August 2023 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Project Updates

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A monthly snapshot of BPS's active land use planning work going on across the City of Portland. See the project updates below for more details, and to find contact information for the City staff working on specific projects. Subscribe to get email notifications when these updates are posted.
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August 2023 highlights

  • Floodplain Resilience Plan releases Recommended Draft in August, goes to City Council hearing on Wed., Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. Read more.
  • Housing Needs Analysis releases Proposed Draft for public testimony later in August; Planning Commission hearing scheduled for Tue., Sep. 26. Read more.
  • Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP) of minor technical zoning code updates and refinements in the works. Read more.

Useful resources

Planning Commission

City Council

Map App

Look at interactive maps, submit testimony during testimony periods, and read submitted testimony through the BPS Map App interactive tool.

PortlandMaps

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

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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: A cross-bureau team of City staff continues to work internally to develop tools that better align City bureau strategies and actions to combat displacement and produce more equitable outcomes for communities. Staff is also working with the Anti-Displacement Coalition to support development of a civic leadership curriculum to identify community priorities.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently. Those interested can always sign up for project updates.

Columbia Corridor Industrial Lands Ezones Project

What: Correcting the location of environmental overlay zones (Ezones) in the Columbia Corridor and other industrial areas to better align with rivers, streams, sloughs, wetlands, floodplains, forests, and wildlife habitat.

Status: Project staff have published an interactive online map of preliminary draft Ezones that is based on the Natural Resource Inventory. The natural resource mapping is subject to onsite verification at the request of property owners, and the draft Ezones mapping may change as the project progresses. Project staff will coordinate their work with the upcoming citywide economic opportunity analysis to provide adequate protection for natural resources and sufficient industrial and employment land to meet future needs.

Next opportunity to engage: Project staff continue to offer free site visits by request to confirm or correct natural resource mapping. Learn more about draft wetland mapping and see if your site qualifies for a free wetland determination. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

What: The purpose of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) is to analyze and forecast growth in Portland’s industrial and other business districts, then designate an adequate 20-year supply of developable land for businesses and jobs.

Status: Last year, BPS released an economic report detailing market trends for job growth in Portland. The report details economic growth and prosperity trends, local business specializations and competitiveness, as well as marine industrial forecasts and land needs.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently. 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: On November 22, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to recommend approval of the Floodplain Resilience Plan to City Council, with a small number of technical map and Zoning Code amendments. Read the announcement.

Staff is updating the Proposed Draft to incorporate the PSC recommendations into the Recommended Draft and developing the ordinance and findings in preparation for a City Council hearing and deliberations in late August. The Floodplain Resilience Plan Recommended Draft will be released on August 16.

Next opportunity to engage: Starting on August 16, public testimony on the Recommended Draft can be submitted via the Map App. City Council will hold a public hearing on the Floodplain Resilience Plan recommendations at 2 p.m. on August 30, along with a Bureau of Development Services-led project that includes proposed changes to the City’s building regulations (Title 24) in the floodplain. Check the project website for updates as the project moves forward. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Project

What: This ordinance readopts the remanded zoning code amendments to restrict bulk fossil fuel terminals to address the policies identified by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) that require additional findings.

Status: The City Council adopted the ordinance in August 2022. The ordinance has been appealed to the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) by the Portland Business Alliance, the Working Waterfront Coalition, the Western States Petroleum Association, Oregon Business and Industry, and the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. A LUBA decision is expected in summer 2023. The ordinance also has been challenged in federal court by the State of Montana, Western Energy Alliance, Pacific Propane Gas Association, Idaho Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, and Christensen, Inc.

Next opportunity to engage: None currently.

Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and Housing Production Strategy (HPS)

What: The Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) analyzes the status of Portland’s housing supply, housing affordability issues, and the City's ability to meet projected housing demand through 2045. The Housing Production Strategy (HPS) addresses how Portland will accommodate future population growth through housing production strategies created to support the development of needed housing. These actions will take into consideration impacts on low-income households, communities of color, people with disabilities, and other state and federally protected classes.

