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BPS News: Planning and Sustainability Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking

March 12, 2013, 12:30 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Ave Room 2500A. The public is invited to attend.


March 11, 2013


Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing to consider proposed code amendments for new apartments and parking. The public is invited to attend.

WHAT: Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing on New Apartments and Parking Proposed Zoning Code Amendments

WHEN: March 12, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A, Portland, OR 97201

WHY: 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 proposed code amendments, which are focused on creating minimum parking standards for new large multi-unit buildings.

Read the proposal:

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. 

West Quadrant: Old Town/Chinatown Forum Draws a Crowd

March 8 event brought together people interested in the future of Old Town/Chinatown

On Friday, March 8, more than 70 people attended a community planning forum in Old Town/Chinatown. They heard from project staff, guest speakers Peggy Moretti and John Jay, and discussed the future of the neighborhood. The presentations were well received, and the discussions were lively and respectful. The results and key themes from the forum are feeding into a working charrette on Friday, March 15 and will provide direction for larger West Quadrant Plan. Some of the presentations given at the event are available online. Nicholas Starin from the City presented on the West Quadrant and Old Town/Chinatown History and Planning. Peggy Moretti from the Historic Preservation League of Oregon presented on Celebrating History and John Jay from W+K Garage and Wieden + Kennedy presented on ideas of New Asia and the Creative Corridor.

A flyer for the events in Old Town/Chinatown can also be found online. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the work in Old Town/Chinatown, please contact the West Quadrant Team at  

PSC News: March 12, 2013 meeting recap and documents

Minimum Parking Requirements for Multi-Unit Buildings — hearing / recommendation


  • Minimum Parking Requirements for Multi-UnitBuildingshearing / recommendation

 Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

West Quadrant Plan: Goose Hollow Summary Report Available

Summary of key takeaways from two outreach events in December 2012 is online

As part of the West Quadrant Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two early events in December 2012 to focus on the Goose Hollow District of the Central City. Both the workshop and concept development charrette helped to identify assets, issues and opportunities as well as generate ideas for the future of the area. A Summary Report and Appendix provide a recap of the results from these two events. Some of the highlights from the community input include: 

  • Goose Hollow has many assets that make it a desirable place to live and work, including its central location, historic buildings, neighborhood feel, views, and trees/greenery.
  • There is a desire for the district to become a more active and vibrant place. Participants noted that there is currently no clear center or retail main street within the Goose Hollow area. SW Jefferson was identified as a possible neighborhood main street.
  • There is an identified need for better connections and an improved pedestrian environment that help link Goose Hollow with surrounding areas and make walking and biking in Goose Hollow more enjoyable. 
  • Participants had a desire for more usable open space that serves a neighborhood park function. Adding new open space, as well as repurposing existing open space such as Collin's Circle, were suggested.
  • There is support for redevelopment of the Lincoln High School as an "urban school" with community amenities and potentially a mix of uses.
  • Lastly, there is also a need to consider more flexibility for a broader range of uses in parts of the district (currently residential development is required in much of the area).

The ideas presented in the report will continue to be refined with stakeholders and the Goose Hollow Foothills League in the coming months and will feed into the larger West Quadrant Plan Charrette scheduled for June 2013. For more information about the Goose Hollow planning process, contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at