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City Council Hearing
The City Council hearing for Land Use Application LU 14-218444 HR EN Mt. Tabor Reservoirs Disconnection will be held on May 28, 2015 at 2 pm in City Council Chambers. See the Bureau of Development Services calendar on the Auditor’s Office website. At this time, City Council members will hear public testimony and possibly vote to tentatively approve or deny the application.
The City Council will serve as a quasi-judicial review body, in accordance with Zoning Code under Chapter 33.730 - Quasi-Judicial Procedures. At the hearing, the City Council may adopt the review body's decision report, modify it, or reject it based on information presented at the hearing and in the record; or the Council may make a tentative action and direct that proposed findings and a decision be prepared.
The public is invited to comment. Comments for consideration by City Council at the upcoming appeal hearing can be e-mailed to Hillary.Adam@portlandoregon.gov and CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov, faxed to 503-823-5630, or mailed to:
Land Use Services, Bureau of Development Services
RE: LU 14-249689
1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500
Portland, OR 97201
Comments will also be taken as testimony at the hearing on May 28, 2015.
Brief History of this Land Use Review
The City of Portland's Land Use Review process, administered by the Bureau of Development Service (BDS), is designed to provide the public with appropriate notification, information, and opportunities to comment before final land use decisions are rendered.
The Portland Water Bureau applied for this land use review last fall, and completed the application on October 24, 2014. BDS then reviewed and determined the Land Use Review application was complete and scheduled the first of several hearings.
Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting
On December 1, 2014, the first of four Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) hearings took place. The HLC approved the Portland Water Bureau’s Land Use Review III Application with conditions on Monday, February 9, 2015.
The Portland Water Bureau appealed the decision on February 26, 2015. The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood appealed the decision on February 27, 2015.
In order to satisfy an unfunded federal water quality mandate, the City of Portland is required to disconnect Portland’s open air reservoirs, including three at Mt. Tabor Park. This work is scheduled to begin in early 2015. Reservoir 7, which is enclosed at Mt. Tabor Park, will stay in service.
Several types of disconnection work are necessary. Some short lengths of buried pipe will be removed, and some new pipe will be installed below ground. Other work will take place inside vaults, both above and below ground, and other structures. None of this work will damage or make non-reversible alterations to the open reservoirs or other historic structures.
If the City Council makes a tentative decision on May 28, they will adopt the final decision and findings two to four weeks later.
Additional Information & Contacts
Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process, or visit the Portland Water Bureau project website for more information about the project.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder you probably noticed how warmer-than-average temperatures caused a record low snowpack across Oregon this past winter. These conditions led to drought declarations for several Oregon counties whose water supplies depend on snow-fed river basins. Fortunately the City of Portland is not dependent on snowpack, but instead gets its water supply from mostly rain-fed reservoirs in the Bull Run Watershed and a backup groundwater system. While it is extremely unlikely that Portlanders will have to worry about water use restrictions this summer, the Water Bureau is planning for summer supply needs, as it does every year.
But what do the lack of snow and unusually warm winter temperatures indicate about the region’s climate future? Climate models project hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters, with more rain and less snow falling at higher elevations. Climate change is basically “shifting the odds” in favor of these types of conditions so that warm winters with low snow accumulation in the mountains will become increasingly likely in any given year over the next few decades. Winters like 2014/2015 may therefore occur more frequently in our region’s future.
And while climate change refers to the long-term change in average and extreme weather conditions, the Northwest also experiences climatic variability. For example, short-term yearly or seasonal fluctuations in temperature, rain, and snow are significantly affected by the El Niño Southern Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. These types of events will continue to influence regional climate, especially in the near term. Because of this, Portlanders can expect to see both high and low snowfall winters in the coming years, even as long-term climate shifts make what the region experienced this past winter a more regular occurrence.
To learn how the Portland Water Bureau is actively working to understand climate change impacts to Portland’s drinking water system, visit these resources.
Climate Science & Sustainability
National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed. And 40 percent of work zone collisions occur in the transition area just prior to the work zone.
The Portland Water Bureau asks motorists and bicyclists to keep in mind the following safety tips when observing bright orange signs, cones, barricades, utility workers, and traffic flaggers:
Please help keep you, other drivers, and utility workers protected by slowing down for work zone safety.
Be sure to mark your calendars and stop by these fun weekend events:
Saturday, May 9
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Great music and festivities celebrating the St. John’s neighborhood.
Sunday, May 10
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join thousands of bikers, walkers, runners, kids, and adults as they take over city streets in East Portland.
When attending these events, don’t forget to stop and visit the "Your Sustainable City" booth, staffed by City of Portland employees hailing from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Water Bureau. Other bureaus in the partnership include Bureau of Development Services, Auditor’s Office, OMF/Purchasing, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Emergency Management.
At the booth, you will find information on multiple sustainability-focused programs the city offers to citizens, including transportation alternatives, water efficiency, recycling, green building, community engagement, and more!
These fun events present a great way to connect with the community and share water knowledge with the public. We hope to see you there!