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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

BPS releases WHI Economic and Finance Packet to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Packet provides background information for their March 26th work session

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for their March 26th work session.  This session will be held from 2-5 p.m. (note new time) at the 1900 SW 4th Ave building, 2500A. Materials in the packet include: 1) responses to PSC questions on the topics of economics, finance, and recreation, 2) technical reviewer comments and 3) supplemental letters and memos. The packet is available for public review here.   BPS will provide a second memo that ties together project and mitigation costs at this same link in the next few days.

More information on this work session and future sessions is available on the BPS WHI Calendar.

You can also review the notes from past Planning and Sustainability Commission work sessions.


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

Barbur Concept Plan Heads to City Council for Adoption

City Council hearing date set for April 24, 2013 for the recommended Barbur Concept Plan

On April 24, 2013, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on the Barbur Concept Plan. The Concept Plan identifies seven catalytic focus areas along the six-mile-long boulevard — places where there is a community desire for change — and establishes a unifying vision for this historic transportation corridor as a more accessible, vibrant place.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted unanimously on Feb. 26 to forward the recommended Concept Plan to City Council after hearing from the community. The commission also heard a compelling story about the vision for this important corridor.

That vision takes advantage of existing strengths in each area, situated in four unique segments  (Lair Hill, The Woods, Historic Highway and Far Southwest) and proposes several big ideas to correct current deficiencies and promote public and private investment.

The vision is supported by an economic analysis of what the market would support and when. The report’s key finding is that future high capacity transit (HCT) is a necessary ingredient to making the vision real. Attracting substantial private investment will likely require a significant change to the look and feel of Barbur that only an investment in HCT can deliver.

Barbur Boulevard’s Past

Barbur was first a railroad route that was converted to an auto boulevard in the 1920s, linking downtown to other parts of Southwest Portland. When Barbur became part of the state highway system (99W), early commercial development was tailored to the automobile and traveler services. When I-5 was built in the 1950s, Barbur continued to serve regional traffic — but without the funding and attention that a standalone highway might receive. Consequently, the southwest neighborhoods continue to advocate for basic pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. With Metro's SW Corridor Plan, the time is right to consider how to complete this roadway’s transformation from a rail line, to a highway, and now to a civic corridor that offers an enjoyable place for people to live, work, play and learn.

What’s Next?

A week after the hearing, the City Council will vote to adopt the plan by resolution as non-binding city policy. The plan identifies future actions that will need to correspond to future regional decisions about high capacity transit and other major infrastructure investments in the corridor. This will ensure that Barbur, the adjoining neighborhoods and the City can take advantage of opportunities when they arise to move the community's shared vision forward.

A copy of the recommended concept plan is now available for the public to review.

Your comments for the April 24th hearing are appreciated in person or via:


Fax: (503) 823-4571 (attn Council Clerk)

Mail:1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 140, Portland,OR 97204.

SW Corridor Plan

Metro is leading a comprehensive planning effort to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation. A major component of this effort is to determine the mode of transit (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit) and alignment (e.g. Barbur or I-5). Metro is in the early stages of evaluating alternatives and is expecting to narrow the wide range of alternatives into a handful by this summer. For more information, please visit

The Southwest Corridor Plan is working to schedule the following events and public involvement tools. Once confirmed, the events will be added to the project calendar on the SW Corridor website.

  • SW Corridor Open House, Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:30pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30. Come help Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) develop priorities for future roadway and active transportation investments. As part of Metro's SW Corridor Plan and planning for high capacity transit, a series of roadway and other projects will soon be identified for regional investment in the next 15 years.
  • April online open house If you're not able to make it to the April 25th open house, you can catch up with the Southwest Corridor Plan by working though the online open house, to be posted in mid April.
  • Project bundle evaluation results Evaluation results of the project bundles will be released by mid-May.
  • Opt In survey, May 20 through 28 (unconfirmed) Using Metro's OptIn program, participants will be able to respond to the evaluation results and how they connect to regional and local values. Learn about and join the OptIn panel
  • Community Planning Forum, Thursday, May 23, 6:00-8:00 at the Tualatin library (18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue) Learn more about the evaluation results and offer your thoughts on what priorities should be included in the plan's investment package.
  • June online open house Beginning mid-June, review the initial concepts for the final investment package and offer your comments for the steering committee's decisions on how to move forward.

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Parking Minimums

Recommended zoning code amendments address concerns about new apartments with little or no parking in commercial corridors and along frequent transit lines

City Council will hold a public hearing on the New Apartments and Parking Recommended Zoning Code Amendments for parking minimums on April 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. Public testimony is welcome.

City Council Public Hearing
Recommended Zoning Code Amendments for Parking Minimums
City Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Public testimony will be taken.

Written testimony can 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. 

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.

Read the PSC’s Recommended Draft

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