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Updates from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS)

BPS Announces the Deconstruction Grant Program 

Explore DeconstructionGrants for residential deconstruction projects are now available from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). The deconstruction grant program will help promote deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition, build capacity within the industry and encourage efficiencies/innovation. Applications for grant funding will be reviewed and selected within approximately 7 business days from application date.   

In April 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to advise BPS on the development of incentives and methods to increase deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition. At a June 3, 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step. City Council unanimously supported the recommendation and asked BPS to return in January 2016 with a status report on the grant program and recommendations for next steps.   

For more information or to apply for a grant, please visit

Accessory Structures Project:

BPS staff have released the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update Proposed Draft in preparation for the upcoming Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) public hearing on September 22, 2015.  Read more…

The Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update is revising the City's Zoning Code regulations, focusing on detached accessory structures associated with residential development. This includes structures such as garages, storage sheds, home offices, greenhouses and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as well as decks, trellises and mechanical equipment.

Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan to be Considered by City Council.  Last month Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to recommend a new Comprehensive Plan to City Council. With the release of the PSC’s Recommended Draft on August 24, 2015, Portlanders are invited to review the draft and submit their testimony to City Council.  Read more 

Comprehensive Plan:Central City Plan

While the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on July 28 to recommend Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan to City Council, other projects that will help implement the new plan are in the pipeline.

Early Implementation projects for Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan are here – or coming soon.  These projects either address a state mandate or implement a key component of the new Comprehensive Plan. They will become effective after the plan is adopted by City Council. The public is invited to learn about and give feedback on the Early Implementation projects, including the following projects that have or will soon have drafts out for review.

Upcoming events:

  • Campus Institutions Discussion Draft on 9/14
  • Employment Land Proposed Draft on 9/21; 10/27 hearing
  • Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft in late September 

Residential Infill Project:

In response to community concerns about new development in Portland’s residential neighborhoods, the Residential Infill Project will evaluate the city’s single-dwelling development standards. The project will focus on three primary topics: scale of houses, narrow lot development and alternative housing options. Mayor Charlie Hales appoints community members to Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  Read more