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Draft update to design zones out for public discussion

The Discussion Draft for the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project is out and ready for review through April 12, 2019.

Neighborhood retail street scene

Portland’s Design overlay zones are getting an update, and project staff wants your input. The project’s Discussion Draft has launched, and public comments are welcome through April 12, 2019.

The DOZA project will revise the rules and processes that some new buildings go through to ensure people-oriented design serves residents, workers, and visitors in our most vibrant places.

Read the Discussion Draft documents.

Please send feedback or questions to doza@portlandoregon.gov.

Open houses across the city

Open House

March 16, 2019 2-4 p.m.
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St
TriMet: Line 15

American Institute of Architects Open House

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4-7 p.m.
403 NW 11th Ave
TriMet: Line 77, Portland Streetcar

Design Week Open House

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4-7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue (1st floor lobby)
TriMet: Multiple bus lines
MAX Green/Yellow line
Portland Streetcar

Come learn more, offer your feedback, and ask staff questions at any of the following open houses—including one we’re hosting as part of the Design Week Portland festival.

For other scheduled meetings, check the project calendar.

Staff is also available to attend community meetings upon request. Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

Next steps

In the spring, staff will consider the comments received on the Discussion Draft and refine it into a Proposed Draft. The Design Commission and Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold joint public hearings in summer 2019.

New rules for design review process and tools move forward as one package; Discussion Draft to be released early next year

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Process and DOZA Tools projects will be combined into a single package for easier public review and comment.

lower retail level of condo unit as example of DOZA The quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, people-oriented design for our most vibrant places is important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

With all the new construction going on around town, it’s a good time to revisit the rules that govern how new large buildings look and feel within Portland’s Design overlay zone, which covers many of our growing centers and corridors.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Bureau of Development Services are working on a set of proposals that would update and improve both the process and the tools used for design review.

Initially envisioned as separate projects, DOZA Process and Tools, the two projects will now move forward as a single package, with a unified Discussion Draft expected early next year.

Why the change?

A few reasons:

  • First, the interconnectedness of the design review process and tools presented challenges to moving two separate projects forward on different timelines.
  • Second, BDS is piloting administrative changes that may influence potential zoning code changes, and the DOZA timeline change allows more time for that exploration.
  • Third, a single project with one set of meetings and opportunities for input means community members save time by engaging in one outreach effort.

In the meantime, project staff are working with consultants to test some of the draft tools (guidelines and standards) to ensure they result in good projects. At the same time, improvements to the process by which developers and property owners submit to design review are being refined by a working group of BDS and BPS staff.

Next Steps

Early next year, project staff will share the results of the consultant and staff work online and at public meetings. If you’d like to receive email updates about DOZA, please sign up by clicking on the “Stay Informed” button on the left side of the project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/DOZA

Questions about DOZA?

Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

DOZA Tools Concept Report ready for public review; learn more about DOZA at May 9 open house

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments Package (DOZA) aims to improve design review in Portland; the DOZA Tools Concept Report follows the release of DOZA Process Discussion Draft.

DOZA Tools Concept Report coverThe quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, people-oriented design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places are important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design (‘d’) overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering design review and consider several additional concepts. The DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a “40-percent” draft of these concepts for public feedback.

Read the DOZA Tools Concept Report

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.
  2. Update the Design overlay zone map to align with the new purpose statement of the ‘d’ overlay. This concept would expand the design overlay zone to neighborhood centers without an existing ‘d’ overlay and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  3. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside. This concept is consistent with how the Design overlay zone has been applied over time.
  4. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the DOZA Tools Concept Report and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform development of the Discussion Draft this winter.

Open House

Community members are invited to an open house on May 9 to learn about the DOZA Tools Concept Report as well as the DOZA Process Discussion Draft. Project staff will be available to answer questions and welcome community feedback.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and Streetcar lines 

Staff will also be meeting with community groups and others to share information about the projects and to answer questions. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

How to Comment

Comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report are appreciated by Friday, June 1, 2018, but welcome through the summer. Send comments to Lora Lillard, DOZA Tools Project Manager.

  • E-maillora.lillard@portlandoregon.gov
  • Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    Attn: DOZA Tools
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps

Your comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report will be considered as we develop a DOZA Tools Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in Winter 2019.

