December 2021 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates

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A monthly snapshot of BPS’s active land use planning, solid waste, climate, energy, and sustainability work going on throughout the City of Portland. Please see the project updates and websites below for more details, and to find contact information for the appropriate project staff.
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You can look at interactive maps, submit testimony during testimony periods, and read submitted testimony through the BPS Map App.


Zoning, building permit, transportation, natural resource information, and more is available on

COVID-19 Impacts

Please be aware that all public meetings are being held virtually for public health and safety, so be sure to check the calendars on specific project pages for meeting updates and the latest information.

Anti-Displacement Action Plan

What: The Anti-Displacement Action Plan (ADAP) aims to increase the resiliency of the city and our communities to deal with racial and economic disparities that contribute to displacement.

Status: The new zine, “A Dream Rezoned,” was recently published and tells the story of a Black family in Northeast Portland whose property was denied city permits, deemed a “blight” and bulldozed. The zine was created by four community members—Cleo and Kayin Talton Davis, Carolyn M. Leonard, and Sharita Towne—in partnership with the Portland Office of Civic Life and BPS. Read ‘A Dream Rezoned’ here.

Next opportunity to engage: Community members interested in learning more about the project can sign up for project updates. Please also see Imagine Black’s website for more information on the community Anti-Displacement Coalition.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Code Project

What: The project seeks to expand zero-emission transportation options for individuals and households beyond what the market is doing today, specifically in multi-dwelling housing. The project will explore Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure requirements for new multi-dwelling, mixed use and commercial development. The EV Ready Code Project will help implement policy direction from the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy through changes to the zoning code.

Status: A discussion draft and economic impact analysis report will be published later this winter. Work on code concepts began last winter and went through spring 2021. A technical advisory series of meetings concluded with a final meeting on June 29.

Next opportunity to engage: None at this time. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Ezone Map Correction Project

What: Correcting the location of environmental overlay zones (Ezones) to better align with rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat.

Status: On September 28, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to recommend the Ezone Map Correction Project to City Council. Project staff will be offering free site visits by request to confirm or correct natural resource mapping until the start of City Council hearings.

Next opportunity to engage: City Council hearings are tentatively scheduled to begin in January or February of 2022. Requests for site visits may be submitted through the Ezones Map App or by contacting project staff. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Floodplain Resilience Plan

What: The plan updates floodplain regulations throughout the city to ensure that new development in the floodplain addresses flood risk from a changing climate, does not jeopardize threatened and endangered species, and allows Portlanders to continue to obtain federally-backed flood insurance.

Status: The Discussion Draft was released for public review on November 10. Public engagement for the Discussion Draft will continue through January 2022. Video of an online open house held on November 17 is available online.

Next opportunity to engage: Community members can view property-specific proposals on the project’s Map App. After reviewing the Discussion Draft proposals on the Map App, community members are encouraged to schedule a meeting with BPS staff to discuss any remaining questions. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Project

What: Restricts the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals. Zoning Code amendments were adopted by the Portland City Council on Dec. 14, 2016. That ordinance was appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court and went back to City Council.

Status: City Council voted to adopt the ordinance on December 18, 2019. The ordinance was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) by the Western States Petroleum Association, Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business and Industry, and Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council. In October 2020, LUBA remanded the case back to City Council for additional findings and policy interpretations. BPS is working to determine what additional evidence is needed to address these issues before returning to City Council for reconsideration.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently.

Contact: Tom Armstrong, 503-823-3527,

Historic Resources Code Project

What: Historic resources provide tangible and meaningful connections to Portland’s past. The Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) will update and improve the processes, regulations, and incentives that apply to the city’s most significant historic places.

Status: On May 4, the PSC voted unanimously to recommend City Council consider—and adopt—the Historic Resources Code Project amendments. On June 30, the revised Recommended Draft was released for public review and submission of written testimony. The City Council held a hearing on the code amendments on November 3 at which 122 people testified. Potential City Council amendments to the Recommended Draft were published December 1, in advance of a December 15 City Council Hearing. Find affected properties and submit testimony on the Map App.

Next opportunity to engage: A City Council hearing is scheduled for December 15 at 2:00 pm. Public testimony can be submitted in writing via the Map App beginning December 1, the date that potential City Council amendments are published. Oral testimony can be delivered at the virtual hearing, but testifiers must register in advance by December 14 at 4:00 pm. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan

What: The Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan aims to address the historic lack of infrastructure investment in parts of Southeast and East Portland—including Brentwood-Darlington and portions of Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock and Lents—and seek community input to guide healthy community development.

Status: Materials from the Project Advisory Committee meeting on November 15 are available online. An existing conditions report, a market analysis report, an opportunity mapping analysis report, and a public involvement plan are also available for review online.

