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City Council to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed changes to Titles 11, 18, 32 and 33

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Zoning Code Amendments was adopted by City Council in 2016 and included major changes to the Zoning Code. Council also adopted zoning changes as part of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project. Both projects made changes that affect the zoning code and other City titles that reference zoning. The Code Reconciliation Project was created to reconcile differences in these varying codes.

The recently-released Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft includes proposed amendments to Title 33, Planning and Zoning, Title 32, Signs and Related Regulations, Title 18, Noise Control, and Title 11, Trees. These amendments to the zoning code will provide greater consistency with adopted regulations and correct code references. These changes are necessary for proper implementation of land use and development permits and to implement other City codes.

Read the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft

Portlanders are invited to review the Recommended Draft and provide testimony to the Portland City Council at an upcoming public hearing.

Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft
March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

What’s in the Recommended Draft?
Many of the recommended code amendments are technical. References to existing Commercial zones are replaced with the most equivalent new Commercial/Mixed Use zone (C/MU). The changes also incorporate the new Campus Institutional (CI) zones. And they align regulations with Employment and Industrial (E & I) base zone regulations.

Some changes have policy implications or change development allowances because the new zones are not all direct replacements for the current zones. Items with more substantive changes include the following, by title.

Title 33 amendments include the following:

  • Update the adopted C/MU zones to work with new rules in the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Project; implements IH in the new zoning framework.
  • Update Plan Districts to add the IH bonus/offsets or convert existing bonuses to IH approach; apply new E & I zone limits on retail and residential.
  • Apply new setback standards in E & I zones to act as a buffer for interfaces with residential zones and delete the Buffer overlay zone.
  • Amend Conditional Use transportation approval criteria to broaden evaluation factors.
  • Require Self-Service Storage uses in CE zone to be subject to design review; require active uses at the ground floor of Self-Service Storage buildings in some pedestrian and transit-oriented locations.

Title 11 amendments remove references to CS and CM zones that are being phased out. New C/MU zones would be subject to tree code requirements.

Title 18 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing noise regulations. 

Title 32 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing sign regulations. As new zones are not direct replacements, this may affect sign allowances moving forward. 

How to testify
Testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft must be directed to the Portland City Council. You can testify:

In person: March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m., Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

Via email: with subject line “Code Reconciliation Project Testimony”

By U.S. Mail: Portland City Council, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR  97204. Attn: Code Reconciliation Project Testimony

All written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

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