April 2021 – Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Updates
A monthly snapshot of land use planning work going on in your neighborhoods. Please visit the specific project website and contact project staff with any questions.
What’s new this month?
- Shelter to Housing Continuum hearing continues at City Council on April 14
- E-Zone Map Correction and Historic Resources Code PSC work sessions planned in April
- Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)
- City Council
- Map App
You can look at interactive maps, submit testimony during testimony periods, and read submitted testimony through the BPS Map App.
- Portland Maps – Explorer
You can look at existing zoning, building permit, transportation and natural resource information and more on the interactive Portlandmaps.com Explorer map.
COVID-19 IMPACTS: Please be aware that all public meetings are being held virtually for public health and safety, so be sure to check the calendars on specific project pages for meeting updates and the latest information.
Anti-Displacement Action Plan www.portland.gov/bps/adap
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: Due to severely limited capacities across many bureaus because of ongoing Covid-19 emergency response, recruitment for an Anti-Displacement Task Force (ADTF) has been postponed, and the project has pivoted to focus on land use and sustainability-related policies and programs that can be implemented by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).
Kicking off in May 2021, BPS staff will be hosting a series of public workshops on a variety of topics related to displacement and gentrification to engage residents on potential land use changes and build community capacity to identify and advocate for implementation of and needed changes to existing policies and programs. The goal of the project is to provide community-led policy development, coordination, and collaboration that centers racial equity in the City’s anti-displacement and equitable development policies.
Next opportunity to engage: A PSC briefing is tentatively scheduled for May 4 to provide a project update. Community members interested in learning more about the project can sign up for project updates. Please also see Imagine Black’s website for more information on the community Anti-Displacement Coalition.
Contact: Kathryn Hartinger, 503-823-9714, Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov
What: Reducing code barriers in order to provide more opportunities to transition from temporary shelter to permanent housing. The S2HC project will make recommendations to provide additional siting opportunities for temporary and transitional shelters and to allow more affordable forms of housing. Title 33 (Zoning Code) and several other titles of the City Code will be amended. No plan or zone maps will be amended. Major changes include adding a new Outdoor Shelter use under the Community Service category, expanding opportunities for locating all shelters, expanding opportunities for Group Living, and allowing an RV, trailer or tiny house on wheels to serve as a substitute for an allowed accessory dwelling unit.
Status: On March 31, City Council considered and voted on several amendments to the Shelter to Housing Continuum Recommendation. This was the third Council meeting to address the project proposals. On March 17, Commissioners heard testimony from dozens of community members. That hearing was followed by an initial discussion of possible amendments on March 24. Concern about the possibility of temporary shelters being allowed in the Open Space zone dominated the hearing and written comments received by the Council. On March 31, City Council accepted the several amendments, including prohibiting temporary outdoor shelters in the Open Space zone (which includes most public parks).
Next opportunity to engage: The City Council scheduled an additional public hearing for Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 pm and invited additional testimony on two items. Those items address shelters with faith institutions in single dwelling zones, and occupancy of RVs and tiny houses on wheels. To testify at the City Council hearing on Items 2.2 and 3.1, please register by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Written testimony about these topics can be submitted via the Map App until Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. Those interested can always sign up for S2HC email updates.
Contact: Eric Engstrom, 503-823-3329, Eric.Engstrom@portlandoregon.gov
Residential Infill Project (RIP) www.portland.gov/bps/rip
What: Updating the rules that shape Portland’s residential neighborhoods, so more people can live in them, while limiting the construction of very large new houses.
Status: On August 12, 2020, City Council voted to adopt the Residential Infill Project (RIP), including the deeper affordability bonus and the historic resource demolition disincentive amendments. A limited number of changes related to confirming the eligibility of platted lots for development went into effect in September. The bulk of the changes, including rezones, new overlay zones, increased options for housing, and limits on building scale will go into effect on August 1, 2021.
The RIP Map App continues to be available as a resource to learn more about specific changes to individual properties.
On March 9, BPS staff held a scoping information session with the PSC for the next phase of the Residential Infill Project, referred to as RIP2, which will begin this summer.
Next opportunity to engage: None at this time. The adopted ordinance and supporting documents are available on the project web site.
Contact: Morgan Tracy, 503-823-6879, email@example.com
Design Overlay Zone Amendments Project (DOZA) www.portland.gov/bps/doza
What: Updating and improving both the process and tools used within the design overlay zone. The project includes changes to the zoning code, zoning map, and the citywide design guidelines.
