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City Council hearing on Better Housing by Design continued to November 6 at 2 p.m.

The City Council public hearing on the Better Housing by Design Recommended Draft has been continued to Wednesday, November 6, 2019, starting at 2 p.m. Commissioners will continue to hear testimony because not everyone who signed up to testify on October 2 was able to before the hearing closed at 6 p.m.

If you were one of these people and would like to testify on November 6, you will be given priority to testify early based on your place on the October 2 sign-up list. Anyone else who would like to testify on the Better Housing by Design Recommended Draft may also testify at the November 6 hearing.

Written testimony will continue to be accepted until November 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. (see below for how to submit testimony).

Public Hearing Recap

At the October 2 hearing, project staff provided a summary of the Better Housing by Design proposals, followed by Daisy Quinonez representing the Planning and Sustainability Commission. After testimony from the Urban Forestry Commission, the Historic Landmarks Commission, and community partners, City Council heard testimony from the general public.

Public testimony covered a range of topics, including positive impacts of the code amendments on affordable housing, housing diversity, East Portland, and outdoor space for residents. A  range of perspectives on historic preservation and parking requirements was also expressed.

Mayor Wheeler concluded the hearing by saying, “This was some of the best public testimony I’ve heard in a long time … people spent a ton of time preparing for this and it showed.”

If you missed it, you can watch a video of the hearing here, starting at 1:57:20. 

How to Testify

Testify in person at the continued City Council public hearing on November 6
You may speak for three minutes to City Council, and your testimony will be added to the public record.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Council Chambers at City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

To confirm the date, time and location, check the Council agenda at

Testify in writing by November 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. (you must include your name and address):

Use the Map App:

Select Better Housing by Design and click on the "Testify" button. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. And once you press “submit,” you can see your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.

By U.S. Mail:

City Council
Better Housing by Design Testimony
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, Oregon 97204 

Links to Recommended Draft documents:

Recommended Draft Summary – Short summary of the Recommended Draft’s major proposals

Volume 1: Staff Report – Summary and analysis of Recommended Draft Zoning Code and Map amendments

Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments – Recommended Draft Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan full text and commentary

Volume 3: Additional Zoning Code Amendments – Zoning Code amendments updating other chapters for consistency


Citywide maps showing the Recommended Draft Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan Map can be viewed here:

Map of Recommended Draft Zoning

Map of Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Designations

Learn more about the multi-dwelling zoning changes and specific properties by using the online Map App:

Select Better Housing by Design and enter in an address to learn about the proposed zoning for a property.

For more information

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.