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Posted on: November 22, 2019

City Planners Seek Feedback on ReCode Portland Effort

ReCode Portland

The City of Portland’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to announce that it is now seeking feedback from the public on the first four draft articles of its ReCode Portland effort. The effort is the first rewriting of the City’s Land Use Code in more than 50 years, and will help advance the goals of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Portland’s Plan 2030). 

Planners have been working to create a new, unified development code that will serve Portland for the 21st century. Phase I of this effort is focused on reformatting, streamlining, and reorganizing the existing code into a more legible and user-friendly document. Phase II will involve the process of carefully examining the code in light of policy goals expressed through Portland’s Plan, and rewriting the policy in the code to better align with that vision.

A well-organized new code will increase predictability and clarity for the development review process and provides an opportunity to eliminate outdated, unclear or duplicative language in the code. The effort also focuses on increasing the use of tables and illustrative graphics to make the next iteration a more accessible document for all. 

In order to facilitate public feedback, the City is using an interactive online civic engagement tool. Members of the public can read the draft of the first four articles and leave comments and feedback directly in the document as well as see comments from others. 

The draft was first unveiled at the November 7 Planning Board workshop, and the Council’s Ad Hoc ReCode Committee has been working with planning staff to offer broad policy guidance to the Planning Board.  

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