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City Council completes amendments to Central City 2035 Plan

On April 11, 2018, City Council wrapped up their discussion of amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. They approved dozens of amendments, many of which were minor and technical.

Review the amendments and Council decisions on each one

Key decisions

Some of the most significant decisions by Commissioners are described below.

Height

  • Increase the bonus height at RiverPlace from 125 feet to 325 feet.
  • Restore heights in Old Town Chinatown from 350 feet to 460 feet along NW 5th to Broadway.
  • Increase height on the western half of Block 33 in Chinatown/Japantown from the PSC-recommended height of 125 feet to 160 feet.
  • Retain the PSC’s proposed height increase at Morrison Bridgehead.

Floor Area Ratios (FAR)

  • Allow the transfer of floor area from Open Space zones
  • Initiate a study to analyze options for increasing bonus floor area that new projects can earn

Scenic View Corridors

  • Retain the PSC’s decision to not protect the view of Mt Hood from Salmon Springs and allow taller buildings in the Central Eastside.
  • Eliminate the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall.
  • Relocate the viewpoint of the Central City from I-84.
  • Retain the PSC’s proposal to increase the height along Jefferson toward the Vista Bridge from 30 – 45 feet to 75 feet.

Green Buildings

  • Modify the eco roof standard to require that 100 percent of the rooftop must be in eco roof, but exempt up to 40 percent for other development such as mechanical equipment, solar panels and common outdoor areas.
  • Hold a public hearing to consider two new administrative rules that are necessary to implement CC2035: one for low carbon buildings and one for bird-safe glazing. 

Willamette River

  • Retain the guidance for how to measure top of bank, which is where the riverbank levels off around and under structures such as docks.
  • Modify the river setback regulations for historic buildings that were constructed prior to the setback regulations.

Transportation

  • Exempt Central City public school sites from the superblock regulation, allowing them to design spaces and accessways to address safety and security concerns.
  • Support the I-5 Rose Quarter action. Add direction for the City to ensure that all elements from the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan are implemented and integrated with other City and community-led efforts in the area.

Next steps

Now that City Council’s work on amendments is complete, staff will prepare a Revised Recommended Central City 2035 Plan that reflects the amendments made over the past eight months. Staff will release these documents in mid-May.

Council is expected to vote to adopt CC2035 on May 24 2:30 p.m. and take a final vote on June 6. Following that, Council will hold a hearing to consider two new administrative rules necessary to implement CC2035 (see Green Buildings above).  

CC2035 is expected to effective on July 9, 2018.