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9/30/21 - Design Commission Hearing Agenda - Special Date

Public Hearing
Regularly scheduled Design Commission Hearings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

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1.  (1:30-1:45)

LU 20-142186 DZM – 7430 S Miles Place

APPLICANT: Gabe Headrick, Steelhead Architecture

SITE: 7430 S Miles Place

CITY CONTACT: Grace Jeffreys, BDS, 503-865-6521

This is a LUBA Remand of a Design Commission denial of a Type II Appeal and support of a staff level approval of a Design Review with Modifications for exterior alterations to an existing two-story, single-dwelling residence. The project will be built on the existing building footprint, the first and second floors of the existing house will remain, and a new third and fourth floor will be added. The proposed final project will be a four-story, single-dwelling structure.

Approval of two (2) Modification requests:

  1. Setbacks, 33.110.220, North Property Line. To reduce the required 5’-0” setback on the north property line to 2’-0-¾” at the existing east second floor deck and 2’-1-¼” at the existing northeast corner of the building; and
  2. Setbacks, 33.110.220, South Property Line. To reduce the required 5’-0” setback on the south property line to 3’-4-¾” at the existing southwest corner of the building.


  • On December 17, 2020 the Design Commission approved this proposal with conditions. 
  • That decision of approval with conditions was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).
  • On July 8, 2021, LUBA remanded the decision back to the City. 
  • On July 15, 2021, the applicant requested in writing that the City proceed with the application on remand.

2.  (1:55-3:25)

LU 21-061842 DZM HR – 550 SE MLK Housing

APPLICANT: Marcus Lima, GBD Architects

SITE: 550 SE MLK Housing

CITY CONTACT: Megan Sita Walker, BDS, 503-865-6515 

Type III Design Review with a Type II Historic Resource Review for a proposed new half block, 7-story "5-over-2" mixed-use building in the Central Eastside Subdistrict of the Central City Plan District. Ground-level uses include commercial retail spaces, residential amenities, parking with approximately 60 parking stalls, and approximately 132 residential dwelling units of varying sizes at levels 2-7. The Type II Historic Resource Review is required as a small portion of the east building wall is within the East Portland/ Grand Avenue Historic District. Two Modifications are requested to reduce the required depth of active uses on SE MLK (33.510.225) and to reduce Ground Floor Window area coverage and length requirements on SE Washington (33.510.220 and 33.140.230.B). A DAR for this proposal was held on January 7, 2021 (EA 20-219065 DA). 

3. (3:35-3:40)

Items of Interest 

LU 21-012886 DZM GW – Oregon Public Broadcasting Non-Conforming Upgrades   - RESCHEDULED TO 11/4/21

APPLICANT: Kyle Davis, Facilities Manager

SITE: 7140 S. Macadam Ave.

CITY CONTACT: Hannah Bryant, BDS, 503-865-6520

Type III Design Review with Modifications and Greenway Review to address a 1987 Condition of Approval for perimeter landscaping for which the applicant requests a Modification. Exterior site improvements are limited to those required by a non-conforming upgrade covenant. While the scope of the work would typically be reviewed through a staff-level review, the requested Modification to a city council condition of approval necessitates a Type III review. 

Please Keep in mind

  • The agenda is subject to change.

  • Agenda items may be rescheduled.

  • Times are estimates only and agenda item times may change.

  • Projects are reviewed in the order listed with a 10 minute break between agenda items.

  • All continuances and reschedules are requested by the applicant, unless otherwise noted.

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