For anyone who has every scrolled through the hundreds of pages in Portland’s Code of Ordinance looking for a quick answer to a simple question, you will be happy to hear that a thoughtful reorganization of the Code manual is coming. The current Code book is 961 pages and is sorted by zone—all written out in long form with much repetition between zones. The new manual will be trimmed down to approximately 400 pages.
The ReCode Portland initiative makes the much used reference manual friendlier and will be organized by heading (e.g. set back requirements) and not zone. The City’s goals are to:
(1.) Streamline and simplify the code
(2.) Ensure consistency
(3.) Add visuals to improve readability and understanding of the code
(4.) Align the code with Portland’s Plan for 2030
ReCode Portland is also working to incorporate review standards for new development, environmental resource protection, historic preservation standards, housing policies, sign standards (with visuals), and parking requirements. The new code format is slated to be rolled out at the end of this year.