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City Council to consider existing and new amendments to CC2035 Plan on March 22, 2018

With decisions on these amendments, the Plan will move to a final vote on May 24.

On March 22, the Portland City Council will continue its work on the CC2035 Plan beginning at 2 p.m. time certain. While some of the items on the agenda have been discussed multiple times, there will be two new amendments related to public school sites in the Central City as well as a motion to reconsider the RiverPlace amendments that were voted on March 7, 2018.

Order of business for the session and I. Portland Public Schools amendments:

On March 22, Mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce amendments regarding access to and parking on public school sites in the Central City. These amendments are being introduced because Lincoln High School is in the midst of their redevelopment process, and certain aspects of CC2035 could prevent the school from redeveloping in a way that works for the school.

If there is a second to the Mayor’s amendments, Council will open a public hearing and take testimony on the amendments. Any written testimony on those amendments must be submitted before the close of the public hearing because Council will vote on those amendments once testimony closes.

II. Vote on amendments heard on January 18 (Amendments Report) and January 18 (Additional Amendments) and March 7 (New Amendments
City Council will vote on a variety of amendments that were the subject of public hearings on January 18 and March 7 but have not yet been voted on. The amendments cover the view from the I-84 overpass, the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall, and how to measure "top of bank" (of the riverbank) under structures, among other things.

III. Reconsider and vote on RiverPlace
Commissioner Eudaly indicated that she intends to propose a motion for reconsideration of the RiverPlace Height and Tower Orientation amendments that were voted down on March 7. Because there was public testimony on the RiverPlace amendments on January 18, there will not be any additional public testimony on that item on March 22.

Next Steps

After the March 22 City Council session, project staff plan to prepare a Revised Recommended Draft (based on City Council’s Amendments) and publish it no later than May 17, 2018. On May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., time certain, City Council is expected to vote to adopt the Revised Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan. The final reading is expected to take place one week later. The expected effective date is July 9, 2018.

Deadline for written testimony on the CC2035 Plan extended to Monday, January 22 at noon

Community members encouraged to send their testimony via email or deliver in person to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Yesterday, January 18, 2018, the Portland City Council held a public hearing on their draft amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. Roughly 70 people testified in person on these amendments to the new long-range plan.

At Commissioner Fritz’s suggestions, Council agreed to extend the deadline for written testimony – on the amendments only – until noon on Monday, January 22, 2018. Testifiers may submit their testimony by email or in person. 

  • Email:
  • In person: Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201 Attn: CC2035 Testimony

Read the Amendments Report and the Additional Amendments. (Note: Written testimony will only be taken on Council amendments.)

Vote on amendments moved to March 7 at 2 p.m.

Commissioners originally were scheduled to vote on their amendments to the CC2035 Plan on March 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. That vote has moved up one day; Council will now vote on the amendments at 2 p.m. on March 7.

The final vote on the entire plan is scheduled for May 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.

City Council finalizes CC2035 amendments to consider at its January 18, 2018, hearing

Final amendments report to be published by Jan. 5, 2018.

On December 6, Portland City Council worked through a final list of potential amendments to the CC2035 Plan. Those items included increasing the height at RiverPlace, changing the location of the I-84 viewpoint, and encouraging flexible building designs so they can be repurposed in the future. Because Council was able to work through all their amendments to the plan, their tentative January 3, 2018, the deliberation session was cancelled. 

Review the summaries of Council deliberation sessions on October 18, November 29 and December 6.

Project staff plan to publish the final amendments report by Jan. 5, 2018, in advance of a January 18 hearing on the amendments at 2 p.m.

Community members are invited to talk with staff about the amendments during drop-in hours on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the City Hall Atrium from 5 - 7 p.m.

CC2035 Update: 10/18 Council meeting recap and preview of 11/29 work session

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:

  • Height and FAR  
  • Scenic views
  • Transportation System Plan (TSP)
  • Zoning and use allowances
  • Eco roofs

No votes or public testimony were taken. Council continued the discussion of the some of these agenda items to future meetings about CC2035.

Review the Summary of City Council Deliberations on October 18, 2017.

Learn more about past Council meetings, read the minutes or hear the audio recording.

Watch Council sessions on video tape.

Upcoming Council Sessions

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:

  • Scenic views (continued)
  • Green buildings (continued)
  • Bonuses and transfers
  • River/environmental
  • Trails, parks and open space
  • Miscellaneous code and map amendments

The agenda and materials for this session will be posted before Thanksgiving.

Additional Council sessions

December 6   

  • 2 p.m., time certain – Council session

January 3, 2018   

  • 2 p.m., time certain – Council session (CANCELED)

January 18

  • 2 p.m., time certain – Public hearing on amendments (amendments package to be published in early January)

March 2018 (anticipated)

  • Council vote on amendments

May 2018 (anticipated)

  • Council final vote (The CC2035 vote must follow the Comprehensive Plan effective date, which is currently anticipated to be May 2018.) 

June 2018 (anticipated)

  • Effective date for CC2035 (30 days after the Council vote)

How to stay informed and connected

You can track Council’s deliberation sessions so you know what amendments will be coming up at the public hearing in the following ways:

City Council begins hearing testimony on Recommended CC2035 Plan

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.

Invited testimony
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.