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Central City 2035 Proposed Draft to be released on June 20 for public review

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearings in July and August

Originally scheduled to be released on May 10, the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Proposed Draft will now be released on June 20, 2016. Project staff will use the extra time to consider feedback on the Discussion Draft in order to shape the Proposed Draft.

Salmon Springs in spring

On June 28, staff will present the Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a briefing. Commissioners will then hear public testimony at two hearings: one on July 26 and the other on August 9. 

Portlanders are invited to submit testimony on the Proposed Draft to the PSC in person or in writing, prior to or at the hearings.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearings
July 26, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Portland Building, Room C

(Another PSC hearing is scheduled from 4 – 6 p.m. on this date. Please check the PSC calendar one week prior to the hearing to confirm time and other details.)

August 9, 2016
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Portland Building, Room C

Check the PSC calendar to confirm time and location prior to each hearing. Then read instructions and tips for testifying.

Next Steps
Following the hearings, the PSC will hold work sessions on September 27, October 25 and November 9 to formulate its recommendation on the CC2035 Plan. The project will then go before the Portland City Council for consideration and adoption. The CC2035 Plan will be the first amendment to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, and the specific recommendations contained within the plan are expected to become effective in early 2018.

PSC News: May 10, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

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.