Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More

City Council prepares for final vote to adopt Portland’s new Zoning Map and Code changes

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Portland City Council held its final meeting to discuss and vote on Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the Recommended Early Implementation Package of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. Council is scheduled to vote on the amended package before the end of the year. Key votes on amendments included:

Off-street parking requirements

City Council voted to remove minimum off-street parking requirements for development close to frequent transit that includes affordable housing. This amendment revisited a 2013 code change that imposed minimum requirements for new development of more than 30 units.

Floor Area Ratios (FAR) in RH zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic

Council voted to remove an element of the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft that would have decreased the allowed floor area ratio (FAR) in high-density residential (RH) zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic District. City Council’s vote will keep the existing 4:1 FAR.

Drive-throughs in commercial mixed use zones

Commissioners also voted to expand the PSC-recommended prohibition of new drive- through facilities to include mixed use zones throughout the city (not just east of 80th Ave, as PSC recommended). This amendment also adds more liberal rules to allow owners of existing drive-throughs to upgrade and/or expand them.

Next Steps

Council has now completed their review of the new Zoning Map and Code changes for mixed use zones, campus institutions, employment land and residential and open space zones and more. You can view the work session on the Auditor’s website.

Next Commissioners will review “findings” (e.g., proof that Portland’s new Zoning Map and Code changes, etc. meets statewide planning goals) and receive revised ordinances on December 14, followed by a final vote to adopt the Recommended Early Implementation Package as amended on December 21. After that vote, the package will go to the state for acknowledgement. The zoning changes are tentatively expected to take effect in January 2018.

Upcoming City Council Actions

Consideration of the substitute ordinance to adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package, as amended 
December 14, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Package
December 21, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Please check the Council website to confirm dates, times and location.

Questions?
Call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.