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City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking Minimums

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.


March 28, 2013


Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.

WHEN: April 4, 2013, 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

HOW: Portlanders may testify in person at the event. Written testimony can also be submitted to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Emailed testimony can be sent to Testimony must be received by April 4. Those who send a letter or email must include their name and address, and the letter or email must be received by the time of the hearing.


The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing regarding new apartments and parking on March 12, 2013. The commissioners heard testimony from a variety of stakeholders and community members on a proposal presented by City staff. Following public testimony and deliberations, the PSC recommended minor changes to the proposal.

In the last year, there has been an increase in new multi-dwelling buildings along commercial streets in Portland's close-in neighborhoods, including projects that do not include off-street parking. These projects are being built under current City policies and Zoning Code provisions. Some community members have reacted with concern about the number of these projects and lack of parking, while others have expressed support for current policy. At the direction of City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have put together the recommended code amendments, which are focused on creating minimum parking standards for new large multi-unit buildings.

For more information or to read the FAQ, please visit the project web page at

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 


PSC News: March 26, 2013 meeting recap and documents

West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session


  • West Hayden Island work session

Meeting Files:

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

BPS Releases Amended Proposed Draft for West Hayden Island

Document updates previous drafts

On April 9th, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) released the Amended Proposed Draft  for West Hayden Island at a Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) briefing. The document represents the third draft of proposals for the planning and annexation of West Hayden Island, in response to the City Council's resolution (No 36805).  In August 2012, BPS released the first draft proposal for PSC consideration. In November, 2012 a second draft was released, which responded to further input from the project Advisory Committee. The PSC held two public hearings in November 2012 and discussed the draft proposal in a number of work sessions in early 2013. 

This third draft responds to initial direction from the PSC and will be the subject of an additional hearing on May 7, with a work session and possible vote to be considered on May 28. Upon receipt of a recommendation from the PSC, the City Council may consider this proposal.

The hearing on May 7 is open to the public and testimony will be taken on the draft proposal. You can submit testimony to the PSC by emailing them at or by mailing a hard copy of your comments to PSC, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201. To find out more about how to testify in front of the PSC, download their tips for testifying page. 

Read the WHI Amended Proposed Draft.

Read the Memo to PSC summarizing the changes.

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: United Nations chooses Portland to host World Environment Day for the United States

e-newsletter, April 2013

This year, Earth Day in Portland will be celebrated in the spotlight of the United Nations. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected Portland as the North American host city for this year’s World Environment Day on June 5, 2013. Established by the UN General Assembly in 1972, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 120 nations, focusing international attention on environmental issues.

In the 45 days from Earth Day (April 22) to World Environment Day, a variety of public events will celebrate Portland’s leadership in sustainability and green living. The City and UNEP are encouraging community groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals to join in by organizing or participating in public events during this time. Follow events for UNWED at and on Facebook .

From Portland’s Solarize and energy efficiency programs to our world renowned green building services, green streets and curbside composting and recycling program — which has reduced household garbage by nearly 40 percent — we have a lot to celebrate this year. Hosting the United Nations World Environment Day is a great opportunity to showcase Portland’s story and legacy of leadership to the world.


So how did we get here today?

In the 1990s and 2000s, many new efforts were begun by Portlanders that focused on sustainable building, energy and water efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, biking infrastructure, solar and wind power, stormwater management, and creating walkable, connected neighborhoods.

In 1993, Portland became the first U.S. city to adopt a climate action plan for its entire community. At that time, few Americans cared much about what was then called “global warming.” The focus of the plan was to reduce carbon emissions — but to do it in a way that would help families save money, reduce local air pollution, cut operating costs for businesses, and build more livable, walkable neighborhoods.

The 1993 plan has been updated regularly and has been a success. Per capita carbon emissions are down by more than 25 percent, with total emissions down six percent (below 1990 levels). At the same time, carbon emissions in the United States have increased by about 10 percent.

In response to this increasingly urgent need to shift to a low-carbon economy and community, in 2009 Portland adopted a new Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing 1990 level emissions by 80 percent. To reach that goal, the City has focused on both innovative and practical solutions in such areas as transportation and land use, energy efficiency, renewable energy and solid waste reduction.

Portland is moving in the right direction, and the gap between Portland’s success and the U.S. average tells a compelling story — that American cities can be both prosperous and reduce carbon emissions.

What’s Next for Portland?

Achieving an 80-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 remains a very ambitious goal. Proposed new efforts on the horizon include:

  • More bikeways and an additional seven miles of light rail.
  • Enhanced energy efficiency programs.
  • New rules for energy performance disclosure for commercial buildings.
  • More solar and wind power generation.
  • Investments in district-scale energy systems and community-owned solar energy installations.
  • Improved zoning and a new Comprehensive Plan that focuses on creating more healthy, connected neighborhoods.
  • More technical assistance for companies pursuing sustainable operations.
  • The City’s first climate preparedness plan.


Portland’s success relies on its strong partnerships between residents, businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions and other governments. Together these individuals and organizations work to be a catalyst for action, as they continue to seek new partnerships with cities around the world.

This is our chance to shine and our challenge to stay in a leadership position. It’s also a chance for the rest of the cities in the world to push us forward toward greater innovations. How will you celebrate Earth Day?

Susan Anderson

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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability