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Take a Walk on the Riverside, the Central Eastside’s that is, on July 22

Join City planners, river enthusiasts and other community members as they stroll along the Willamette’s edge, imagining the future of the Central City’s waterfront

You’re invited to a summer’s eve river walk on July 22. City staff and others interested in improving river habitat, boating and other activities in the Central Reach will tour and discuss key locations along the Central Eastside’s riverfront area.SEQ Walking Tour Map

Meet at the PCC Climb Center Auditorium, 1626 SE Waters Ave, at 5 p.m. for an overview before heading down to the river. Staff will pose specific questions and record comments that will inform development of the Central City 2035 Plan, which includes the Southeast Quadrant Plan and River Plan / Central Reach.

We’ll be stopping at the following locations along the way:

1. Madison Dock (Fire Station) & Plaza area
2. Holman Dock area
3. OMSI area
4. End of Caruthers Street
5. Willamette Greenway Trail connection

Bring a water bottle; light snacks will be provided. Come support the river!

For more information, contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946.

City Council puts finishing touches on short-term rental regulations

Multifamily apartments and condos to be addressed later this year

At the July 2 meeting, City Council heard public testimony and made amendments to the proposed accessory short-term rental regulations.

The new regulations will allow residents to rent up to two bedrooms to overnight guests through a simple permit, rather than the more involved conditional use process. Short-term rentals will be allowed in single-dwelling units, such as houses and duplexes. Multi-dwelling structures, such as apartments and condos, will be addressed by Council later this year.

Following several hours of testimony, Council moved the accessory short-term rental package forward with the following changes:

  • Inspection by Bureau of Development Services will be required with the initial application and every 6 years thereafter, or with a change in ownership. The amendment allows for self-certification for the intervening semi-annual renewals.
  • Require carbon monoxide detectors, where carbon monoxide sources are present.
  • Require that the resident reside in the dwelling unit at least 9 months of the year.
  • Allow the resident to appoint a designee to operate the accessory short-term rental.
  • Require the permit number to be in all advertisements and in the dwelling unit.
  • Require Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to return with a monitoring report in September 2016.

Council will reconvene on July 23 to vote on the final package of regulations. Amended code language and explanatory commentary will be available July 18 for public review and will be posted on the project website If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact Julia Gisler at 503.823.7624 or

City Council Work Session on Short-Term Rental Issues Covers a Lot of Ground

Public hearing will continue on July 2 at 2 p.m.

On June 24, City Council held a work session to discuss short-term rental regulations included in the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Program (RICAP) 6 package. Commissioners listened to hours of testimony at a June 4public hearing on the proposed zoning code amendments. They continued the hearing to July 2 to hear additional viewpoints and deliberate over potential refinements to the proposed rules.

Short-term rentals, most commonly provided through websites like Airbnb and VRBO, are on the rise in Portland and around the country. Council asked the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to look at revising the zoning code to more accurately reflect community trends and needs.

During the work session, commissioners discussed a number of permitting issues with staff, such as:

  • Scope and frequency of inspections.
  • Whether nonresidents could operate a short-term rental.
  • Whether the host needed to be present while guests were at the house.

Council also contemplated what types of short-term rentals could qualify for a simpler and less costly permit, including:

  • Dedicated vacation rentals (homes where there is no long-term resident).
  • Three-bedroom facilities (as opposed to the current two-room threshold).
  • Multi-dwelling units (e.g., apartments and condominiums).

Taxing mechanisms and impacts on affordable housing were also discussed.

No decisions or changes to the proposed rules were made. Council will reconvene on Tuesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. to listen to more testimony and deliberate before making a final decision.

The remaining items in RICAP 6, including revisions to cell tower regulations, temporary activities and more, were passed unanimously at the June 4 hearing. They become effective on July 11.