DOZA – Design Overlay Zone

The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is changing fast and the City is currently revising zoning codes that determine the look and design of new buildings.  SMILE, your neighborhood association, has developed building design guidelines and we need your help convincing City Council to implement them.

The City of Portland zoning code includes additional building design requirements in areas where growth is expected, generally denser corridors. The City is updating the requirements for the first time since the mid-90s. These additional requirements  are called the design overlay zone or d-overlay (DOZA).  DOZA affects the design, not the size, of commercial buildings and buildings with more than four dwellings.

Map of Design Overlay Zone (DOZA) in Sellwood-Moreland

SMILE’s DOZA testimony:

  • Focuses on the design standards within DOZA because most new buildings in Sellwood-Moreland use those standards.
  • Promotes implementing the Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Guidelines which were developed by our community in 2019.   See example below.

June 2021 Update:

In May over 50 Sellwood-Moreland residents and the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance submitted testimony to City Council asking that the Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Guidelines be added to the zoning code.  Thank you!! On June 3, Commissioner Mapps introduced an amendment (#3) to make some of the guidelines optional design standards in the Main Street overlay zone which is part of the d-overlay and includes most of our commercial areas.  City Council will hold a hearing on the amendment June 10.  Your testimony supporting the amendment is needed to convince Council to pass the amendment.

Read SMILE’s testimony on the DOZA Amendments.

TESTIFY –

Support Sellwood-Moreland’s Design Guidelines

Testify in writing:

Type your testimony.  Be sure to say that you support Amendment 3, the Main Street Design Standards Bundle.  Add to your testimony, maybe tell them why you want this or what you like about the neighborhood.

1) Go to https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/testify/#/doza.

2) Enter the required information.

3) Type your testimony. Be sure to say that you support Amendment 3, the Main Street Design Standards Bundle.  Add to your testimony, maybe tell them why you want this or what you like about the neighborhood.

4) Click submit.

Testify via ZOOM on June 10th at 2pm:

You can sign up at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EcqjXcofQdKhQT4rBSb_Uw until June 8 at 4PM.

SELLWOOD-MORELAND “GUIDELINES AT A GLANCE”

PDX Main Streets: planning tools that empower community members to manage growth and change.

PDX Main Streets Top 5 DOZA recommendations