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Important information and announcements about the Code Reconciliation Project.


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.

Public invited to testify on proposed changes to Titles 11, 18, 32 and 33 before commissions and boards at public hearings

Proposed changes to reconcile zoning and other City regulations in Planning and Zoning, Trees, Noise Control and Signs chapters of the Zoning Code.

Portland's new Comprehensive Plan is in the process of being acknowledged by the state. Meanwhile, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) planners are proposing amendments to the Zoning Code and other City titles to synchronize regulations with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and Inclusionary Housing changes.

The Code Reconciliation Project – Proposed Draft is available for public review and testimony. The Proposed Draft includes amendments to Title 33 (Planning and Zoning), Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise Control) and Title 32 (Signs and Related Regulations). While many of the changes are primarily technical fixes, there are also changes that may touch on policy issues and affect development allowances.

How to testify

Your testimony on the Proposed Draft changes must be directed to the Commission or Board tasked with considering and approving the amendments, as follows:

Planning and Sustainability Commission – Title 33, Title 32 and Title 11 issues

Testify: October 24, 2017, 5 p.m., CH2M Building: 2020 SW 4th Ave, Lincoln Room (1st floor)
Check the PSC calendar one week before the meeting for exact hearing time for this project.
Write: Attn: PSC Testimony, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
Fax: 503-823-7800
Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov (write “Code Reconciliation Testimony” in the subject line)

Noise Review Board – Title 18 issues only 

Testify: November 8, 2017, 6 p.m., City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Pettygrove Room
Write: 1221 SW 4th Avenue Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
Fax: 503-823-3050
Emailnoise@portlandoregon.gov (write “Code Reconciliation Testimony” in the subject line)

Urban Forestry Commission – Title 11 issues only

Testify: November 16, 2017, 8 a.m., City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Lovejoy Room
Write: 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 5000 Portland, OR 97201
Email: urbanforestrycommission@portlandoregon.gov (write “Code Reconciliation Testimony” in the subject line)

Briefings

Staff will brief the Commissions and Boards on the following dates, but no testimony will be taken.

Planning and Sustainability Commission
Oct. 10, 2017, 12:30 p.m, 1900 SW 4th Room 2500

Noise Review Board
Oct. 11, 2017, 6 p.m., City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Urban Forestry Commission
Oct. 19, 2017, 8 a.m., City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Confirm dates, times, and locations of these events in the calendar.


For more information or if you have questions about the Code Reconciliation Project

Visit the project website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/72600

Email staff: codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov

Call: 503-823-0195

Draft changes to reconcile zoning and other City codes available for review

Portlanders invited to consider the Code Reconciliation Project Discussion Draft.

Even though Portland's new Comprehensive Plan is still in the process of being acknowledged by the state, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) planners are moving forward with efforts to implement the new plan in accordance with the new Comp Plan policies, zoning map and code.

Here are some new developments …

The Code Reconciliation Project – Discussion Draft is posted online for public review and comment through August 28, 2017. The draft code amendments, which include changes to Title 33 (Zoning), Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise Control), and Title 32 (Signs), are primarily technical fixes, but also include a few minor policy issues and changes to development allowances.

Comment welcome

Comments on the Discussion Draft will be directed to BPS staff, who will consider them in developing a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. The PSC will hold a public hearing and take oral and written public testimony on the Proposed Draft this fall.

You can submit your comments to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/74058, via email at codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, or by mail to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Code Reconciliation Project, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR  97201.

For questions or for more information, email codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, call 503-823-0195, or visit the project website

Project staff are also available to answer your questions in person at drop-in meetings on:

  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m., at Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan, Williams Room  
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5 - 7 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Lobby

Neighborhood Contact Requirement – New process and project
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has separated the Neighborhood Contact Requirement review from the Code Reconciliation Project to give it more time and attention. The new Neighborhood Contact Requirement Project will address ways to create a more effective process that meets the goals of information sharing and early dialogue with the community. A Discussion Draft will be released in the fall. For more information, please visit the new project website.

Online questionnaire closes, hundreds responded
As part of preliminary exploration on neighborhood contact requirements, BPS solicited feedback through an online questionnaire. Responses to this questionnaire will inform possible changes to broaden notification and provide an opportunity for community dialogue for significant projects. We received 540 responses between June 23 and July 9, 2017, and the results of the Neighborhood Contact Questionnaire are available for review.