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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  

Portland City Council Adopts Historic Resources Code Amendments

Historic resources code amendments approved by Council

On March 6, 2013 Portland’s City Council unanimously voted to adopt code amendments that will improve the City’s historic review process and create a quicker, easier-to-understand and more predictable review process for minor home improvement projects in historic and conservation districts. The code amendments go into effect on May 1, 2013.

Read the adopted Historic Resources Code Amendments

In Portland’s nationally recognized historic districts most exterior work on buildings, as well as all new construction, is subject to review. Both property owners and historic preservation advocates have complained that the process is long, costly and burdensome — and may even hurt the cause of historic preservation that the review is intended to ensure. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability developed a new code to address these issues in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), which will enforce the new regulations.

Community members and representatives of the Historic Landmarks (HLC) and Planning and Sustainability (PSC) Commissions expressed support for the amendment package.

“The project team went in and — with ‘surgical precision’ — made the necessary fixes to the City’s regulations around historic resources,” said Paul Falsetto, chair of the Portland Coalition for Historic Resources (PCHR) , a group that represents the city’s historic and conservation districts and preservation professions from across the city.

Carrie Richter, HLC chair, noted that the project "… represents the most feasible way to quickly address stakeholder concerns with respect to historic design review. This project could not address all code concerns and shortcomings. But with an eight-month process and no real budget, we understand that the Historic Resources Code Improvement project cannot serve as a complete overhaul of the code."

Along with the recommended code amendments, the PSC requested the creation of user-friendly handouts to make historic regulations understandable to the general public, and an evaluation in one year of how successful the code amendments are in achieving the project goals. BDS has proposed a fee of $475 for the new review procedure. Council will hear testimony on the fee proposal on March 20, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. (time certain). Contact Rebecca Esau at for more information on the fee proposal. Submit testimony at the hearing or via:

Fax: (503) 823-4571 (attn: Council Clerk)
Mail:1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204