Status: Project staff are currently updating the state mandated HNA, which identifies the need for 120,000 more housing units at a variety of types and income levels over the next 20 years. The analysis also shows the need for more affordable, family-size, age-friendly, and accessible homes, as well as more opportunities for home ownership. Discussion drafts of the Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and an executive summary are available online.

Next opportunity to engage: On August 22, the Proposed Draft will be available for public testimony. Public testimony may be sent to Ariel Kane, ariel.kane@portlandoregon.gov. A Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for September 26. BPS will bring the proposed draft of the HNA to City Council for final adoption by the end of 2023.

LGBTQ+ Historic Sites Project

What: Portland’s LGBTQ+ Historic Sites Project seeks to identify, document, and preserve historic resources associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ histories.

Status: Portlanders are invited to submit information about older buildings with historical ties and significance to the LGBTQ+ community. The project team is conducting archival research, meeting with key informants, and surveying potentially significant historic places. Multiple individual National Register of Historic Places nominations are in progress and will be available for public review in the late fall.

Next opportunity to engage: An online questionnaire is available on the project webpage for members of the public to assist in the identification of LGBTQ+ historic sites. The questionnaire will remain open through autumn. On August 12, the project team will attend an intergenerational lunch with Friendly House Elder Services. RSVP online through Friendly House.

Lower SE Rising Area Plan

What: The Lower SE Rising Area Plan aims to address the historic lack of neighborhood commercial services, diverse housing options, and infrastructure investment in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood and nearby areas, including parts of the Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock and Lents neighborhoods. Project staff have been working with the community on identifying land use changes and transportation improvements to address these issues and support healthy community development.

Status: In mid-May, project staff released the Discussion Draft of the Lower SE Rising Area Plan for public review and feedback. The Discussion Draft includes proposed zoning map changes and recommendations for transportation projects to implement the community’s aspirations for more neighborhood businesses and housing options, supported by transportation improvements, to make it easier to meet daily needs locally and help address affordability. To learn about the Discussion Draft proposals, visit the self-guided Online Open House. From May through July, project staff received public feedback on the Discussion Draft through the online open house and survey, a virtual information session, a Map App tool showing draft zone changes, tabling at community events and gathering places, focus group discussions with the area’s Spanish-, Vietnamese, and Chinese-language communities, and through a mailer sent to nearly 7,000 residents and property owners. Project staff are currently working on the plan’s Proposed Draft, incorporating community feedback, which will be considered by the Planning Commission.

Next opportunity to engage: The Proposed Draft will be made available to the public for review in late August. Once the Proposed Draft is released for review, the public will be able to provide testimony to the Planning Commission, which will hold a public hearing on the plan, tentatively scheduled for September 26. Comments and questions can be sent to the project team at LowSEPlan@portlandoregon.gov. Check the project website for updates on the draft plan. 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 future streetcar links to Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland and the Hollywood Town Center in Northeast Portland. A joint effort between the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the MP2H project considers 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: While the Northwest element of the MP2H work continues, the Northeast element has largely concluded. The MP2H-Northwest Plan Discussion Draft published in December 2021 offered a new long-range land use vision for new housing, more jobs and public benefits in the area near Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland, served by an extension of the Portland Streetcar. A Proposed Draft of the land use and transportation plan is anticipated to be published later in 2023 for public review and Portland Planning Commission hearings.

On June 28, City staff held a public workshop to discuss development of a design character statement, a tool that will be used in the review of future development proposals subject to design review, for the MP2H Northwest Plan area. A summary of the event will be published later this summer.

Next opportunity to engage: Informational briefings on MP2H are planned in August, but no public testimony will be taken. On August 8, a Planning Commission briefing is scheduled and on August 17, a Design Commission briefing is scheduled. Visit the BPS project website and PBOT project website for more project information. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 10 (RICAP 10)

What: Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages (RICAP) are an ongoing series of minor technical updates, clarifications, and refinements to Portland’s zoning regulations. RICAP 10 amendments are grouped into three themes: housing production, economic development, and regulatory reduction.

Status: In late July, the project website was launched and a workplan document with appendix is now available.

Next opportunity to engage: This fall, a draft of the proposed zoning code amendments will be released for public review and comment. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.

Contact

Kevin Bond

City Planner II, Planning and Sustainability