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Public open house presents recommendations about Design Overlay Zones for review and feedback

Consultant team’s Draft Recommendations for the Design Overlay Zone Assessment Project (DOZA) featured at upcoming open house.

As the Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) enters the recommendations phase, the project consultant team has prepared Draft Recommendations for review. These recommendations offer detailed improvements to the processes and tools associated with the design overlay (d-overlay). They also provide guidance on which of these should be prioritized for short-term implementation.

The Draft Recommendations are organized into the following categories:

  1. Process – Including adjustment of thresholds and improvements to design review and public notification
  2. Tools: General – Overarching goals for all design overlay review criteria
  3. Tools: Community Design Standards – Recommendations for the clear and objective criteria found in the Zoning Code
  4. Tools: Community Design Guidelines – Recommendations for the set of discretionary guidelines that are applicable outside the Central City
  5. Tools: Central City Fundamental Design Guidelines – Recommendations for the set of discretionary guidelines applicable within the Central City and its subdistricts

During the next few weeks, the public, staff as well as the Planning and Sustainability and Design Commissions will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Draft Recommendations. 

Interested in learning more? Come to the open house!

Project staff and consultants will be on hand to share information about the new recommendations, answer your questions and listen to feedback at an open house in early February.

DOZA Open House

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 A/B

Additional resources and information

The Draft Recommendations are a result of staff and consultant research, examination of peer cities, interviews with key stakeholders, a questionnaire, and the evaluation of several recently built projects within and outside of Portland’s d-overlay zone.

DOZA Research Report (Design Overlay 101)

Lessons from Peer Cities Report

Interim Report: Findings and Preliminary Recommendations

DOZA Questionnaire Results

PSC News: DOZA Subcommittee Information

Short-term PSC subcommittee will participate in review of Portland's design overlay zones and process.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services, has hired the Seattle office of Portland-based Walker Macy to undertake an independent and comprehensive review of the City’s design overlay zones, including the design review process, tools and results.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has formed a subcommittee to provide feedback to Walker Macy on the preliminary recommendations for the Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) and to represent the PSC at public meetings related to this charge.

Subcommittee members include Mike Houck, Gary Oxman, Katherine Schultz, Eli Spevak and Teresa St. Martin, with Katherine Schultz serving as Subcommittee Chair. The Subcommittee will remain active through June 2017 and will report to the full PSC during the Items of Interest portion of each full Commission meeting.

On January 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Subcommittee will hold a preliminary work session on the consultant’s recommendations at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Conference Room 7A (7th floor), Portland, OR 97201. The anticipated Subcommittee work schedule also includes:

  • February 9 — Joint briefing with the Design Commission, 2 p.m., 2500 A

  • April, TBD — PSC full Commission briefing on DOZA by Walker Macy

  • April 26 — Walker Macy presentation to City Council (Subcommittee members represent the PSC) time TBD

West Coast Cities ask Automakers to increase Electric Vehicle production to aid in fight against Climate Change

Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles release nation's first multi-city request to automobile industry to help municipalities reduce fuel and maintenance costs

Portland, ORE. ­– Mayors Ted Wheeler of Portland, Ed Murray of Seattle, Ed Lee of San Francisco and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles are challenging the nation’s automakers to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles in municipal fleets.

The Mayors released a Request for Information (RFI) — the first step in a formal bidding process — to invite automakers to describe their plans for meeting a potentially record-breaking order of EVs. The four cities could buy or lease up to 24,000 electric vehicles for their fleets, if automobile and truck manufacturers are able to meet the demand and provide appropriate pricing.

The RFI is the first effort of its kind to include municipalities from different states, demonstrating the purchasing power of local governments to transform the electric vehicle market. By moving to electric vehicles, cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and improve air quality while reducing fuel and maintenance costs by an estimated average of 37 percent. 

“Portland is proud to collaborate with our west coast neighbor cities to reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor Wheeler. “Increasing access to diverse models of electric vehicles is an important step towards achieving the goals in our award-winning climate action plan.”

“The urgency of climate change requires us to rapidly transition the transportation sector from fossil fuels to electricity and public fleets have a responsibility to lead by example. Seattle, and our partner cities along the West Coast, are ready to lead with the next generation of electric vehicles,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “The information we receive from the Electric Vehicle Request for Information will help us meet the goals of the new Drive Clean Seattle Fleet Executive Order, demonstrating our continued commitment to fleet electrification.”

“San Francisco is revved up to drive electric. Electric vehicles are a key to improving air quality in our neighborhoods and lowering our city operating and maintenance costs,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Our cities know we can’t fight climate change by building walls.  We need to build more bridges to accelerate marketplace transformation and bring greater efficiencies that will benefit our taxpayers and impacted neighborhoods.”

