This project will amend the Zoning Code to update how the design overlay works. It will include updating the purpose statement, adjusting the thresholds for Design Review, improving public notice requirements and realigning the City’s Design Review process with the applicants’ design process. These updates will go into effect in summer 2018.
This project will rewrite two primary tools used to implement the design overlay: 1) the objective design standards and 2) discretionary design guidelines. We’ll seek input from the public and work with a consultant to write the new Objective Design Standards and Discretionary Design Guidelines, which are expected to be finalized in summer 2019.
This project is an ongoing effort to make the Design Review process more efficient through internal changes at BDS. Examples include increasing staff capacity, managing Design Commission meetings more effectively, and using new tools to facilitate Commission deliberation.
Purpose of the Design Overlay
Guided by recommendations from the Design Overlay Zone Assessment goals and policies from the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, as well as discussions with the Planning and Sustainability Commission and Design Commission, staff crafted a working draft of a new purpose statement. This language will be formally considered as part of the DOZA Process project. In the meantime, the draft will serve as guidance and direction for the three DOZA projects.
The Design Overlay Zone (d-overlay) strengthens Portland as a city designed for people. It supports the city’s evolution within current and emerging centers of civic life, aspiring to achieve design excellence in people’s daily experience.
It does this by fostering new development and redevelopment to:
- Build on the context by enhancing the distinctive physical, natural, historic and cultural qualities of its location while accommodating growth and change.
- Contribute to a public realm that encourages social interaction and fosters inclusivity.
- Promote quality and long-term resilience in the face of changing demographics, climate and economy.