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Mayor Charlie Hales Appoints Community Members to Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The 25-person committee includes Portlanders involved in design, construction and the sale of single-dwelling homes as well as people interested in how residential infill affects or contributes to neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

Mayor Charlie Hales has appointed a 25-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee to assist the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with the Residential Infill Project.

The Residential Infill Project will evaluate Portland’s single-dwelling development standards to ensure that new or remodeled houses are well integrated and complement the fabric of neighborhoods throughout the city. Three primary topics to be addressed are:

  • Scale of houses.
  • Narrow lot development.
  • Alternative housing options.

The first meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 2500A. Following a brief introduction by the mayor, committee members will meet the project staff and fellow stakeholders, then hear more about the project and residential infill issues. The committee will continue to meet each month as necessary through the duration of the project.

“Due to the large number of applications we received, we could not appoint everyone. However, we had some stellar candidates — too many in fact,” Hales said. “This is a good problem to have.”

The 25-person committee includes Portlanders involved in design, construction and the sale of single-dwelling homes as well as people interested in how residential infill affects or contributes to neighborhoods and the city as a whole.

Following a five-week recruitment and application process, Hales appointed the advisory committee to assist the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with the Residential Infill Project. Nearly 100 applications were received from a wide range of people interested in offering their perspective on residential infill issues. Members include:





Linda Bauer

East Portland Action Plan (EPAP)


Sarah Cantine

Scott Edwards Architects


Alan DeLaTorre

Portland Commission on Disability


Jim Gorter

Southwest Neighbors, Inc. (SWNI)


John Hassenberg

Oregon Remodelers Association


Marshall Johnson

Energy Trust of Oregon


Emily Kemper

Manufactured Structures Board


Douglas MacLeod

Homebuilders Association (HBA)


Mary Kyle McCurdy

1000 Friends of Oregon


Maggie McGann

Habitat for Humanity


Rod Merrick

Merrick Architecture Planning


Rick Michaelson (pending)

Neighbors West Northwest (NWNW)


Michael Molinaro

Southeast Uplift (SEUL)


Danell Norby

Anti-Displacement PDX


Vic Remmers

Everett Homes


Brandon Spencer-Hartle

Restore Oregon


Eli Spevak

Orange Splot Construction


Barbara Strunk

United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR)


Teresa St. Martin

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)


Young Sun

Immigrant and Refugee Committee Organization (IRCO)


David Sweet

Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)


Eric Thompson

Homebuilders Association (HBA)


Justin Wood

Fish Construction NW


Garlynn Woodsong

Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN)


Tatiana Xenelis-Mendoza

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)

In addition to community members representing residents from all parts of the city, the appointees also include homebuilding, architecture, historic, energy efficiency and real estate perspectives, as well as aging and disabled, anti-displacement and land use interests.

Members were chosen from each Neighborhood District Coalition and United Neighborhoods for Reform, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Portland Commission on Disability, Anti-Displacement PDX, the Energy Trust of Oregon, Scott Edwards Architects, Merrick Architecture, Oregon Remodelers Association, Homebuilders Association, Fish Construction NW, Orange Splot Construction, Habitat for Humanity and Everett Homes.

“There are many facets to the issue of preserving and enhancing Portland’s unique neighborhoods,” Hales said. “In addition to the Residential Infill Project, my Neighborhoods Initiative is addressing long-term citywide growth strategies through such efforts as the Comprehensive Plan Update, discouraging demolitions, and expanded affordable rental housing development to ensure Portland’s prized neighborhoods remain livable and affordable.”

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is just one element of an inclusive public engagement effort – including regular project updates, online surveys, public events and hearings – to seek input and help formulate policy recommendations for the Residential Infill Project. Bureau staff will work with a public outreach and facilitation specialist to reach other affected stakeholders and community members. In addition, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting agendas, minutes and other meeting materials will be posted on the project website:\bps\infill

For more information, contact Julia Gisler at (503) 823-7624 or or Morgan Tracy at (503) 823-6879 or

Recycle right when school starts and routines resume

Muhumed Noor, SummerWorks intern at Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), offers his insights on going back to school and how one of his chores includes collecting the garbage and recycling at home.

“While I have finished high school and am now taking classes at Mt Hood Community College, I still live at home and am expected to help out with chores. I live in an apartment with my little sister and my dad, and I am responsible for taking out the garbage and recycling. This became one of my chores because my dad saw my messy room and told me to clean it up. My room had stuff spread out all over it, like clothes and shoes, water bottles, papers and a little garbage on floor.

When I cleaned my room, I started by collecting everything together to put in one place (the garbage), but realized that many of the items can be recycled or even reused.

Back in Kenya, where I used to live, people don’t know about sorting things for garbage or recycling. There was one place to put whatever came their way. Since working at BPS this summer, I have had a chance to learn many aspects of sustainability, including more about garbage and recycling. I have come to understand what materials go in which containers and why it matters to sort out items that can be recycled.”

