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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2013

CONTACT

Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-9908
eden.dabbs@portlandoregon.gov

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 karla.moore-love@portlandoregon.gov. 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.

Background

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 http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/59974.

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.

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The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), www.portlandoregon.gov/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

Agenda:

  • West Hayden Island work session

Meeting Files:

An archive of meeting minutes and documents from all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50.

My Portland Plan: How is the Portland Plan being implemented through the Comprehensive Plan?

These two long-range plans have overlapping, but distinct, purposes for shaping the future of Portland.

Springwater trail, railroad tracks and the riverRecently, Portland residents have been asking Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff what it means to say the Comprehensive Plan is a Portland Plan implementation project. Others wonder why we need the Comprehensive Plan if we have the Portland Plan.

The Portland Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in 2012, is a strategic plan that provides the public and decision-makers a way to evaluate budget requests and proposed projects against citywide goals.

It highlights four focus areas: equity, education, prosperity and health. Each focus area has a strategy, which includes policies to guide how the City approaches work in that area, and a list of potential actions to take over the next five years.

The Portland Plan was adopted by a resolution. Plans adopted by resolutions serve as a guide for future government action and are not legally binding.

The Comprehensive Plan, however, must be adopted by an ordinance; plans adopted by ordinance are binding.

The Comprehensive Plan is a state-mandated plan to prepare for expected population and job growth as well as infrastructure investments. It will also guide the City’s community engagement practices to ensure inclusion, transparency and equity in the decision-making process around key priorities.

Staff used an open-ended and flexible process during the creation of the Portland Plan to gather feedback from thousands of residents to help shape the future direction of our city. The Comprehensive Plan builds on that input, as well as lessons learned about community involvement.

In addition to new, more detailed policies, the draft Comprehensive Plan includes many of the policies from the Portland Plan Guiding Policies. Once adopted, these will all become binding and guide land use, transportation and investment decisions for the next 20 years.

Key concepts from the Portland Plan are incorporated throughout the draft Comprehensive Plan:

  • The Healthy Connected City strategy is a core component of the Urban Design Framework, as well as the Urban Design and Development and Watershed Health and Environment goals and policies.
  • Issues related to freight movement and providing land for traded sector development are addressed in the Economic Development and Transportation goals and policies.
  • Policies that support youth success can be found in the Housing, Economic Development, Urban Design and Development, Public Facilities and Transportation chapters.

As a legally binding policy document, the Comprehensive Plan is an important implementation tool of the Portland Plan. 

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 psc@portlandoregon.gov 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.