Beginning in fall 2015, project staff worked with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to develop initial ideas. The SAC included representatives from the building community, neighborhood groups, and people with knowledge and expertise in the areas of affordable housing, architecture, historic preservation, accessibility for people with disabilities and older adults, real estate and financing, social and housing services, and sustainable development. See more about the SAC’s roles and responsibilities and their final report here.
The initial concepts were shared with the public online and through a series of open houses across the city over the summer of 2016. Staff refined the draft concepts based on public input and published recommended concepts for the City Council’s consideration. Council held two public hearings and, with some amendments, accepted the concepts on December 7, 2016.
The public weighed in during another round of outreach when the draft zoning code and map amendments were released in the fall of 2017. In total, since the project began in 2015, BPS has engaged Portlanders in the development of the proposed changes to our residential zoning rules in a variety of ways:
- Online questionnaires about the project garnered more than 9,800 responses.
- Portlanders submitted 5,272 comments about the policy proposals on paper or by email.
- 656 people attended 12 open houses across the city.
- 311 people attended other meetings where staff presented.
- Responses from 46 organizations and over 700 individuals to the policy discussion draft (Fall 2017).
- Two public hearings at City Council, with testimony from over 100 Portlanders.
- Over 1,200 people have signed up to receive project updates via email.
- A project website.
In the coming months, Portlanders will have additional opportunities to share their feedback through testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council.