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4/20/23 - Design Commission Hearing Agenda

Public Hearing
Regularly scheduled Design Commission Hearings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
1:30 pm 5:00 pm

Hearing Registration Link


1. (1:30-1:35)

Items of Interest

2. (1:35-1:45)

BRIEFING -  Division Transit Project Guide to Standards

TriMET CONTACT: Jesse Stemmler, TriMET,

CITY CONTACT: Patrick Sweeney, PBOT,  

CITY CONTACT: Tim Heron, BDS, 503-823-7726

Adoption of updated 2017 GUIDE TO STANDARD LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS IN PUBLIC STREETS.  Continued from September 1, 2022.

3. (1:45-2:45)

BRIEFING – Healthy Business Permit & Public Street Plaza Programs

CITY CONTACT: Nick Falbo, PBOT, 503-823-6152

CITY CONTACT: Benjamin Nielsen, BDS, 503-865-6519

A follow-up on the January 2023 briefing on creating standards and guidelines for the PBOT Healthy Business Permit program (street seats and street plazas).

4. (2:55-5:00)

LU 22-159396 AD - APPEAL

APPELLANT: Trolleycar Lofts Homeowners Association

APPELLANT: Neighbors (List available on submitted Appeal - see case link)


CITY CONTACT: David Besley, BDS, 503-865-6715

Appeal of an “Approval with conditions” recommendation. The applicant proposes to re-purpose an existing tavern into a retail sales and service space (including but not limited to restaurants) with 6-10 tenants, expand the building at the southeast corner, add a partial second floor, add ground level and second floor patios connected via an external stairway, and provide a loading space. Two Adjustments are requested to:

1.         reduce the minimum 10-foot building setback to 6 feet, and to waive the L3 landscaping buffer for the residential-abutting site to the south; and

2.         reduce the residential-abutting setbacks for a loading space from 5 feet with perimeter landscaping to the L4 standard to 0 feet, to waive the perimeter landscape requirement, and to allow the northernmost 4 feet of the loading space to be located between the building and the street (NW 28th Avenue).

LU 22-163683 DZM – 701 & 777 NE 7TH Ave 


APPLICANT: Brian Varricchione | Mackenzie

SITE: 701 & 777 NE 7TH Ave

CITY CONTACT:  Art Graves, BDS, 503-865-6517 

The proposed development is for a 15-story multi-family apartment building on a half-block site, located at the southwest corner of NE 7th Avenue and NE Oregon street in the Central City Plan District, Lloyd Sub-District. The proposed building use includes 14 stories of apartment units totaling 240 units. Resident amenities are proposed on the ground floor and a community room, amenity deck, and ecoroof will occupy the roof. Three levels of below grade parking are proposed. A Modification is requested to reduce the parking space width for a limited number of parking stalls to accommodate structural columns.

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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