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New and Improved Code Amendments Make It Easier to Remodel Homes in Historic and Conservation Districts

Public invited to comment at Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing

After several months of talking with homeowners, builders and historic preservation advocates, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is presenting revised code amendments designed to respond to the community’s desire for a more streamlined process and lower fees when making modifications to homes in Historic and Conservation Districts. The code amendments are now available for review, and community members are invited to attend a public hearing when the Planning and Sustainability Commission considers the proposed changes on Jan. 22, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Read the Proposed Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Zoning Code Amendments

Event Details
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

View the agenda:
Detailed instructions on submitting testimony:

How did we get here?
Staff kicked off the project in the summer of 2012 and released an Issues and Opportunities Paper in September to start the community conversation. The paper included information about issues and concerns related to Portland’s historic resource regulations and ideas for potential code changes. The conversation continued through the fall with City staff attending numerous meetings to discuss the project scope, identifying issues, and getting feedback on ideas for minor code amendments.

On Dec. 10, 2012, the Historic Landmarks Commission held a public hearing and responded to the draft code amendments in the Discussion Draft. At the hearing, the Commission listened to testimony from approximately 15 community members, who shared a variety of comments ranging from general support for the amendment package to concerns about relaxing the review process for historic structures. The proposed zoning code amendments respond to that feedback.

BPS News: What to do with holiday packaging

How to sort, reuse, donate and recycle your gift wrap

When the gift-giving frenzy is over, we are often left with piles of gift bags, wrapping paper, boxes and other packaging. Here are some tips for sorting the wrapping rather than letting it all go to waste.

Reuse or donate

Gift bags, durable ribbons and bows, boxes or other packaging materials in good condition (including wrapping paper) can be used again. Under-the-bed storage boxes or other durable containers can make storage easy and convenient. If you’d rather not store gift packaging, you may donate to SCRAP for creative reuse.


Some gift wrap items can be recycled at the curb, including:

  • Wrapping paper without glitter or other shiny coatings.
  • Tissue paper.
  • Cardboard boxes.
  • Other holiday items like cards, envelopes, catalogs, paper product packaging, notecards and instruction manuals.

Toss the rest

After sorting out the reusable and recyclable items, the remaining items should go in curbside garbage (or to a non-curbside recycling facility, if applicable):

  • Shiny or glittery wrapping.
  • Bows, ribbon and gift bags that can’t be reused.
  • Hard plastic product packaging, packing peanuts and styrofoam blocks (these items may be recycled at a non-curbside facility).

If your household has extra garbage, you can set out extra bags on your collection day for $5 each. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less. Renters should arrange with landlords to authorize extra garbage collection.

Use the Curbside Collection E-schedule to find your pickup schedule, sign up for weekly reminders and look up your garbage and recycling company.

For additional curbside collection information, visit our Residential Service website.