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Important information and announcements about the Map Refinement Project


Map Refinement Project on its way to City Council

Planning and Sustainability Commission vote to recommend the Map Refinement Project.

On Nov. 14, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a work session on the Map Refinement Project and voted on their recommendation to City Council. At the work session, there were 11 discussion items and 36 consent items. Documents, presentations and video from the work session may be viewed in the PSC Nov. 14, 2017 meeting recap.

The Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft was released in September 2017, prompting 177 items of in-person and written testimony from individuals and organizations. Public testimony may be viewed from the BPS Public Testimony Reader. The PSC used this public feedback to inform their recommendation to City Council.

Next Steps

Project staff expect to release the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft to City Council in February 2018. The public will have time to review the Recommended Draft and provide comments to City Council through the late winter/early spring. Be sure to check the project calendar for any changes to dates and times.

Public invited to provide testimony on Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearing on October 24, 2017

The Map Refinement Project follows the Comprehensive Plan Update, refining the new zoning map to ensure it is in alignment with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan Map and guiding land use policies.

The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, prompting 53 comments from individuals and organizations. Project staff used this feedback to create the Proposed Draft, which was released on Sept. 12, 2017. Public notice about the Proposed Draft and public hearings will be mailed to affected property owners and occupants, as well as neighborhood associations and other organizations, starting on Sept. 14, 2017.

Read the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will consider formal public testimony on the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft. Community members are invited to submit their written testimony to the PSC until October 24, or in person at a public hearing on Oct. 24, 2017.The Commission may amend the proposal and will subsequently vote to recommend the changes and draft plan to Portland City Council.

Summary of potential map changes

Many of the items in the Map Refinement Proposed Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map land use designations and/or Zoning Map base or overlay zones. This will ensure that regulations are implemented in alignment with policy direction in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Exhibit O – Further Refinement Directive, dated December 2016
  • Reconciliation of Bureau of Development Services land use reviews between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Technical and policy priority map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

How to Testify

You can provide testimony for the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft in the following ways:

In person: Before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 5 p.m., CH2M Building: 2020 SW 4th Ave, Lincoln Room (1st floor), Portland

Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “Map Refinement Project Testimony”

U.S. Mail

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Map Refinement Project Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

Map App: View proposals in our interactive Map App and use the comment tab to provide your testimony.

What is the difference between the Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Map?

Next Steps

The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review. After public hearings, Council will vote to adopt the Map Refinement Project early next year.

For more information, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73388.

End of comment period for Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

Feedback from the public will be considered by staff as they prepare a Proposed Draft for consideration by the PSC.

The public was invited to comment on a package of Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map changes for the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft. The comment period ended at 5 p.m. on July 31, 2017. Forty-six (46) comments were received during the seven-week public comment period.

Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft to develop the a Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft, which will be published in September. Following publication of the Proposed Draft:

  • Public notice will be mailed to affected property owners and occupants as well as neighborhood associations and other organizations.
  • In conjunction with the notice, the public will be invited to submit formal public testimony in writing beginning mid-September 2017.
  • Community members may give testimony in person at a public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m.

The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review. After public hearings Council will vote to adopt the Map Refinement Project early next year.

For more information, visit the project website.  

Public invited to comment on Comp Plan/Zoning Map changes in Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

Discrete changes to some base zones and overlay zones will synch the Zoning Map with the City’s new Comprehensive Plan Map.

A new package of Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map changes is now ready for public review and comment. The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft contains 144 items that are being evaluated for possible map changes; specifically:

  • 84 Comprehensive Plan Map designation and/or Zoning Map base zone changes, and
  • 60 overlay zone changes.

The scope of the Map Refinement Project was shaped by City Council’s Refinement Directive (Exhibit O) during the final stage of the Comprehensive Plan Update process in December 2016. In addition, there are several sites where development has been approved under old land use designations, prompting possible reconsideration of the new designations scheduled to go into effect in 2018.

This is also an opportunity to make additional technical corrections to the adopted map.

What is the difference between the Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Map?

Summary of Potential Map Changes
Many of the items in the Map Refinement Discussion Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map designations and/or Zoning Map base or overlay zones. This will ensure that regulations are implemented in alignment with policy direction in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Exhibit O – Further Refinement Directive, dated December 2016
  • Reconciliation of Bureau of Development Services land use reviews between January 2013 and June 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and June 2017
  • Technical map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

Read the Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

The comment period for the Map Refinement Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Please submit comments by mail to 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Map Refinement Project or by email: cpmaprefinement@portlandoregon.gov.

Next Steps
Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft to create a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for a public hearing in October 2017. The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before they vote to adopt the amendments next year.

For more information, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73388.