Status: The DOZA Project received unanimous approvals from the PSC on July 14, 2020 and the Design Commission on June 18, 2020. Both the PSC and the Design Commission are charged with making a recommendation to the Portland City Council. The Recommended Draft, which is their joint recommendation, was published in November and is available now for review—including a guide to help break down its contents. A PSC work session is scheduled for April 27 to discuss a design guidelines letter.
Next opportunity to engage: A City Council public hearing on the Recommended Draft is tentatively scheduled for May 12. Check the upcoming events to confirm the hearing date and time. Public testimony is now being accepted via the MapApp. BPS staff is available to provide information and discuss the updated project with interested stakeholder groups. Those interested may also sign up for DOZA email updates.
Contact: Phil Nameny, 503-823-7709, Phil.Nameny@portlandoregon.gov
What: The project seeks to expand zero-emission transportation options for individuals and households beyond what the market is doing today, specifically in multi-dwelling housing. The project will explore Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure requirements for multi-dwelling and other residential development. The EV Ready Code Project will help implement policy direction from the EV Strategy through changes to the zoning code.
Status: The Community Engagement Plan is now available. Work on code concepts began last fall and will go through the spring 2021.
Next opportunity to engage: A technical advisory series of meetings, open to the public, is scheduled through this spring. The next technical advisory meeting is April 6 at 10:00 am. Check the project events page for future dates and times. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.
Contact: Ingrid Fish, 503-823-4326, Ingrid.Fish@portlandoregon.gov; and
Marty Stockton, 503-823-2041, Marty.Stockton@portlandoregon.gov
Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project www.portland.gov/bps/ezones
What: Correcting the location of environmental overlay zones (ezones) to better align with rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat.
Status: On January 26, an update of the proposed environmental zone maps was released. The updated maps reflect the results of site visits by staff and new wetland mapping. Staff gave a PSC briefing on February 9. A continuation of the PSC hearing was held on February 23.
Site visits, including wetland determinations, are continuing this spring with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. To request a site visit, go to the BPS Map App, enter the property address, then scroll down on the right side of the screen and click the “Request Site Visit” button.
Next opportunity to engage: PSC work sessions are scheduled for April 13 and tentatively May 4. Check the upcoming PSC events to confirm dates and times. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-4225
Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Project www.portland.gov/bps/fossil-fuel-zoning
What: Restricts the development and expansion of bulk fossil fuel terminals. Zoning Code amendments were adopted by the Portland City Council on Dec. 14, 2016. That ordinance was appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court and went back to City Council.
Status: City Council voted to adopt the ordinance on December 18, 2019. The ordinance was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) by the Western States Petroleum Association, Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Business and Industry, and Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council. In October 2020, LUBA remanded the case back to City Council for additional findings and policy interpretations. BPS is working to determine what additional evidence is needed to address these issues before returning to City Council for reconsideration.
Next opportunity to engage: None currently.
Contact: Tom Armstrong, 503-823-3527, Tom.Armstrong@portlandoregon.gov
Historic Resources Code Project www.portland.gov/bps/hrcp
What: Updating the City’s zoning regulations pertaining to the identification, designation, protection, and reuse of historic resources. Proposed changes include:
- refining the historic resource review exemptions, procedures, and criteria;
- expanding demolition review to City-designated Historic and Conservation Landmarks and Districts that are currently subject to demolition delay;
- amending demolition review approval criteria;
- expanding regulatory incentives to allow for the adaptive reuse of designated resources; and
- increasing emphasis on the importance of cultural and social history when new resources are determined eligible for designation.
Status: The Proposed Draft was released in September. A PSC hearing was held on October 27 and continued to November 10. Written testimony was accepted through November 10 and is currently closed. PSC work sessions were held December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, and March 23. The next PSC work session is April 27, at which time the PSC may take a vote to recommend the code package to City Council.
Next opportunity to engage: After considering amendments to the Proposed Draft at a series of work sessions, the PSC will make a recommendation to City Council in spring 2021 (possibly April 27), after which additional testimony will be invited. Find historic properties and review testimony on the Map App. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.
Contact: Brandon Spencer-Hartle, 503-823-4641, Brandon.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov
Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan www.portland.gov/bps/lower-se-rising
What: The Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan will assess land use and transportation issues faced by community members in portions of Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, Mount Scott-Arleta, and Woodstock; and will identify possible interventions. This community-focused work will help:
- Explore potential new neighborhood commercial and housing opportunities and ways to prevent displacement;
- Link affordable housing, economic development, and business stabilization opportunities; and
- Enhance access to transit and pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity.
