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PSC News: September 26, 2017 Meeting Recap

2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project — briefing; Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — hearing

Agenda

  • 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project — briefing
  • Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public invited to provide testimony on Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearing on October 24, 2017

The Map Refinement Project follows the Comprehensive Plan Update, refining the new zoning map to ensure it is in alignment with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan Map and guiding land use policies.

The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, prompting 53 comments from individuals and organizations. Project staff used this feedback to create the Proposed Draft, which was released on Sept. 12, 2017. Public notice about the Proposed Draft and public hearings will be mailed to affected property owners and occupants, as well as neighborhood associations and other organizations, starting on Sept. 14, 2017.

Read the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will consider formal public testimony on the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft. Community members are invited to submit their written testimony to the PSC until October 24, or in person at a public hearing on Oct. 24, 2017.The Commission may amend the proposal and will subsequently vote to recommend the changes and draft plan to Portland City Council.

Summary of potential map changes

Many of the items in the Map Refinement Proposed Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map land use designations and/or Zoning Map base or overlay zones. This will ensure that regulations are implemented in alignment with policy direction in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Exhibit O – Further Refinement Directive, dated December 2016
  • Reconciliation of Bureau of Development Services land use reviews between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Technical and policy priority map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

How to Testify

You can provide testimony for the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft in the following ways:

In person: Before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 5 p.m., CH2M Building: 2020 SW 4th Ave, Lincoln Room (1st floor), Portland

Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “Map Refinement Project Testimony”

U.S. Mail

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Map Refinement Project Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

Map App: View proposals in our interactive Map App and use the comment tab to provide your testimony.

What is the difference between the Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Map?

Next Steps

The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review. After public hearings, Council will vote to adopt the Map Refinement Project early next year.

For more information, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73388.

City Council begins hearing testimony on Recommended CC2035 Plan

Hearing continued to allow more people time to testify.

On Thursday, September 7, City Council held its first public hearing on the Central City 2035 Plan. The hearing began with a brief presentation by City staff about the project schedule and the relationship to the Comprehensive Plan

Then Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced a package of amendments that was published on August 29. He highlighted two amendments, including his suggestion that Council reconsider whether the Salmon Springs view of Mt Hood should be protected. He also described a proposed amendment to expand the view corridor from the Japanese Garden. Commissioner Amanda Fritz followed with a summary of her amendment to lower heights at the Morrison Bridgehead. Finally, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly offered two amendments: one increasing the required ecoroof coverage on buildings from 60 to 100 percent and the other to rezone an area on the northwest end of the Central City riverfront from residential to commercial to enable active use of an existing but unused dock.

Invited testimony
Council then heard testimony from four city commissioners: Thuy Tu, Forestry Commission; Kristen Minor, Landmarks Commission; Julie Livingston, Design Commission; and, Andre Baugh, Planning and Sustainability Commission. After that, the Mayor opened testimony from the public.

About 140 people signed up to testify on the CC2035 Plan, and Commissioners heard from roughly 50 of them. Around 5 p.m., Council closed testimony on the main components of the Plan so they could hear testimony about early implementation of height and FAR on the U.S. Post Office site.

PSC News: September 12, 2017 Meeting Documents and Information

PSC Commission Retreat

Agenda

  • PSC Retreat & Work Session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov

City Council to hold public hearings on long range plan for the Central City

Public invited to testify on the Central City 2035 Plan on September 7 and 14.

Pioneer Square, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Old Town/Chinatown, Big Pink, Tilikum Crossing, OMSI, the Central Eastside, Eastbank Esplanade, Lloyd Center, Lower Albina, the Post Office site, the Pearl, Goose Hollow, West End, Downtown, PSU and South Waterfront.

What do all these different places have in common?

Answer: They’re all in the geography known as Portland’s Central City. And each neighborhood, bridge, building or place owes its existence or its current manifestation to a land use plan.

The power of planning
Portland’s 1972 Downtown Plan is so old it was created on a typewriter. But it sparked the resurgence of the urban core as the economic and cultural center of the city, spurring public and private investment. The plan laid the groundwork for the transit mall, defined the retail and office cores, recognized the role of historic structures and areas as defining places – and gave us Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Bud Clark was mayor of Portland and Earl Blumenauer was commissioner of public works when the 1988 Central City Plan was published. This plan recommitted the community to a strong downtown and an expanded Central City that included the Lloyd and Central Eastside districts across the river. The plan emphasized economic growth but also called for significant residential development.

