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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.

Where has the DOZA project been? Portlanders seeking design review want to know.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Process and Tools projects are gearing up for public feedback.

After doing additional research on peer cities and exploring new ideas for Portland, the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package is back. But with a twist.Multi-family housing unit with playground

It consists of only two projects now:
1. DOZA Process
2. DOZA Tools

DOZA Process remains about nine months ahead of DOZA Tools. Some work items that originally were part of the process updates, such as the thresholds, were moved to the tools updates so they can be implemented jointly with the new discretionary design guidelines and objective standards. However, the thresholds update specific to the Gateway plan district remains in the process updates.

DOZA PROCESS

DOZA Process is an effort 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).

The project proposals:

1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone to reflect the direction of the Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan.
2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
3. Expand options for smaller projects in the Gateway plan district, including the use of standards.
4. Align the Type III Design Review and Historic Resource Review processes with an applicant’s design process.
5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership.


Next Steps

A DOZA Process Discussion Draft will be released April 10, 2018, and comments are welcome through June 1, 2018. Feedback on the Discussion Draft will be considered as staff develops a Proposed Draft, scheduled for release in August 2018. This draft will be considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission in September and October.

DOZA TOOLS

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 also update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering review. And it may include additional concepts related to the Design overlay zone map and regulations related to civic buildings and character buildings.

Next Steps

A DOZA Tools Concept Report will be released May 2, 2018, and comments are welcome through the summer. Staff will consider feedback on the Concept Report as they develop a Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in November 2018.

Questions?

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

Project website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70324

DOZA: From Assessment to Amendments

City kicks off projects to implement recommendations for improving the design overlay zone

While the acronym for the project has stayed the same, “DOZA” is transitioning from the Design Overlay Zone Assessment to a series of Design Overlay Zone Amendments, which will update the City’s codes, standards and guidelines related to the design overlay zone.

In 2016, the Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and 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. City Council voted to accept the report in April 2017.

Now, BPS and BDS are ready to put those recommendations into action with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package, which comprises three projects:

  1. DOZA Process. This project will amend the Zoning Code to update how the design overlay works. It will include adjusting the thresholds for Design Review, improving public notice requirements and realigning the City’s Design Review process with the applicants’ design process. These updates will go into effect in summer 2018.
  2. DOZA Tools. This project will rewrite two primary tools used to implement the design overlay:  the objective design standards and discretionary design guidelines. We’ll seek input from the public and work with a consultant to write the new Objective Design Standards and Discretionary Design Guidelines, which are expected to be finalized in summer 2019.
  3. DOZA Administration. This project is an ongoing effort to make the Design Review process more efficient through internal changes at BDS. Examples include increasing staff capacity, managing Design Commission meetings more effectively, and using new tools to facilitate Commission deliberation.

Next Steps

The public Discussion Draft of the DOZA Process project will be released in December 2017. The draft will be available on the project website and staff will be holding several public outreach meetings and an event to seek public input.

Questions?

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