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Deadline for Urban Food Code Update survey extended to August 29

More than 400 Portlanders have given their feedback on the Urban Food Code Update Concept Report via an online survey. Due to the community’s interest in the project and the proposed ideas around farmers markets, community gardens, urban food production, backyard bees and animals, and community-supported agriculture drop-off sites, the survey will stay open until 5 p.m. on August 29.

We welcome your thoughts. Read the concept report and then take the survey.

For more information, please visit the website at or contact Steve Cohen at or 503-823-4225.

Community Discussions Offer Chance for Public to Learn About and Comment on Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report

Project will make it easier for Portlanders to access to local food

After several months of gathering information from the community, and food and health experts, the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report is available for review. The report summarizes activities associated with growing, selling and buying healthful food in our neighborhoods, includes examples of how other jurisdictions regulate those activities, and presents ideas about how Portland could remove barriers and revise food-related regulations.

The report also provides a framework for three community discussions during July and August, which will help project staff get input from the public about proposed directions around:

  • for-profit market gardens
  • community gardens
  • farmers markets
  • food membership distribution sites, and
  • animals and bees

Public feedback at this stage of the project is important and will be used as new zoning code regulations are developed this fall. Please join us for one of the three community meetings to learn more about the project and give your input on the ideas in the Concept Report.

Urban Food Code Update Concept Report Community Discussions

How To Comment

We’ve tried to make it easy for you to give us your comments. Please review the Concept Report and the Health, Environment, and Economic Considerations supplement and fill out the Concept Report Questionnaire (last two pages of the Concept Report document).

There are two ways to complete the questionnaire:

1. Online at:


2. Print out questionnaire, complete,  and send it to:

Julia Gisler
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

To be included in the public review summary, comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29.

Public Review on the Concept Report this Summer

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report will be available to the public July 21st. This report will include a recap of the issues, benefits, and possible impacts to the surrounding area for each of the topic areas: market gardens, community gardens, farmers markets, community food distribution sites, and animals/bees. The report will also include additional research of how other jurisdictions regulate these food production and distribution activities.

There will be opportunities to comment on the Concept Report during July and August. Project staff is planning events for city-wide discussions and will also be available to meet with groups interested in learning more about the project. If you would like to schedule a presentation at your meeting this summer please contact Julia Gisler, 503-823-7624. And as always, get on the mailing list for the latest project updates.

Project Advisory Group Wraps Up Discussions on the Five Topic Areas

The Project Advisory Group (PAG) has completed their topic area discussions. PAG meetings were open to the public and over 60 people participate in some, or all, of the meetings held.

Meeting 1: Project Overview (Jan 18)

Meeting 2: Urban Food Production (Feb 1)

Meeting 3: Community Gardens and Animals/Bees (Feb 15)

Meeting 4: Farmers Markets and Community Food Distribution Sites (March 1)

Thanks to all who joined us on those dark, wintry nights. See PAG resources and documents for agendas, handouts, and meeting notes.

Next Steps (please note there have been revisions to the schedule)

1) Topic Area Matrixes. Project staff is creating matrixes that summarize the key points of the topic area discussions. They include information on types of activities in each topic area that are happening in Portland; benefits associated with the topic area; possible negative impacts to surrounding areas; and zoning issues that have been identified as barriers. In addition to these summaries, staff will also describe the direction the topic area discussions has provided for possible regulatory approaches. The PAG will be reviewing a draft of the topic area matrixes to ensure they capture the key points and accurately reflect the discussions. 

2) Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report. The topic area matrixes will be incorporated into the Concept Report which is scheduled to be published mid-June. The report will identify issues and possible solutions at the conceptual level (no draft zoning code language) and will include a questionnaire on the concepts presented.

3)  The Public Review Comment Period for the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report will run from mid-June through the month of July. During this time staff will be available to discuss the project concepts with interested groups and individuals. There will also be open house event(s) for larger discussions. More information on events and opportunites to provide your input will be available later this spring.  

4)  Develop Code Language. Comments on the Concept Report will be compiled and work will begin on developing draft zoning code language that implements the concepts most supported by the community. A second round of PAG meetings will be held this Fall to discussion the draft zoning code language.

The best way to say informed is to be on the project mailing list. Staff sends the mailing list periodic e-mail updates. Sign up now—check the Urban Food Zoning Code Update box.

Project Advisory Group to Discuss Farmers Markets and Community Food Distribution Sites

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update Project Advisory Group (PAG) will continue topic areas discussions on farmers markets and community food distribution points:

PAG Meeting #4 - Calendar | Map

Beaumont Middle School

4043 NE Fremont St (use main entrance facing Fremont)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

7-9 pm

PAG meetings are open to the public; everyone interested in these topics is encouraged to attend!