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Social justice is essential for a prosperous, healthy and equitable city

Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson reaffirms commitment to equity, inclusion, and climate action to ensure Portland is a healthy and resilient place for everyone.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve observed the profound impact national leadership and policies are having on many of our community members, businesses and partners.

Many recent national policy, administrative and executive decisions have been in direct conflict with BPS commitments to promote equity and inclusion, climate action, and healthy, resilient neighborhoods throughout Portland.

At BPS, we are now reminded on a daily basis that efforts at the local level are more important than ever, if we are to successfully promote urban prosperity, health and environmental quality.

We recognize that we can only achieve those results if social justice is also at the forefront. Our policies, programs and services will always welcome and serve all people, and recognize that many people are faced with discrimination and targeting because of their gender, faith, race, national origin or immigration status.

If we want to succeed as a community, we know that advancing racial equity and inclusion will enhance all of our efforts, as we can’t truly succeed if we leave portions of our community behind.

In response, we are learning new ways to do our work. We commit to building new partnerships, and collaborating with a broader spectrum of Portland residents and businesses. 

For decades, we have been known nationally and even internationally for our work on land use, climate change, urban design and environmental protection.  Our efforts to understand and serve the needs of a diverse community will ultimately enhance the quality of our city creating more opportunities for better health, housing, jobs, recreation and quality of life for everyone. 

I look forward to working in collaboration with you.

Signature of Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

CC2035 Work Session Recap: February 14, 2017, Planning and Sustainability Commission discussion

Commissioners covered FAR bonuses, bicycle parking, family housing and the view of Vista Bridge.

On February 14, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) worked though their Central City 2035 work session agenda, including:

  • FAR bonuses on surface parking lots (asked staff to return with a revised proposal).
  • Whether or not to consider bicycle parking a ground floor active use (decided that bike parking should be considered an active ground floor use but it should be limited to one quarter of the required active ground floor windows). 
  • Policies and actions to support family housing-related items (asked staff to amend an action to support schools). 
  • Revisited and affirmed their September 27, 2016, preliminary decision about the view of the Vista Street Bridge. 

You can watch the video of the work session is here.

Coming up

On February 28 staff will come back to the PSC with several items that were carried over from previous meetings, including the Broadway/Weidler Interchange Project that came out of the N/NE Quadrant Plan. Staff will also offer a number of other minor amendments for the PSC’s consideration. The link to the packet for the February 28 work session is here

On March 14 staff will bring forward amendments to the bonus and transfer code that are necessary to implement Council’s recently adopted Inclusionary Housing program and some changes that could be made to improve that program in the Central City. Keep an eye out for news about that work session on this blog.

The final planned PSC work session will be on April 11. Project staff expect to bring final amendments to the Commission. They will ask the PSC to take a final vote on the entire CC2035 Plan package and forward it on to City Council as a recommended draft.   

PSC News: February 28, 2017 Meeting Recap

Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Agenda

  • Central City 2035 Plan — 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.

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Written Testimony on New RICAP 8 Amendments Accepted Until February 22

City Council will discuss amendments at February 22 meeting, then vote.

UPDATE: The amendments below were discussed at the February 22 City Council meeting. The seventh amendment, related to commissioner term limits, was amended by Commissioner Amanda Fritz to remove the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendation, in order to maintain the existing language. All seven amendments were approved and the entire package was passed to second reading on March 1. At the March 1 meeting, the portion of the RICAP 8 package related to the Zoning Code was adopted; the portion of the package related to the Tree Code was held over for further discussion at a meeting scheduled for March 8. City Council will continue to accept written testimony related to Tree Code amendments until that date.


City Council held a hearing on the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft on February 15, 2016. After a staff presentation, Commissioners offered a number of amendments to the package and heard public testimony.

To provide additional time for public review of the seven amendments introduced, Commissioners decided to hold the written record open until they reconvene on Wednesday, February 22 at 11 a.m. to vote on the amendments. Written testimony on the amendments is welcome until that time; no oral testimony will be taken on February 22.

Seven new amendments were proposed, including:

  • Four amendments introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler. Amendments proposed related to regular lot lines in property line adjustments, the stream definition, the correction of typos in the Title 11 section of the document, and a technical fix to implement Council’s previous direction on inclusionary housing and parking.
  • A fifth amendment introduced by Commissioner Dan Saltzman related to the measurement of floor area ratio (FAR).
  • A sixth amendment introduced by Mayor Wheeler on behalf of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, proposing a technical fix related to Design Review procedures.
  • A seventh amendment introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz related to commission term limits.

Mayor Wheeler’s four amendments are summarized in a memo; the other three amendments are in a separate document. Both of these documents, as well as the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft and RICAP 8 Recommended Draft summary, can all be found on the RICAP 8 website.

If you wish to submit written testimony on any of the amendments, it must be emailed to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov or sent to 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR 97204. Written testimony must be received by 11 a.m. on February 22 and must include your name and mailing address.

For questions, please contact RICAP 8 Project Manager Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714 or kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.

Residential Infill Project moves forward with Council direction

RIP team will begin transforming the adopted Concept Report into specific code and mapping changes.

Following City Council’s adoption of the Residential Infill Project Concept Report in December 2016, staff has begun “translating” the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Reflecting community input, the Council-approved and amended concepts would:

  • Reduce the maximum size of new houses and remodels in single-dwelling zones.
  • Establish a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone that will allow more housing types (i.e., houses with two ADUs, duplexes, duplexes with detached ADUs, and triplexes on corner lots) in selected areas near centers and corridors with good access to neighborhood services.
  • Refine the boundary of the Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone to consider property lines, physical barriers, natural features, topography and infrastructure constraints.
  • Provide added flexibility for internal conversions of existing houses citywide.
  • Increase flexibility for cottage clusters on large lots citywide.
  • Explore incentives for age-friendliness, affordability and tree preservation.
  • Not allow historically narrow lots to be built on in the R5 zone.
  • Make citywide improvements to the R2.5 zone.
  • Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.

Council Documents
For more information about the concepts, see Council's Final Concept Report as well as a Summary of Council’s Adopted Concepts. Both of these documents have incorporated Council’s amendments. A Matrix of Council’s Amendments, arranged by topic area, has been prepared by staff.

Read news about the amendments published shortly after City Council voted on the RIP Concept Report on December 7.

Next steps
Mayor Ted Wheeler has directed Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to bring a recommendation on the RIP housing overlay zone boundary to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for public hearings and deliberations. The boundary will reflect the goals for the project as well as constraints, such as whether transportation and sewer infrastructure can handle the additional demand. The boundary may also be adjusted based on physical barriers and natural features and will be reviewed for potential economic, housing affordability and equity impacts.

This fall, prior to the PSC hearings, community members will have an opportunity to review the draft code changes and zoning map amendments. The PSC is expected to forward their recommendation to City Council by Spring 2018.

Staff is planning to conduct a check-in with the community later this spring. Stay tuned for more information on the timeline and upcoming ways to participate in the project.

For more information …
Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, morgan.tracy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7624

For general information about the project, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.