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Here is the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Update for June 2017. 

A monthly snapshot of the planning work going on in Portland.

Design Overlay Assessment Project (DOZA)

City Council votes to accept recommendations to improve design review and review criteria.

The DOZA project has reached its final stage, and the consultant’s recommendations are now published in a Final Report ( The project team presented the DOZA findings and recommendations to City Council on April 26, and Council voted to accept the recommendations. The recommendations feature ways to improve the d-overlay zone process and tools, including the Community Design Standards, Community Design Guidelines and the Central City Fundamental Design Guidelines.


Contact: Lora Lillard, 503-823-3708,

Better Housing by Design (BHD)

Two open houses in early June offer Portlanders a chance to review draft development and design standards for multi-dwelling zones.

The Better Housing by Design project is revising development and design standards in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1 and RH) outside the Central City. The types of housing allowed in these areas include apartment buildings of varying sizes, fourplexes, townhouses and row houses.

In addition to considering regulations that apply citywide, this project will include a focus on East Portland, fostering better development that reflects the area’s distinct characteristics and residents' needs. It is coordinated with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Connected Centers Street Plan(, which is focusing on street plans for the Jade District and Rosewood/Glenfair centers.

Discussions and ideas will contribute to a refined set of code concepts, alternative development options, and conceptual street plans to be presented at the BHD Open House on Code Concepts offered on two dates and locations:

  • Thursday, June 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland OR
  • Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall Annex


Contact: Bill Cunningham, 503-823-4203,

Residential Infill Project (RIP)

Project team drafting code and map concepts for public review in the fall.

Since City Council’s adoption of the Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have been developing code and mapping changes to implement the adopted concepts. Mayor Ted Wheeler has directed BPS to draft a Housing Opportunity overlay zone boundary for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. This fall the public will have an opportunity to review proposed code changes and Zoning Map amendments prior to the PSC hearings in winter 2018. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project.

Council-approved concepts:


Contact: Julia Gisler, 503-823-7624,

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan

Thousands of community members provided feedback at citywide open houses and events as well as online survey. 

This project will provide a vision for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities where kids, adults and families can ride for fun and exercise while experiencing nature in the city. The plan will make recommendations for the future improvement and management of these trails and facilities, based on community needs and input, site opportunities and constraints, as well as best practices in design, development and management.

Over the past couple of months, staff received thousands of comments from all over the city about possible locations for off-road walking and cycling facilities and bike parks citywide, including more than 2,000 comments about Forest Park alone. The project team is still reviewing this input and preparing a summary, which will be released in the coming weeks.

BPS is working on this project in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Water Bureau and other local government and community partners.


Contact: Michelle Kunec-North, 503-823-9710,

Map Refinement Project

District Liaisons to meet with Neighborhood Associations and other groups to share potential map refinement changes.

The Map Refinement Project will evaluate and amend the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or the Zoning Map designations for a limited number of sites based on consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan. This project will include a review of potential map changes based on four criteria, including City Council’s Further Refinement Directive ( District liaisons will be meeting with neighborhood associations and other organizations that are within areas of possible map changes. A Discussion Draft will be released this summer, followed by more opportunities for public input.


Contact: Marty Stockton, 503-823-2041,

Code Reconciliation Project

The Code Reconciliation Project (CRP) will amend the Zoning Code and other City rules to ensure compatibility with recently adopted Zoning Code amendments. These were adopted by Portland City Council in December 2016 to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan ( and the Inclusionary Housing Program ( The CRP will include minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code. It will also include code changes to align zoning regulations that have more significant policy implications, including a review and possible update of the Neighborhood Contact process (33.700.025 -- for new development. Look for public meetings and hearings later this year.


Contact: Barry Manning, 503-823-7965,

SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy

Bringing more housing choices and opportunity to SW Portland and Tigard.

The cities of Portland and Tigard have begun planning for housing in anticipation of future light rail investments in the SW CorridorThe Portland City Council passed an ordinance in April accepting a $100,000 grant from Metro to create a SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy over the next year. An Equity and Housing Advisory Group of housing experts from the finance, philanthropic, nonprofit and private development sectors will help guide the project.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will also be offering limited grants to housing-focused community-based organizations (CBO) for engagement of low-income tenants and households of color in this planning process. Broader community engagement events will be held later in the year, as research findings are finalized and CBOs engage with affected communities.


Contact: Ryan Curren, 503.823.4574,

82nd Avenue: Development and Transportation Planning

  • ODOT 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan
  • BPS 82nd Ave Study: Understanding Barriers to Development

Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are evaluating opportunity areas along 82nd Avenue between NE Killingsworth Street and SE Johnson Creek Boulevard to improve quality of life for residents and businesses along the corridor. ODOT is creating a list of feasible projects to improve safety, mobility and access for people using 82ndAvenue. BPS’ efforts focus on understanding and addressing barriers to redevelopment/adaptive reuse, mixed use and employment opportunities in key areas.



Contact: Terra Lingley, Project Manager, 503-731-8232,

City of Portland


Contact: Radcliffe Dacanay, 503-522-8446,

Central City 2035 Plan

PSC will vote to recommend the plan to City Council on May 23.

The CC2035 Plan is an update to the 1980 Central City Plan, including new policies, zoning and code for Portland’s urban core. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has been holding work sessions about specific elements of the Proposed Draft. The last work session was April 11, and the PSC will vote to recommend the plan to City Council on May 23.


Contact: Rachael Hoy, 503-823-6042,

Planning and Sustainability Commission Agenda

View Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: All PSC meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A (2nd floor). All PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel and tape delayed on Channel 30.

City Council Agenda

View City Council agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at<