City Council materials
- Draft ordinance to adopt the Ezone Project
- Proposed Amendments and Material for Hearing on Amendments
Code / Policy Amendments
- Vegetation management to reduce wildfire risks: Amendments have been added to allow tree removal and branch pruning within 10 feet of an existing building or structure attached to a building (such as a deck, stairs, or carport). For additional information:
- Fire Breaks: An existing exemption allowed for non-paved trails that are no more than 30 inches wide to be added within the Ezones. This amendment clarifies that this exemption also applies to fire breaks. The same conditions apply to the fire breaks as currently apply to trails – no paving, no more than 30 inches wide, at least 15 feet from water bodies and no trees greater than 6 inches can be removed. For additional information:
- Trail and Fire Break Widths: The exemption was updated to expand the allowed trail and fire break width from 30 inches to 36 inches to match ADA recommendations for public trails. For additional information:
- Septic Systems: Septic system failures pose a public and environmental health risk. Therefore, it is important for repair and replacement to occur quickly. To help meet this goal, a new exemption was added for replacing failing septic systems and a new standard was added for new septic systems. Systems must be setback from streams/wetlands and no trees can be removed. For additional information:
- Flood Control Facilities: A new standard was added to allow for some minor safety improvements to existing flood control and water conveyance systems. These improvements are anticipated to have little impact on existing natural resource features. Resource enhancement will replace any potential impacted features and functions. For additional information:
- Scenic Corridors: The right-of-way setback requirement was removed where scenic corridors overlap with Ezones to avoid conflicting standards in different sections of the zoning code. For additional information:
- Wetland Policy: New wetland policy for resource sites where there is no existing wetland policy. This policy applies a protection ‘p’ overlay zone to wetlands and land within 25 feet of wetlands and a conservation ‘c’ overlay zone to land between 25 and 50 feet of wetlands. For additional information:
Planning and Sustainability Commission materials
July 14, 2020 – Briefing
Topics discussed included: Overview of project including project purpose, scope, impacts, and public engagement.
July 28, 2020 – Public Hearing
Topics discussed included: Overview of project, response to questions, summary of written testimony received, members of the public provided verbal testimony.
September 8, 2020 – Briefing
Topics discussed included: Exemptions from ezone code, the existing map error correction process, who benefits and who is burdened by the project, ESEE Analysis and wildfire, and site visits.
February 9, 2021 – Briefing
Topics discussed included: Wetland mapping and determinations, wildfire and vegetation management, Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) exemption request, update on site visits.
February 23, 2021 – Public Hearing
Topics discussed included: Project summary and updates, summary of written testimony received, members of the public provided verbal testimony.
April 13, 2021 – Work Session 1
Topics discussed included: Vote on packet of consent amendments (industrial and employment lands, mapping protocol corrections, ezone violation clarifications, resource enhancement definition, urban services boundary and list of scenic documents), feature map amendments, Audubon Society request, OHSU request, wildfire and vegetation management, septic systems, and MCDD’s exemption request.
May 4, 2021 – Work Session 2
Topics discussed included: Site visit corrections and wildfire and vegetation management.
June 22, 2021 – Work Session 3
Topics discussed included: Regulatory context for natural resources (State land use goals, regional land titles, City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan), stream protection policy, forest and uplands protection policy, and site visits.
July 27, 2021 – Work Session 4
Topics discussed included: Site visit corrections, ODFW stream survey information, scenic setback exemption within ezones, Wetland Inventory Project, wetland protection policy.
August 24, 2021 – Public Hearing
Topics discussed included: Summary of PSC amendments, summary of written testimony received, members of the public provided verbal testimony.
September 28, 2021 – Work Session 5 and Recommendation to City Council
Topics discussed included: Summary of project, site visit feature map changes, methodology clarification, final PSC vote.
Summaries of site visits
Proposed Draft – As Amended
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