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City Council poised to adopt Central City 2035

Council to consider a few final amendments and prepare for final adoption

At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, City Council will begin the final adoption process for CC2035. While some of the actions Commissioners take will be primarily procedural, they will also consider a few final amendments to the long-range plan for the Central City.

Most of the amendments are minor and technical items that staff identified while preparing the final documents; however, one amendment is to increase height and FAR in the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District.

Read the amendments and the Revised Recommended Draft:  

How did we get here?

The CC2035 Plan has been under development for several years. This is the final step in a public process that involved thousands of Portlanders. The new plan is built on foundational studies and interim plans, including:

  • A Concept Plan
  • Individual plans for the N/NE, West and SE quadrants of the Central City
  • A Bonus and Transfer study
  • The Natural Resource and Scenic Resource Inventory
  • The Willamette Greenway Inventory
  • The Willamette River Urban Design Concept, which led to the development of a Swimming Study and the Eastbank Riverfront Plan. 

Numbers to note

Here are some “fun facts” for the final CC2035 planning process:

  • The Planning and Sustainability Commission held two public hearings and 12 work sessions.  
  • City Council held seven public hearings and 14 meetings/worksessions.
  • In all, more than 1,600 people testified or submitted written testimony on both the Proposed (760 people) and Recommended (972 people) drafts of the Plan.

This background information and public input served as guidance for the development of the Central City 2035 Plan as it evolved over several iterations:  

  • CC2035 Discussion Draft (published February 2016)
  • CC2035 Proposed Draft (published June 2016)
  • CC2035 Recommended Draft (published June 2017)
  • CC2035 Revised Recommended Draft (published May 2018)

This final Revised Recommended Draft incorporates the amendments that City Council made to the plan since they began their review in September 2017.

Here’s the vote!

City Council will be voting to adopt the following documents as they prepare to vote to adopt CC2035 on May 24:

Volume 1: Goals and Policies
The long-range vision for the Central City.

Volume 2A: Zoning Code and Map Amendments
Regulations to implement the plan.

Volume 2B: Transportation System Plan Amendments
Transportation-related policies, performance targets, and street classification maps.

Volume 3A: Scenic Resources Protection Plan
Scenic inventory, analysis and results.

Volume 3B: Willamette River Central Reach Natural Resources Protection Plan (no amendments)
Natural Resource Inventory for the Willamette River Central Reach.

Volume 4: Background Materials (no amendments)
Prior plans and research provided for reference.

Volume 5: Implementation Plan
The City's targets and the actions it will take to implement the Plan.

Volume 6: Public Involvement (no amendments)
Information about the public involvement process that gave rise to the Recommended Draft.

Next Steps

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, City Council will take their final vote to adopt the plan. (Cheers!) This new plan and all its associated regulations are expected to go into effect on July 9, 2018.

A new plan to combat displacement in N/NE Portland

Recently, Nan Stark (North/Northeast district liaison) worked with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, Inc. (PCRI) to develop and launch the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan.

By now, many Portlanders are familiar with the story of African-American displacement from N/NE Portland. From the Vanport Flood and I-5 urban renewal — both of which laid waste to vibrant neighborhoods — to gentrification of the Albina District and surrounds, a close-knit community was set awash on literal and figurative waves of change.

As well, federally sanctioned redlining and predatory lending practices* prevented many Black residents and other people of color from purchasing homes in Albina. So the district — once home to the highest concentration of Black Portlanders — is now a predominantly White and rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood.  

A right to return home

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative Inc. (PCRI) is a local nonprofit, dedicated to building avenues to stability and prosperity for Portlanders of color by making homeownership and affordable housing a possibility for them. The organization recently celebrated the release of the Pathway 1000 plan, an ambitious strategy to bring Black and other Portlanders of color back to the Albina district.  

The plan lays out a path to create 1,000 affordable housing units for African Americans in N/NE Portland over the next 10 years. At least 800 of the newly constructed homes will be sold to new homeowners.

“The overarching goal of Pathway 1000 is to address generational poverty of Black residents and others displaced from N/NE Portland by providing homeownership and rental housing opportunities that create wealth and stabilize families as well as provide living wage jobs for current and future residents of the community,” states PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan.

Partnership with district planner

Nan Stark is the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s District Liaison for N/NE Portland. Over the past three years, she has been working closely with PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick and her staff, as well as several community partners, as PCRI created the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan. Nan acted as the project manager for a Metro grant to develop the plan. She brought in staff from City bureaus and Portland State University to act as a technical advisory committee to assist PCRI and its collaborators as they developed the plan. She will continue to be a resource as the Pathway 1000 plan is implemented, connecting PCRI and its partners with City resources.

