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RICAP 6 Discussion Draft now available for review

Comment period on code amendment package open until February 21

Regulatory improvement code amendment packages are intended to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. The Regulatory improvement code amendment packages (RICAP) address technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving workplan. The new RICAP 6 Discussion Draft contains 45 zoning code items that are being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement, per community requests. Comments from the public on the Discussion Draft are welcome until February 21, 2014.

Read the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) 6 Discussion Draft

Summary of Contents

Many of the items in the Discussion Draft reflect simple code corrections or clarifications to ensure that regulations are implemented consistent with the original policy intent. Nine items resulted in no proposed amendment after Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff researched and analyzed the issue. The remaining eight items include either minor policy or more substantive changes to:

  •  Create a permit to allow one- and two-bedroom bed and breakfast facilities in residential zones.
  • Revise the City's cell tower regulations to be consistent with federal law.
  • Address additional temporary activities relating to construction staging, building relocations, and commercial filming.
  • Extend resource enhancement standards for certain drainage district restoration projects to other areas of the Columbia Slough.
  • Allow unexpired revocable permits to continue as nonconforming situations.
  • Allow Regional Arts and Culture Council-approved public art in lieu of commercial ground floor windows without a separate adjustment request.
  • Apply historic resource review for designated historic resources in the public right-of-way.


Comments on the 45 items can be submitted by mail at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201; FAX: 503-823-7800; or email

The comment period for the Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Open House

Staff will hold an open house on Feb. 11, 2014, from 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m. to answer questions about the RICAP 6 Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B (2nd floor). Staff will also be reviewing the Discussion Draft with the neighborhood coalitions; check the project calendar for more information.

Next Steps

Staff will incorporate comments received on the Discussion Draft into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing in the spring. At the hearing, the PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.


Central Reach Workshop Summary now available

Report captures ideas from Willamette River Central Reach public workshop

In December, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability solicited public input on how to improve and enhance the Willamette River area in downtown Portland. Staff summarized the ideas generated over the two-day workshop in a report, which includes several concept maps.

Download the Willamette River Central Reach Workshop Summary Report

At the workshop, more than 70 participants discussed how to ensure a robust river economy, environmentally healthy river and vibrant waterfront districts along the Willamette River in the Central City. In addition to a written summary of the event and comments received, the report contains three illustrations representing emerging themes from the each topic area, such as denoting major riverfront activity hubs, human access to/in the river with habitat areas, and commercial and recreational boat mooring locations.

Next Steps

Project staff will present the report and results of the Central Reach Workshop at both the West Quadrant and SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, on January 21 and March 6, respectively. An Urban Design Concept for the Willamette River Central Reach that builds on many sources including workshop results will also be presented to the West Quadrant SAC.

Other Opportunities to Comment

A draft urban design concept plan map for the Central Reach will be posted on the Central City 2035 (CC2035) website in late January. It will depict overarching and specific place-based aspirations for the central riverfront area. This concept will be a guide for the future and for the development of implementing policies and strategies and regulations related to the Central Reach and the Central City overall. Comments on the concept plan may be given at the SAC meetings or through written comments to Debbie Bischoff at

This information is currently being used to inform draft policies and action items for Westside neighborhoods that abut the river. Public review opportunities for the West Quadrant policies will be available in the next few months. The Central Reach Working Group (CRWG), which will continue meeting in the next few months, is an open-membership group and anyone can attend and comment on the draft concept at the CRWG meetings or contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946.

SE Quadrant SAC Discusses Land Use Direction for the Central Eastside

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meets on January 16

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. Discussion regarding industrial lands, the mix of uses, and desired character of subareas will all be a part of the 3rd SAC meeting on January 16th. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda and background materials. The 4th SAC meeting will be a continuation of the land use discussion, as well as an introduction to transportation issues.

The next two SAC meetings have been scheduled:

  • SAC Meeting #3: Thurs, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315
  • SAC Meeting #4: Thurs, Feb. 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page. Stay tuned for more information about other topics being discussed by the SAC and other public events as the process moves forward.