“Every community has the power to fight climate change, and we do not need to wait for any one person or government to show us the way,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By acting together as cities, we can set an example for our neighbors, spur clean energy innovation, clean our air, and accelerate the inevitable transition to a low-carbon, opportunity-rich future for everyone.”

By demonstrating combined demand across municipal fleets, the RFI aims to improve pricing and needed specifications of existing pure battery EV models for cities. It also aims to expand offerings of electric vehicle models beyond sedans, such as police pursuit vehicles, SUVs and small trucks, and medium or heavy duty equipment including delivery vans, trash trucks and transit buses. 

The Mayors are all members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA).  The other 51 MNCAA cities have been invited to participate in the RFI. Additional fleet numbers and demand for electric vehicles from these cities will be added as an appendix to the RFI in February. Manufacturers interested in responding to the RFI can download it here or request it from EVRFI@lacity.org. Responses are due by March 1, 2017. 

About Portland, OR

In 1993, Portland was the first U.S. city to develop a strategy to address climate change. In December of 2016 Portland was awarded the C40 Cities Award for the “best climate action plan in the world”. The City’s updated Electric Vehicle Strategy was approved by Council in December of 2016 and includes actions to lead by example by increasing the number of electric vehicles in the City’s fleet. Portland has committed to the goal of increasing the City’s sedan fleet from 20 to 30 percent by 2020 and is interested in adding additional vehicle category classifications to the City’s fleet.

About Seattle, WA

The City of Seattle has long been a leader in sustainability and is nationally recognized as operating one of the greenest municipal fleets in the country. A sector-wide transportation initiative, Drive Clean Seattle is Mayor Murray’s program to tackle climate change at the local level and take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gases by leveraging Seattle City Light’s carbon neutral electricity for transportation.

About San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has a long history of transport electrification – foremost in its historic cable car lines and the nation’s largest fleet of electric trolley buses and Metro street cars, all powered by greenhouse gas (GHG)-free electricity from the City’s Hetch Hetchy hydropower system. Each gallon of gasoline replaced in our municipal vehicle fleet with carbon neutral electricity supply is a 100 percent reduction in GHG emissions. San Francisco recognizes the unique opportunity it has and will continue to lead by example through investment in transforming the City’s fleet.

About Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has the nation’s leading municipal EV procurement requirement: at least 50 percent of all new sedans purchased annually must be pure battery EV. The City also is working to speed the electrification of medium and heavy duty vehicles to meet air quality goals and other targets in Los Angeles’ Sustainable City pLAn.

About the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) is comprised of U.S. #ClimateMayors working together to strengthen local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support binding federal and global-level policymaking. Fifty-one MNCAA mayors representing 35 million Americans have signed an open letter to President-elect Trump urging him to work with cities to act on climate and remain in the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 8 (RICAP 8) Recommended Draft ready for public review and testimony

Public invited to testify at City Council at public hearing in February on a variety of issues, including land divisions, property line adjustments, heritage trees, Tree Code enforcement and root protection zones.

Portland’s Zoning Code is updated regularly through the Regulatory Improvement Process. The latest package of amendments (or improvements) to the code are included in the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP 8) Recommended Draft, which contains 43 items being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement.

Amendments are recommended for Title 33, Planning and Zoning, and Title 11, Trees.  The report contains 20 minor policy items that will address a variety of issues, including land divisions, property line adjustments, heritage trees, enforcement and root protection zones. 

City Council will hold a public hearing on February 15, 2017. Portlanders are invited to attend and testify on any of the items contained in Recommended Draft.

City Council Hearing on RICAP 8
February 15, 2017 at 3 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

City Council also invites testimony on the Recommended Draft through February 15, 2017, in writing:

  • By Email: Email testimony with “RICAP 8” in the subject line to CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By U.S. Mail:
    City Council, re: RICAP 8
    1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
    Portland, OR  97204

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

About the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages (RICAPs)

The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages continually update and improve City building and land use regulations to encourage desirable development. Changing community needs, new laws and court rulings, technological advances, and shifting perceptions require an ongoing process to ensure that the City’s regulations meet the needs of current and future residents.

Portlanders contribute to this process by making suggestions through the Regulatory Improvement Requests Database. Staff review this input, along with feedback from other City staff and stakeholders, to create a list of possible code amendments. These “packages” are released about once a year for public review and the workplan is adopted by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing. An initial “proposed draft” is presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their consideration. After holding hearings and considering testimony, they forward a “recommended draft” to City Council for hearings and adoption.

PSC News: January 24, 2017 Meeting Information

Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Agenda

  • Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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