DOZA open house May 9; DOZA Tools Concept Report coming soon

Portlanders are invited to learn more about proposed improvements to the Design Review process at an open house May 9; initial concepts for new tools to implement Design Review released on May 7.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project team is sharing proposals to improve design review in Portland. Community members can review the DOZA Process Discussion Draft (available now) and DOZA Tools Concept Report (available May 7), then talk with staff at an open house on May 9.  

DOZA Open House

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines

What’s in the DOZA Process Discussion Draft?

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft is available now; comments are due by June 1, 2018.

DOZA Process proposes ways to make the design review process more efficient, predictable and transparent. The project proposes amendments to the Zoning Code that work in conjunction with ongoing administrative improvements being led by the Bureau of Development Services. BDS implements the City’s design review program through the development review process.  This DOZA Process Discussion Draft provides a 60-percent draft of the proposals for public feedback.

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft proposes to:

  1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone and related design chapters to reflect the direction of the new Comprehensive Plan.
  2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
  3. In the Gateway plan district, allow smaller projects to use Community Design Standards as an alternative to a design review.
  4. Align the Type III design review and historic resource review process with an applicant’s design process by allowing phased submittals of materials, requiring early design conferences and ensuring focused commission deliberations and decision-making.
  5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership to allow landscape architects as industry technical experts, and clarify that the public-at-large member is independent of these industries.

Read the DOZA Process Discussion Draft

Staff welcome feedback on the Discussion Draft. Your comments will be considered as we prepare the Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission in August. The PSC will hold public hearings and accept testimony in writing and in person at that time.

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report is scheduled for release on Monday, May 7; comments are appreciated by June 1, 2018, but are welcome through the summer.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds for design review and consider several additional concepts. This DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a 40-percent draft of these concepts for public feedback.

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Design overlay zone map. Update the map to align with the new purpose statement of the Design overlay zone. This concept would expand the Design overlay zone to all neighborhood centers and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  2. Thresholds. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside.
  3. “Character” buildings. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.
  4. New tools. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.

This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform preparation of the DOZA Tools Discussion Draft this winter.

Questions about DOZA Process or Tools? Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

More effective processes for design review are available for public consideration

Portlanders invited to give feedback on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Process Discussion Draft through June 1.

doza-coverThe quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, human-centered design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places is important for the entire community.

So, these rules need to be evaluated and updated periodically. The Design Overlay Zones Amendments projects — DOZA Process and DOZA Tools — do just that; they hit the reset button on the rules for Portland’s Design overlay zone (the d-overlay) and design review program. 

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft is now ready for review; a DOZA Tools Concept Report will be released in early May 2018.

Read the DOZA Process Discussion Draft.

What’s in the DOZA Process Discussion Draft?

DOZA Process proposes ways to make the design review process more efficient, predictable and transparent. The project proposes amendments to the Zoning Code that work in conjunction with ongoing administrative improvements being led by the Bureau of Development Services. BDS implements the City’s design review program through the development review process.

The DOZA Process proposes to:

  1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone and related design chapters to reflect the direction of the new Comprehensive Plan.
  2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
  3. In the Gateway plan district, allow smaller projects to use Community Design Standards as an alternative to a design review.
  4. Align the Type III design review and historic resource review process with an applicant’s design process by allowing phased submittals of materials, requiring early design conferences and ensuring focused commission deliberations and decision-making.
  5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership to allow landscape architects as industry technical experts, and clarify that the public-at-large member is independent of these industries.

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed code amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequent City Council hearings later this year.

Upcoming events

Community members are invited to an open house on May 9 to learn about the proposals, as well as the DOZA Tools Concept Report. Project staff will be available to answer questions about the draft changes to improve design review in Portland.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines

Staff will also be meeting with community groups and others to share information about the project to answer questions. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

How to comment

Comments are due by Friday, June 1, 2018. Send comments to Phil Nameny, DOZA Process Project Manager.

Emailphil.nameny@portlandoregon.gov

Mail
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: DOZA Process
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR  97201

Next steps

Your comments on the Discussion Draft will be considered as we develop a DOZA Process Proposed Draft, scheduled for release in August 2018. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold public hearings on the Proposed Draft in September and October, make their amendments and vote to recommend a revised draft to City Council in December.

For more information, please visit the Design Overlay Zone Amendments website.