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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.

Laying the Groundwork for the Off-road Cycling Master Plan

Off-road Cycling Master Plan facilities overview and inventory

Developing Portland’s Off-road Cycling Master Plan requires a strong foundation. This foundation starts with a collective vision and desired outcomes, and understanding the types of off-road cycling trails and facilities and what types are currently available in Portland.

Vision and Desired Outcomes

The Off-road Cycling Master Plan Project Advisory Committee developed a shared vision, goals and outcomes to guide the planning process.

Existing Off-road Cycling Trails and Facilities

The City of Portland allows off-road cycling in seven City-owned locations. These include trails in Forest Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, and Mt. Tabor Park, as well as bike parks at the New Columbia Bicycle Skills Park and Ventura Park. In addition, the Portland International Raceway is open to off-road cycling for competitive events. Gateway Green is planned for off-road cycling trails, but is not yet developed.

The inventory maps the off-road trails and bike parks at each of these locations that are open to people on bicycles.

Types of Off-road Cycling Facilities

The Off-road Cycling Master Plan is planning for a system of different types of facilities to meet the range of off-road riding experiences sought by Portland residents. Trails and bike parks can differ greatly in type and in technical challenge and experience offered. This overview describes the factors that help define the spectrum of off-road experiences: preferred riding style; age and skill level; setting; scale and type of facility. The typology table lists the universe of facility types, from small neighborhood-scale bike skills parks, to various types of off-road trails, to large competitive venues. Not all types of facilities will be appropriate to community needs and sites in Portland.

Through community input and technical analysis, the planning process will identify the types of trails and facilities that make sense for Portland and meet the needs of the community. These community needs will be defined in a needs assessment. This information and further community input will drive the discussion about which of the possible types of facilities, at what scale and setting, should be included in the Master Plan for the City.

Comprehensive Plan testimony accepted until April 27

City Council continues hearing on Commissioner-sponsored amendments

After another public hearing on potential City Council amendments to the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan on April 20, 2016, Commissioners decided to continue hearing testimony until Wednesday, April 27. More than 75 people testified at the hearing, which had been continued from April 14. The most frequently cited items included policies related to open data, middle housing, anti-displacement and historic preservation. The Council also received a large number of comments about the proposed conversion of Broadmoor Golf Course to industrial land, Eastmoreland zoning designations and many other proposed Comp Plan Map changes.

At the end of the April 20 hearing, there were more than 50 people who had signed up but didn't have an opportunity to testify. The Council agreed to continue the hearing on April 27 at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Oral testimony on April 27 will be limited to those signed up to speak on April 20 who were not able to testify that day.

Written testimony about the potential Council amendments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 27. Comments can be sent via email to cputestimony@portlandoregon.gov, submitted online via the Map App, mailed to the Council Clerk (1221 SW Fourth Ave., Room 130, Portland OR 97204), or delivered to the Council Clerk during the hearing on April 27. 

The Council closed oral testimony on the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), and other related supporting documents. Written comments on those documents will continue to be accepted until Friday April 22 at 5 p.m.

The Council will begin voting to accept or reject the potential amendments on April 28 and May 11. The final vote on the City’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan is expected in June 2016.

Comment on draft code language for deconstruction requirement through May 18

BPS is working to increase deconstruction activity in Portland.

deconstruction workersDraft code language for Portland’s new deconstruction requirement that will help shape how certain buildings are removed in Portland is now ready for public comment through May 18, 2016. Portland City Council passed the new Deconstruction Resolution with a unanimous vote in February.

After incorporating revisions from the public comment period, City Council will consider the code language on June 29. Code language provides a framework for deconstruction and salvage requirements as well as enforcement. The new deconstruction requirement goes into effect in October 2016. 

Deconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials. Currently, less than 10 percent of houses that are removed use deconstruction -- the rest are mechanically demolished, sending most materials to the landfill.

The new resolution directs BPS to develop code language that: 

Requires projects seeking a demolition permit for a one or two-family structure (house or duplex) to fully deconstruct that structure if: 

1. The structure was built in 1916 or earlier; or
2. The structure is a designated historic resource.

Provisions for exemptions will include structures that are determined to pose an immediate safety hazard or unsuitable for deconstruction / salvage (e.g., too much rot, mold, or fire). 

Benefits of the new deconstruction requirements

  • Diverts 8,000,000 pounds (4,000 tons) of materials for reuse (annually).
  • Creates job opportunities that act as a pathway for construction careers.
  • Increases likelihood of discovering materials containing lead and asbestos for safe removal and disposal.
  • Triples the amount of deconstruction activity in Portland.

How to Comment

The new code language is available for review at the City's website www.exploredecon.com.

Submit comments by email to shawn.wood@portlandoregon.gov.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-5468, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Deconstruction Grant Program gets additional funds from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

At a June 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step towards increasing deconstruction activity in Portland. City Council unanimously supported the recommendation and asked BPS to return in January 2016 with a status report on the grant program and recommendations for next steps. Maximum grant awards are $2,500 for full deconstruction; $500 for partial projects. 

BPS was recently awarded additional funding to support the grant program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Visit www.exploredecon.com for application criteria and instructions.

Questions? 

Contact Shawn Wood at shawn.wood@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5468.

Final City Council hearing on Comp Plan amendments on April 20

First City Council hearing on Commissioner-sponsored amendments draws crowd

On Thursday, April 14, Portland City Council held its first public hearing on a set of amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The amendments were “sponsored” by the Commissioners based on public testimony on the Recommended Draft plan as well as their own interests and concerns.

More than 100 Portlanders showed up to share their feedback on the amendments with City Council. Testimony focused on topics ranging from open data, the proposed conversion of Broadmoor golf course to industrial land, and other proposed Comp Plan Map changes. A significant portion of the testimony was about the “middle housing” concept, an amendment sponsored by Mayor Charlie Hales.

The final scheduled hearing on the Comp Plan amendments is Wednesday, April 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. Please check the Auditor’s website for more information and to confirm details. People interested in providing testimony may begin signing up one hour before the hearing. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person.

Next Steps

At the end of the hearing, the Mayor will close the hearing and testimony (unless it is extended), and Council will begin work sessions on the Comp Plan amendments the following week on April 28. Final vote on the City’s new Comprehensive Plan is expected in June 2016.