Housing, economy focus of new zoning code updates

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Proposed updates and improvements to Portland’s land use regulations address housing production, economic development, and regulatory reduction. Public comments welcome through Dec. 31, 2023.

A package of zoning code updates that aim to make it easier to understand and implement Portland’s zoning code has been released for public review and comment. The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 10 (RICAP 10) Discussion Draft contains the most recent in an ongoing series of updates and improvements to Portland’s land use regulations.

The RICAP 10 Discussion Draft is being shared with community members to solicit their input before staff makes an official proposal to the Planning Commission and, subsequently, City Council. This is the first RICAP package after a five-year hiatus.

The RICAP 10 Discussion Draft considers 80 items for possible regulatory improvement, with an emphasis on three themes: housing production, economic development, and regulatory reduction.

The dozens of items are bundled to align with those three themes:

  • Housing production
    • Ground floor and ground floor façades
    • Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) cleanup
    • Historic Resource Code Project (HRCP) cleanup
  • Economic development
    • Central City
    • Home occupations
    • Temporary activities
  • Regulatory reduction
    • State/local law compliance
    • Land use review process
    • Miscellaneous regulatory cleanup

Have your say

Portlanders are invited to review these code amendments and provide comments on them to BPS staff via the Map App. Planning staff are accepting comments on the Discussion Draft through Dec. 31, 2023.

Review the RICAP 10 Discussion Draft

Submit comments on RICAP 10 through the Map App

Next steps

Public feedback will inform a revised draft (the Proposed Draft), which the Planning Commission will consider at hearings in early 2024. Portlanders will have an opportunity to further shape the project in testimony to the Planning Commission and later to City Council.

More project information

Read more background information and a timeline on the RICAP 10 project.