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Commissioner Fritz Proposes Amendment to Accessory Structures Code Project

Change would affect Accessory Dwelling Units in R7, R5, and R2.5 zones

Commissioner Fritz has submitted an amendment to the Planning & Sustainability's Recommended Draft on the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project. The amendment was submitted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, prior to the Council's second reading and vote on the ordinance, which was initially scheduled for November 18, 2015.

The amendment removes the ability for smaller accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be placed within the side and rear setbacks in the R7, R5, and R2.5 zones. The amendment does not affect other covered accessory structures such as garages, sheds, workshops or other living spaces that don't provide independent living facilities.

The City Council has postponed their vote on the amendment and the full package of code changes until December 2, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. In the interim, testimony can be sent to the City Council through the Council Clerks office at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.

View the Council Amendment

View the Recommended Draft

 

City Council to hold November 12 Public Hearing on Accessory Structures

Recommended Draft amends Zoning Code for accessory structures, including ADUs

The Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update Recommended Draft on November 12, beginning at 9:45 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Public testimony will be taken at this time.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission's Recommended Draft is based on staff work, with input received during public outreach and through discussions with the project focus group.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project revises the regulations for accessory structures with a focus on detached accessory structures, such as garages, covered patios, storage sheds and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The amendments streamline the standards to create one set of regulations for all covered accessory structures that is based more on form (setbacks, height and bulk) rather than function (how the building is used).

City Council Public Hearing
Thursday November 12, 2015, 9:45 a.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland Oregon 

View the Recommended Draft

View the Public Notice

Accessory Structures Project passes through Planning & Sustainability Commission

Commission recommends approval to City Council

On September 22, Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing on the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update. After a staff presentation, the Commission opened the hearing up for testimony. Four people testified, and there was general support for the proposed changes. After considering the proposal, the PSC voted 6-0 to recommend the City Council approve the amendments as proposed by staff.

The next step is for Council to hold a final hearing and adopt the code amendments. This hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 12 at 9:45 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. Check the project calendar to confirm details.

Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update heads to Planning and Sustainability Commission for Hearing

Proposed Draft revises rules for garages, home offices, greenhouses, accessory dwelling units and other accessory structures

BPS staff have released the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft in preparation for the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) public hearing on September 22,2015.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update is revising the City's Zoning Code regulations, focusing on detached accessory structures associated with residential development. This includes structures such as garages, storage sheds, home offices, greenhouses and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as decks, trellises and mechanical equipment.

The project aims to streamline the regulations by emphasizing form (setbacks, height and bulk) over function (how the accessory structure is used) while continuing to address impacts on neighboring properties. Specifically, the proposed amendments:

  • Expand the exemption that allows small one-story garages in side and rear setbacks to other detached accessory structures.
  • Set a uniform building height maximum of 20 feet for all detached accessory structures.
  • Require all detached covered accessory structures more than 15 feet high to meet revised compatibility standards for exterior finish materials, roof pitch, trim, windows and eaves.
  • Provide additional flexibility for mechanical equipment installations related to single-dwelling development.
  • Reformat regulations to improve clarity.

The Proposed Draft updates the public Discussion Draft, which was released in June. The Proposed Draft includes staff consideration of the comments received during the outreach period. The Proposed Draft is the staff recommendation for PSC consideration and recommendation at their hearing. The public is invited to attend and/or submit testimony on the proposal.

PSC Hearing Details

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission - Public Hearing
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5p.m. **
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A
** Please check the PSC calendar approximately one week before the hearing for a more specific time and additional details.

View the PSC agenda: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc

View the Proposed Draft: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/542283

Detailed instructions for submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

 

Draft code changes for accessory structures available for review

New rules proposed for the size, design and location of garages, ADUs, and other accessory structures

What do trellises, ADA ramps, air conditioning units and garages have in common? They’re all what’s called an “accessory structure” — or a smaller structure that’s an “accessory” to a house or residence. The City regulates their size, location and mass to minimize impacts on neighbors.

Through the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is revising the City’s Zoning Code for accessory structures. It focuses on detached residential structures such as garages, storage sheds, home offices and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as decks, trellises, ADA ramps and mechanical equipment. The new regulations will streamline regulations by emphasizing form (setbacks, height and bulk) over function (how the accessory structure is used) while continuing to address impacts on neighboring properties. 

The public is invited to review the Discussion Draft for the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update.

The proposed amendments in the Discussion Draft will:

  • Expand the exemption that allows small one-story garages in side and rear setbacks to all detached covered accessory structures.
  • Set a building height maximum of 20 feet for all detached covered structures.
  • Require all detached covered accessory structures over 15 feet in height to meet revised compatibility standards.

The project focuses on detached accessory structures in residential zones, but code amendments are proposed within all the base zones as well as the accessory dwelling unit chapter in the Zoning Code.

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update Discussion Draft contains the staff proposal for code amendments and corresponding commentary.

A two-page summary provides a brief overview of the project and code changes, as well as a timeline for the review and hearing process.

Learn more at an open house

Project staff will hold an open house on July 9 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. to answer questions about the Discussion Draft. The open house will be in the Development Services Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B (2nd floor).

Staff will also be making short presentations at neighborhood district coalition offices; check the Meetings and Events calendar for more information. 

Public comments on the Discussion Draft will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Next Steps

Staff will consider public comments on the Discussion Draft when developing the Proposed Draft. The Proposed Draft will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) later in the summer, with an anticipated public hearing date in September. After hearing public testimony, the PSC will forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before final adoption.

Please check the Meetings and Events calendar for details on upcoming events.