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DOZA: From Assessment to Amendments

City kicks off projects to implement recommendations for improving the design overlay zone

While the acronym for the project has stayed the same, “DOZA” is transitioning from the Design Overlay Zone Assessment to a series of Design Overlay Zone Amendments, which will update the City’s codes, standards and guidelines related to the design overlay zone.

In 2016, the Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Development Services (BDS) hired a consultant team to assess the City’s design overlay zone (d-overlay). The result was The Design Overlay Zone Assessment, which included a set of findings and recommendations to improve the process and tools that implement the d-overlay. City Council voted to accept the report in April 2017.

Now, BPS and BDS are ready to put those recommendations into action with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package, which comprises three projects:

  1. DOZA Process. This project will amend the Zoning Code to update how the design overlay works. It will include adjusting the thresholds for Design Review, improving public notice requirements and realigning the City’s Design Review process with the applicants’ design process. These updates will go into effect in summer 2018.
  2. DOZA Tools. This project will rewrite two primary tools used to implement the design overlay:  the objective design standards and discretionary design guidelines. We’ll seek input from the public and work with a consultant to write the new Objective Design Standards and Discretionary Design Guidelines, which are expected to be finalized in summer 2019.
  3. DOZA Administration. This project is an ongoing effort to make the Design Review process more efficient through internal changes at BDS. Examples include increasing staff capacity, managing Design Commission meetings more effectively, and using new tools to facilitate Commission deliberation.

Next Steps

The public Discussion Draft of the DOZA Process project will be released in December 2017. The draft will be available on the project website and staff will be holding several public outreach meetings and an event to seek public input.


Contact DOZA Coordinator Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or

CC2035 testimony now visible via online “Testimony Reader”

New online tool allows community members to see testimony on searchable platform.

In response to community desires for greater transparency around land use issues, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has created a new tool that allows the public to see all testimony on land use plans, and then search and sort by topic, location, testifier and other criteria.

In 2013, BPS released the first Map App for the Comprehensive Plan Update, which allowed people to see multiple layers of maps on top of one another. Later versions of the Map App, allowed community members to enter formal testimony directly into the Map App by clicking on a property, area or project. Along with testimony received by email, U.S. Mail and in front of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, it was “geocoded,” tagged by topic and put into a database.

Tech Services Team does it again

But the database wasn’t easy for the public to use, and community members wanted to see what others were saying about specific policies or map and code changes. So our Tech Service Team set to work on the next version of the Map App: a way to show testimony in real time (if entered via the Map App) that is searchable and sortable.

Called the Testimony Reader, it’s now available for viewing testimony on the CC2035 Recommended Draft from you and others. Testimony that is submitted via the Map App will immediately show up in the Reader, but email, regular mail and in-person (video) testimony will be entered manually and could take up to 10 days to show up.

Public testimony is presented in the reader “as is.” Testimony can be searched, filtered, starred or organized into personal lists. Sign in with your account for additional features.

See your and other's testimony online via the Testimony Reader.

You can explore the following categories within the Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan (the public record is open):

Submit your testimony on CC2035

If you haven’t submitted your testimony yet and you want to see it in the Reader, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Map App: Submit public testimony to City Council via the interactive Map App. Select a specific property or geography and use the online feedback form to submit your testimony.
  2. Email: You may email your testimony to Be sure to state “CC2035 Testimony” in the subject line.
  3. U.S. Mail: Or mail the Central City team at:

Central City 2035
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201

Learn more about how to testify

Read the CC2035 Recommended Draft

PSC News: August 22, 2017 Meeting Recap

Deconstruction Program Update — briefing; Historic Resources Program Update; Historic Preservation Code — briefing


  • Deconstruction Program Update — briefing
  • Historic Resources Program Update; Historic Preservation Code — 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.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

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RIP is alive and well; public launch coming soon

Residential Infill Project to release discussion draft of preliminary code and map amendments in September

There seems to be some confusion, so let’s clear something up: The Residential Infill Project is still going strong.

Maybe folks think that it’s all wrapped up because they haven’t seen project staff out in the community as much lately. That’s because they’ve been busy at their desks preparing draft Zoning Code and map changes to implement the concepts City Council approved in December 2016.

“We’ll have something to share with folks in the early fall,” says Project Manager Morgan Tracy. “We’re organizing events and opportunities for public review, so keep an eye out for announcements on the website or check in with your neighborhood association.” The public review period will include drop-in hours, other meetings and online comment opportunities.

After hearing from community members, staff will make revisions and present a Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at the start of the new year. The PSC will take testimony from the public before making a recommendation to City Council, who will also hear testimony before making their decisions. 

See a timeline below (we’re in the orange section). And stay tuned for updates about events and opportunities to give feedback on the discussion draft as well as dates for PSC and City Council hearings. You may also sign up to receive periodic email updates.


Frequently Asked Questions
In the meantime, check out this series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Residential Infill Project.

Want more information?


Or call a team member directly:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager,, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement,, 503-823-7624

And visit the website at

Portland’s Central City about to get a new plan

City Council to consider comments on CC2035; testify in person, in writing or via the interactive Map App.

As the Central City absorbs 30 percent of the city’s population growth and welcomes more than 50,000 new jobs, we’ll need more housing and urban amenities like parks, shops and places to eat. We’ll need more office space as well as space for innovators and makers. We’ll need more and better access to the river, a tree canopy and energy-efficient buildings. And we’ll need new and easier ways to get around, whether by car, bike, rail, bus or trail.

Because people who live, work and play in urban areas need access to all these things.

We’re ready for growth and change.

Over the past several years, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has been working with community members, property owners, architects and builders, renter and affordable housing advocates, communities of color and other stakeholders to develop a new long range plan for the Central City. The goal is to prepare the urban core for the change to come and ensure that the heart of the city supports healthy, prosperous, resilient and equitable outcomes for all.  

More than 8,000 Portlanders contributed to the CC2035 planning process. And now it’s time for City Council to hear from you.

We invite you to read the plan. Maybe not the whole thing; it’s six volumes with multiple parts! But here are some topics you might find interesting:

Like what you see/read? Think the plan needs to be improved? 

Tell City Council what you think.
You can testify on the CC2035 Plan in person at a public hearing on Thursday, September 7 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

Can’t do that? There are several other ways you can share your feedback.

Map App: Submit public testimony to City Council via the interactive Map App. Select a specific property or geography and use the online feedback form to submit your testimony.

Email: You may email your testimony to Be sure to state “CC2035 Testimony” in the subject line.

U.S. Mail: Or mail the Central City team at:

Central City 2035
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201

Learn more about how to testify

Read the CC2035 Recommended Draft

See your and other's testimony online via the Testimony Reader. Note that it may take 10 to 14 days for staff to enter testimony submitted by U.S. Mail, email or pdf. Testimony submitted via the Map App will show up instantaneously.  

Questions about the plan?
Call the CC2035 hotline at 503-823-4286 or send us an email at