Land Use and Planning Corner

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

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

Residential Infill Project

Following City Council’s adoption of the project Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have started the process of honing the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Mayor Ted Wheeler 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 code changes and zoning map amendments, prior to the PSC hearings in Winter 2018. In the meantime, there will be a community check-in later this spring.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project. The City Council’s approved concepts can be found here Visit the project website at

Central City 2035 Plan

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 next work sessions are within regularly scheduled PSC meeting Tuesday, April 11 at 12:30 pm.  For more information, go to

Code Reconciliation Project

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Code Reconciliation Project 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 Code Reconciliation Project will include minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code. The project will also include code changes to align zoning regulations that have more significant policy implications. The Code Reconciliation Project will be underway throughout 2017, and will include public meetings and hearings later this year. For more information, please visit:    

Design Overlay Assessment Project

The City is working to improve the design overlay system for all stakeholders and address the design goals outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) project consultant team has prepared Draft Recommendations for review. These recommendations offer detailed improvements to the processes and tools associated with the design overlay (d-overlay). They also provide guidance on which of these should be prioritized for short-term implementation. A Recommendation summary sheet is also available. 

On February 8 project staff and the consultant team held an open house to discuss the recommendations and gather input from the public. An online open house survey on the recommendations will be open until February 17 at The final recommendations will be published in April. For more information, go to:

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan

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. Find out more about the project here:

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

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) 8

Regulatory improvement projects provide an ongoing and rapid way to address technical and minor policy amendments to land use regulations, thus improving clarity and supporting desirable development. A new proposal, RICAP 8, addresses 44 items: 27 propose amendments to the Zoning Code and 17 propose amendments to the Tree Code. Public hearings on the Proposed Draft were held in December 2016 before the Urban Forestry Commission and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. The City Council hearing is scheduled for February 15, 2017, 3 p.m. Find more information and the latest updates on the website at: Or contact Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714, or

82nd Avenue: Development and Transportation Planning:

  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan
  • City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) -- The 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, while the BPS’ efforts focus on understanding and addressing barriers to redevelopment/adaptive reuse, mixed use and employment opportunities in key areas.

To learn more about ODOT’s plan and projects visit:

ODOT contact: Terra Lingley, Project Manager, 503-731-8232,

To learn more about City of Portland’s project visit:

City of Portland contact: Radcliffe Dacanay, Project Manager, 503-522-8446,

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<