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Written Testimony on New RICAP 8 Amendments Accepted Until February 22

UPDATE: The amendments below were discussed at the February 22 City Council meeting. The seventh amendment, related to commissioner term limits, was amended by Commissioner Amanda Fritz to remove the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendation, in order to maintain the existing language. All seven amendments were approved and the entire package was passed to second reading on March 1. At the March 1 meeting, the portion of the RICAP 8 package related to the Zoning Code was adopted; the portion of the package related to the Tree Code was held over for further discussion at a meeting scheduled for March 8. City Council will continue to accept written testimony related to Tree Code amendments until that date.


City Council held a hearing on the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft on February 15, 2016. After a staff presentation, Commissioners offered a number of amendments to the package and heard public testimony.

To provide additional time for public review of the seven amendments introduced, Commissioners decided to hold the written record open until they reconvene on Wednesday, February 22 at 11 a.m. to vote on the amendments. Written testimony on the amendments is welcome until that time; no oral testimony will be taken on February 22.

Seven new amendments were proposed, including:

  • Four amendments introduced by Mayor Ted Wheeler. Amendments proposed related to regular lot lines in property line adjustments, the stream definition, the correction of typos in the Title 11 section of the document, and a technical fix to implement Council’s previous direction on inclusionary housing and parking.
  • A fifth amendment introduced by Commissioner Dan Saltzman related to the measurement of floor area ratio (FAR).
  • A sixth amendment introduced by Mayor Wheeler on behalf of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, proposing a technical fix related to Design Review procedures.
  • A seventh amendment introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz related to commission term limits.

Mayor Wheeler’s four amendments are summarized in a memo; the other three amendments are in a separate document. Both of these documents, as well as the RICAP 8 Recommended Draft and RICAP 8 Recommended Draft summary, can all be found on the RICAP 8 website.

If you wish to submit written testimony on any of the amendments, it must be emailed to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov or sent to 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR 97204. Written testimony must be received by 11 a.m. on February 22 and must include your name and mailing address.

For questions, please contact RICAP 8 Project Manager Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714 or kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.