Even though it feels like new buildings are rapidly sprouting up all over Portland, the supply of new housing is still not keeping up with demand. Designers, builders, architects and the community have expressed concerns about how long the design review process takes and how restrictive it is.
The Design Overlay Zone Amendment project is rewriting the rules for regulating the design of new buildings in the Central City, Gateway and mixed use zones, where the city’s tallest buildings are or will be.
The project aims to simplify the design review process and reduce the amount of time the volunteer Design Commission must spend working through the many projects they have to review.
"By amending the rules and design guidelines," says Project Manager Lora Lillard, "we hope to increase the supply of new housing more quickly.