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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates

Read news from BPS about DOZA, Comp Plan, multi-dwelling zones, neighborhood contact code requirements, residential infill, Willamette River, Equitable Housing Strategy and the bike parking code.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability updates 

DOZA: New rules for design review process and tools move forward as one package; Discussion Draft to be released early next year
The quality of building design matters for a growing city. And the rules and processes to ensure quality, human-oriented design for our most vibrant places is important for residents, workers and visitors alike.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan appealed to state Court of Appeals
The Multnomah Neighborhood Association appeals a March 2018 Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) decision rejecting its appeal of the Middle Housing Policy.

Planning and Sustainability Commission begins work sessions on proposed new rules for Portland’s multi-dwelling zones
Commissioners will consider public testimony on proposed guidelines for new apartments, townhomes and other multi-family housing as they prepare their recommendations to City Council.

Updates to neighborhood contact code requirements revised by PSC, heading to City Council
Commissioners make amendments to staff proposals, including requiring online access to neighborhood contact information provided by developers.

Planning and Sustainability Commission directs Residential Infill Project staff to revise RIP proposals to reflect their amendments
Commissioners felt the initial proposals didn’t go far enough to address the housing shortage in Portland.

Let’s get serious...about the southern portion of our beloved Willamette River
Jump in with us as we explore the future of recreation opportunities and natural resources in the South Reach.

Equitable housing strategy for the SW Corridor moves forward
Advisory group and Tigard City Council give thumbs up for the strategy to preserve and create more affordable housing in the corridor.

Bike parking code update

Portland is growing, and more people are riding bicycles to commute and travel around the city. To support this growth and continue to encourage bicycling as a safe mode of transportation, the City uses standards and guidelines to encourage secure, accessible and convenient bicycle parking in all new developments and major redevelopments.

The City of Portland is updating the Bicycle Parking Chapter (33.266.200) of the Zoning Code to ensure that developments provide adequate short- and long-term bike parking. Most of the bicycle parking chapter has not been updated in 20 years. With changes in technology, design and the way people get around town, this project is an opportunity to ensure the standards better match City goals. 

Project timeline

The project concepts were developed through data collection and analysis informing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee process. Using those concepts, staff at the bureaus of Transportation and Planning and Sustainability drafted proposed zoning code changes (a Discussion Draft) for public review in August. Staff is revising the proposal based on feedback from the public and other City bureaus and will release a Proposed Draft later this year.

Written testimony on the Proposed Draft will be accepted by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), and a public hearing at the PSC is tentatively scheduled for the end of November.


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