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PSC News: September 27, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update — work session / recommendation; Design Guidelines for Chinatown/Japantown — briefing; CC2035 Plan — work session


  • Mass Shelters and Housing Zoning Code Update — work session / recommendation
  • Design Guidelines for Chinatown/Japantown — briefing
  • CC2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Bike, roll or stroll at Sunday Parkways

Sellwood-Milwaukee host the final Sunday Parkways event of 2016.

bikersThe last Sunday Parkways event of the season is Oct. 2, 2016. The new route will include Westmoreland, Sellwood, and Water Tower Parks plus the Milwaukie Farmers Market and the Milwaukie Business District for the very first time!

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be there too. Check out tables for how to Be Cart Smart with your garbage, recycling and composting, in collaboration with Clackamas County. And how to Save Your Food with Portland Climate Action Now.

Sunday Parkways promotes healthy active living through a series of free events opening the city's public space—its streets—to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation while fostering civic pride, largest stimulating economic development, and represents the community, business, and government investments in Portland's vitality, livability, and diversity.   

Curious how recycling works?

Apply today to become a certified Master Recycler volunteer. Learn from the experts. Share with your neighbors.

Recycling facilityTake an eight-week course on the latest information on consumption and recycling. Then, commit to volunteer 30 hours to share what you learned with neighbors, coworkers and community.

  • WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter 2017 course and 30-hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 11, 2017 plus two Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on January 14 and February 11.
  • WHERE: Fire Station 12 – 8645 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland
  • COST: $50. Partial and full scholarships are available without an extra application process.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016 at noon.

Details and application:

Off-road Cycling Master Plan launching map of potential sites

Interactive map will be used to collect public feedback on locations across the city that could be recommended for future off-road cycling facilities

Young women at mountain bike camp

BPS is developing an Off-road Cycling Master Plan to help meet the community’s recreation needs by providing Portlanders more opportunities to be active and experience nature in the city and to guide where and how Portland creates places to ride a bicycle off-road.

Interactive Map
Project staff and consultants have begun screening sites throughout the city for their potential as future off-road cycling facilities, including sustainable trails and bike parks for mountain biking, skill tracks and other types of off-road cycling activities. Last month, the project advisory committee reviewed the first draft results of the screening process.

Based on this screening process, the BPS GIS team is developing a new interactive map to display potential off-road cycling sites across Portland. Available later this fall, the online map will allow stakeholders to view and comment on the screened sites, as well as other desirable cycling locations that are not included on the map.

Needs Assessment
The project team is also working on a citywide “needs assessment” to better understand the types and number of off-road facilities needed to serve Portlanders. The team is looking at other U.S. cities for models of urban off-road cycling facilities. And following the example of the successful Portland Skatepark Plan, the team is working to establish a level of service to guide decision-making. The project advisory committee will review this draft document in a future meeting.

Stay informed!
Sign up for email updates to be notified as soon as the interactive map is available and receive regular project updates as well.

About the Off-road Cycling Master Plan
The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will provide a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities to expand opportunities for kids, adults and families to ride for fun, exercise and to experience nature in the city.

The Off-road Cycling Master Plan is considering the needs of all park users, the park system as a whole, and broad City goals. The plan will be based on best practices and guidelines for sustainable trail design and management, which require careful consideration of all trail users and the natural environment.

The bureau is leading this planning effort in collaboration with members of the public, stakeholder groups and other City bureaus and public agencies. The Project Advisory Committee, which is guiding the development of the plan, includes 16 community members representing a broad spectrum of trail and park users, environmental stewards, business, recreation and tourism interests, and a variety of historically under-served communities.

For more information about the plan, visit the project website at or email