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City Council to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed changes to Titles 11, 18, 32 and 33

Community members can testify on the Code Reconciliation Project in person at the hearing or in writing via email or U.S. Mail.

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Zoning Code Amendments was adopted by City Council in 2016 and included major changes to the Zoning Code. Council also adopted zoning changes as part of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project. Both projects made changes that affect the zoning code and other City titles that reference zoning. The Code Reconciliation Project was created to reconcile differences in these varying codes.

The recently-released Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft includes proposed amendments to Title 33, Planning and Zoning, Title 32, Signs and Related Regulations, Title 18, Noise Control, and Title 11, Trees. These amendments to the zoning code will provide greater consistency with adopted regulations and correct code references. These changes are necessary for proper implementation of land use and development permits and to implement other City codes.

Read the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft

Portlanders are invited to review the Recommended Draft and provide testimony to the Portland City Council at an upcoming public hearing.

Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft
March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

What’s in the Recommended Draft?
Many of the recommended code amendments are technical. References to existing Commercial zones are replaced with the most equivalent new Commercial/Mixed Use zone (C/MU). The changes also incorporate the new Campus Institutional (CI) zones. And they align regulations with Employment and Industrial (E & I) base zone regulations.

Some changes have policy implications or change development allowances because the new zones are not all direct replacements for the current zones. Items with more substantive changes include the following, by title.

Title 33 amendments include the following:

  • Update the adopted C/MU zones to work with new rules in the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Project; implements IH in the new zoning framework.
  • Update Plan Districts to add the IH bonus/offsets or convert existing bonuses to IH approach; apply new E & I zone limits on retail and residential.
  • Apply new setback standards in E & I zones to act as a buffer for interfaces with residential zones and delete the Buffer overlay zone.
  • Amend Conditional Use transportation approval criteria to broaden evaluation factors.
  • Require Self-Service Storage uses in CE zone to be subject to design review; require active uses at the ground floor of Self-Service Storage buildings in some pedestrian and transit-oriented locations.

Title 11 amendments remove references to CS and CM zones that are being phased out. New C/MU zones would be subject to tree code requirements.

Title 18 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing noise regulations. 

Title 32 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing sign regulations. As new zones are not direct replacements, this may affect sign allowances moving forward. 

How to testify
Testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft must be directed to the Portland City Council. You can testify:

In person: March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m., Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

Via email: with subject line “Code Reconciliation Project Testimony”

By U.S. Mail: Portland City Council, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR  97204. Attn: Code Reconciliation Project Testimony

All written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

For more information

PSC News: February 27, 2018 Meeting Information and Documents

R/W #8351: Unnamed Road east of NE 160th Ave — Hearing / Recommendation; Vision Zero — Briefing; Residential Infill Project: Background — Briefing


  • R/W #8351: Unnamed Road east of NE 160th Ave — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Vision Zero — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project: Background — 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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Portlanders gather to discuss designation options for Historic Resources Code Project

Participants discussed options for designating and protecting local historic and conservation districts at the last of four initial project roundtables.

On Feb. 6, 2018, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held its fourth public roundtable for the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP). The last of the HRCP’s initial input sessions, this event asked participants to develop and consider options for local historic district designation. Although no local historic or conservation district has been created in Portland since the early 1990s, new guidance from the State now allows cities to develop local alternatives to National Register designation.

Approximately 40 Portlanders gathered at the North Portland Library to discuss options for the designation process and regulatory framework that might characterize a new program for local historic resource designation. Conversations revealed an interest in community-initiated nominations, designation by an affirmative majority vote of property owners, and district-specific design guidelines or standards. A summary of the event, including participants’ transcribed comments, is now available.

North Portland Library

The venue for the Feb. 6 roundtable was the North Portland Library, a 1912 building built in the Jacobethan style. The library was identified in the 1984 Historic Resources Inventory as an architecturally significant building.

Concepts collected at the HRCP’s first four roundtables will inform planning staff in their development of zoning code language for the inventory, designation, and protection of historic resources. While all concept development roundtables have now been completed, comments will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, after which time City staff will begin formulating code concepts. If you were unable to attend a public roundtable or would like to contribute further, please consider completing the project’s online survey. Interested persons are also invited to join the historic resources program email list for regular project updates, including opportunities to provide comment on the discussion draft zoning code when it is released in the spring.

February 6 event

Approximately 40 Portlanders attended the fourth Historic Resources Code Project roundtable. Image courtesy Addam Goard. 

City Council to hold public hearing on Map Refinement Project

Public invited to testify on recommended Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map changes on March 14.

The Map Refinement Project will evaluate and amend the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map on specific sites for consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Following City Council’s direction to explore additional map changes in December 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability kicked off the Map Refinement Project in April 2017. A Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, followed by public review and comments. Project staff subsequently released a Proposed Draft in September 2017. This was followed by a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in October 2017, which drew 176 items of testimony. On November 14, 2017, the PSC voted on their recommendation to City Council.

With the release of the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft to City Council, the public will have time to review the PSC’s recommendations and provide testimony to City Council through winter/early spring.

Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft
March 14, 2018
2 p.m., time certain
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Council will hear testimony on the Map Refinement Project Comprehensive Plan designation and zoning map changes. Additional hearing dates may be scheduled.

See the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft.


Individuals will have two minutes to speak and may sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. on March 14. Sign up is first come, first served. Each person in line can sign up for one 2-minute testimony slot.

You may also testify by:

Map App

Email:; include “Map Refinement Project Testimony” in the subject line

U.S. Mail
Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Attn: Map Refinement Project Testimony

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

Next steps

Following the public hearing, Mayor Ted Wheeler will “close the public record” (i.e., in person and written testimony will no longer be taken). Council will then deliberate on the project at one or more additional sessions. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony. A final vote on the Map Refinement Project is anticipated in May 2018. The map changes will become effective potentially in June 2018.