Better Housing by Design

From Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability:

Better Housing by Design draft Zoning Code amendments now available for review

How can Portland’s multi-dwelling zones be improved to ensure more people live in safe and healthy housing that meets their needs?

The Better Housing by Design project team has been addressing that question for the past year. With the help of community members, multi-family housing developers, renter advocates and others, the team developed the Better Housing by Design Concept Report.

Now proposed zoning code and map amendments to implement the concepts for Portland’s multi-dwelling zones are available for public review in the BHD Discussion Draft.

Read the Better Housing by Design Discussion Draft.

WHAT’S IN THE DISCUSSION DRAFT?

The proposed code changes will help ensure that new development in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents as well as contributes positive qualities to the places where they are built.

The Discussion Draft proposals will shape new development in the multi-dwelling zones by:

  • Revising the multi-dwelling zones so they relate to different types of places.
  • Regulating development intensity by the size of buildings, instead of the number of units in the building.
  • Adding incentives for affordable housing.
  • Requiring shared outdoor spaces like courtyards for larger projects.
  • Encouraging innovative green features and tree preservation.
  • Limiting front garages and surface parking.
  • Shaping building scale and setbacks to integrate development with neighborhoods.
  • Applying standards for East Portland for better design suited to the area’s characteristics.

Learn more and comment

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed code amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequent City Council hearings later this year.

Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by March 19, 2018.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Two open houses will give community members a chance to review the proposals and talk to staff. The project team will provide a presentation summarizing the proposals and be available to answer questions.

Central Portland

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet:  Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines

Eastern Portland

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
9955 NE Glisan Street (Ride Connection Office)
TriMet: Bus #15 and 19; MAX Blue, Green, Red lines

HOW TO COMMENT

Comments are due by Monday, March 19, 2018. Send your comments to:

E-mail: betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov

Mail:
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Better Housing by Design Project
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR  97201

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Review and comment on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Draft Off-road Cycling Master Plan includes recommendations for trials and bike parks for people of all ages and abilities.
Learn more online or at upcoming open houses; then submit your comments by Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.
Portland, ORE. — With the help of a project advisory committee, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Off-road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft for public review and comment.
The Off-road Cycling Master Plan blends a citywide vision with a practical and realistic approach to increasing the opportunity for off-road cycling across Portland. The master plan recommends locations for three different types of bike facilities:
Take a “ride” through the online open house to learn more about the recommendations for off-road cycling trails and bike parks throughout the city.
Community members can comment in the following ways:
Project staff will consider public comments before they forward final recommendations to City Council in 2018. The comment period for the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft ends atmidnight on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Four open houses throughout the city
Learn more about the proposals, talk to staff and submit comments at one of the community events.
Thursday, November 30, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss Avenue
TriMet Bus Route #4
Monday, December 4, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Community Center
6820 SW 45th Avenue
TriMet Bus Route #1
Thursday, December 7, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Avenue
TriMet Bus Routes #15, 20
Wednesday, December 13, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott Street
TriMet Bus Routes #4, 6, 24, 44
Background
The project team combined community input from thousands of Portlanders with feedback from City property managers and the Project Advisory Committee to develop the Discussion Draft of the Off-road Cycling Master Plan. The Discussion Draft also draws on best practices, additional planning and visits to more complicated properties by environmental and off-road cycling specialists.
The Discussion Draft aims to support equity by bringing off-road cycling trails and bike parks to neighborhoods that have traditionally not had access to these types of places. The goal is to create more places to ride that are easy to get to from all neighborhoods by bike or transit.
The Discussion Draft also includes recommendations to ensure people of all ages, skill levels, and incomes can take part in off-road cycling. The recommendations also incorporate best practices on how to design facilities to create safe and sustainable trails. The result is a map of recommended sites for new trails and bicycle parks as well as many recommendations for how to create a safe, sustainable and successful system.
For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/offroadcycling