The final plan will consider potential zoning changes and develop implementation strategies related to transportation, land use, and community development.
Status: Work on the existing conditions report has begun and will go through the summer.
Next opportunity to engage: The project team is meeting with community groups and organizations to introduce the project and hear from the public. Those interested can also sign up for email updates.
Contact: Marty Stockton (BPS), 503-823-2041, Marty.Stockton@portlandoregon.gov; and
Bryan Poole (PBOT), 503-823-1173, Bryan.Poole@portlandoregon.gov
Montgomery Park to Hollywood Transit and Land Use Development Strategy (MP2H) www.portland.gov/bps/mp2h
What: Exploring options for a successful land use and transit system, including potential streetcar linking Montgomery Park in Northwest Portland to the Hollywood Town Center in Northeast Portland. The project is a joint effort between BPS and PBOT.
Status: The project will assess 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. The project has concluded the Urban Design Concepts phase, during which the community considered possible alternative land use development scenarios for the Northwest study area, and possible streetcar/transit alignment alternatives for the Northeast study area. Virtual open houses and information sessions were held on the urban design concepts for Northwest and Northeast Portland last summer. A draft MP2H Urban Design Concept Virtual Open House – Public Comments Report is available.
Next opportunity to engage: The project team is developing a Discussion Draft—with input from the public, the project working group, and other stakeholders—for broader public review this spring. Those interested can always sign up for email updates.
Contact: Barry Manning (BPS), 503-823-7965, email@example.com; or
Zef Wagner (PBOT), 503-823-7164, Zef.Wagner@portlandoregon.gov
South Portland Area Planning www.portland.gov/naito-mainstreet
What: Working with PBOT and community members to develop land use, circulation and urban design plans around the Ross Island Bridgehead in South Portland, and featuring a Naito Main Street Plan. This effort is part of BPS’s Southwest Corridor Inclusive Communities Project.
Status: BPS has identified a range of land use and map changes to be recommended in the plan. Ongoing community engagement will help refine two development concepts for the Ross Island Bridgehead opportunity sites. A racial equity analysis of the project led by BPS is nearly complete.
During the early fall, BPS and PBOT staff gave a series of project briefings to the Planning and Sustainability, Design, and Historic Landmarks Commissions—culminating in an online public event on October 20. Videos and presentation slides from the three briefings and the October 20 public event are available on the project webpage.
Following the failure of Metro’s regional transportation funding measure, PBOT is putting their transportation projects on hold related to the Ross Island Bridgehead realignment and Naito Main Street. BPS staff is continuing to finalize the proposed development concepts for the bridgehead opportunity sites, completing the racial equity analysis, and drafting the land use plan.
Next opportunity to engage: None at this time.
Contact: Kevin Bond, 503-823-1112, Kevin.Bond@portlandoregon.gov
South Portland Historic District Design Guidelines www.portland.gov/bps/sphd-guidelines
What: New approval criteria for alterations, additions and new construction in the South Portland Historic District.
Status: A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is meeting on an as-needed basis to guide development of the draft approval criteria.
Next opportunity to engage: CAG meetings are open to the public, with time reserved for public comments at every meeting. The next CAG meeting will be held in the spring via Zoom.
Contact: Brandon Spencer-Hartle, 503-823-4641, Brandon.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov
West Portland Town Center Plan www.portland.gov/bps/wpdx-town-center
What: The West Portland Town Center Plan will articulate the community and City’s vision for transforming the West Portland area into a healthy, inclusive, people-centered place. Work will cover housing and displacement, improved health and prosperity for low-income residents, transportation and stormwater improvements, economic development, zoning changes and urban design.
Status: A Discussion Draft of the West Portland Town Center Plan, reflecting past community feedback and technical elements to support the plan vision, was published in October and comments were accepted until early December. The October online open house and Discussion Draft are still available online. Public feedback on the Discussion Draft was generally positive, with nearly 200 community members answering the online questionnaire. Staff continues working on a Proposed Draft, expected in Spring 2021. The Community Advisory Group (CAG) will meet again in May.
Next opportunity to engage: When the Proposed Draft is released in Spring 2021, a new comment period will open and testimony can be provided to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the proposal. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested can always sign up for WPTC email updates.
Contact: Joan Frederiksen, 503-823-3111, email@example.com