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City of Portland establishes Deconstruction Advisory Group

City Council will hear public testimony at June 3 Portland City Council meeting.

Deconstruction is the practice of dismantling structures in order to salvage and re-use materials, such as cabinetry, light fixtures, tile or support beams. These recovered materials can then be incorporated into another building, sold, or donated to material salvage nonprofits for a tax deduction. Deconstruction helps Portland meet waste and emissions reduction goals expressed by the Comprehensive Plan Update and the Climate Action Plan.

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to explore options for increasing deconstruction activities relative to traditional mechanized demolitions, and to share expertise critical to making deconstruction work for Portland.The advisory group is made up of a wide range of experts including deconstruction contractors, salvage retail outlets, historic preservationists, developers, a recycler/hauler, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Mayor’s office, and Metro staff, as well as members of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) and United Neighbors for Reform.The DAG has convened four times over the past month, discussing a wide range of program options.

The conversation has focused on these key topics:

  • Incentives (such as expedited permits or financial benefits).
  • Minimum re-use requirements.
  • Health and safety of workers and neighbors.
  • The need to support industry education and training.

BPS will make recommendations to Portland City Council on June 3 regarding ways to increase deconstruction activity in Portland

BPS will recommend deconstruction incentives and next steps before City Council on June 3rd. At the hearing, there will also be an option for public testimony.More information about the Deconstruction Advisory Group, meeting minutes, calendar, and contact information are all available on the BPS website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/67421

PSC News: May 26, 2015 Meeting Recap

CC2035 SE Quadrant Plan — hearing; Comprehensive Plan — work session

Agenda

  • CC2035 SE Quadrant Plan — hearing
  • Comprehensive Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.  

Portland is Growing Film Festival draws big crowd at Kennedy School

Portlanders can now watch more than a dozen movies by local filmmakers about growth and development in Portland

Portland is Growing film festivalOn Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, hosted the Portland Is Growing Film Festival at McMenamins Kennedy School. A standing-room-only crowd of about 130 people filled the gymnasium, including members of United Neighborhoods for Reform, the Albina neighborhood, and the local filmmaking community.

The event featured films covering a variety of perspectives on growth and development in the city. Through their lenses, filmmakers shared stories about demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, coal trains, the Memorial Coliseum, bicycling, urban design and more.

Some of the highlights included Ruth Ann Barrett, who created her short video using her iPhone, encouraging the audience to “flex their civic engagement arm, not just their consumer arm.” Rick Potestio’s presentation about focusing growth around parks or “commons” met with some vocal resistance from the audience. Karina Adams’ plea for bird-friendly design was graphically portrayed in the movie she made as a student at Portland State University. And even a 35-year-old Douglas fir tree made compelling viewing as the audience watched it being systematically de-limbed and cut down.

Two films stood out as poignant reminders of how far we’ve come but how much more we need to do to address displacement and gentrification. Future Portland by journalist Ifanyi Bell and Kathleen Holt of Oregon Humanities features slow moving shots of Portland interspersed between interviews with several prominent African Americans living in Portland, who talk about the loss of community and connection when whole swaths of people are displaced. And Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot’s digest of their full-length feature film Imagining Home about how Columbia Villa became New Columbia was a touching close to the evening.

If you missed the event or would like to rewatch the videos, visit the film festival page. Then enjoy the work of local filmmakers and hear different stories of Portland’s past, present and future.

City-wide tour of ADUs doubles in size as more Portlanders seek to develop Accessory Dwelling Units

2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s ADU Tour Friday, May 29th - Sunday, May 31st

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2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31

Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, with support from the City of Portland- Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Metro, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Earth Advantage, is hosting Portland’s 2nd city-wide tour of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) from May 29th-31st. ADUs are secondary housing units on single-family lots. After last year’s sold out one-day event where 850 attendees toured 12 ADUs, this year’s event will be double the size with a two-day tour that includes 25 ADUs across Portland.

Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour, offers attendees the extremely rare chance to see the interiors of 25 finished ADUs in a variety of locations across the eastside of Portland. The self-guided tour gives attendees access to the homeowners, builders and designers of the ADUs, and to printed and online comprehensive, educational information about the building process for each ADU.  Additional materials and registration can be found at: http://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour/

On Friday evening, May 29th, there will also be a 3-hour ADU Workshop called “Getting Started with Permitting, Financing, and Design”- presented by Kol Peterson and held at the Alberta Abbey. Saturday, attendees will tour 12 ADUs throughout NE Portland. Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the United States, will open the doors to its six tiny houses on wheels to tour attendees for the entire weekend. Saturday evening, there will be a party at Caravan, featuring live music from Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness, as well as s’mores and local beer. On Sunday, attendees can tour 13 ADUs in SE Portland.

Portland has witnessed an eight-fold rise in the number of ADU permits since 2010.  This dramatic increase is the result of a 2010 City of Portland waiver of System Development Charges, which reduced the cost of building permits for an ADU by up to $11,000.  Before the 2010 waiver, approximately 30 ADUs were built in Portland annually, but in 2014 alone, there were 262 ADU permits.  The waiver’s popularity caused the Portland City Council to extend the waiver until July, 2016. The inaugural ADU Tour drew attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. For those who can’t attend the spring tour, another City-wide tour of ADUs is already scheduled for next fall: November 7th, 2015.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is a proud supporter of the 2015 2nd Annual Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Tour.  This two-day tour has doubled in size from the tour last year and promises to be an incredible resource for those looking to learn more about ADU benefits, flexibility, and design/construction.

Learn more and register at http://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour/

tour poster

PSC News: May 12, 2015 Meeting Recap

Comprehensive Plan — work session

Agenda

  • Comprehensive Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.