Proposed Draft almost here | Task 2 complete | Hollywood business owner
Proposed Draft almost here | Task 2 complete | Hollywood business owner
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Portland's Comprehensive Plan Update E-News
June 2014

The wait is almost over: Proposed Draft coming soon!

Hard to believe, but nearly half of all Portlanders are younger than our current Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 1980. That year, Mt St Helens erupted, Jimmy Carter was president, the first MAX line was still in the design phase, and the city’s population was 366,383. 
Now, some 220,000 people later, the Proposed Draft of a new Comprehensive Plan will be released on July 21. 
The new Comprehensive Plan will continue the successes of the first one by focusing growth in centers and corridors (back in the 1980s, we called them “nodes and noodles”). You’ll see in the Proposed Draft, however, a new emphasis on creating healthier, safer, more connected neighborhoods; filling infrastructure gaps and addressing equity; providing more land for jobs; creating greenways and habitat corridors; and building our resilience to climate change and natural disasters. 
While most of the city will not be affected by land use or zone changes, the City is proposing some changes to all commercial and mixed-use areas so land use designations and zoning better reflect their composition. In early July, commercial property owners along mixed-use corridors will receive a mailer explaining that their property may be affected by these proposed changes (see next story).
After the opening of the public comment period on July 21, Portlanders may submit feedback on the Proposed Plan online through the Map App, in written testimony or in person at Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings. After considering testimony and revising the Proposed Plan, the PSC will submit a Recommended Plan to City Council in spring of 2015. See the timeline chart for details about upcoming steps in the process.

Help is on its way with the CPU Helpline

To help property owners and others understand potential land use changes, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is setting up a helpline to answer questions and provide support. The helpline will be staffed by several outreach specialists through mid-September. Staff will also be scheduling drop-in hours at various locations to answer questions in person. Times and locations will be posted on the Comprehensive Plan calendar soon, so stay tuned.  
Mixed Use Zones mailer
City of Portland completes Task 2 of Periodic Review
The Comprehensive Plan Update recently reached a milestone. Task 2 of the state-mandated Periodic Review process is complete, and the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has given final approval of the Task 2 background reports. 
These reports make up an inventory and analysis of Portland’s housing, infrastructure, natural resources and other topics. They establish a “factual basis” for the Comprehensive Plan Update. LCDC is the agency responsible for acknowledging the completion of each step (or task) of the process and that the plan complies with the Statewide Planning Goals.
However, one remaining issue is the status of the City’s Employment Opportunities Analysis (EOA). Schnitzer Steel objected to some of the assumptions grounding the EOA’s analysis of Portland’s long-term supply and demand for employment land and appealed. LCDC had tentatively approved the EOA, but the City requested additional time to revise and resubmit it in order to reconsider the status of West Hayden Island as a future site for a marine cargo terminal.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is revising the EOA this summer and will publish an updated analysis in September, to be considered as part of the adoption process for the Comprehensive Plan.

Task 5 Early Implementation Project Updates

Mixed Use Zones Project

Portlanders share what they like and love about their center during Mixed Use Zones Community Walks

What’s so great about a mixed-use zone? Hollywood District business owner Yu Te (pictured above) likes living and working in his vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.
"What I like about Hollywood is that I don’t have to go far to do my grocery shopping or to get whatever I need,” he says.
Yu believes that the close proximity of amenities increases the quality of life for residents of Hollywood. He thinks less travel time between work, home, school, shopping and play means more leisure time and opportunities for people to get to know their neighbors.
“It’s like living in a small town inside of a bigger city.”
He foresees Hollywood getting bigger but cautions, “I hope to see, as we develop and have more buildings, that the citizens can be involved more with defining how that growth occurs.”
Community walks draw crowds
Yu joined more than 150 neighbors and community members who recently participated in seven neighborhood “walkabouts” as part of the Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ). The purpose of the walks was to learn more about the dynamics in and around centers and corridors planned for mixed-use development in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan.
Between April 26 and June 11, seven walks were held around Portland, including NE Broadway/Weidler in Hollywood, outer SE Division in Midway, SE 82nd Ave in the Jade District, N Lombard/Portsmouth, N Williams/NE MLK, inner SE Division and Multnomah Village.
The MUZ Project will revise the city’s commercial and mixed-use zones to facilitate future development, better transit access, a variety of housing types, compatibility of new development and a pedestrian-friendly environment. The walks provided an opportunity for project staff, consultants and advisory committee members to hear community members’ thoughts on what is working well or not in mixed-use areas, and to see different places and development issues firsthand.
Some of the common themes emerging from the walks were:
  • Address building scale and articulation: height, mass and length.
  • Provide scaled transitions to low-density residential areas.
  • Encourage or require continuity of retail in centers and corridors.
  • Preserve or protect significant historic buildings and key places.
  • Create incentives for open space and public plazas.
  • Improve the design of buildings and sites; use quality materials.
  • Provide high quality pedestrian environments.
  • Encourage a housing mix for a range of household types, lifestyles and incomes.
  • Promote affordability for housing and commercial space.
  • Adequately address parking issues; onsite, shared, management.
  • Consider allowing more intensity on key large opportunity sites.
More information about the walks, including highlights of issues from the individual walks, is available on the project web page.
Campus Institutional Zoning Update Project
The Campus Institutional Zoning Update Project (CIZUP) Project Advisory Group held their fourth meeting on June 12. The group reviewed types of activities typically allowed on campuses — as permitted or accessory uses (such as classrooms or doctors’ offices) — and other activities that are subject to greater limitations or formal conditional use reviews (such as coffee shops). 
They also reviewed specific standards that guide physical development on campuses. During previous discussions, the group shared ideas and experiences regarding “Town & Gown” relationships. They discussed how institutions have updated their Conditional Use Master Plans or Impact Mitigation Plans through the City’s land use review processes. 
The advisory group is helping staff craft new zoning processes and standards to facilitate continued growth of Portland’s healthcare and higher education employment sectors, while protecting adjoining neighborhoods from offsite impacts. They will continue to meet through the fall of 2014, after which any proposed zoning code revisions will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their review and recommendation to City Council in 2015.
For more information about the project, please contact CIZUP Project Manager John Cole at or 503-823-3475 — or visit the project website
Community Involvement Committee
At the May 28 meeting of the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff gave an update on engagement, outreach and property owner notification efforts in support of the Comprehensive Plan Update process. Committee members discussed best ways to engage under-served communities as well as translation services for Portlanders with limited English proficiency. They also talked about the upcoming release of the Proposed Draft and associated outreach efforts to help Portlanders learn more about the plan and how to prepare testimony for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).
Committee members began planning for a PSC briefing on July 22 as well as preparing feedback and recommendations for the Transportation Systems Plan’s Public Involvement Plan.
See a detailed summary of the CIC’s meeting here.
July 8, 4 – 7 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave

Planning and Sustainability Commission
Briefings and hearings for the Comprehensive Plan Update

Policy and Overview Briefing
July 22, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A
Map Briefing
August 12, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A
Citywide Systems Plan (CSP) and Transportation Systems Plan (TSP) Briefing
September 9, 12:30 p.m
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A
Hearing: Focus on Goals and Policies
September 23, 5 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A
Hearing: Focus on Maps
October 14, 5 p.m.
Location TBD
Hearing: Focus on Maps
October 28, 5 p.m.
Location TBD
Hearing: Focus on CSP and TSP
November 4, 4 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th Floor | Portland, OR 97201 US
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