Council vote set on Central City 2035 Plan on Wednesday
The City Council is scheduled to tenatively vote on a growth plan for downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods on Wednesday, April 25.
A final vote on the Central City 2035 Plan that will govern growth over the next 20 years is set for June 6. It is expected to take effect on June 9.
The public comment period is open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.
CC2035 — as it commonly called — is the first amendment to the update of the Comprehensive Plan approved by the council last year and scheduled to take effect on May 24.
The plan had previously been reviewed and recommended to the council by the appointed Planning and Sustainability Commission, which advises the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. According to BPS staff sorking on the plan, key decisioins made by the council include:
• Increase the bonus height at RiverPlace from 125 feet to 325 feet.
• Restore heights in Old Town Chinatown from 350 feet to 460 feet along NW 5th to Broadway.
• Increase height on the western half of Block 33 in Chinatown/Japantown from the PSC-recommended height of 125 feet to 160 feet.
• Retain the PSC's proposed height increase at Morrison Bridgehead.
• Allow the transfer of floor area from Open Space zones.
• Initiate a study to analyze options for increasing bonus floor area that new projects can earn.
Scenic View Corridors
• Retain the PSC's decision to not protect the view of Mt Hood from Salmon Springs and allow taller buildings in the Central Eastside.
• Eliminate the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall.
• Relocate the viewpoint of the Central City from I-84.
• Retain the PSC's proposal to increase the height along Jefferson toward the Vista Bridge from 30 – 45 feet to 75 feet.
• Modify the eco roof standard to require that 100 percent of the rooftop must be in eco roof, but exempt up to 40 percent for other development such as mechanical equipment, solar panels and common outdoor areas.
• Hold a public hearing to consider two new administrative rules that are necessary to implement CC2035: one for low carbon buildings and one for bird-safe glazing.
• Retain the guidance for how to measure top of bank, which is where the riverbank levels off around and under structures such as docks.
• Modify the river setback regulations for historic buildings that were constructed prior to the setback regulations.
• Exempt Central City public school sites from the superblock regulation, allowing them to design spaces and accessways to address safety and security concerns.
• Support the I-5 Rose Quarter action. Add direction for the City to ensure that all elements from the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan are implemented and integrated with other City and community-led efforts in the area.
You can learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/47907.
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