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Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map Amendment Package Discussion Draft Released

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a Discussion Draft of a series of proposed Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments to implement new 2035 Comprehensive Plan policies or otherwise respond to Council direction. The miscellaneous code and map amendments considered in this proposal respond to a variety of issues not otherwise addressed in other Early Implementation Projects (e.g., Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Land, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map), which have been presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Specific amendments proposed in the Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map amendment package will:

  1. Allow retail plant nurseries as a conditional use in residential zones.
  2. Preserve rights to one house on lots that were buildable prior to down-zoning as part of the City’s natural hazard mitigation strategy.
  3. Amend multi-dwelling residential zone maximum FAR map (Map 120-17) to include several properties located in close-in Southwest Portland, which changed designations on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map.
  4. Allow established office uses in historic buildings to continue in the R5 zone as an incentive to preserve historic resources.
  5. Amend the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary plan district to limit office uses and expand the area where these limits apply.
  6. Address school district enrollment capacity during Zoning Map amendments, land divisions, and planned developments in a district that has a school facility plan.
  7. Delete requirement for addressing “no-net-loss of housing” policies for quasi-judicial Comprehensive Plan Map amendments and Zoning Map changes.
  8. Update the trail alignments designation on the Zoning Map to correspond to the Major Public Trail alignment adopted in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Learn more about the project background and proposed Zoning Code text and map amendments on the project website.

Next Steps

Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through Friday, May 20, after which staff will consider the input received and prepare an amended Proposed Draft for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for July 26, 2016.

For additional information please contact John Cole, Project Manager at or 503-823-3475.