Nan says that “through the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, PCRI has chosen a very focused path toward healing some of the hurt caused by the rapid gentrification and displacement that happened in inner North and Northeast Portland over the past decade. The Plan is about creating home ownership and housing stabilization opportunities for members of the community who have been displaced, and the wealth generation that can happen as a result.”

The future of district planning

Nan’s work with PCRI is an example of the direction that district planning is going. District planners are developing deeper and more meaningful relationships with community-based organizations, making local government more accessible to people who are often not engaged in dialogs related to land use and community development. In Nan’s words, “it’s an honor to be able to engage with the community and give people the opportunity to lead the conversation.”

Now that the longer range 2035 Comprehensive Plan and Central City 2035 Plan are in the bag, BPS is exploring ways to do more of this kind of targeted district planning and community development. Stay tuned!

More about PCRI

Established in 1992, PCRI acquired endangered homes, helped secure conventional mortgages to buy them back, and retained other properties as long-term affordable rentals. It exists to protect and maintain affordable, high quality, single-family homes scattered throughout N/NE Portland. The nonprofit also manages and is expanding a portfolio of multiplexes so that underserved Portlanders have affordable housing options within the community.

* Redlining was the practice of marking areas on a map (in red) where banks were forbidden to lend money to people of color to buy a house. Banks practiced predatory lending on people of color but imposing unreasonably high interest rates and unfairly burdensome terms.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) completes public hearings on the Residential Infill Project; extends written testimony until 5 p.m. Friday, May 18

The PSC hears more than six hours of testimony on May 8 and 15. Nearly 140 people testified on proposed rules for new construction in Portland’s residential neighborhoods.

Over the course of two evenings in May, Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission heard 139 people testify on the proposals put forth in the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft. The commission has “closed” oral testimony but will accept written testimony until Friday, May 18.  

Submit written testimony to the PSC by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 via:

  • The Map App; click on the “Testify” button
  • U.S. Mail (note: letters must be received by May 18):
    Planning and Sustainability Commission 
    Attn: Residential Infill Project
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps: Work Sessions

The PSC will conduct several work sessions on the proposals, beginning on May 22. These will likely continue through June. At these meetings there will be no public testimony as Commissioners pose questions to staff and each other, then deliberate on the issues before making a recommendation to City Council.  

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel (click “Video” on the top of the home page for past meetings).

Past PSC meetings on Residential Infill Proposals:

Links to the Residential Infill Project Proposed Draft documents:

All the documents are available on the project website. Hard copies of the Project Summary and Volumes 1 and 2 are available at our office at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. The bureau receptionist will mail you a copy if you call 503‑823‑7700.

For more information about the Proposed Draft

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.

PSC News: May 22, 2018 Meeting Recap

Solid Waste & Recycling Franchise Review — Briefing; Better Housing by Design — Briefing; Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Agenda

  • Solid Waste & Recycling Franchise Review — Briefing
  • Better Housing by Design — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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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Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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DOZA Tools Concept Report ready for public review; learn more about DOZA at May 9 open house

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments Package (DOZA) aims to improve design review in Portland; the DOZA Tools Concept Report follows the release of DOZA Process Discussion Draft.

DOZA Tools Concept Report coverThe quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, people-oriented design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places are important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design (‘d’) overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering design review and consider several additional concepts. The DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a “40-percent” draft of these concepts for public feedback.

Read the DOZA Tools Concept Report

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.
  2. Update the Design overlay zone map to align with the new purpose statement of the ‘d’ overlay. This concept would expand the design overlay zone to neighborhood centers without an existing ‘d’ overlay and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  3. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside. This concept is consistent with how the Design overlay zone has been applied over time.
  4. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the DOZA Tools Concept Report and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform development of the Discussion Draft this winter.

Open House

Community members are invited to an open house on May 9 to learn about the DOZA Tools Concept Report as well as the DOZA Process Discussion Draft. Project staff will be available to answer questions and welcome community feedback.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and Streetcar lines 

Staff will also be meeting with community groups and others to share information about the projects and to answer questions. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

How to Comment

Comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report are appreciated by Friday, June 1, 2018, but welcome through the summer. Send comments to Lora Lillard, DOZA Tools Project Manager.

  • E-maillora.lillard@portlandoregon.gov
  • Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    Attn: DOZA Tools
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps

Your comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report will be considered as we develop a DOZA Tools Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in Winter 2019.