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YOU'RE INVITED: Open houses for two City projects address how Portland’s neighborhoods are growing

The quality of building design and the preservation of historic resources matter for a growing city. As we move forward, Portland needs to make room for growth and change – ensuring that new development reflects the needs and aspirations of our ever-changing city – while also protecting community assets that connect us to our history.

That’s why planners at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability are working on two projects that prepare us for the future, while building on our history. At upcoming events in March and April, planning staff will share new ideas from: 

Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Project

New regulations for design overlay zones are being proposed for commercial areas throughout the city, including Gateway, St Johns, MLK/Alberta, SE Division, 122nd Avenue, Hillsdale, Central City and many other places. Most growth and development will occur in  the city’s centers and corridors – buildings in these places will be bigger and taller – and the diversity of people and level of activity will increase. With attention to design, these changes will result in great places in which people live, work, gather and play.

The DOZA team will share new regulations that affect:

  • The purpose of the Design overlay zone
  • Where the Design overlay zone applies
  • The process used to review projects in the Design overlay zone
  • The tools used to evaluate projects in the Design overlay zone
  • Additional improvement to support clarity and transparency for all stakeholders

Check out the Discussion Draft and give us your feedback!

For more information, visit the project website:

Historic Resource Code Project (HRCP)

For more than 20 years, Portland’s historic buildings and other resources have been protected by designations established by the federal government. Proposed amendments to the zoning code would allow the City of Portland to have more control over what should be protected from demolition and major alterations. The proposals are based on feedback staff received during an earlier concept development phase that resulted in 3,442 unique comments from the public.

Read the staff report and proposed zoning code changes in the Discussion Draft, as well as summary documents

For more information, visit the project website:

Join us at an open house

HRCP / DOZA Open Houses

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR
TriMet Line: #15

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m.
Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
TriMet: Line #77, Portland Streetcar

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m.
Design Week Portland Open House: PDX Design Zones will shape your city!
Lobby, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR
TriMet: Lines #1, 8, 9, 12, 17, 35, 36, 54, 56, 43, 44, 94, 99, MAX Green Line and Portland Streetcar

TBD Date/Time/Location
East Portland

Public comments on both DOZA and HRCP are due by April 12.