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PSC News: Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell Confirmed to Planning and Sustainablity Commission

City Council confirms newest PSC members: affordable and community-oriented housing developer and East Portland advocate join the advisory committee

At its Wednesday, January 13, 2016 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointments of Eli Spevak and Katie Larsell to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Eli Spevak has a background in sustainable residential development and affordable and community-oriented housing. Eli has had extensive civic involvement in Portland and recently served on the Comprehensive Plan Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group. He is also currently serving on the Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee. He is the owner of Orange Splot LLC and previously worked as a project manager at the Housing Development Center. He was a Loeb fellow and has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from PSU.

Katie Larsell is an East Portland advocate and has served on the Parkrose School Board, Steering Committee for the Bicycle Master Plan 2020 and was a charter member of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP). She is currently a member of the Citywide Budget Advisory Committee. Katie’s diverse work background includes being an industrial engineer and an ordained minister.

The appointees' diverse backgrounds and knowledge of Portland will make them valuable members of the Commission. Their first meeting as PSC members will be on January 26, 2016.

Increase the green in 2016: Share

This new year, include simple changes for health and happiness with sustainable resolutions that stick.


Save money with Portland resources where you can find ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices that will keep you on budget.

Borrow: Join a tool or kitchen library to borrow items you only use occasionally. Access tools and share items like drills, sanders, painting equipment and shovels. Portland residents have options around the city, based on where you live. There are NorthNortheastSoutheast locations, plus residents in and around the Lents neighborhood in outer Southeast and East Portland have the Green Lents Community Tool Library.

Kitchen Share is a network of kitchen tool libraries building community through the sharing of equipment, skills, traditions and food. They offer items like dehydrators, canning equipment, ice cream makers, juicers, mixers, bread makers and durable dishes for Northeast and Southeast residents.

Swap: Portland is full of organizations that facilitate sharing between neighbors – offering tools and equipment, space, clothes, toys and more.

Share your style by hosting a clothing swap with friends. Swap Positive is your go-to resource for Portland area swaps. A swap involves getting a bunch of people together to exchange clothes and other items you no longer need, and offering them free of charge to others by swapping them instead. 

Fix: Extend the life of the goods you own with easy fixes. Community resources, such as Repair PDX and local repair shops share their expertise to fix anything! From clothing and shoes, to furniture and tools, and even electronics and appliances.

Get more community resources on how and where to make simple changes in everyday choices at Resourceful PDX

Public invited to testify at February 9 hearing on Portland Plant List update

Updated document identifies native and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), will hold a public hearing on a proposed Portland Plant List (PPL) update. The list identifies native plants and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region. The document describes the ecological and social benefits provided by plants on the Native Plants List, as well as the impacts and risks associated with the spread of invasive plants on the Nuisance Plants List.

The PPL is a technical and educational document, which is used widely by City staff, developers, local natural resource and watershed agencies and organizations, and residents throughout the metropolitan region. The list is used in administering certain zoning regulations, including those that apply in environmentally sensitive areas of Portland. The document also includes a list of plants that are required to be removed if found in the city. The city first published the PPL in 1991 and has updated it several times over the years, most recently in 2011. 

Proposed amendments to the Portland Plant List updates include:

  1. Removal of 16 species from the Native Plants List (Attachment A)
  2. Addition of eight species, and reassessment and update of three species ranks in the Nuisance Plants List (Attachment B)
  3. Technical amendments — corrections to plant taxonomy (Attachment C)
  4. Updates to the Portland Plant List Appendix A, History (Attachment D)

Read the Portland Plant List Update Staff Report

Public Hearing on the Proposed Portland Plant List Update

Attend the public hearing to testify to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability director or her delegate.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Brief staff presentation at 6:00 p.m.; discussion and public testimony to follow
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500B

How to submit testimony in writing
Can’t make the hearing? You can also submit testimony to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in writing.

U.S. Mail
Send a letter with your comments to:

Jeff Caudill
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100  
Portland, OR, 97201
Attn: Portland Plant List Update Comment 

Email: Send to with Portland Plant List Update Comments in the subject line.

Written testimony must be received by the 4:00 p.m. the day of the hearing or at the hearing and must include your name and address.

BPS Silent Auction raises biggest gift ever for Oregon Food Bank

Over 470 families will receive meals this winter thanks to the generosity of City employees and local businesses who donated auction items.

The annual BPS silent auction surpassed previous successful auctions by raising nearly $4,700 to benefit the Oregon Food Bank for the purpose of reducing hunger in Oregon. According to the Oregon Food Bank, $10 feeds a family of four for three to five days. This means that 470 families will receive meals this winter.

The silent auction has been a tradition at BPS for at least ten years, thanks to the dedication of the coordinating committee. For auction items, there was widespread support from BPS employees and local businesses. Some of the most popular auction items were restaurant gift certificates and gifts of experience, like overnight getaways or entertainment and sports activities.

BPS employees generously donated and bid on most of the items auctioned. Many of the auction items were handmade or re-gifted. With every dollar donated equaling $4 worth of food, the total contribution in food is valued at $18,800!

Home deconstruction grants are still available

When a house must come down, deconstruction is a preferred alternative. Now, there’s help to save valuable building materials for reuse.

Grants are available now from the City of Portland to help promote home deconstruction, to build capacity within the industry and to encourage efficiencies and innovation.

Grant program features easy-to-use online application

  • Funds are available for a limited time.
  • Maximum grant awards: $2,500 for full deconstruction; $500 for partial projects.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected weekly.
  • Applications are restricted to projects involving the full removal of a house or duplex within the Portland city limits.
  • Find the online application at

Why deconstruction?

Deconstruction helps achieve the policies and actions related to the current efforts of the Climate Action Plan Update and the Comprehensive Plan Update.

  • Salvaging reusable material supports the local economy by supporting six to eight jobs for every one job associated with traditional mechanized demolition and creates viable local enterprises.
  • Deconstruction offers an affordable option for residents and businesses to acquire quality used building materials.
  • Deconstruction offers greater carbon benefits by preserving the embodied energy of existing building materials and avoiding the creation of greenhouse gasses associated with adding waste materials to the landfill.

For more information on deconstruction or to apply for a grant, please visit or contact Shawn Wood at or 503-823-5468