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Important information and announcements about the Code Reconciliation Project.


City Council moves the Code Reconciliation Project to final vote

Commissioners considered the Code Reconciliation Project - Recommended Draft As - Amended on April 25 and voted to move it forward for adoption; a final vote is scheduled for May 24, 2018.

The Portland City Council held a public hearing on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft on March 21, 2018. They subsequently held deliberation sessions on April 11 and 25. The project amends Title 33 (Zoning), as well as Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise Control) and Title 32 (Signs).

During their deliberations, Commissioners made several amendments to the Recommended Draft, including an amendment to retain the Buffer overlay zone (33.410) in the Portland zoning code. The Buffer overlay would continue to be applied in some limited circumstances where Employment and Industrial zones abut Residential zones. Other amendments include minor technical and some policy-related changes.

Public testimony closed on March 23, and City Council is scheduled for a final vote on the project on May 24. The changes would become effective immediately along with the other 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early-Implementation Amendments adopted in December 2016.

Review the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft As-Amended (April 2018):
Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft As-Amended Title 33 (April 2018)
Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft As-Amended Titles 11, 18, and 32 (April 2018)

New rules for energy efficient buildings proposed

Public invited to comment on draft administrative rules for the Planned Development Bonus in Commercial/Mixed Use Zones

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is developing administrative rules for energy efficient buildings, which will be used to evaluate buildings using the Planned Development Bonus in the Commercial/Mixed Use Zones. The new administrative rules will specify energy use targets for buildings using the bonus option.  

New rules for buildings on sites using the Planned Development Bonus

The Planned Development Bonus was adopted as part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The bonus, available on sites over two acres in Commercial/Mixed Use zones, offers additional height flexibility when development is approved through a Type III Design Review with a public hearing. The bonus also requires energy efficient buildings, inclusionary housing and an onsite plaza or park. For information on the Planned Development Bonus, see 33.130.212.E, 33.270 and 33.854 in the adopted Zoning code.

Review the draft administrative rules for energy efficient buildings

How to comment 

Please submit comments on the energy efficiency administrative rules through May 9, 2018, at 6 p.m.

Emailcodereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, using subject line “Energy Efficient Building Rules.”

Mail: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Energy Efficient Building Rules, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201. 

BPS will hold a public hearing on the draft energy efficiency administrative rules on:

May 9, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor, Room 7A

Please contact Barry Manning at 503-823-7965 or codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov with questions or for more information.

Council holds hearing on the Code Reconciliation Project - written testimony accepted through March 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM

On March 21, 2018, the Portland City Council held a public hearing and took public testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft.

On March 21, 2018, the Portland City Council held a public hearing and took public testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft

In addition, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability proposed several amendments for City Council and public consideration. Review the proposed additional amendments.

City Council is holding the written record on the project open until March 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM. 

Testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft must be directed to the Portland City Council.  

To testify, please email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “Code Reconciliation Project Testimony”

City Council to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed changes to Titles 11, 18, 32 and 33

Community members can testify on the Code Reconciliation Project in person at the hearing or in writing via email or U.S. Mail.

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Zoning Code Amendments was adopted by City Council in 2016 and included major changes to the Zoning Code. Council also adopted zoning changes as part of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project. Both projects made changes that affect the zoning code and other City titles that reference zoning. The Code Reconciliation Project was created to reconcile differences in these varying codes.

The recently-released Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft includes proposed amendments to Title 33, Planning and Zoning, Title 32, Signs and Related Regulations, Title 18, Noise Control, and Title 11, Trees. These amendments to the zoning code will provide greater consistency with adopted regulations and correct code references. These changes are necessary for proper implementation of land use and development permits and to implement other City codes.

Read the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft

Portlanders are invited to review the Recommended Draft and provide testimony to the Portland City Council at an upcoming public hearing.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING
Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft
March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

What’s in the Recommended Draft?
Many of the recommended code amendments are technical. References to existing Commercial zones are replaced with the most equivalent new Commercial/Mixed Use zone (C/MU). The changes also incorporate the new Campus Institutional (CI) zones. And they align regulations with Employment and Industrial (E & I) base zone regulations.

Some changes have policy implications or change development allowances because the new zones are not all direct replacements for the current zones. Items with more substantive changes include the following, by title.

Title 33 amendments include the following:

  • Update the adopted C/MU zones to work with new rules in the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Project; implements IH in the new zoning framework.
  • Update Plan Districts to add the IH bonus/offsets or convert existing bonuses to IH approach; apply new E & I zone limits on retail and residential.
  • Apply new setback standards in E & I zones to act as a buffer for interfaces with residential zones and delete the Buffer overlay zone.
  • Amend Conditional Use transportation approval criteria to broaden evaluation factors.
  • Require Self-Service Storage uses in CE zone to be subject to design review; require active uses at the ground floor of Self-Service Storage buildings in some pedestrian and transit-oriented locations.

Title 11 amendments remove references to CS and CM zones that are being phased out. New C/MU zones would be subject to tree code requirements.

Title 18 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing noise regulations. 

Title 32 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing sign regulations. As new zones are not direct replacements, this may affect sign allowances moving forward. 

How to testify
Testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft must be directed to the Portland City Council. You can testify:

In person: March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m., Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “Code Reconciliation Project Testimony”

By U.S. Mail: Portland City Council, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR  97204. Attn: Code Reconciliation Project Testimony

All written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

For more information

December 12 PSC Work Session on Code Reconciliation Project

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a work session on the Code Reconciliation Project – Proposed Draft at its meeting on December 12 at approximately 1:20 p.m. Check the PSC agenda to confirm the time. 

No additional testimony will be taken on this topic at this meeting; testimony on the project was taken at the October 24, 2017 public hearing. The PSC will also consider additional amendments proposed in the December 5 staff memo.