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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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

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How does this project relate to other planning and housing-related projects?

This project is reviewing the Zoning Code for multi-dwelling zones ― areas where buildings include multiple households. It overlaps to some extent with the Residential Infill Project, which is reviewing single-dwelling zoning. Other related projects include:

  • Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project: The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Portland Housing Bureau are working together to develop regulatory and programmatic measures to implement the Inclusionary Housing Program, which will require some affordable housing units for new projects with more than 20 units.
  • Mass Shelter and Housing Zoning Code Update: This project amends zoning regulations for certain shelters and housing projects and is a result of the City Council’s resolution in March to “simplify regulations, remove regulatory obstacles and expedite processes for land use reviews and permits for affordable housing projects, mass shelters and short-term housing." It proposes to expand the situations that allow shelters by right, and reduces the level of land use review for certain shelters, short-term and affordable housing. The code update is part of a larger citywide attempt to address housing affordability and homelessness.
  • Design Overlay Assessment Project: This project will evaluate and improve the City’s design review process, which applies in areas with the Design Review Overlay (including some areas with multi-dwelling zoning, such as the Interstate and East Corridor light rail station areas). Phase 1 of this project is complete, and a research report is now available.