Land Use and Planning Corner

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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.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Update

A monthly snapshot of all the planning work going on in your neighborhoods.


Map Refinement Project

Discussion Draft released in mid-June, followed by more opportunities for public input

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.

Project staff will review 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.

Look for the Discussion Draft online.


Contact: Marty Stockton, 503-823-2041,

Better Housing by Design (BHD)

Concept Report available for public review the first week of July 2017

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.

Staff will share initial concepts for potential code changes aimed to improve multi-family development for current and future residents. These include ideas for creating more open space and greater accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, prioritizing affordable housing and preserving trees, simplifying setback requirements, increasing connections to streets and more. 

In addition to considering regulations that apply citywide, this project focuses 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.


Contact: Bill Cunningham, 503-823-4203,

Code Reconciliation Project

A Discussion Draft will be released in July, followed by more opportunities for public input

The Code Reconciliation Project (CRP) will amend the Zoning Code and other City rules to ensure compatibility with recently adopted Zoning Code amendments from 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,

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 map changes to implement the adopted concepts. Staff are also responding to mayoral direction 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,

Design Overlay Zone Assessment Project (DOZA)

With the conclusion of the assessment of the city’s tools and processes in the design overlay zones, project staff are scoping the next phase of the project to implement the recommendations from the assessment, including new design processes and tools.

Look for more information in August.


Contact: Kathryn Hartinger, 503-823-9714,

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan

Comments from open houses, other citywide events and online questionnaire help shape draft concepts

Project 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 preparing a summary of comments and proposals that reflect community input, 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,

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 has begun meeting to 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 82nd Avenue. 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

Recommended Draft released on June 20, 2017

On May 23, the Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to recommend the CC2035 Plan to City Council for consideration, public hearings and eventual adoption. Since then, project staff incorporated final changes to the multiple documents in the Recommended Draft, which was released on June 20, 2017. 

The public will have the summer to review the plan and prepare testimony to City Council through the fall.

Mark your calendar for the following Council public hearings on the CC2035 Plan. But be sure to check the project calendar ( for any change to dates and times:

  • Thursday, September 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 14 at 2 p.m.


Contact: Rachael Hoy, 503-823-6042,

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Agenda

View the upcoming PSC agenda items here: All PSC meetings, unless otherwise noted, are temporarily being held at the CH2M building at 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Lincoln Room, 1stfloor. All PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel at and tape delayed on Channel 30.

City Council Agenda

View upcoming City Council agenda items 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<