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Draft changes to reconcile zoning and other City codes available for review

Even though Portland's new Comprehensive Plan is still in the process of being acknowledged by the state, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) planners are moving forward with efforts to implement the new plan in accordance with the new Comp Plan policies, zoning map and code.

Here are some new developments …

The Code Reconciliation Project – Discussion Draft is posted online for public review and comment through August 28, 2017. The draft code amendments, which include changes to Title 33 (Zoning), Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise Control), and Title 32 (Signs), are primarily technical fixes, but also include a few minor policy issues and changes to development allowances.

Comment welcome

Comments on the Discussion Draft will be directed to BPS staff, who will consider them in developing a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. The PSC will hold a public hearing and take oral and written public testimony on the Proposed Draft this fall.

You can submit your comments to https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/74058, via email at codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, or by mail to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Code Reconciliation Project, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR  97201.

For questions or for more information, email codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, call 503-823-0195, or visit the project website

Project staff are also available to answer your questions in person at drop-in meetings on:

  • Monday, August 7, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m., at Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan, Williams Room  
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5 - 7 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Lobby

Neighborhood Contact Requirement – New process and project
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has separated the Neighborhood Contact Requirement review from the Code Reconciliation Project to give it more time and attention. The new Neighborhood Contact Requirement Project will address ways to create a more effective process that meets the goals of information sharing and early dialogue with the community. A Discussion Draft will be released in the fall. For more information, please visit the new project website.

Online questionnaire closes, hundreds responded
As part of preliminary exploration on neighborhood contact requirements, BPS solicited feedback through an online questionnaire. Responses to this questionnaire will inform possible changes to broaden notification and provide an opportunity for community dialogue for significant projects. We received 540 responses between June 23 and July 9, 2017, and the results of the Neighborhood Contact Questionnaire are available for review.