BUCKMAN NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN GUIDELINES
Non-Binding City Policy
The complete text of the Buckman Neighborhood Design Guidelines is available as a PDF download.
The Council finds:
1. The Portland Comprehensive Plan and its implementing Ordinances were acknowledged by the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission in May, 1981. Comprehensive Plan Policy 3.6 (Neighborhood Plan) allows for the adoption and incorporation of a local plan into the citywide Comprehensive Plan. Neighborhood plan provisions must be consistent with the Portland Comprehensive Plan and its implementing Ordinance.
2. The Portland Comprehensive Plan Policy 3.6 (Neighborhood Plan) encourages the creation of neighborhood plans in order to address issues and opportunities at a scale which is more refined and more responsive to neighborhood needs than can be attained under the broad outlines of the City's Comprehensive Plan. The neighborhood plan serves as a component of that document.
3. Adoption of the Policies and Objectives of the Buckman Neighborhood Plan is consistent with the intent, purposes, provisions and map designations of the Portland Comprehensive Plan as more fully set forth in the Report of the Planning Commission on the Buckman Neighborhood Plan.
4. There are no Statewide goals, procedures, or timelines to guide the adoption of neighborhood plans other than those addressing citizen involvement (Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement). Portland's notification procedures, a survey delivered to all residential occupants, attendance at and co-sponsorship of neighborhood meetings and workshops, and public hearings provided opportunities for citizen involvement throughout the plan development process in compliance with Goal 1.
5. The Buckman Neighborhood Plan was developed by the Buckman Plan Steering Committee and subcommittee, in cooperation with the Bureau of Planning. The Buckman Community Association (BCA) initiated a citizen-based effort which culminated in the development of the Buckman Neighborhood Plan and was adopted by the BCA membership in April 1991.
6. The data base used for the formulation of the goal, policies and objectives of the Buckman Neighborhood Plan was provided in the 1986 Neighborhood Information Profiles, prepared by the City of Portland Office of Fiscal Administration, and a Buckman Neighborhood land use inventory compiled by members of the Buckman Plan Steering Committee and Bureau of Planning staff. A questionnaire was mailed to all residents and property owners. Approximately 392 questionnaires were returned. Reponses to the questionnaire provided information on neighborhood attitudes, issues and expectations.
7. Neighborhood plans are intended to promote patterns of land use, urban design, circulation and services which encourage and contribute to the economic, social and physical health, safety and welfare of both the neighborhood and the City.
8. The neighborhood plan is an advisory document for directing and managing change. The adopted Policies and Objectives of the Buckman Neighborhood Plan will serve as an official guide for decision-makers, particularly in land use reviews, and will also guide public deliberations and investments.
9. The Buckman Neighborhood Plan includes strategies which are not being adopted by the City Council as part of the Council's adoption of this plan. They are proposed by the neighborhood as a plan for neighborhood-initiated programs and provide a guide for self-help, private or city-assisted projects. With the adoption of the Policies and Objectives of this plan, the City is not committing to the implementation of the strategies or to funding projects, although the policies and objectives include projects which could be pursued and funded in the future.
10. The Buckman Neighborhood Plan provides an opportunity for the City and the neighborhood citizenry to address the future of this vital inner-city neighborhood. The plan encourages new investment and development while acknowledging that Buckman faces pressures which could result in a loss of housing and displacement of small business and low income residents.
11. All public notification requirements have been met. In addition to two BCA-sponsored community workshops and two Planning Commission public hearings, the Buckman Plan Steering committee worked with the Bureau of Planning staff to develop the plan which has been presented to City Council.
12. All property owners within the Buckman Community Association boundaries received notification of the April 23, 1991, Portland Planning Commission public hearing which reviewed the plan.
13. On April 23, 1991, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Buckman Neighborhood Plan and recommend adoption of the Policies and Objectives of the plan, including all but one area proposed for rezoning. Consideration of that one area was deferred until the May 28, 1991 Planning Commission hearing.
14. The recommendation of the Planning Commission on the Buckman Neighborhood Plan is in conformance with Portland's Comprehensive Plan and with the Statewide Planning Goals as more fully set forth in the Report of the Planning Commission (attached as Exhibit A). The recommended Buckman Neighborhood Plan was submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for review as required by ORS 197.610. No objection was received from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
15. It is in the public interest that the recommendations on the Buckman Neighborhood Plan be adopted to direct and manage change in the Buckman Neighborhood.
NOW THEREFORE, The Council directs:
a. The Report and Recommendations of the Planning Commission on the Buckman Neighborhood Plan is adopted and incorporated by reference.
b. Based on the Report and Recommendations of the Planning Commission and the findings of this ordinance, Policy 3.6 (Neighborhood plan) of the Portland Comprehensive Plan is amended by adding the Buckman Neighborhood Plan to the list of neighborhood plans adopted by City Council.
Ordinance No. 164489 passed by Council July 24, 1991.
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 28, 2004.