The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is currently seeking public input on two projects – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Code Project and the Floodplain Resilience Plan.
The EV Ready Code Project seeks to expand zero-emission transportation options for individuals and households beyond what the market is doing today, specifically in new multi-dwelling housing and mixed use development. The Project will help implement policy direction from the 2017 Electric Vehicle Strategy, an update to Portland’s first electric vehicle strategy that was developed in 2010, through changes to the zoning code.
Over the past year, BPS staff have been developing a proposal to require all new multi-dwelling and mixed use development with five or more units that include onsite parking to provide EV-ready charging infrastructure at higher rates than state rules require. Implementation will put the City of Portland in compliance with the Department of Land Conservation and Development’s (DLCD) Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking process. The DLCD’s process increases the required percentage of EV-ready parking spaces for mixed-use development to 40 percent. The EV Ready Cod Project proposal would increase the requirement to 50 percent.
The Proposed Draft staff report and code amendments are available online and the public will have the opportunity to provide testimony Tuesday, September 13, 12:30 pm. Public testimony is welcome in person at the hybrid meeting (advance registration required by September 12) or in writing. Visit portland.gov/bps/planning/ev-ready for the report and code amendments, information about submitting testimony and to sign up for email updates.
The Floodplain Resilience Plan updates floodplain regulations throughout the city to ensure that new development in the floodplain, including in the Sellwood-Moreland, Eastmoreland, Ardenwald Johnson Creek, Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods, addresses flood risk from changing climate, does not jeopardize threatened and endangered species and allows Portlanders to continue to obtain federally-backed flood insurance. BPS staff has been reviewing the comments received November 2021-January 2022 and are making updates in preparation for the release of the next Proposed Draft.
A video of the online open house held in November 2021 is available online at bit.ly/Nov21openhouse and community members can view property-specific proposals on the project’s Map App at portlandmaps.com/bps/floodplain/#/map.
A hybrid hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 5-8 pm where testifiers can participate either in person or virtually. Links to register to testify (by September 27) and to attend the meeting virtually at bit.ly/BPSSept27hearing.