Get the right materials in the right place

Whether you’re a renter or live in your own home, the same materials are accepted for recycling in Portland. It is the system itself that varies, based on residential or multifamily services.

Much of the activity related to recycling happens in our kitchens, family rooms, home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. Increase the chance that things get in the right container by creating easy strategies throughout the house. One principal to good recycling is to provide a recycling container everywhere where there is a garbage can.


Items may get tossed in the garbage that could be recycled if you only have one container and no one committed to take care of the waste. If you only have a recycling container in one place, garbage might end up in your recycling. Check the two containers to ensure that waste materials are in the right one before emptying out into the roll carts or containers. People often make decisions about where to throw things away by looking into the container and seeing what is already there rather than reading signs or asking questions. One person’s mistake can quickly become a household or multifamily community norm.Mix paper, plastic and metal together. Keep glass bottles and jars in a separate area inside the home before taking them out to the bin or container for glass only.

Do you live in an apartment and want information on garbage and recycling? Find information online about multifamily communities of five units and more.

Do you live in a house or smallplex (2-4 units) and want a detailed list of what goes in your curbside containers?  Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages.

PSC News: September 8, 2015 Meeting Information

R/W #7920 — consent; Solid Waste Rates — briefing; Urban Services Boundary — briefing


  • R/W #7920 NE Wielder St and NE Halsey St east of NE 32nd Ave — consent
  • Solid Waste Rates — briefing
  • Urban Services Boundary — briefing 

Meeting files

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

Early Implementation projects for Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan are here -- or coming soon

Public invited to review and comment on discussion/proposed drafts for employment land, campus institutions and mixed use zones.

Early Implementation timeline

While the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on July 28 to recommend Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan to City Council, other projects that will help implement the new plan are in the pipeline.

These projects either address a state mandate or implement a key component of the new Comprehensive Plan. They will become effective after the plan is adopted by City Council. The public is invited to learn about and give feedback on the Early Implementation projects, including the following projects that have or will soon have drafts out for review.

Campus Institutional Zoning Project

A discussion draft for the Campus Institutional Zoning Project was released in early August, and the comment period is open until September 14, 2015. This project increases the development capacity of Portland’s college and hospital campuses to accommodate the projected demand for new construction and job growth over the next 20 years, while protecting surrounding neighborhoods from potential negative impacts. A proposed draft is expected in October. Learn more at

Employment Zoning Project

The public can expect a Proposed Draft on the Employment Zoning Project on September 21.This project implements new policies to achieve more efficient use of industrial land and mixed employment areas, while also protecting neighborhood livability and watershed health. Outcomes include code changes to Industrial (IG) and General Employment (EG) zones and zoning map changes for new mixed employment areas. Learn more at

Mixed Use Zones Project

The Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft is scheduled to be published in late September. This project will develop new mixed use zoning designations and revise Portland’s commercial and central employment zoning codes currently applied in centers and corridors outside of the Central City. The project addresses issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses. The comment period on the Discussion Draft will close on October 30, 2015. Learn more at

Discussion versus Recommended Drafts

Each project presents multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff will first publish a Discussion Draft (including policy, code and/or map changes), which serves as an initial proposal to stimulate discussion. Public comments on this draft may be submitted directly to project staff and are considered when developing the Proposed Draft. The Proposed Draft is staff’s proposal for the public and Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to review. The PSC holds public hearings on the Proposed Draft and invites public comments in the form of written or oral testimony. After considering public testimony and deliberating, the PSC recommends revisions to the Proposed Draft to produce a new Recommended Draft that is forwarded to City Council for adoption.

So far, the Employment Zoning Project and Campus Institutional Zoning Project have both released Discussion Drafts. These drafts are the first opportunity for the public to review new policy, code and/or map changes and give feedback directly to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). Staff will consider all comments on the discussion draft when writing proposed drafts for their projects. The public will then have the opportunity to review the proposed draft and provide testimony to PSC at public hearings. Check the PSC calendar for dates, times and tentative agendas.

Early Implementation Timeline & Commenting



Opportunities for providing feedback

If yes, to whom?

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Employment Zoning Project and Campus Institutional Zoning projects

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing a  proposed draft

BPS staff

Summer/Fall 2015

Release of Proposed Draft for Employment Zoning Project

Yes – The public may provide written testimony to the PSC, who will consider it when developing a Recommended Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Mixed Use Zones Project and Zoning Map Update

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing a Proposed Draft

BPS staff

Fall 2015

Release of the Proposed Draft for Campus Institutional Zoning and Mixed Use Zones Projects

Yes – The public may provide written testimony to the PSC, who will consider it when developing a Recommended Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC’s public hearings and recommendations on Employment Zoning and Campus Institutional Zoning Projects

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing or given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Winter 2016

PSC’s public hearings and recommendations on Mixed Use Zones Project and Zoning Map Update

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing or given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

More Early Implementation projects are on their way this fall and winter. Check back here and/or subscribe to the Comprehensive Plan Update E-News by sending an email to