Design Manual Overhaul 2021

Project Description

The Planning and Urban Development Department is reviewing and revising the City of Portland Design Manual. The project will reformat and where needed, create new standards, in order to:  

  • Create more consistent standards across the city where current standards are duplicative or unclear;
  • Simplify and clarify the content of the standards for easier interpretation;
  • Ensure the standards are encouraging design outcomes that align with city policies; and
  • Create a more accessible and user-friendly document.

Watch this space for event updates, document drafts, and ways to be involved!


The design manual overhaul process will commence January 2021 with a kick-off meeting to present the project and hear community input on the design review process and design outcomes in Portland.  

Draft documents will be posted online for public comment on content and graphic design periodically throughout the process, and Planning Board workshops will be held in spring 2021 to review and provide feedback on proposed changes prior to adoption.  There will also be a working group to provide detailed input on document revisions and draft content throughout the process. 

Related Documents

City Design Regulation

Meeting Materials

City of Portland Design Manual

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting information and materials will be posted on this webpage and City calendar.
  • WORKING GROUP MEETING #1 (2/25/21): 10a to 12p open to public attendance via zoom
  • WORKING GROUP MEETING #2 (3/11/21): 8-10a open to public attendance via zoom
  • KICKOFF MEETING (1/14/21):  View the recording here with passcode 5Ag*NE88

Contact Us - For more information contact Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer. Call 207-874-8901 or email