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Public hearing on new parking regulations in the NW Plan District scheduled for July 6

Recommended Draft to be published in mid-June for public review

A City Council hearing for the Northwest Parking Update Project has been scheduled for July 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. Please check the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability calendar for additional details and to confirm hearing time prior to the hearing.

A Recommended Draft to City Council of the Northwest Parking Update Project will be published in mid-June 2016, and the public will be invited to submit testimony in writing or in person. Check this website regarding the Recommended Draft and when and where to submit testimony.  

New parking regulations for the NW Plan District considered by Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commissioners passed on minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling construction but voted to recommend “shared parking” in the district.

The Northwest Parking Update Project had a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on March 8, 2016. Staff had proposed changes to two parking-related regulations in the Northwest Plan District:

  1. Adding minimum parking standards for new multi-dwelling development with more than 30 units.
  2. Liberalizing existing rules that allow accessory parking to be used as commercial parking in the Residential and Central Employment zones (sometimes referred to as “shared parking”). For example, this would allow spaces in a private parking garage to be rented by non-users (e.g., Legacy’s staff and patient parking garage).

The PSC did not recommend support for the parking minimums portion, based on concerns about a potential impact on housing affordability, whether directly via increased building costs or indirectly by reduced supply. But Commissioners voted to recommend forwarding the “shared parking” changes.

City Council will hold a public hearing on the NW Parking Update project on July 6, 2016. Check the Auditor’s website for details and to confirm.

For more information, visit

Proposed changes in NW Plan District aim to provide more parking options; public hearing March 8, 2016

Zoning Code changes would require new minimum parking standards for apartments over 30 units and provide new flexibility for shared parking.

On-street parking can be hard to find for customers, residents and employees in the Northwest District. As the popular shopping and dining area along NW 21st and 23rd Avenues continues to develop and more apartments are built in the area, concerns about managing and developing parking options also grow.

On-street parking

To help address the problem, the City of Portland adopted the Northwest Parking Management Plan in 2013 to manage and improve access to the on-street parking supply in the district. Parking meters are now being installed and an expanded area parking permit program was launched last year.  

But what about off-street parking?

On-street parking is only one piece of the parking puzzle. Another other piece is the availability and number of off-street parking spaces in places like garages and apartment buildings. The Northwest Parking Update Project is proposing two Zoning Code amendments to help improve and contribute to the long-term supply of parking options by:

  • Establishing minimum parking requirements for residential development with more than 30 units. This would bring the NW Plan District more in alignment with multi-family parking requirements established for much of the city in 2013. 
  • Expanding opportunities for accessory parking lots to rent out excess off-hour spaces. Parking garages in the NW are sometimes vacant during parts of the day or on the weekend. Allowing these garages to rent space to visitors during off-hours will help ease parking congestion in the area.

See the proposed draft here: Proposed Draft - Northwest Parking Update Project

Come to an Open House to answer questions about the project on Wednesday March 2, 2016, 5 – 6: 30 pm, at Friendly House (1737 NW 26th at NW Thurman).

How can I provide feedback to decision-makers?

The public is invited to provide testimony on this proposal in person at the public hearing in front of the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Northwest Parking Update Project
March 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A (second floor)
Please call 503-823-7700 or check the PSC calendar ( for the scheduled time.

Testimony may also be submitted before the hearing in writing via the following:

By U.S. Mail:
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
1900 SW 4th Avenue Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Attn: NW District Parking Update

By email:

By fax: 503-823-7800

Next Steps

The PSC will consider and take public testimony on the Proposed Draft of the NW Parking Update Project on March 8, 2016. The Commission may amend the proposal before they vote to recommend the draft proposal to Portland City Council. That draft of the proposal is called the Recommended Draft.

City Council will hold additional public hearings and take formal public testimony on the Recommended Draft. Council may amend the Recommended Draft before they vote to adopt the proposal. This will likely occur in April or May 2016.

For more information, visit the project website or contact Joan Frederiksen at or call 503-823-3111.