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PSC News: May 10, 2016 Meeting Recap

Solid Waste Rates — hearing / recommendation; Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — hearing


  • Solid Waste Rates — hearing / recommendation
  • Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Recap of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing (3/22/16) – Mixed Use Zones Project, Proposed Draft

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission was briefed on the Mixed Use Zones Project on March 22, 2016.

The Proposed Draft of the Mixed Use Zones Project was released on March 22, 2016. Project staff gave a presentation to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that same day. Commissioners learned about proposed zoning and code changes in commercial zones that would address community concerns about the scale of new development, transitions to adjacent neighborhoods and the need for more affordable housing.

Watch the staff presentation:

Download a copy of the presentation:

Download the Mixed Use Zones Project Proposed Draft Zoning Code and Map Amendments report:

Upcoming public hearing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing and take testimony on the proposal on May 10, 2016, 12:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500. Check the PSC Calendar to confirm the date, time and location. 

More details about the project and how to testify:  

Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map Amendment Package Discussion Draft Released

Public invited to comment on proposals for a variety of zoning code and map changes

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has published a Discussion Draft of a series of proposed Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments to implement new 2035 Comprehensive Plan policies or otherwise respond to Council direction. The miscellaneous code and map amendments considered in this proposal respond to a variety of issues not otherwise addressed in other Early Implementation Projects (e.g., Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Land, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map), which have been presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Specific amendments proposed in the Miscellaneous Zoning Code and Map amendment package will:

  1. Allow retail plant nurseries as a conditional use in residential zones.
  2. Preserve rights to one house on lots that were buildable prior to down-zoning as part of the City’s natural hazard mitigation strategy.
  3. Amend multi-dwelling residential zone maximum FAR map (Map 120-17) to include several properties located in close-in Southwest Portland, which changed designations on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map.
  4. Allow established office uses in historic buildings to continue in the R5 zone as an incentive to preserve historic resources.
  5. Amend the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary plan district to limit office uses and expand the area where these limits apply.
  6. Address school district enrollment capacity during Zoning Map amendments, land divisions, and planned developments in a district that has a school facility plan.
  7. Delete requirement for addressing “no-net-loss of housing” policies for quasi-judicial Comprehensive Plan Map amendments and Zoning Map changes.
  8. Update the trail alignments designation on the Zoning Map to correspond to the Major Public Trail alignment adopted in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Learn more about the project background and proposed Zoning Code text and map amendments on the project website.

Next Steps

Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through Friday, May 20, after which staff will consider the input received and prepare an amended Proposed Draft for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for July 26, 2016.

For additional information please contact John Cole, Project Manager at or 503-823-3475.

Make spring cleaning easy with Community Collection Events

Portland residents now have a wide range of proper disposal options for household bulky waste while prioritizing and promoting recycling and reuse.

collection event itemsWith over 40 neighborhood events scheduled around Portland in April and May, residents all over the city will have a chance to clean up unwanted clutter from their homes, basements and garages. Materials accepted at Community Collection Events vary, from bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, to items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.

As funding sponsors of these events, both BPS and Metro are providing more information about asbestos and prohibiting some materials from community collection events.

Items not accepted at these events include: hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; and waste and recyclables collected curbside.

Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:

  • Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
  • Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
  • Siding: cement siding shingles “Transite”
  • Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
  • Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
  • Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
  • Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire proofing

Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Some cleanup events accept a broader range of items, so be sure to check with your neighborhood coalition for their complete list. Find details about Community Collection Events hosted by neighborhood associations or community groups through your neighborhood coalition office:

Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519 to find contact information for your neighborhood association. 

Your garbage and recycling company can remove large, bulky items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.

An investment in fresher air

Portland residents benefit from newer, cleaner garbage, recycling and composting trucks.

In 2008, City Council approved BPS clean fleet requirements for residential garbage, recycling and composting companies to follow when purchasing new trucks. Over the last seven years, these companies have been phasing in new trucks that release 90 percent less of the emissions that cause climate change, smog and soot.

Beginning this year, garbage, recycling and composting companies are required to replace trucks 12 years or older with new, more energy efficient vehicles. While it may sound counterintuitive to our reuse ethic, newer diesel engines are much cleaner than older trucks.

BPS staff conducted site visits to all 15 residential garbage, recycling and composting companies last fall to determine compliance with the 2016 residential clean fleet requirements. At these site visits, staff identified trucks, including older trucks, which can only be used as backup trucks on residential routes. Beginning in 2018, BPS will visit commercial garbage, recycling and composting companies to inspect and ensure trucks that are subject to the clean fleet requirements are in compliance.

Diesel trucks are required to use a minimum of 20 percent biodiesel, which reduces carbon emissions from the fuel used for collection services by 15 percent. Nearly half of Portland’s residential customers’ garbage, recycling and compost is collected by trucks using compressed natural gas, an even cleaner-burning fuel. As fueling infrastructure becomes available, we expect to see more haulers choose this more efficient, lower-cost fuel type.