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Design Overlay Zone Amendments

  • Portland’s d-overlay gets an update with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments package.

  • The Design Overlay zone will encourage development that builds on context, contributes to the public realm, and encourages quality and long-term resilience.

  • The package will implement recommendations from the Design Overlay Zone Assessment.

In 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Development Services (BDS) hired a consultant team to assess the City’s design overlay zone (d-overlay). The result was the Design Overlay Zone Assessment, which included a set of findings and recommendations to improve the process and tools that implement the d-overlay.

Now, BPS and BDS are ready to put those recommendations into action with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Package, which comprises three projects: DOZA Process, DOZA Tools and DOZA Administration. A DOZA Process Discussion Draft will be ready for public review in November.   

Kathryn Hartinger, DOZA Coordinator, (503) 823-9714,

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DOZA Package

Putting the consultant’s recommendations into action


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