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Planning and Sustainability Commission holds a public hearing on the Neighborhood Contact Code Update project

Learn more about the August 14, 2018 Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing about the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Proposed Draft

The Planning and Sustainability Commission held a public hearing on the Proposed Draft of the Neighborhood Contact Code Update project on Tuesday, August 14. Seven people testified, adding to the testimony submitted previously in writing. Commissioners asked clarifying questions of staff and brought up some ideas for amendments they might want to propose.

Want to learn more about what happened at the hearing?

Want to testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission?
Written testimony (submitted through the Map App or delivered in hard copy to the BPS office will be accepted through 5 p.m on Friday, August 17.

What’s next?
The Planning and Sustainability Commission is scheduled to hold a work session and recommendation on the Neighborhood Contact Code Update on August 28th. During that meeting, commissioners are expected to propose and discuss amendments, and vote to adopt an amended draft of the code changes. There will be no public testimony, but the meeting is public.

Questions? Contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7288 or sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov .

Learn about new development early on with proposed neighborhood contact requirements

Review the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Proposed Draft; then testify on proposed new rules for informing the public about new construction in their neighborhoods.

During the development of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan, Portlanders expressed a need to know earlier when new development was coming to their neighborhoods. Too often, they said, the first time they became aware that a new building was going up was when demolition began or the backhoes arrived.

As a follow-on project of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project.

A Proposed Draft has been released for public review and testimony, which you can review and weigh in on.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing on August 14, when community members can share their testimony in person. The PSC is also accepting written testimony via the Map App until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 17.

What’s in the Proposed Draft?

The Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project is reviewing requirements about how project developers engage with the public. These requirements offer a way for people who live and work in or visit a neighborhood to learn about new development projects early on.

Some of the highlights of the proposal include:

  • Require onsite signs with summary information about the project, posted 35 days before the building permit or Land Use Review application is submitted. This applies for projects adding more than 10,000 square feet of new building.
  • Allow notice to be sent using email or mail rather than requiring certified mail.
  • Require a public informational meeting about projects adding more than 25,000 square feet of new building.

The appendix of the Proposed Draft contains draft examples of materials that the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will develop to support implementation of code changes. BDS staff will continue to revise these materials, but they are not part of the zoning code changes being proposed. If you have questions about the proposal, contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728.

Tell the PSC what you think of the proposed new requirements

You can testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App from now until August 17 at 5 p.m. 

Testify online via the Map App

It’s as easy as sending an email. Just click or tap the big "Testify" button and complete the online form. Once you press “submit,” you can read your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.

Via U.S. Mail

Send your letter to:

Planning and Sustainability Commission
Neighborhood Contact Testimony
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201

In person at the public hearing

Tuesday, August 14, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500
Portland, Oregon

Questions?

Visit the project website, call 503-823-7728 or email sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.

City improving the way Portlanders learn about new development in their neighborhood

Read and comment on the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Discussion Draft.

Portlanders have long wanted a better way to learn about new development in their neighborhood. As part of early implementation of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability created the Neighborhood Contact Code Update project to address community desire to have more information about new large buildings in the area.

The project is addressing issues related to neighborhood notification of new development, such as:

  • How should developers be required to notify people about new development in their neighborhood?
  • What should trigger the notification; for instance, number of units in the new development?

Review the Discussion Draft and send us your comments

The Neighborhood Contact Code Update project has released a Discussion Draft for public review. The document includes a proposal and an appendix with draft materials that will be finalized by the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) after adoption of code changes in late 2018.

What would the proposal change?

The code changes proposed in this draft would change both the required process and the triggers of the existing Neighborhood Contact Requirement.

Currently, the process requires applicants to offer information about the project at a neighborhood association meeting. The proposed changes to the process would:

  • Shift the focus from a meeting to an onsite sign with information about the project, posted 35 days before the permit application is submitted.
  • Require that informational emails be sent at the same time to the neighborhood association, business association and district coalition.
  • Require the applicant to host an informational meeting only for larger projects.

Currently, the requirement is applied to new development inconsistently in a variety of situations because the triggers have been added piecemeal over time. The proposed changes to the triggers would make them simpler and more standardized, applying to all projects with more than 10,000 square feet of new building.

How can I provide feedback?

Comments on the Discussion Draft (link to Discussion Draft page) are due on April 23, 2018. You can submit your comments any of these ways:

Project staff will weigh comments against each other and the City’s goals and policies to produce the Proposed Draft, which will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in late spring/early summer.

Learn more at a presentation and Q&A

You can learn more and ask questions of staff at either of two events.

Monday, March 12, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (short presentations at 4:45 p.m. and at 6 p.m., with time for questions and discussion)
1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97201

Thursday, March 22, 2018
6 - 6:45 p.m. (short presentation at 6 p.m., followed by time for questions and discussion)
Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland, OR 97217

If you have questions or would like to have staff come and talk about the project with your organization, contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.