pricing — Briefing


  • Solid Waste & Recycling Rates — Briefing
  • Affordable Commercial Bonus — Briefing
  • Congestion Pricing — 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.

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BPS commissions report on updating the citywide Historic Resource Inventory

Consultant report provides background and actionable recommendations for updating Portland’s 34-year-old HRI

In the early 1980s, the City of Portland advanced an ambitious project to survey thousands of potential historic resources across the city. After four years of professional and volunteer effort, in 1984 approximately 5,000 documented properties were adopted onto the resulting Historic Resource Inventory (HRI), a catalog of Portland’s most important architectural, cultural, and historic places. Listing on the HRI honored the significance of certain historic resources and prioritized them for possible future landmark designation.

At the time of its completion in 1984, the HRI was celebrated as a forward-thinking planning tool that documented the places that were most historically significant to Portlanders at the time. However, with the passing of time the inventory has become less geographically comprehensive and representative of the city’s different communities than it once was. Specifically, the annexation of East Portland (little of which was within the city boundary in the early 1980s), advances in national best practice, and a lack of regular additions to the inventory have diminished the HRI’s utility for research and planning. A newly released report provides the City with direction for how to overcome these shortcomings and expand the HRI in the years ahead.

State policy changes and report recommendations provide framework for future inventory work

In response to requests from the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission to update the HRI, BPS recently engaged in several State policy initiatives to pave the way for future inventory work. Among them, in 2016 the Oregon Supreme Court clarified the role of owner consent in landmark designation, and, in 2017, the Land Conservation and Development Commission amended administrative rules to clarify processes for updating historic resource inventories. In light of these changes, BPS engaged a consultant team to study local, regional, and national best practices in survey and inventory and make recommendations for updating Portland’s HRI.

Photo of the Horsehoe House  Report cover

The 1984 HRI documented 5,000 resources, including this 1890 charmer in the Woodlawn Conservation District. A new report provides recommendations for how the City can advance an update to the HRI in the years ahead.

The consultant team’s report offers 14 distinct recommendations for arriving at a more comprehensive, equitable, and useful citywide inventory of significant historic resources. The report, which is available for download as a PDF, will be presented to the Historic Landmarks Commission on March 12, 2018. BPS staff have begun early implementation of several of the report’s recommendations.

Early implementation of recommendations focuses on digital webmap, social media, zoning code

In 2017, student interns Caity Ewers and Lauren Everett digitized the City’s paper historic resource records, reconciled changes that have occurred since the 1984 survey was conducted, and integrated the resultant data into a historic resources webmap. Following the digitization effort, BPS created the Instagram account @Portland1984 to share stories behind some of the more interesting HRI resources. These efforts improved the utility of the City’s previously-outdated historic resources database and strengthened the foundation for future survey, inventory, and webmap projects.


One of the report’s 14 recommendations is to develop an enhanced database and mapping application for historic resources. A historic resources webmap was developed in 2017 to provide access to existing records while a more functional mapping application is being developed by BPS.

In addition to digitizing existing records, in late 2017 BPS launched the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) to improve the City’s inventory, designation, and protection programs for historic resources. Most relevant to Portland’s aging HRI, the project will incorporate recent changes in State administrative rules and codify a process for adopting newly-surveyed properties onto the HRI, changes which are recommended by report authors.

Although BPS has begun implementation of several report recommendations, advancing on-the-ground survey of historic resources will require the City to secure new sources of funding. Towards that end, BPS has applied for a State Historic Preservation Office grant and is requesting that City Council support a one-time budget add package to conduct pilot survey and inventory work in 2018 and 2019.

BPS looks forward to working with the Historic Landmarks Commission, City Council, and the broader community to advance the recommendations provided by report authors to create a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible HRI in the years ahead.