Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More

Register to become a certified Master Recycler by December 10

Motivate change in your community, learn from innovative leaders and make a meaningful difference as a Master Recycler


Imagine a day when all Oregonians live well, producing and using materials responsibly, conserving resources, protecting the environment and ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities as we do. Help make this vision a reality by becoming a Master Recycler.

Join 30 sustainability enthusiasts in an eight-week course. Learn from innovative leaders.

This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. The experience offers a blend of presentations by recycling professionals, peer group discussion and project development. After completing the course, graduates put their skills and knowledge to work and commit to volunteer 30 hours of community outreach.

WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter course and 30 hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting January 6, 2016), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (January 16 and February 13, 2016), 8 am – 2 pm.

WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A Portland, OR. 

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Scholarships are available.

APPLY: Deadline for applications is Dec. 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Visit for details and to apply.

The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling AdvocatesClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

City of Portland takes a stand for clean energy

Two new City Council resolutions signal local resolve to transition away from fossil fuels

On November 4 and 12, Portland City Council took historic action to move away from fossil fuels. Transitioning to renewable energy is cleaner, safer, better for human and environmental health, and addresses climate change.

City Council passed two resolutions, both co-sponsored by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fritz. The first, passed on November 4, opposes oil trains carrying crude oil from rolling through Portland and Vancouver.

“The City of Portland’s resolution to oppose any increase in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through the City of Portland and the City of Vancouver, Washington is intended to stand in solidarity with the City of Vancouver’s decision,” said Commissioner Fritz, noting the City of Vancouver’s opposition to the proposal to build the West Coast’s largest oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The second resolution directs City bureaus to identify how to use the City's authority to restrict the development and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure (other than infrastructure like pipes to serve direct end users.) Resolutions are not legally binding on their own. Any legally binding code changes will come back to City Council for consideration at a later date.

“Earlier this year the City of Portland’s new Climate Action Plan called for City Council to establish a fossil fuel export policy,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Now, with unanimous support, we have acted for future generations: Portland opposes new infrastructure that would expand fossil fuel storage or transport. This new resolution will allow staff to propose city code changes to make sure new fossil fuel projects aren’t built, protecting our planet and our people.”

The new resolutions build on a history of action:

1) Reduce direct use of fossil fuel use: The City has been systematically working to reduce fossil fuel use in Portland for more than 20 years, as detailed in four successive climate action plans. This most recent decision reflects the commitment of Portland’s leadership to stay the course, rather than a radical departure from past practice. 

2) Don't invest City financial resources in fossil fuels: In September 2015 City Council passed a resolution that adds fossil fuel companies to the City’s "do-not-buy" list of corporate securities.

3) Reduce fossil fuels in our electricity supply: The City continues to partner with clean energy advocates and allies to make it easier for renewable energy development to take place in Oregon. BPS has run programs to help residents and businesses go solar, like Solarize Portland, and has piloted new program ideas like crowdfuding for solar on community buildings. BPS has played an active role in supporting state legislative and regulatory proceedings that advance clean energy, like the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline underscores that the world is changing, and it also makes the work of West Coast cities even more important. The oil industry sees Northwest ports as the next best way to transport fossil fuels. Portland alone cannot change the world, but by showing leadership and linking our efforts with other cities from around the world, we absolutely have an impact. Portland is playing its part in the global shift toward clean energy. Mayor Hales will travel to Paris for the Conference of Parties climate talks in early December to share Portland’s story and lessons learned with other cities and leaders from around the globe.

Updates to Residential and Open Space Zoning Map are now live on Map App

Portlanders invited to comment on a Discussion Draft of map changes until December 21

The Residential and Open Space Zoning Map is now available for public review. Comments to be considered for the Proposed Draft will be accepted until December 21.

The project updates Portland’s Zoning Map with a limited number of changes in order to:

  • Match newly applied Comprehensive Plan designations to address a variety of situations.
  • Help prevent risks to public health and safety in areas with high natural hazard risks, infrastructure constraints and limited urban services.
  • Address David Douglas School District capacity constrains by reducing zoning potential until the district can accommodate increased enrollment.
  • Rectify various situations including nonconforming density and split-zoned sites to match Comprehensive Plan map designations applied in 1980.

View the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map on the Map App at Have questions? Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Review the Campus Institutional Zoning Project’s Proposed Draft and zoning map

Planning and Sustainability Commission accepting comments until December 15

Major sectors of job growth in Portland over the past 10 years have been healthcare and higher education. That trend is projected to continue into the foreseeable future. But hospitals and college and university campuses are running out of room to expand their services and create space for new jobs.

The Campus Institutional Zoning Project was created to help Portland’s college and hospital campuses grow over the next 20 years, while protecting surrounding neighborhoods from the potential negative impacts of such development.

Portlanders can now review the proposed zoning code and zoning map.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will accept testimony on the Proposed Draft through December 15, 2015, and is expected to deliberate and vote on a recommendation to City Council in January 2016.

Attend the PSCs public hearing on December 15 at 5 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A.


Online via the Map App:

Email: Send to with “Campus Institutional Zoning Project Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Planning and Sustainability Commission
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201
Attn: Campus Institutional Zoning Project testimony

Comp Plan outreach by the numbers

City planners staff more than 100 outreach events to help Portlanders understand map and code changes coming their way.

With the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s transmittal of the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council and the release of various Early Implementation Project drafts, City staff have been out in the community talking with Portlanders about upcoming map and code changes as well as infrastructure investments.

Between neighborhood drop-in hours, information sessions and presentations at community events, more than 100 outreach events have been offered throughout the city since March 2015.

The City’s District Liaisons have set up shop at nearly 20 different drop-in sessions to chat with Portlanders about how proposed map and code changes may affect their neighborhoods. Since May nearly 60 Portlanders have stopped by these events to ask questions and learn more.

At more “formal” information sessions, staff presentations and displays have set the stage for community members to educate themselves about the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft and early implementation projects. The Employment Zoning Project, Campus Institutional Zoning Project and the Mixed Use Zones Project drew more than 100 attendees to their info sessions, which helped staff gather feedback to inform subsequent draft proposals. For instance, the MUZ project team heard a variety of comments from the public about parking needs and issues, scale of development and the use of bonuses and incentives.

Calling all planners …

The Comp Plan Helpline has been a valuable resource for people who can’t or don’t want to go to a meeting. Since April 1, 2015, Helpline staff have taken more than 530 calls, including 30 from non-English-speaking Portlanders with questions about the draft Plan. You, too, can call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask questions about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Mobile- and tablet-friendly Map App

You can also learn more with the updated Map App. This new version of the interactive map is tablet- and mobile-friendly. It features several maps, including land use designations, the Citywide Systems Plan, the Transportation Systems Plan, Employment Zoning, Campus Institutional Zoning, Mixed Use Zones and Residential and Open Space Zoning. Since September 1, the Map App has been viewed more than 31,000 times and received more than 250 comments on proposals.

More outreach opportunities to come

Project staff will continue to meet with community members about the Comprehensive Plan all over the city and into the new year. Look for events and opportunities on the project website and calendar.