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Northwest Parking District Open House 2023 (Virtual)

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The Northwest Parking District online open house! There are 6 “stations” of information to check out, as well as opportunities to provide your input. We want to hear from you!
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Welcome

Thank you for joining the Northwest Parking District online open house! We realize you are busy and may not be able to attend an in-person event, so we’ve prepared this open house to browse at your convenience. The open house will be live through Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

If you prefer to attend the open house in-person, come see us on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 5-7 pm at Lucky Lab Northwest! More information about the event can be found on the event webpage.

Station 1: Learn about the NW Parking District and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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NW Parking District

Northwest Portland is a dense neighborhood, in close proximity to the Central City, that attracts many residents, visitors, and employers. The neighborhood’s continued growth necessitates ongoing management of transportation and parking.

Want to learn more? Go to the NW Parking District website

NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee 

The NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee, advises the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff on transportation and parking issues and supports a full range of transportation options within the context of neighborhood livability and economic vitality with the goal of efficiently managing parking and reducing reliance on single-occupancy automobile. The committee work is guided by the NW Parking Management Plan and the NW Off-Street Action Plan

This committee is comprised of your neighbors; fellow residents, business owners, and employees of the district. There are 13 members on the committee, including 4 representatives from the NW District Association (NWDA), 4 representatives from the NW Business Association (NWBA), and 5 at-large representatives.

At the in-person open house, meet with committee members to learn about their respective organizations and why they're involved with the committee. 

Learn more about the NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Map of NW Parking District boundaries

Station 2: How and Why Does PBOT Manage Parking 

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Many neighborhoods have their own unique mix of parking challenges. This is why the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) uses a different combination of strategies in each area.

For instance, parking in busy urban neighborhoods can be hard to find. Residents, employees, customers, and delivery drivers all compete for parking. Without a plan to manage this, people drive in circles looking for a space, delivery drivers double-park, and customers park far from their destination (or give up and shop somewhere else). Furthermore, people who live in the neighborhood find it hard to park near their home.

Think of a parking management plan as a toolbox. This toolbox is filled with ways to solve the unique parking challenges in each area. Each tool is different: time limits on parking, parking permits, designated loading zones, parking meters, increased parking enforcement, as well as incentives to encourage people to walk, bike, take transit, or travel by bike-share or ride-share more often.

Parking Management Benefits

PBOT’s goal is to balance the needs of people who live, work, play, worship, or shop in each neighborhood. Parking management provides
all kinds of benefits:

 How Parking Management is like.... Selling Ice Cream
How Parking Management is like... a Mechanic Inspecting a Car

Learn more about parking management here! 

Station 3: 2023 Zone M Parking Permit Renewal, Eligibility Changes, and Survey

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2023 Zone M Parking Permit Renewals

It’s that time of year again!

Starting July 14, many of you can apply for your 2023 Zone M Permit. This summer, you can reapply for the following year's permit up to 45 days before your existing permit expires.  You will begin receiving reminders to apply for your new permit on July 3, so be on the look out.

In the meantime, do you want to:

Gather all required documents?

Ask the Parking Permit Team a question about your Zone M Permit?

Did you know you can trade in your Zone M Parking Permit for a FREE Transportation Wallet?

I’m interested, take me there!

2023 Zone M Parking Permit Eligibility Changes

The NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommended the following changes for the 2023 Zone M Parking Permit:

Although the committee recommended increasing the Zone M permit surcharge, PBOT’s Commissioner Mingus Mapps has decided to delay a surcharge increase at this time.


Change #1: New Zone M resident applicants may not be eligible for a permit if they have off-street parking*

*Note: This will only affect NEW Zone M resident applicants. If you currently have a Zone M permit, this will not affect your permit.

  • Permits are intended for residents who do not have off-street parking.
  • For new Zone M applicants from residential buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy before August 7, 2013: This proposed change would reduce the number of resident permits allowed per address or unit by the number of legal, park-able off-street parking spaces available.
    • An off-street parking space includes parking lots, parking structures, garages, carports, driveways without carports or garages, and any other legal parking space on the residence’s property.
    • This policy is already in place for buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy after August 7, 2013.
  • This proposed change would apply to NEW permit holders regardless of housing type (single family home or apartment, owner, or renter).

Change #2: Residential buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy after August 7, 2013 will have permit cap of 0.3 permits/unit.*

*Note: This will only affect NEW Zone M resident applicants. If you currently have a Zone M permit, this will not affect your permit.

