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1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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About the Project

Hospitals, colleges and universities are among Portland’s largest employers, projected to make up 25 percent of the city’s total job growth over the next 20 years. Because they are often in or close to residential areas, they are neighbors to many households. While institutions provide benefits to the city and their surrounding neighborhoods they also have the potential for bringing additional traffic and other unwanted off-site impacts which must be carefully considered.

Institutions Map

Project Area
This project will focus on Portland’s 15 major campus institutions located outside the Central City and off of Marquam Hill. Portland State University and the Marquam Hill campuses are not included in the project because their underlying zoning — a mix of Central City Commercial (CXd) and Central City Residential Zones (RXd) — does not present the same barriers as the low density residential zoning applied to many of the other institutions. 


Project Advisory Group 
The project team has formed an advisory group, which will help shape new zoning standards and development review procedures, advise on neighborhood impact prevention and mitigation strategies, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth. These meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Comprehensive Plan Calendar for a schedule of these meetings and other outreach events. 





Process and Next Steps


Project  Scope

Public Involvement

Fall 2013–Winter 2014 
Project Preparation  
Finalize work plan, including public outreach strategy; form advisory group

Staff presentations to neighborhood associations, institutions and interested community groups

Winter 2014
Phase I: Review Existing Conditions, Needs and Opportunities

Conduct existing conditions review, needs and opportunities assessment

PAG meetings, targeted outreach as needed

Winter – Spring 2014
Phase II: Explore Zoning and Neighborhood Impact Mitigation Alternatives

Identify alternative zoning and impact mitigation regulatory structures and development standards

PAG meetings,

public event #1, targeted outreach as needed, brief PSC

Summer – Fall 2014
Phase III: Identify Preferred Land Use and Transportation Options: Refine Preferred Alternative(s)

Identify and refine preferred land use and transportation approaches

PAG meetings, public event #2, targeted outreach as needed

Winter 2014/15
Phase IV: Codify results from Phase III and present to PSC for consideration and recommendation to City Council

Advance preferred land use and transportation alternatives for codification and infrastructure investment list to Citywide Systems Plan

PAG meetings as needed, PSC public hearing