DOZA 30-Year Overhaul of City-wide Design Policy Important, yet Ignores Impacts to Main Streets, Affordability & Gentrification

Citywide design policy is being made now that will affect all new development. Much of what we are building today is not affordable nor context sensitive. We believe in density with sensitivity and using farmers logic of good time tested design. We aim to raise design equity for ALL communities. This is your chance to speak out about what you like and what you think should change for the future of your neighborhood as new structures are built. Learn more about the project, the policy, and get talking points on key issues of support and concern.

Sustainability, Adaptive Reuse, and Affordable, Green Design

Sustainable community planning is at the heart of our efforts.  We believe the challenges of today require all community voices at the table to create solutions that are visionary, outside the box, and consider both short-term and long-term impacts of policy and design decisions on affordability, resilience, livability, accessibility, economic vitality, equity and sustainability. Contact us to learn more about our Sustainability Scorecard Initiative and how we're working to empower communities with greater design literacy and a voice in growth and change.

Historic Resources Code Project

There are significant opportunities and challenges to HOW we add density in our older streetcar areas that have historic and cultural importance in our City. 


This policy will influence how well our historic and cultural resources are identified, designated and protected. This has impacts on demolition, loss or retention of cultural resources, as well as things that impact adaptive reuse which directly connect to climate impacts and affordability. 

Top Ten Policy Recommendations

for the City of Portland

in 2016, neighborhoods across SE Portland endorsed our recommendations during the Comprehensive Plan and Mixed Use Zoning Policy process. A few issues have been somewhat addressed in new policy (and we've influenced many policies) but many key concerns remain. Context sensitive design and compatibility make better buildings, contribute to greater local support for new larger buildings, and often more affordable buildings and place-making that benefits all our community members. We can reach our same goals with better outcomes, greater equity and sustainability when done with good design and innovative policy.