  • New residential buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy after August 7, 2013 have had permit caps since 2019.
    • Residential buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy August 7, 2013-July 31, 2017 currently have a permit cap of 0.6 permits/unit. Buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy September 1, 2017-present currently have a permit cap of 0.4 permits/unit.
  • This proposed change would reduce the permit cap to 0.3 permits/unit for all residential buildings that obtained a certificate of occupancy after August 7, 2013.
    • For example, only 30 residents could receive a permit in a building with 100 units.
  • This proposed change would apply to NEW permit holders regardless of housing type (single family home or apartment, owner, or renter).

Permit Surcharge:

Although the committee recommended increasing the Zone M permit surcharge, PBOT’s Commissioner Mingus Mapps has decided to delay a surcharge increase at this time.

The $120 permit surcharge* that was introduced in 2017 will remain the same.

In 2017, the committee voted to add a surcharge to the base cost of the parking permit with two goals:

  1. To use price as a parking management tool to encourage people to park off-street, and to consider how they get around or how many vehicles they need.
  2. To fund transportation demand management programs such as the Transportation Wallet which helps reduce demand for on-street parking.

* The $120 permit surcharge is waived for households living on an income of 80% Area Median Income (AMI) or less.


The survey about Zone M permits has closed. 

Learn more about Zone M permit eligibility changes

Station 4: Transportation Wallet Program

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2024 Transportation Wallet Banner

The Transportation Wallet is a collection of passes and credits for use on transit, streetcar, bike share, scooters, and car share worth $775!

There are several ways to get a Transportation Wallet:

Purchase one for $99

Get one for FREE if you live on a low-income

Get one for FREE if you recently moved and didn’t purchase a Zone M permit (click to email)

Get one for FREE if you want to trade in your Residential Zone M Permit

Transportation Wallet PLUS

New Transportation Wallet plus program coming soon

Have you been thinking about selling your car?

If you sell your car you can qualify for a FREE Transportation Wallet PLUS with an extra $300 Free2Move credit (a $1,075 value). If you’re interested in the program, send a photo of your DMV vehicle bill of sale or donation receipt to commute@portlandoregon.gov.

Station 5: NW 21st and 23rd Ave Intersection Enhancement Project Survey

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There are many projects and programs going on in the NW Parking District!

First, there are the projects the NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommends funding with the district's parking revenue, including the NW 21st and 23rd Ave Intersection Enhancement Project.

NW 21st and 23rd Ave Intersection Enhancement Project

PBOT is upgrading intersections on NW 21st and 23rd avenues between NW Johnson and Flanders streets. Through this project PBOT is working to implement recommendations from the Northwest in Motion plan in coordination with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Lower Northwest Sewer and Stormwater Project.

Complete a short survey to weigh on the types of improvements you would like to see by June 21. This survey has been closed.

Learn more about the NW 21st and 23rd Ave Intersection Enhancement Project

The project maps shows where the BES sewer project will take place and intersections that are part of the scope of this project along NW 21st and 23rd: Johnson, Irving, Hoyt, Glisan, and Flanders.
Other projects and Programs Funded by the NW Parking District Revenue

Station 6: Other PBOT Projects and Programs 

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Second, there are other PBOT projects and programs shaping your neighborhood (and that you may have heard of!) including the following:

Montgomery Park Transit Project

The proposed Montgomery Park Transit Project plans to extend the Portland Streetcar to the Montgomery Park office building in Northwest Portland and includes a complete rebuild of NW 23rd Avenue from Lovejoy to Vaughn. This project came from the multi-year planning effort Montgomery Park to Hollywood (MP2H), which also considers potential land use changes near the Montgomery Park office building to encourage mixed-use, transit-oriented development of new housing choices, employment, and commercial uses on the largely vacant lot of the former ESCO site.

Project staff will be available at the in-person open house to answer questions about this project! 

Learn More about the Montgomery Park Transit Project 

Northwest in Motion

Northwest in Motion (NWIM), adopted by City Council in 2020, determined a prioritized list of neighborhood transportation projects within the next 5 years; such as pedestrian improvements, crossings, and neighborhood greenway upgrades, is in the midst of implementation.

Learn More about Northwest in Motion

Drawing winners

We appreciate you attending this online open house and sharing your thoughts!

An in-person open house was held on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 5-7 pm at Lucky Lab Northwest. More information about the in-person event can be found on the event webpage

The winners of the drawing for one of five $25 Visa gift cards are:

  • Kathleen S.
  • Jackie P.
  • Anthony S.
  • Kate N.
  • Rima L.

Any questions or comments? Please email nwparkingdistrict@portlandoregon.gov or attend a NW Parking District Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting.