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Major updates to the City’s housing-related zoning rules coming August 1

Changes will increase housing supply and accessibility for low-, moderate- and middle-income Portlanders; addresses houselessness and lack of affordable apartments and homes for community members.

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Portland City Council adopts major improvements to the City’s design review process and program

Changes will allow more multi-family housing and mixed-use projects to go directly to the permit process; expands the design standards so more projects can meet them.

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City Council holds hearing on DOZA project amendments and moves most of them forward

Commissioners heard more than 30 people testify in person and received 100+ pieces of testimony in writing on amendments to updates to the design overlay zone process and regulations.

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DOZA Project Update: City Council to hold public hearing on potential amendments on June 10

Portlanders invited to testify during a virtual hearing or online via the Map App.

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City Council to consider amendments to design review proposals

After receiving testimony on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments project to update and streamline the design review process, commissioners will discuss their amendments at a work session on May 26 at 2 pm.

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City Council holds public hearing on the Design Overlay Zone Amendment proposals

More than 50 people testify on updates to Portland’s design review process and program; written testimony remains open until 5 pm on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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City Council to hold public hearing on Portland’s design review process on May 12

Public is invited to testify on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) proposals virtually via Zoom and online via the Map App.

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Changes to Portland’s design overlay and design review program are headed to City Council in May

Portlanders invited to testify on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments that will update the tools and processes used to guide design in Portland’s highest density places; public hearing in May.

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The Design Overlay Zone Amendments Project passes milestone

Both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Design Commission recommend updates to the City’s design guidelines, zoning code and map to City Council; future public hearing date to be determined.

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May 2020 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates

A monthly snapshot of land use planning work going on in your neighborhoods. Please visit the project website and contact project staff with any questions.

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DOZA Update: Planning and Sustainability and Design commissions to continue their Design Overlay Zone Amendments project work sessions

PSC discussed DOZA proposals on April 28; Design Commission on May 21

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April 2020 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates

A monthly snapshot of land use planning work going on in your neighborhoods. Please visit the project website and contact project staff with any questions.

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March 2020 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates

A monthly snapshot of land use planning work going on in your neighborhoods. Please visit each project website and contact project staff with any questions.

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Proposals call for Portland’s centers to support people-friendly design

Portlanders invited to testify on new rules meant to improve the design of buildings, public spaces and more; Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Project heads to Planning and Sustainability and Design commissions.

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Design Commission presents State of the City to City Council

Design Commission Chair Julie Livingston presented the Commission’s annual State of the City report to Portland City Council on October 17, 2018. Five representatives of the development industry testified on behalf of the Commission.

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Stormwater Management Manual

Clarifications for partial-coverage ecoroofs.

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BPS Updates

Read news from BPS about the Comp Plan, Central City 2035, Better Housing by Design, DOZA and a long range plan for the South Reach of the Willamette.

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Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) update: Both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and Design Commission have reviewed the Proposed Draft

The commissioners’ amendments will be reflected in the Recommended Draft, to be released in Summer 2020.

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Testify about the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA)

Testify to the Planning and Sustainability and Design Commissions about the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA)

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See what new multifamily and mixed-use buildings will look like by watching these digital animations

Movies help people envision how new design standards and guidelines will make larger buildings more attractive and people friendly; deadline for comments on Discussion Draft extended to May 1.

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