Better Housing by Design project updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code Open Houses

Interested community members are invited to learn about and provide input on the concepts. The information presented at the two events will be the same, so there’s no need to attend both. Feedback collected at these events will be reviewed as staff finalize the Concept Report, which will be released at the end of June.

Concepts for improving multi-dwelling design and development outcomes, including concepts for Zoning Code regulations that would:

  • Strengthen requirements for outdoor spaces, including shared spaces on large sites for play areas and gardening.
  • Promote pedestrian-friendly streets by encouraging street-oriented buildings with fewer front garages.
  • Encourage a range of housing options in medium-density zones, such as fourplexes, courtyard apartments and compact apartment buildings.
  • Change existing development bonuses to prioritize affordable housing.


Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (presentation and Q & A at 6 p.m.)
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (presentation and Q & A at 10:30 a.m.)
Portland Community College SE Campus
2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland, OR 97216
Community Hall Annex (in rear of campus)

Improving housing through better design

In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability launched the Better Housing by Design (BHD) project to improve the design of new multi-family development for current and future residents. While the project covers all multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1 and RH) outside the Central City, BHD pays closer attention to neighborhoods in East Portland, where a large number of families live in multi-family housing, and the area lacks good street connectivity and access to outdoor spaces.

What’s next?
Staff will release the final Code Concept Report in Summer 2017, when Portlanders will be able to provide comments on the document. After that, staff will develop draft code language to submit to the Planning and Sustainability Commission sometime in the Fall of 2017.

For more information about the Better Housing by Design project, visit or contact Project Manager Bill Cunningham at or 503-823-4203.


Transportation System Development Charges Project List-Hearing July 26, 2017

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has completed an update of its Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) methodology and capital project list.  A TSDC is a one-time fee assessed new development to help fund the cost of capital improvements to serve a growing population.  The City of Portland (City) first adopted TSDCs in 1997 and last updated the methodology and project list in 2017.


PBOT has been working since April 2016 to update its TSDC program which consists of three primary elements: 1) TSDC methodology, 2) capital project list, and 3) rate schedule.


The update process has included a robust community engagement effort to provide input on each program element.  We invite you to review the updated methodology and capital project list contained in the Draft 2017 Transportation System Development Charge Rate Study which may be found at PBOT’s website: .  The website also includes the proposed TSDC Rate Schedule and project list funding levels.


City Council will be asked to adopt the updated TSDC methodology, project list and rate schedule at a public hearing scheduled for July 26, 2017 at 2pm at Portland City Hall.  The adopted changes are proposed to take effect January 1, 2018.

If you have questions or would like a presentation by PBOT staff, please contact or call 503-823-7239.



Anne Hill | Program Development
Portland Bureau of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

503-823-7239 |


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