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‘Tis the season to reduce, reuse and recycle

Use this quick reference guide as a reminder of where to put holiday items once you’re finished with them.

Recycle gift boxes, cardboard, wrapping paper and greeting cards in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart (foil-lined items belong in the garbage).Put leftover holiday treats and natural decorations, like greenery and pine cones, in the green Portland Composts! roll cart. Multifamily residents should talk with their property managers to find out how and where to dispose of greenery and trees if they don’t have a green Portland Composts! roll cart. 

Reuse packing peanuts, padded envelopes, bows and ribbons or place these items in the garbage

Find a detailed list of what goes where or download the Be Cart Smart guide

Have extra garbage during the holidays?

You can set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Residents who rent a house or smallplex of two to four units should talk to the landlord before setting out extra garbage or large/bulky items for collection. There is a fee for this service. Multifamily residents can alert the property manager to the need for an additional pickup if there is excess garbage and recycling.

Comp Plan public hearings take a rest for the holidays; one more opportunity to testify in January 2016

Stay tuned for revised drafts coming soon for early implementation projects: Mixed Use Zones Project, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update, Transportation Systems Plan, Community Involvement Program and Housekeeping Amendments.

It’s been a busy year for the Comprehensive Plan Update, with seven Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings and three City Council hearings on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map. Both the PSC and Council also held multiple work sessions to explore, discuss and deliberate on topics from infrastructure investments and housing to economic development and transportation projects.

Videos of the hearings are available on the Auditor’s website and the PSC YouTube channel.

At the first three City Council hearings (11/19, 12/3 and 12/10), Commissioners heard testimony about a variety of topics, including displacement and housing affordability, concerns about the height and scale of new development, cargo forecasts and environmental protection. They also heard testimony from individual property owners about the changes (or lack thereof) recommended for their property.

One more City Council hearing is scheduled for January 7, 6 – 9 p.m. at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) in Northeast Portland. After that, testimony on the goals, policies and land use map will be closed. Commissioners subsequently will propose their amendments to the Plan, participate in additional work sessions on the amendments in late January and February, and then hold a final public hearing to hear testimony on the amendments in late March, with a vote to adopt scheduled for early April.

Early Implementation projects moving forward

Meanwhile … the early implementation projects for the Comp Plan Update are making their way through the legislative process. Staff have released discussion drafts and some proposed drafts for the Employment Zoning Project, Campus Institutional Project, Mixed Use Zones Project, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map and the Transportation System Plan. Additional early implementation projects are in the pipeline, and all of them will ultimately end up as a single package for City Council to consider and hold public hearings on in late Summer/Fall of 2016.

See a tentative schedule of all early implementation projects.

We invite you to mark your calendars for the release of each draft so you have time to weigh in and comment to staff, the PSC or City Council.

Minor corrections to Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft sent to City Council

Staff errata memo identifies corrections to the recommended goals, policies, land use map, list of project and supporting documents.

Since initial publication and transmittal of the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft to City Council by the Planning and Sustainability Commission, several minor errors have been discovered that should be corrected. These are instances where the PSC direction was clear, but City staff incorrectly implemented their direction in the August Recommended Plan document.

Staff has submitted an errata memo to City Council identifying corrections to the goals, policies, land use map, list of projects and supporting documents.

View the Comprehensive Plan Errata List (November 13, 2015)

Planners hold neighborhood meetings to discuss “Zoning Review Areas” as part of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update

Neighborhood meeting notes and presentations now online for review

In some residential areas of Portland, the Comprehensive Plan land use designation and the current zoning have been different from each other for decades — many since the 1980 Comprehensive Plan took effect. As part of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is evaluating many of these areas to determine whether to reconcile them or leave them alone.

Dubbed “Zoning Review Areas,” BPS staff have been holding community conversations about the criteria and process for evaluating these areas. Notes from these meetings are now online, along with copies of slide presentations that were given where time allowed.

Read more about the Zoning Review Areas and see the meeting notes here


The land use designation in the Comp Plan Map reflects the long-term vision for the appropriate use and density of development for a given area. The zoning determines more specifically what a property owner is currently allowed to build.

Situations where the two are different may reflect infrastructure or development conditions that were present several decades ago — but which may have changed significantly since then. In other cases, it may be that constraints on development remain, such as landslide risk or lack of sidewalks. These areas are being evaluated based on the current understanding of natural hazards and infrastructure constraints and conditions, as well as recommended policies about proximity to centers or corridors.

More links and commenting

Read more background about the Zoning Review Areas in Section 5 of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft.

Check out the Zoning Review Areas and leave comments on the Map App.

Have a comment about the process for the Zoning Review Areas or another aspect of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update? Send an email to before Dec. 21, 2015. Your feedback will be considered as staff develops the Proposed Draft, which will be released later this winter for written and oral testimony.