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Mayor Charlie Hales Commences First Meeting of the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee

First SAC meeting signals formal launch of the code update project to address infill development in single-dwelling neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the kickoff meeting of the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project.

Chief Planner Joe Zehnder thanked SAC members before introducing Mayor Charlie Hales.

“The Residential Infill Project is a top priority of mine, and Portland will be significantly shaped by recommendations made by this SAC,” he addressed the committee. He highlighted local economist Joe Cortright’s assessment that “the U.S. has a city shortage,” which requires innovative solutions that maintain city character and meet growing preferences for urban living. “We need to ensure that as growth happens, it happens in a way that contributes to the livability of our neighborhoods.”

Staff then gave a short project overview covering the land use planning framework and the three project topic areas (scale of houses, alternative housing options, and narrow lot development). Facilitator Anne Pressentin (from EnviroIssues) then led an exercise to identify key background and core values of SAC members as related to residential infill issues. While the SAC represents a variety of interests and geographies, the exercise illustrated many commonalities among the SAC members.

The next Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting will be held on October 6, 2015, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500. SAC members will review their draft charter and spend most of the meeting talking about scale of houses, learning about the city’s development standards and how they are applied. The public is welcome to attend and offer comments and observations at the end of the meeting.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I recycle propane tanks?

Q: I have propane tanks left over from my summer barbecues and camping trips. Can I recycle these in the blue recycling roll cart at the curb?

Propane CanA: No. Propane tanks don’t belong in curbside recycling. Take them to a household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal. These items are pressurized cylinders. They are hazardous and can cause explosions or fires in collection vehicles. There isn’t an easy way for collection drivers to tell if tanks are empty or contain propane so they need to be recycled outside of the curbside collection system. 

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PSC News: Jeff Bachrach Confirmed to Planning and Sustainability Commission

Council confirms newest member of the PSC

At its Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointment of Jeff Bachrach to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Mr. Bachrach is a long-time Portland resident and land-use and real estate attorney, who is also well-known as an advocate for affordable housing. He served nine years on the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of Portland (now Home Forward), including three years as Chair. He’s also a former board member of REACH Community Development Corporation and the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland and currently serves on Central City Concern’s Real Estate Committee. He is the owner of Bachrach.Law, P.C. 

Mr. Bachrach's experience with large master-planned communities, knowledge of Oregon’s land use system and passion for providing affordable housing in Portland will make him a valuable member of the Commission. His first meeting as a PSC member will be on September 22.

New deconstruction grants from City of Portland encourage alternatives to mechanical demolition; save valuable materials for reuse

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will review applications submitted at

deconstruction project

When removing a home for new construction is necessary, the City of Portland seeks to encourage the salvage and reuse of building materials with deconstruction instead of mechanical demolition. Grants are available now to help promote deconstruction, build capacity within the industry and encourage efficiencies and innovation.

“Our goal is to preserve neighborhood character and affordability by discouraging demolitions. But when buildings must come down, that work should still serve the public good,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Taking apart buildings in a way that allows for salvaging valuable materials for reuse benefits our community, economy, and environment. Our building stock is rich in quality materials that should find their way back into new building projects whenever possible. Deconstruction helps harvest these materials, and the Deconstruction Grant Program will serve as a tool to advance the practice, helping our city grow sustainably." 

Grant program features easy-to-use online application

  • Funds are limited: First round of funding ends Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Maximum grant awards: $2,500 for full deconstruction; $500 for partial projects.
  • Applications will be reviewed and selected weekly.
  • Applications are restricted to projects involving the full removal of a house or duplex within the Portland city limits.
  • Find the online application at

Why deconstruction?

Deconstruction helps achieve the policies and actions related to the current efforts of the Climate Action Plan Update and the Comprehensive Plan Update.

  • Deconstruction supports six to eight jobs for every one job associated with traditional mechanized demolition.
  • Salvaging reusable material supports the local economy, creates viable local enterprises and offers an affordable option for residents and businesses to acquire quality used building materials such as old-growth lumber.
  • Deconstruction offers greater carbon benefits by preserving the embodied energy of existing building materials and avoiding the creation of greenhouse gasses associated with landfilling waste.

Deconstruction Advisory Group volunteers helped design program that won unanimous City Council approval

In April 2015 the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to advise BPS on the development of incentives and methods to increase deconstruction as an alternative to mechanical demolition. At a June 3, 2015 City Council hearing, BPS recommended establishing a deconstruction grant program as a first step. 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. The DAG will continue to meet during fall of 2015 to assist in grant program oversight and development of recommendations.

For more information on deconstruction or to apply for a grant, please visit or contact Shawn Wood at or 503-823-5468.