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PSC News: May 26, 2015 Meeting Documents and Information

CC2035 SE Quadrant Plan — hearing; Comprehensive Plan — work session


  • CC2035 SE Quadrant Plan — hearing
  • Comprehensive Plan — work session

Meeting files

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

Portland is Growing Film Festival draws big crowd at Kennedy School

Portlanders can now watch more than a dozen movies by local filmmakers about growth and development in Portland

Portland is Growing film festivalOn Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, hosted the Portland Is Growing Film Festival at McMenamins Kennedy School. A standing-room-only crowd of about 130 people filled the gymnasium, including members of United Neighborhoods for Reform, the Albina neighborhood, and the local filmmaking community.

The event featured films covering a variety of perspectives on growth and development in the city. Through their lenses, filmmakers shared stories about demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, coal trains, the Memorial Coliseum, bicycling, urban design and more.

Some of the highlights included Ruth Ann Barrett, who created her short video using her iPhone, encouraging the audience to “flex their civic engagement arm, not just their consumer arm.” Rick Potestio’s presentation about focusing growth around parks or “commons” met with some vocal resistance from the audience. Karina Adams’ plea for bird-friendly design was graphically portrayed in the movie she made as a student at Portland State University. And even a 35-year-old Douglas fir tree made compelling viewing as the audience watched it being systematically de-limbed and cut down.

Two films stood out as poignant reminders of how far we’ve come but how much more we need to do to address displacement and gentrification. Future Portland by journalist Ifanyi Bell and Kathleen Holt of Oregon Humanities features slow moving shots of Portland interspersed between interviews with several prominent African Americans living in Portland, who talk about the loss of community and connection when whole swaths of people are displaced. And Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot’s digest of their full-length feature film Imagining Home about how Columbia Villa became New Columbia was a touching close to the evening.

If you missed the event or would like to rewatch the videos, visit the film festival page. Then enjoy the work of local filmmakers and hear different stories of Portland’s past, present and future.

City-wide tour of ADUs doubles in size as more Portlanders seek to develop Accessory Dwelling Units

2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s ADU Tour Friday, May 29th - Sunday, May 31st

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2nd Annual Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31

Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, with support from the City of Portland- Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Metro, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Earth Advantage, is hosting Portland’s 2nd city-wide tour of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) from May 29th-31st. ADUs are secondary housing units on single-family lots. After last year’s sold out one-day event where 850 attendees toured 12 ADUs, this year’s event will be double the size with a two-day tour that includes 25 ADUs across Portland.

Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour, offers attendees the extremely rare chance to see the interiors of 25 finished ADUs in a variety of locations across the eastside of Portland. The self-guided tour gives attendees access to the homeowners, builders and designers of the ADUs, and to printed and online comprehensive, educational information about the building process for each ADU.  Additional materials and registration can be found at:

On Friday evening, May 29th, there will also be a 3-hour ADU Workshop called “Getting Started with Permitting, Financing, and Design”- presented by Kol Peterson and held at the Alberta Abbey. Saturday, attendees will tour 12 ADUs throughout NE Portland. Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel, the first tiny house hotel in the United States, will open the doors to its six tiny houses on wheels to tour attendees for the entire weekend. Saturday evening, there will be a party at Caravan, featuring live music from Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness, as well as s’mores and local beer. On Sunday, attendees can tour 13 ADUs in SE Portland.

Portland has witnessed an eight-fold rise in the number of ADU permits since 2010.  This dramatic increase is the result of a 2010 City of Portland waiver of System Development Charges, which reduced the cost of building permits for an ADU by up to $11,000.  Before the 2010 waiver, approximately 30 ADUs were built in Portland annually, but in 2014 alone, there were 262 ADU permits.  The waiver’s popularity caused the Portland City Council to extend the waiver until July, 2016. The inaugural ADU Tour drew attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. For those who can’t attend the spring tour, another City-wide tour of ADUs is already scheduled for next fall: November 7th, 2015.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is a proud supporter of the 2015 2nd Annual Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Tour.  This two-day tour has doubled in size from the tour last year and promises to be an incredible resource for those looking to learn more about ADU benefits, flexibility, and design/construction.

Learn more and register at

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PSC News: May 12, 2015 Meeting Recap

Comprehensive Plan — work session


  • Comprehensive Plan — work session

Meeting files

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

Compost for sale at Sunderland Recycling Facility

Available May 2-3 and May 16-17, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

Dumptruck unloading leaves

Portland residents can purchase compost for spring gardening from leaves collected around the city as part of Leaf Day Pickup. City of Portland crews use collected materials for maintenance and repair projects, while some recycled materials, like leaf compost and crushed rock, is available to the public.

Sunderland is responsible for composting the more than 5,000 tons of leaves collected through the Leaf Day program. Removing leaves from streets helps maintain streets from clogged storm drains, flooded intersections and slippery streets.

The facility is open to the public the weekends of May 2-3 and May 16-17, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the special weekend sales, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost for each cubic yard of compost is $24.

Sunderland Recycling Facility is located at 9325 NE Sunderland Rd.

Have questions about the compost sale?
Contact Sunderland Recycling Facility at 503-823-3500 or find more information online.

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