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Public invited to comment on Comp Plan/Zoning Map changes in Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

Discrete changes to some base zones and overlay zones will synch the Zoning Map with the City’s new Comprehensive Plan Map.

A new package of Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map changes is now ready for public review and comment. The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft contains 144 items that are being evaluated for possible map changes; specifically:

  • 84 Comprehensive Plan Map designation and/or Zoning Map base zone changes, and
  • 60 overlay zone changes.

The scope of the Map Refinement Project was shaped by City Council’s Refinement Directive (Exhibit O) during the final stage of the Comprehensive Plan Update process in December 2016. In addition, there are several sites where development has been approved under old land use designations, prompting possible reconsideration of the new designations scheduled to go into effect in 2018.

This is also an opportunity to make additional technical corrections to the adopted map.

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

Summary of Potential Map Changes
Many of the items in the Map Refinement Discussion Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map 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 June 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and June 2017
  • Technical map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

Read the Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

The comment period for the Map Refinement Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Please submit comments by mail to 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Map Refinement Project or by email:

Next Steps
Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft to create a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for a public hearing in October 2017. The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before they vote to adopt the amendments next year.

For more information, visit:

PSC News: June 27, 2017 Meeting Recap

R/W 8073: Street Vacation Request — hearing / recommendation; Transportation System Development Charges — work session; Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — briefing



  • R/W 8073: Street Vacation Request — hearing / recommendation
  • Transportation System Development Charges — work session
  • Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — briefing

Meeting files

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

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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City planners to discuss land use vision for SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads

Southwest community members invited to learn about land use possibilities in these important areas along the SW Corridor on June 22 and 29.

In anticipation of a potential new light rail line in the SW Corridor on or near SW Barbur Boulevard, City planners want to:

  • Recap recent and past land use planning in these areas.
  • Share possible long-term land use visions around the SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads areas.
  • Hear community perspectives on future land use to help inform ongoing SW Corridor light rail planning.

Information will also be available about the ongoing SW Corridor planning effort being led by Metro and ways for community members to stay informed.

Meeting Dates

South Portland/Naito/Kelly area
Thursday, June 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), Radelet Hall
2719 SW Kelly Avenue

West Portland Town Center/Crossroads area
Thursday, June 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center, Rm 30
7688 SW Capitol Highway

For more information, please contact Joan Frederiksen at or 503-823-3111.


City of Portland Publishes U.S. EPA’s Website on Climate Change

Portland joins Chicago and 12 other U.S. cities to make the EPA's climate data available to the public

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Monday, June 12, 2017

Eden Dabbs

JoEllen Skonberg

City of Portland Publishes U.S. EPA’s Website on Climate Change

Portland joins Chicago and 12 other U.S. cities to make the EPA's climate data available to the public

Portland, ORE. — In response to President Donald Trump ordering the removal of climate change data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the City of Portland joins 12 other cities in re-publishing the deleted information.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the most pressing global issue we face,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Any vision for the future of our city needs to acknowledge climate change. It isn’t just our planet that’s at stake, it’s our very existence.”

Portland leads on local climate action

In 1993, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt a local plan to reduce carbon pollution. Since then, local carbon emissions have declined by more than 20 percent, even while growing our population by 33 percent and adding 24 percent more jobs.
“For more than two decades, Portland has prioritized local action on climate change. And we’ve had great success in reducing local carbon emissions,” said Susan Anderson, Director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Clearly cities have been leaders in addressing climate change, and cities will continue to lead.”

Read OPB’s Amelia Templeton’s coverage: Portland Joins Effort To Publish Removed EPA Climate Change Website.

Partnerships among cities are key to success

Collaboration among the world’s greatest cities has become more important than ever to advancing conversations on climate change. Through partnerships like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, cities are sharing best practices, challenges and successes.
View the EPA’s climate change data on our website at

City of Chicago’s Press Release:
June 11, 2017

Mayor’s Press Office


Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that 12 other cities have joined the City of Chicago in posting research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Website after the Trump administration unceremoniously removed it from the federal government’s websites on April 29.

“It is inspiring to see so many mayors from across the country stand up for the environment through the preservation of this data,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Making climate change research widely available underscores that facts cannot be disputed and science cannot be erased. I will continue to work with these Mayors and all those involved in the Climate Alliance to take action at the local level, including honoring the Paris Agreement.”

After the creation of the City of Chicago “Climate Change is Real” website on May 7, Mayor Emanuel called on other Mayors to post the climate change information, ensuring the public has ready access to information the EPA developed over decades of research. The Mayors and cities posting information include:

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia
Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston, Illinois
Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, Texas
Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, Louisiana
Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon
Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, California
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, Washington
Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, Missouri

The Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology has uploaded this information to an open-sourced website so that other cities, academic institutions, and organizations can post it to their own websites at It includes information on the basic science behind climate change, the different ways in which weather is impacted from increased greenhouse gas emissions, and actions the federal government has taken to reduce the impact. These 12 cities will continue to build out and make updates to their climate change pages in the coming days and weeks.

