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Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold work sessions on Central City 2035 Proposed Draft, before voting to recommend plan to City Council

Commissioners to discuss topics such as building height, parking, the river, affordable housing bonuses and more

View of Southeast Portland and Mt Hood

On Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m., the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will begin work sessions on the Central City 2035 Plan Proposed Draft. These meetings are designed to help the Commission work through a series of amendments to the Proposed Draft based on public testimony. 

Community members can watch the work sessions on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s YouTube channel

High rise building with ecoroofIn each work session, the PSC and project staff will focus on the details of the big topics in the CC2035 Plan. Building height, the river, transportation and new tools for historic preservation are just a few of the issues to be covered over the next few months.

Work Session Details

At the first work session on September 27, the Commissioners will spend most of their time on building height as it relates to historic resources, scenic views and more. They will also cover green building design and parking.

While the new plan generally retains the existing height pattern, staff have proposed amendments in some areas to either increase or reduce allowed heights. Based on research about building height in certain areas, staff have made amendments to the Proposed Draft for the Commission to consider. 

Building height

At 123,000 jobs and 23,000 households, Portland’s Central City is the region’s economic and residential hub. Those numbers are expected to increase by 40 percent and 165 percent, respectively, over the next 20 years. 

Downtown Portland skyline

Tall buildings in the Central City are needed to support job and population growth. And by locating the tallest buildings along high-capacity transit lines and bridgeheads, we can accommodate growth more efficiently and improve livability. But the amendments related to building height further "sculpt" the skyline to adjust view corridors and preserve historic resources.

Green building and parking in the Central City

With so much new construction in the Central City, we can emphasize green building design for even lower carbon emissions. In addition to requirements for new development to be registered with LEED and other third-party certifiers, the Plan includes proposals for green roofs and bird-safe glazing (glass) in the building design to ensure sustainable development.

And with so many people living, working and recreating in the Central City, parking must be managed. The CC2035 Plan includes strategies to minimize congestion and proposes investments in bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure for more carbon reductions.

Future Work Sessions

Additional work sessions will cover more Central City 2035 elements.

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5 p.m.

All work sessions will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A. Please check the PSC calendar to confirm time and location prior to each work session.

During the November 16 work session, the PSC will discuss river-related topics, such as river setbacks and required vegetation, as well as proposals for new transportation projects and street designations.

Come the new year, Commissioners will continue their work sessions on January 24, starting with the bonus and transfer system and other remaining topics.

Stay tuned for similar stories on this blog about future work session topics prior to the PSC meetings.

Ask the Curbsider Hotline Operator: How do I keep my green Portland Composts! roll cart clean?

Options for keeping a clean green roll cart.

washing a roll cart

Q: How do I keep my green Portland Composts! roll cart clean?

A: As with every chore, it’s either do it yourself, recruit a teenager, or pay someone else to cross off the task from your list.

Get some supplies ready to wash your roll cart: With a little dish soap, a handled brush or old rags and the garden hose, you can make the cart sparkle with some elbow grease.

Please pour the dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

You can also contact your garbage and recycling company to arrange for them to deliver a clean cart for a $12 fee.

Here are some other tips for maintaining a cleaner roll cart:

  • Line the bottom of your green cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.
  • Layer food scraps in between yard debris to reduce odors and to contain messier foods.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in your compost cart to reduce odors and deter insects.
  • Store your cart in the shade in warm weather.

Want to see a video about cleaning your green roll cart?
Check it out online at www.portlandcomposts.com.

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Planning & Sustainability Commission considers amendments to the Zoning Code for mass shelters

Commissioners made suggestions at the conclusion of public hearing on the proposal to increase the number beds and locations for temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness

Staff with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) presented the Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft at a public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on September 14.

Read the minutes of and watch the video of the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing, commissioners deferred making a decision until September 27 and asked staff to consider some changes to the BPS proposal.

Staff have released a memo with their response to these suggestions in anticipation of the September 27 work session. The PSC will determine whether to accept the amendments within the memo prior to making their recommendation to City Council.

City Council will hold a public hearing and consider testimony on the PSC Recommended Draft in early November. 

For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71246, or call Phil Nameny, project manager, phil.nameny@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7709.

Residential Infill Project online questionnaire and open houses yielded 1,400 comments about proposed rules for new development in single-dwelling zones

See what Portlanders said about the RIP draft proposals and learn about next steps for the project as it makes its way to City Council

Over the course of two months (from June 15 to August 15), hundreds of Portlanders reviewed and commented on draft proposals for new regulations in single-dwelling neighborhoods. The proposed zoning for new houses and remodels would affect scale, housing types and narrow lot development in single-dwelling residential areas.

During the eight-week public review period, staff collected more than 1,400 public comments from an online questionnaire, comment forms, chart pack notes at open houses, as well as emails and letters. Thanks to everyone who took the time to learn about the proposals and give feedback, including concerns and suggestions.

A summary report of the feedback on the Residential Infill Project draft proposal is now available on the project website. The summary report includes six appendixes that provide the entire text of the comments received, the notes from the open house Q & A sessions, and demographic cross-tab tables for the questionnaire data.

Read the RIP Summary Report of the Public Comments on the Draft Proposal.

While the comment period has ended, the online open house of draft proposals will be available to review through September.

Next Steps
The project team is using the feedback on the draft proposals to develop recommended concepts for City Council to consider at a series of public hearings in November. The recommended concept report will be available later in October for the public to review.

City Council is expected to give staff direction to develop Zoning Code language that will implement the recommended concepts. The code development process will begin in 2017 and include a Discussion Draft public review period, followed by public hearings at the Planning and Sustainability Commission, before going back to City Council for a final decision. 

For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill. Or contact project staff: Morgan Tracy, project manager, 503-823-6879 or morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov; and Julia Gisler, public involvement, 503-823-7624 or julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov