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City Council considers medium-cargo forecast for new Comprehensive Plan; revised EOA in the works

Private investment to expand Portland Harbor’s capacity make increased forecast feasible.

Port of Portland aerial image

At their January 26, 2016, work session on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan, City Council indicated their general support for revising the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) to incorporate a medium-cargo forecast. The forecast and the EOA are used to determine future land needs for marine terminals in the Portland Harbor. The Comprehensive Plan determines how much of what type of land will be required over the next 20 years to accommodate population and job growth.

During public hearings with City Council on the draft Plan, public testimony on the EOA focused on the cargo forecast and was divided on the issue of whether to use a low- or medium-cargo forecast. Business, labor and agricultural representatives raised concerns that the EOA's low forecast sends a negative message that could discourage harbor reinvestment and affect agricultural and other export markets. Environmental and neighborhood representatives supported the current draft EOA reflecting the balance of industrial and environmental objectives in the draft Plan.

Specifically, the Port of Portland documented several major investments to expand existing marine terminals. These investments substantially expand the Portland Harbor’s existing capacity to meet future growth and have made the medium-cargo forecast scenario a more realistic option that does not rely on the future development of West Hayden Island in the next 20 years.

In response to this City Council direction, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will prepare a revised EOA based on the medium-cargo forecast. This will be published on March 9 in advance of a public hearing with City Council on April 14, 2016. To confirm date, time and location, please visit the City Auditor’s website.

Over 7,000 people participated in the online infill survey, now the Residential Infill Project gears up for all-day stakeholder charrette and public open house

The Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee will spend Thursday, January 21st discussing regulatory options for future residential development in single-dwelling zones. At the conclusion of this work session, the public is invited to an open house to learn more about the project.

The Residential Infill Stakeholder Advisory Committee will spend Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 discussing regulatory options for future residential development in single-dwelling zones. At the conclusion of this work session, the public is invited to an open house to learn more about the project. 

Charrette and public open house  

The charrette and public open house will be held at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Second Floor, Room C. The event will include parts:

  • SAC charrette (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

SAC members will be discussing scale of residential infill in single-dwelling zones and appropriate locations for narrow/skinny houses. All SAC meetings are open to the public, and there will be general seating available for the public to observe throughout the day.

  • Public open house (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Project staff will give an overview of the project, share initial results from the online infill survey, and describe highlights from the SAC’s discussions during the charrette. Materials, graphic illustrations and maps from the charrette will be on display.

Online Survey

Thanks to everyone who completed the residential infill online survey. More than 7,000 surveys were received during the five-week survey period (December 9, 2015 through January 12, 2016). A final report of the survey results, including all written comments, will be posted on the project website by mid-February. Staff will use the results to help identify key community values as alternatives for regulating development in single-dwelling zones are developed for community review later this spring.

For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

PSC News: January 26, 2016 Meeting Recap


  • Deconstruction Grant and Construction Waste Reduction Proposal — briefing
  • Portland Streetcar Ridership and Development Study — briefing
  • Task 5: Campus Institutions Zoning Update Project — work session / recommendation

Meeting Files

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

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: Prepare

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


Get peace of mind at a Fix-It Fair. The new year is a good time to prepare yourself and your family for unexpected emergencies. Attend an emergency kitillustration of emergency preparedness items workshop at the January 23 or February 20 Fix-It Fair. Fix-It Fairs are free community events that feature more than 50 exhibitors offering resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, sound finances and more.

Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management is offering the workshop Emergency Kits on a Budget. Learn to build a home emergency kit and a plan to keep you and your family safe. You will get a wealth of resources and may discover you can use items you already have at home to start your kit.

The January workshop schedule is available to help you plan your Fix-It Fair day!