“Cities have been stepping up to safeguard the public in creative and important ways as DC shirks its leadership on climate change,” said Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council. “Chicago’s effort to preserve and post important climate data is a huge victory for transparency, science and community health—front lines in the battle for climate action these days. And Mayors from across the country—Republicans and Democrats, from big cities and small towns—are stepping into the breach to ensure we reduce carbon pollution and protect our neighbors from the dangerous impacts of climate change.”

On June 7, Mayor Emanuel signed an Executive Order formalizing Chicago’s commitment to adopt the guidelines of the Paris Agreement after President Trump withdrew the United States, reneging on a consensus with 196 countries on environment protections. The Executive Order doubles down on the Paris Agreement’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
This builds on recent progress of Chicago’s reduction in carbon emissions by seven percent from 2010 to 2015, despite an increase in population. This benchmark is equivalent to shutting down a coal power plant for eight months.

Last week, Mayor Emanuel joined over 200 mayors from around the country to commit to the Paris Agreement as part of the Mayors National Climate Agenda, or Climate Mayors. This network of U.S. mayors — representing over 56 million Americans in red states and blue states — work together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making. Mayor Emanuel also joined over 1,000 state, local, and business leaders from across the country as part of the “We’re Still In” campaign, coming together to signal the importance of the Paris Accord both nationally and across the world.

In April, the Mayor announced that by 2025 all of Chicago’s public buildings will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. That transition means that eight percent of the city-wide electricity load or 1.8 billion kilowatt hours will come from clean and renewable sources. This follows the 2013 commitment that the City made to eliminating coal from its electricity supply.

Earlier this year, the City of Chicago was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. The award is given annually to honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and recognized the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge and its 76 member buildings covering 51.3 million square feet-all of which have committed to reducing their energy use by 20 percent. The award also recognized the four years of successful implementation of the City’s Energy Benchmarking Ordinance which has reduced energy use by four percent in buildings covered by the ordinance.

Below is a listing of all URLs created using the Chicago’s open source website and the EPA Climate Change information:
City of Atlanta, Georgia
City of Boston, Massachusetts
City of Evanston, Illinois
City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
City of Houston, Texas
City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
City of New Orleans, Louisiana
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
City of Portland, Oregon
City of San Francisco, California
City of Seattle, Washington
City of St. Louis, Missouri

Mayor Emanuel’s leadership on issues of climate change and sustainability is clear and Chicago will continue to take action.


New long-range plan for the Central City on its way to City Council

After considering public testimony during multiple work sessions, the Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to recommend plan for the future of Portland's urban core

On May 23, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) met for the ninth and last Central City 2035 work session. But before taking a vote on the plan, Commissioners worked though several final amendments:   

  1. An existing North Pearl river setback provision. The river setback for a small strip of land between NE Naito and the riverfront, and the Broadway Bridge and the Fremont Bridge, will change from 25 to 50 feet. Staff also recommended removing the North Pearl setback to be consistent with the rest of the city. PSC affirmed staff’s recommendation.
  2. Additional discussion on temporary floating platforms. Staff proposed clarifying the recreational purpose of these in-river platforms. The Commission also supported an amendment to allow for more — but smaller — floating platforms so they can be grouped together in swimming areas.
  3. The relationship between burying the I-5 freeway on the eastside and the Broadway / Weidler project. The Commission briefly discussed Mayor Ted Wheeler’s interest in burying the I-5 freeway on the central eastside and how that would work with the Broadway / Weidler concepts developed through the N/NE Quadrant plan. Staff shared a 2012 concept that shows the two projects do not conflict.
  4. The Green Loop’s inclusion in the Central City. Commissioners discussed the importance of the Green Loop in the Central City and the need for this type of planning and investment in other parts of the city, especially East Portland.

Final PSC vote on the CC2035 Plan

The Commission voted 9 to 1 to support the plan and move it forward to City Council. Commissioner Smith voted no because of the Broadway Wielder Transportation System Plan (TSP) project and made it clear that his “no” vote should not be misinterpreted as opposition to any other part of the plan.    

Next Steps

Project staff expect to release the CC2035 Recommended Draft to City Council on June 19, 2016. The public will have the summer to review the plan and prepare comments to City Council through the fall. 

Mark your calendar for a public hearing on the plan on September 7 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. But be sure to check the project calendar for any change to dates and times.