Next opportunity to engage: The next Project Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for January 24 at 6:00 pm. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Montgomery Park to Hollywood Transit and Land Use Development Strategy (MP2H)

What: Exploring options for a successful land use and transit system, including potential streetcar linking Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland to the Hollywood Town Center in Northeast Portland. The project is a joint effort between BPS and PBOT. The project will assess land use and transportation issues and options, including affordable housing, economic development and business stabilization opportunities associated with potential transit investments, including possible extension of the Portland Streetcar.

Status: The project team is developing a Discussion Draft proposal for the Northwest study area for public review. The draft is expected to be released in December. Check the project webpage for updates.

Next opportunity to engage: The public will be invited to review and comment on the Discussion Draft proposal for the Northwest study area after it is released. Check the project webpage for updates. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Parkrose Community Plan

What: Historic Parkrose is leading work on the Parkrose Community Plan in partnership with BPS and other government and community partners to address topics such as safe streets, housing and displacement, access to jobs, community spaces, and emergency preparedness. This Plan is an opportunity for BPS to support plans that center traditionally harmed and sidelined communities, to advance a future of shared prosperity.

Status: Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative launched the Parkrose Community Plan in May 2021 with a youth workshop, followed by adult workshops, and an open house. BPS is supporting Historic Parkrose in this effort and is currently compiling all the notes and ideas from the meetings together, with another open house scheduled for early 2022. For a glimpse of what community members have been saying, the Youth Workshops are representative. For more information about the plan, please visit the Historic Parkrose NPI website.

Next opportunity to engage: A second open house is being planned for January or February 2022.

Residential Infill Project - Part 2 (RIP2)

What: Following up on the work of the Residential Infill Project (RIP1), which was adopted in August 2020, this project will extend the housing options of RIP1 to all single dwelling zones by adding middle housing types in the low density R10 and R20 zones. RIP2 will bring the City into compliance with the State of Oregon’s middle housing rules by adding provisions for cottage clusters and attached houses in all the single dwelling zones that were not included in RIP1. RIP2 will also bring the City into compliance with the State’s new middle housing land division rules by creating a new streamlined procedure for dividing the housing units onto their own lots.

Status: The Proposed Draft staff report and code amendments were published November 10 and are available for review and comment on the project website. Information sessions were held on November 17 and November 18 to present the proposals in the Proposed Draft to the public and to answer questions. Those sessions are available for viewing here. On November 30, staff briefed the PSC on the proposals. Staff has also been working with infrastructure providers and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to better understand how the State’s middle housing legislation (SB 458) will be implemented.

Next opportunity to engage: On December 14 at 5:00 pm, the PSC will hold a public hearing on the Proposed Draft. To submit written testimony, use the Map App or US Mail (Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission; c/o RIP2 Testimony; 1810 SW 5th Ave, Suite 710; Portland, Oregon 97201). Oral testimony will also be taken at the virtual hearing, but advanced registration is required. Deadline to register is December 13. Those interested can always sign up for RIP2 email updates.

South Portland Area Planning

What: Working with PBOT and community members to develop land use, circulation and urban design plans around the Ross Island Bridgehead in South Portland, and featuring a Naito Main Street Plan. This effort is part of BPS’s Southwest Corridor Inclusive Communities Project.

Status: A racial equity analysis of the project led by BPS was completed in fall 2020, and a follow-up equitable development workshop was held virtually on July 28, 2021. Following the failure of Metro’s regional transportation funding measure in November 2020, PBOT is putting their transportation projects on hold related to the Ross Island Bridgehead realignment and Naito Main Street. BPS staff is continuing to finalize the proposed development concepts for the bridgehead opportunity sites, completing the racial equity analysis, and drafting the land use plan.

Next opportunity to engage: A draft land use plan is anticipated to be available for public review and comment in fall 2021, along with an online ‘open house’ guide to the project.

South Portland Historic District Design Guidelines

What: New approval criteria for alterations, additions and new construction in the South Portland Historic District.

Status: A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is meeting on an as-needed basis to guide development of the draft approval criteria.

Next opportunity to engage: CAG meetings are open to the public, with time reserved for public comments at every meeting. The next CAG meeting will be held in the winter via Zoom.

West Portland Town Center Plan

What: The West Portland Town Center (WPTC) Plan will lay out a vision for a healthy, connected, and multi-cultural town center and includes an action plan to meet the diverse needs of current and future residents and businesses.

Status: The Proposed Draft of the WPTC Plan is available for public review. Learn more in the online Proposed Draft Overview, the online interactive MapApp, or by watching the video of the August 10 staff briefing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC held two hearings on September 14 and September 28 and all testimony can be viewed online. The Commission also held three meetings/work sessions on the proposed plan October 26, November 9 and November 30. Meeting materials and recordings can be found under each date.

Next opportunity to engage: The public testimony period is closed. The public is invited to view the upcoming virtual PSC work session scheduled for January 11. A set of draft amendments to the plan will be published before the next work session. Another work session, possibly also a vote, is likely to be scheduled for early February 2022. Those interested can always sign up for WPTC email updates.