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City Council-proposed amendments to Comp Plan Zoning Code and Map available for review

Portlanders invited to review amendments regarding drive throughs, floor area ratios in NW Portland, off-street parking and more

Last July, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package. Commissioners considered public testimony on Zoning Map and Code changes for mixed use zones, campus institutions, employment land, and residential and open space zones.

After discussing the code and map changes during two work sessions, the PSC made its recommendation to City Council on the Early Implementation Package on August 23, 2016. Council subsequently held two public hearings (October 6 and 13) and a work session on the Recommended Draft.

Each Commissioner has now submitted their amendments to the recommendations.

View the Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the Early Implementation Package.

The amendments in this report have not yet been adopted by Council.


Amending the Recommended Early Implementation Package requires a vote by City Council following public hearings. The Mayor or one of the other Commissioners must make a motion to introduce the amendment — after considering public testimony. Then another Commissioner must second that motion, and the amendment must receive at least three votes (a majority of the five-member City Council) in order for it to “pass.”

Public Hearings on City Council-sponsored Amendments to the Comp Plan Early Implementation Package

November 17, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Time and date are subject to change. Check the Auditor’s website to confirm meeting details, as well as tips for testifying. The Auditor’s website also allows you to watch a live stream or recorded video of the hearing.   

Overview of Amendments

The amendments include technical amendments proposed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff and a series of amendments (3 through 53) sponsored by Commissioners, covering a variety of topics related to the Zoning Map, Zoning Code, TSP and Community Involvement Program. Amendments range from zone changes on single properties to code changes affecting the entire city.

A few of the topics that sparked a lot of testimony are described below.

Off-street parking requirements

This amendment would change the recommended draft to remove minimum off-street parking requirements from sites close to frequent transit. It  would undo a 2013 code change that imposed minimum requirements for developments of more than 30 units.

Floor Area Ratios (FAR) in RH zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic

There are three proposed options for amendments related to allowed floor area ratios (FAR) in high-density residential (RH) zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic District. City Council can adopt only one. The choices include: a) uphold the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) recommendation to reduce the area where 4:1 is allowed; b) remove the PSC’s FAR recommendation, which would retain the existing 4:1 in much of the district; or c) modify the proposed map to return four additional sites to the existing mapped 4:1 area (FAR would be limited to 2:1 elsewhere). 

Drive-throughs in commercial mixed use zones

There are three proposed options for amendments related to drive-throughs. City Council can adopt only one. The choices include: a) uphold the PSC recommendation prohibiting drive-through facilities east of 80th Avenue; b) allow new drive-through facilities and quick vehicle servicing uses only in the CE (Commercial Employment) zone, and allow existing facilities in other mixed use zones to be expanded or rebuilt; or c) prohibit new drive- through facilities in all mixed use zones (not just east of 80th Ave), but allow more liberal allowances to rebuild or expand existing facilities.

Next Steps

After the public hearing on the amendments, City Council is tentatively scheduled to hold a work session on November 22. Council is then expected to vote to adopt the new Zoning Code and Map in December. These dates are subject to change, so check the Auditor’s website to confirm.

For more information, stay tuned to the Comp Plan News feed for updates as the council schedule firms up.

Recap of October 13 City Council Hearing on Comp Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package

Commissioners hear testimony from more than 60 Portlanders about public trail alignments, zoning changes in Northwest Portland and more

On October 13, 2016, City Council held the second of two public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package. More than 60 Portlanders testified in front of commissioners, including a dozen or so people who had signed up but were unable to testify at the previous hearing on October 6. Mayor Charlie Hales left the written testimony period open until 8 a.m. Monday, October 17 to give Portlanders a few more days to submit testimony via email, letter or the Map App. 

What did people talk about at the hearings?

Testimony provided on October 13 addressed a variety of topics, including parking, major public trail alignments, parcel-specific zoning requests, height reductions for future development in some historic districts in Northwest Portland, and Transportation System Plan Street Design Classifications.

Find out more about the October 6 hearing, including watching the video of the hearing.

Next Steps

Over the next two months, City Council will hold a couple of work sessions and a final hearing before adopting the Recommended Early Implementation Package. Next up is a work session on October 25 to consider public testimony, discuss specific topics and prepare amendments. These amendments will be “sponsored” by Commissioners, based on public testimony on the Recommended Early Implementation Package as well as their own interests and concerns.

On November 17 City Council will hold the last public hearing on the City’s new Comp Plan to accept testimony on the amendments. Council will discuss that testimony during a work session on November 22, and a final vote on the Recommended Early Implementation Package will take place in December.

City Council Work Session
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9 a.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

City Council Public Hearing
Amendments to Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Watch City Council meetings live or at your convenience online.

Please check the Auditor’s website for more information about how to testify and to confirm details.


Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Updated information about the Task 5 Implementation Projects at City Council

Written testimony deadline extended; work sessions will follow

Portland City Council completed the second of two public hearings on the Recommended Draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package on October 13.

City Council has held the record open for written testimony through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17. 

To testify:

  • Email: with subject line "Comprehensive Plan Implementation"
  • Via the Map AppTestify about specific properties or transportation proposals through the Map App.

Council will next hold work sessions to discuss proposed amendments. They are expected to make their final recommendation in the next month.

For more information, visit the project web page:  

Recap: October 6 City Council Hearing on Recommended Early Implementation Package

Height/floor area ratio and transportation-related topics dominate first public hearing

Last Thursday, October 6, 2016, City Council held a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Early Implementation Package. More than 75 Portlanders signed up to testify, but due to unrelated events at City Hall, Council was able to hear testimony from roughly 45 people before running out of time.

What did people talk about at the hearing?

Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Implementation begins at approximately 1:39:20.

While testimony provided on October 6 addressed a variety of topics, there were some common themes, such as:

  • Parking minimums in mixed use/commercial zones outside of the Central City.
  • Floor area ratio (FAR) of properties zoned RH in Northwest Portland.
  • Drive-through facilities.

Next steps

This Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 2 p.m., City Council will hold another public hearing on the proposal. Portlanders may sign up to testify in front of Council Chambers starting at 1 p.m. However, please note that priority will be given to those who signed up to testify on October 6 and were unable to do so.

City Council Public Hearing
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Please check the Auditor’s website for more information and to confirm details. People interested in providing testimony may begin signing up one hour before the hearing but may only sign up for one person at a time. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person.

Other ways to testify

City Council will continue to accept written testimony on the Early Implementation Package until at least October 13. Learn how to provide testimony by visiting the How to Provide Feedback page.