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Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update heads to Planning and Sustainability Commission for Hearing

Proposed Draft revises rules for garages, home offices, greenhouses, accessory dwelling units and other accessory structures

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.

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.

The project aims to streamline the regulations by emphasizing form (setbacks, height and bulk) over function (how the accessory structure is used) while continuing to address impacts on neighboring properties. Specifically, the proposed amendments:

  • Expand the exemption that allows small one-story garages in side and rear setbacks to other detached accessory structures.
  • Set a uniform building height maximum of 20 feet for all detached accessory structures.
  • Require all detached covered accessory structures more than 15 feet high to meet revised compatibility standards for exterior finish materials, roof pitch, trim, windows and eaves.
  • Provide additional flexibility for mechanical equipment installations related to single-dwelling development.
  • Reformat regulations to improve clarity.

The Proposed Draft updates the public Discussion Draft, which was released in June. The Proposed Draft includes staff consideration of the comments received during the outreach period. The Proposed Draft is the staff recommendation for PSC consideration and recommendation at their hearing. The public is invited to attend and/or submit testimony on the proposal.

PSC Hearing Details

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission - Public Hearing
Tuesday September 22, 2015, 5p.m. **
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A
** Please check the PSC calendar approximately one week before the hearing for a more specific time and additional details.

View the PSC agenda: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc

View the Proposed Draft: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/542283

Detailed instructions for submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

 

Putting a stop to food waste is a piece of cake!

Complement the effectiveness of your composting efforts by reducing the amount of food that goes to waste.

Family at grocery store

The average family throws away 25 percent of the food they buy, wasting about $1,600 a year.

Here are three easy steps to keep money in your wallet and out of the compost bin:

Make a list!

  • Plan your meals for the week, check what you already have in stock, then make a shopping list (and stick to it). While shopping, choose bulk ingredients and loose fruits and veggies to get the exact amount you need.  

Keep fruits and veggies fresh.

  • Produce often goes bad before we eat it. Freeze fruits you can’t eat in time and use them later to make delicious pies and smoothies.  And wilting veggies are great for making soup you can freeze for future meals.

 First in, first out.

  • Out of sight, out of mind leads to food waste. Move older ingredients and leftovers to the front of your pantry and fridge to use up first. Find new recipes and creative ways to use leftovers and other ingredients to make meals.

Visit www.portlandcan.org for more tips and resources, including useful mobile apps and informative websites. Tell us about the meals you make with leftover ingredients: www.facebook.com/PortlandBPS

From BPS Director Susan Anderson: 2015 Climate Action Plan to guide City of Portland for next five years

Portland City Council adopts new aggressive 2015 Climate Action Plan.

Thanks to a unanimous City Council vote in June, we have a new Climate Action Plan to guide the carbon reduction efforts of the City of Portland, our local businesses and community partners for the next five years. This plan provides an integrated response to the intertwined challenges of climate change, social equity, economic volatility, degraded natural systems, and the rising cost of living for all Portland residents and businesses.

The 2015 Climate Action Plan updates Portland's roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.  In 1993, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt a local plan to reduce carbon pollution.  Over the years, the goals of the plan have become reality with sustained efforts by businesses, public agencies and individuals producing results.

Since 1990, total local carbon emissions have declined by 14 percent, while total U.S. emissions have increased by six percent!  During this same time, our population grew by more than 160,000 people, and we added more than 75,000 more jobs — clearly we are doing more with less and moving in the right direction. Read “Portland: A City of Firsts on Climate Action.” 

The 2015 Climate Action Plan features many ambitious new strategies and actions to reduce Portland's carbon footprint.  I want to tell you about two new elements that make the plan unique:

Advancing equity. The 2015 Climate Action Plan was developed with careful thought to how all Portlanders can access the benefits of carbon reduction efforts.  This plan will result in many benefits, such as a stronger economy, new jobs, lower energy bills, transportation improvements and a cleaner environment.  Efforts should ensure that all residents, and especially those from under-served and under-represented communities, share in the economic, environmental and health benefits related to reducing carbon pollution.

Exploring consumer choice.  The new Climate Action Plan includes an inventory of the carbon emissions associated with the goods and services we buy that are produced elsewhere, outside of Multnomah County.  This is called a consumption-based inventory. It considers the full lifecycle of goods and services from production to transportation, to wholesale and retail sales, to use and disposal.

This new look at where emissions come from is important.  It turns out that the "stuff" that we buy from other states and from around the world — like televisions, clothes, cars and food — has a major impact on global carbon emissions.  This insight can help each of us make better informed choices and provides us with a wide range of opportunities to reduce carbon pollution internationally by carefully considering our purchasing choices here at home.

Cities around the world look to Portland for our leadership and best practices. Mayor Hales talked recently with OPB's Think Out Loud program about his visit to the Vatican for Pope Francis' historic summit on climate change and modern slavery — the first time the Vatican has gathered local leaders, in order to mobilize grassroots climate action. 

"Cities are the place where innovation happens," Mayor Hales said. "This network of cities is really beginning to have an impact on the global discussion about climate change."

As we look back on our original Climate Action Plan from the early 90's, we can see that it has resulted in significant energy and dollar savings, better air quality, a healthier environment, new jobs and less carbon pollution.  However, we have a long way to go to get to an 80 percent reduction.  As the magnitude of climate change has become more clear and immediate, so too has the need for an even more ambitious response.

Climate change is an issue that is integrated into every aspect of our work and daily lives.  The challenge will not be met by government programs in isolation. Every family, every business and institution must do their part.  The 2015 Climate Action Plan provides us with a roadmap that will result in a healthier, more equitable, resilient, prosperous and affordable community.

Understanding your carbon footprint and taking action

Visit our Climate Action Now infographic to understand the most important actions that will reduce your carbon footprint. 

Return to www.portlandcan.org for regular tips that cover the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.

Sincerely,

Susan Anderson, Director

City of Portland

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: How do I dispose of old batteries?

Batteries

Q: How do I dispose of old batteries? Can they be recycled?

A: There are various recycling and proper disposal options for batteries. Many stores that sell batteries will take them back for recycling. Find a resource near you that accepts household, rechargeable and lead-acid batteries online at Metro’s Find a Recycler tool.

Metro’s hazardous waste facilities also accept batteries, as well as a long list of common household hazardous waste.  

You can also dispose of common household alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries in the garbage. Regular AA, AAA, C and D batteries are allowed in the garbage because they are no longer manufactured with mercury. Other batteries still release toxic heavy metals that pollute air and water.

Batteries of any kind do not belong in the blue recycling roll cart. There are potential hazards because when they are overheated, the lithium used in batteries, along with other chemicals, are highly flammable.

Interested in disposing other items not accepted at the curb?
Contact the Metro Recycling Information online or call 503-234-3000.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.