Today, the Central City has become the largest “neighborhood” in the region with the densest concentration of housing, jobs, cultural attractions – and social services. Over the next 20 years, the area will gain 38,000 households (or 56,000 residents) and 51,000 new jobs. So, it’s time for a new plan to prepare for all this new growth.

The next 20 years …
City planners have been working on the CC2035 Plan for about seven years, starting with the Concept Plan and followed by N/NE, West and SE quadrant plans, a river working group, the Central City Scenic Resource Protection Plan, the Central Reach Natural Resources Protection Plan and a bonus study with the Housing bureau to create a system to prioritize affordable housing. More than 8,000 Portlanders have contributed to the plan in working groups and advisory committees, neighborhood associations and district coalitions, advocacy groups and community organizations, meetings with staff and commissioners, and through written and oral testimony.

The CC2035 Plan will provide a new policy framework to guide growth and development in the Portland’s core over the next 20 years. See the highlights of the plan.

Now it is before City Council for public hearings and a vote to adopt the plan. Council will consider public testimony on the Recommended Draft Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) at two hearings in September. Community members are invited to testify at these hearings, which will be held at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. in Downtown Portland.

Different aspects of the multi-volume plan will be considered by Council at different dates and times.

Public Hearing #1

Volume 1: Goals and Policies; Volume 2A, Part 1: Central City Plan DistrictVolume 2A, Part 2: Willamette River and TrailsVolume 2B: Transportation System Plan Amendments; Volume 3A: Scenic Resources Protection Plan; Volume 3B: Willamette River Central Reach Natural Resources Protection PlanVolume 5A: Implementation – Performance Targets and Action Plans; Volume 5B: Implementation – Green Loop; Draft Council Amendments

September 7, 2017

2 p.m., time certain

Council will hear public testimony on the plan’s goals and policies, as well as proposed changes to the zoning code, zoning mapsTransportation System Plan, and other planning documents that implement the CC2035 policies. Council will also take testimony on the CC2035 Plan action charts and the Green Loop, a proposed Central City linear park.

Council will also take testimony on a package of amendments to the Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan offered by the Mayor and other Commissioners. The amendments document will be updated prior to the hearing.

Public Hearing #2

U.S. Postal Service Site

September 7, 2017

4:30 p.m., time certain

Commissioners will consider early implementation of CC2035 Recommended Draft increases to the maximum height and floor area limits on the US. Postal Service (USPS) site, located in the Pearl District. Early implementation is needed because of City funding contingencies and Prosper Portland’s need to begin marketing the site ahead of the anticipated March 2018 effective date of the CC2035 Plan.

Public Hearing #3

New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines

September 14, 2017

2 p.m., time certain

Council will hear testimony on the Recommended Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines. The new guidelines will serve as approval criteria for addition, alteration and new construction projects within the historic district. Note that any carryover testimony from the September 7 hearing will be heard prior to testimony on the guidelines.

Public Hearing #4

2:45 p.m., time certain

Council will hear testimony on CC2035 plan-related amendments to environmental and scenic resource regulations that apply outside the Central City. A new standard is proposed for view corridors located in the scenic (s) overlay, which would allow tree and vegetation trimming and removal through a standard instead of environmental review.

See the entire Recommended Draft CC2035 package

How to Testify

Individuals will have two minutes to speak and may sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. on both September 7 and 14. Sign-up is first come, first served. Each person in line can sign up for one 2-minute testimony slot.

You may also testify in writing or through the MapApp.

And you can now review your and other’s testimony through the Testimony Reader.

What happens after the hearings?

Following the public hearings (likely on September 15), Mayor Ted Wheeler will “close the public record” (i.e., oral and written testimony will no longer be taken). Council will then deliberate on the plan at one or more additional sessions. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony.

A final vote on the CC2035 Plan is anticipated in early 2018. The plan will become effective potentially in March, after the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is acknowledged by the State of Oregon.

Final votes on the USPS site height and FAR amendments and the Recommended Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines, which are on a faster timeline, are anticipated in late September 2017.