Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

Design Overlay Zone Assessment Project

  • Portland’s (d) overlay gets a closer look with the Design Overlay Zones Assessment project.

  • The Design Overlay zone is applied within areas of the city with special scenic, architectural or cultural value.

  • The project will evaluate what’s working and what’s not in the Design Overlay zone.

  • Project Timeline The DOZA project will include four phases of work.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), is initiating a consultant-led assessment of Portland’s Design Overlay zone. The project, called Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA), will document and assess how the tools that carry out the (d) overlay affect the outcomes for discretionary and nondiscretionary reviews. The final deliverable is a set of recommendations for practically and effectively improving the system.  

The DOZA project staff and consultant team will host a public open house on February 8, 2017. This online questionnaire offers a second way to provide feedback and will remain open through February 21, 2017. 

Lora Lillard, Project Manager, 503-823-7721,

Helpful Links

City-related information regarding d-overlay zones, including the purpose, design standards and guidelines, review procedures and fee schedules

DOZA Project Overview

Phases of work for the Design Overlay Zones Assessment project