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See what new multifamily and mixed-use buildings will look like by watching these digital animations

Movies help people envision how new design standards and guidelines will make larger buildings more attractive and people friendly; deadline for comments on Discussion Draft extended to May 1.

Last year it was the Green Loop; this year it’s our Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project featured at Design Week Portland.

During the week-long festival of all things design related, the DOZA team held an open house to share three digital animations showing what draft Design Standards would look like in “real life.”

Because the project is updating design tools for multi-dwelling, commercial and mixed use projects, the videos depict different building types in various parts of the city. Click on a video below and do a “flyover” of apartments and mixed use commercial buildings in the following areas of the city:

What are the digital animations based on?

Prior to releasing the DOZA Discussion Draft, project staff worked with three architectural design teams to illustrate the results of new proposed design standards in areas of the city with different characteristics, such as geography and slopes, street patterns and lot size.

These drawings illustrate how regulations can shape building projects and how new design standards can respond to different contexts.

All the consultant teams’ analysis and drawings are available to review in Appendix B: Consultant Testing of Draft Guidelines and Standards of the DOZA Discussion Draft.

There’s still time to weigh in!

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the DOZA Discussion Draft so far.

We’ve extended the comment period to May 1, so more people can review the videos and proposals and share their feedback.

What do you think? Send your comments to doza@portlandoregon.gov by May 1.

Questions? Contact Kathryn Hartinger at kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.

DOZA featured at Design Week Portland; Discussion Draft comments deadline extended

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project will hold an open house on April 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. as part Design Week Portland. Portlanders are invited to comment on the DOZA Discussion Draft (in person or writing) until April 19, 2019.

Design is an important part of any good urban space. That’s why the City of Portland is updating its design overlay (d-overlay) zone to ensure our public spaces meet the needs of current and future residents.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project is updating the rules and processes for Portland’s d-overlay and design review program, and we want to share the latest drafts of changes to the process and tools for design review across the city.

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Design Week Portland Open House Tomorrow!
Come learn more, ask staff questions and offer your feedback at the Design Week Portland open house:

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

Discussion Draft comments deadline extended
We want your feedback, so the comment period for the Discussion Draft has been extended to April 19, 2019. We invite your review of the following documents:

Questions?
Feel free to send us an email of give us a call.

Kathryn Hartinger, Project Manager
kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov
(503) 823-9714

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

For more information about the project, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/doza.

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.