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Central City 2035 Update: Recap of April 11 work session and preview of final PSC Work Session on CC2035 Plan

On April 11, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission met for the seventh CC2035 work session. Commissioners discussed floor area ratio (FAR) for new development in the Central City when Inclusionary Housing is triggered. They also reviewed a policy amendment to support freeway capping and a standard for temporary swimming platforms in the Willamette River.  

Floor area ratio and Inclusionary Housing

Projects that trigger the Inclusionary Housing requirements earn bonus floor area to help offset the cost of building affordable housing. Commissioners and staff discussed three options for calculating the bonus FAR by project. The PSC supported staff’s recommendation. Read more about the options and PSC’s recommendation (click "Download").

Floating platforms in the river

Staff presented a new standard for temporary swimming platforms in the Willamette. These platforms would be anchored offshore for the river swimming season, then removed and stored during the colder months. The PSC had questions about the allowed uses on the docks and who would be permitted to install them. Staff will return to the PSC to discuss this further at their May 23 meeting. 

Last PSC work session and final vote (Note the new temporary location: CH2M Building Lincoln Room: 2020 SW 4th Ave, first floor)

The final planned PSC work session will be on May 23. Project staff will ask the Commission to take a final vote on the entire CC2035 Plan package as amended and forward it on to City Council as their Recommended Draft. Three discussion items will proceed the final vote including:

  1. An existing North Pearl river setback provision.
  2. Additional discussion on temporary floating docks carried over from the April 11 meeting.
  3. A discussion about burying the I-5 freeway on the eastside and its relationship to the Central City Broadway Weilder project. 

You can review the meeting materials and watch the worksession on our YouTube channel (including streaming live).