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DOZA Tools Concept Report ready for public review; learn more about DOZA at May 9 open house

DOZA Tools Concept Report coverThe quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure good, people-oriented design for our most populated, growing and vibrant places are important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design (‘d’) overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds and exemptions for triggering design review and consider several additional concepts. The DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a “40-percent” draft of these concepts for public feedback.

Read the DOZA Tools Concept Report

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.
  2. Update the Design overlay zone map to align with the new purpose statement of the ‘d’ overlay. This concept would expand the design overlay zone to neighborhood centers without an existing ‘d’ overlay and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  3. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside. This concept is consistent with how the Design overlay zone has been applied over time.
  4. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the DOZA Tools Concept Report and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform development of the Discussion Draft this winter.

Open House

Community members are invited to an open house on May 9 to learn about the DOZA Tools Concept Report as well as the DOZA Process Discussion Draft. Project staff will be available to answer questions and welcome community feedback.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and Streetcar lines 

Staff will also be meeting with community groups and others to share information about the projects and to answer questions. If your group is interested in a presentation, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at or (503) 823-9714.

How to Comment

Comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report are appreciated by Friday, June 1, 2018, but welcome through the summer. Send comments to Lora Lillard, DOZA Tools Project Manager.

  • Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    Attn: DOZA Tools
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201

Next Steps

Your comments on the DOZA Tools Concept Report will be considered as we develop a DOZA Tools Discussion Draft, scheduled for release in Winter 2019.