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Summary of deliberations and agenda for Council discussions re: new long-range plan for the Central City
The Portland City Council has begun deliberations on the Central City 2035 Plan. This long-range plan for the heart of the city – and the region – will set the stage for growth and development over the next 20 years.
During public hearings in September and through written testimony, Commissioners heard from more than 100 community members about the new plan for the city center and received roughly 600 pieces of written testimony. Now Council is engaged in deliberations on amendments to the plan, which each of the Commissioners have submitted.
Commissioners begin drafting amendments
On October 18 Council discussed issues of interest and considered draft amendments to the main components of the plan on topics such as:
No votes or public testimony were taken. Council continued the discussion of the some of these agenda items to future meetings about CC2035.
UPDATE: November 2 Council session rescheduled for November 29
The Council deliberation session scheduled for November 2 has been moved to November 29.
On Wednesday, November 29 at 4 p.m., City Council’s deliberation will include the following items:
The agenda and materials for this session will be posted before Thanksgiving.
Additional Council sessions
January 3, 2018
March 2018 (anticipated)
May 2018 (anticipated)
June 2018 (anticipated)
You can track Council’s deliberation sessions so you know what amendments will be coming up at the public hearing in the following ways:
Hearing continued to allow more people time to testify.
On Thursday, September 7, City Council held its first public hearing on the Central City 2035 Plan. The hearing began with a brief presentation by City staff about the project schedule and the relationship to the Comprehensive Plan.
Then Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced a package of amendments that was published on August 29. He highlighted two amendments, including his suggestion that Council reconsider whether the Salmon Springs view of Mt Hood should be protected. He also described a proposed amendment to expand the view corridor from the Japanese Garden. Commissioner Amanda Fritz followed with a summary of her amendment to lower heights at the Morrison Bridgehead. Finally, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly offered two amendments: one increasing the required ecoroof coverage on buildings from 60 to 100 percent and the other to rezone an area on the northwest end of the Central City riverfront from residential to commercial to enable active use of an existing but unused dock.
Council then heard testimony from four city commissioners: Thuy Tu, Forestry Commission; Kristen Minor, Landmarks Commission; Julie Livingston, Design Commission; and, Andre Baugh, Planning and Sustainability Commission. After that, the Mayor opened testimony from the public.
About 140 people signed up to testify on the CC2035 Plan, and Commissioners heard from roughly 50 of them. Around 5 p.m., Council closed testimony on the main components of the Plan so they could hear testimony about early implementation of height and FAR on the U.S. Post Office site.
Public invited to testify on the Central City 2035 Plan on September 7 and 14.
Pioneer Square, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Old Town/Chinatown, Big Pink, Tilikum Crossing, OMSI, the Central Eastside, Eastbank Esplanade, Lloyd Center, Lower Albina, the Post Office site, the Pearl, Goose Hollow, West End, Downtown, PSU and South Waterfront.
What do all these different places have in common?
Answer: They’re all in the geography known as Portland’s Central City. And each neighborhood, bridge, building or place owes its existence or its current manifestation to a land use plan.
The power of planning
Portland’s 1972 Downtown Plan is so old it was created on a typewriter. But it sparked the resurgence of the urban core as the economic and cultural center of the city, spurring public and private investment. The plan laid the groundwork for the transit mall, defined the retail and office cores, recognized the role of historic structures and areas as defining places – and gave us Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Bud Clark was mayor of Portland and Earl Blumenauer was commissioner of public works when the 1988 Central City Plan was published. This plan recommitted the community to a strong downtown and an expanded Central City that included the Lloyd and Central Eastside districts across the river. The plan emphasized economic growth but also called for significant residential development.
Today, the Central City has become the largest “neighborhood” in the region with the densest concentration of housing, jobs, cultural attractions – and social services. Over the next 20 years, the area will gain 38,000 households (or 56,000 residents) and 51,000 new jobs. So, it’s time for a new plan to prepare for all this new growth.
The next 20 years …
City planners have been working on the CC2035 Plan for about seven years, starting with the Concept Plan and followed by N/NE, West and SE quadrant plans, a river working group, the Central City Scenic Resource Protection Plan, the Central Reach Natural Resources Protection Plan and a bonus study with the Housing bureau to create a system to prioritize affordable housing. More than 8,000 Portlanders have contributed to the plan in working groups and advisory committees, neighborhood associations and district coalitions, advocacy groups and community organizations, meetings with staff and commissioners, and through written and oral testimony.
The CC2035 Plan will provide a new policy framework to guide growth and development in the Portland’s core over the next 20 years. See the highlights of the plan.
Now it is before City Council for public hearings and a vote to adopt the plan. Council will consider public testimony on the Recommended Draft Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) at two hearings in September. Community members are invited to testify at these hearings, which will be held at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. in Downtown Portland.
Different aspects of the multi-volume plan will be considered by Council at different dates and times.
Volume 1: Goals and Policies; Volume 2A, Part 1: Central City Plan District; Volume 2A, Part 2: Willamette River and Trails; Volume 2B: Transportation System Plan Amendments; Volume 3A: Scenic Resources Protection Plan; Volume 3B: Willamette River Central Reach Natural Resources Protection Plan; Volume 5A: Implementation – Performance Targets and Action Plans; Volume 5B: Implementation – Green Loop; Draft Council Amendments
September 7, 2017
2 p.m., time certain
Council will hear public testimony on the plan’s goals and policies, as well as proposed changes to the zoning code, zoning maps, Transportation System Plan, and other planning documents that implement the CC2035 policies. Council will also take testimony on the CC2035 Plan action charts and the Green Loop, a proposed Central City linear park.
Council will also take testimony on a package of amendments to the Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan offered by the Mayor and other Commissioners. The amendments document will be updated prior to the hearing.
U.S. Postal Service Site
September 7, 2017
4:30 p.m., time certain
Commissioners will consider early implementation of CC2035 Recommended Draft increases to the maximum height and floor area limits on the US. Postal Service (USPS) site, located in the Pearl District. Early implementation is needed because of City funding contingencies and Prosper Portland’s need to begin marketing the site ahead of the anticipated March 2018 effective date of the CC2035 Plan.
September 14, 2017
2 p.m., time certain
Council will hear testimony on the Recommended Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines. The new guidelines will serve as approval criteria for addition, alteration and new construction projects within the historic district. Note that any carryover testimony from the September 7 hearing will be heard prior to testimony on the guidelines.
September 14, 2017
2:45 p.m., time certain
Council will hear testimony on CC2035 plan-related amendments to environmental and scenic resource regulations that apply outside the Central City. A new standard is proposed for view corridors located in the scenic (s) overlay, which would allow tree and vegetation trimming and removal through a standard instead of environmental review.
Individuals will have two minutes to speak and may sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. on both September 7 and 14. Sign-up is first come, first served. Each person in line can sign up for one 2-minute testimony slot.
Following the public hearings (likely on September 15), Mayor Ted Wheeler will “close the public record” (i.e., oral and written testimony will no longer be taken). Council will then deliberate on the plan at one or more additional sessions. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony.
A final vote on the CC2035 Plan is anticipated in early 2018. The plan will become effective potentially in March, after the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is acknowledged by the State of Oregon.
Final votes on the USPS site height and FAR amendments and the Recommended Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines, which are on a faster timeline, are anticipated in late September 2017.
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 portlandoregon.gov account for additional features.
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:
Central City 2035
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201
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 CC2035@portlandoregon.gov. 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
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 CC2035@portlandoregon.gov.