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Portland Water Bureau

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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We have offered several opportunities for community members to learn more about this project and weigh in with feedback. The bureau hosted walking tours at the park, provided information about the project at two public meetings, and has created this project website to share more information and offer ongoing updates.

This outreach is not required as part of the land use review process. We have designed this outreach to help community members learn more about the project and to help those who want to submit feedback for the land use review process get the information they need.

Future of the Reservoirs
Portland Parks & Recreation Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Portland Water Bureau Commissioner Nick Fish are leading the process to determine the future of this part of the park.

City Council Presentation
At the Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, two upcoming public meetings will be announced.  Representatives from Portland Parks & Recreation will describe the options to be presented at these meetings, and Portland Water Bureau staff will be on hand to answer technical questions of Council.

Public testimony will not be taken at the Council presentation. Commissioners Fritz and Fish will bring an Action Item to Council in 2015 after considering community input on the future of the Mt. Tabor Reservoirs.

Public Meetings

UPDATE: On December 4, Portland Parks and Recreation announced postponement of the December 10 Mt. Tabor Reservoir meeting until the land use review process is completed.

On Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, December 10 (postponed), Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish will host public meetings about the future of the reservoir sites. At the first meeting, City staff will describe possible futures for the reservoirs, and at the second meeting the Commissioners will announce the option they’ve chosen. The meetings will both be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the McGuire Auditorium at Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Avenue. Public testimony is welcomed.

Walking Tours
During April and May 2014, the Portland Water Bureau offered guided walking tours of the proposed work areas in Mt. Tabor Park. The tours – conducted by Water Bureau staff – explored work areas and explained the proposed project’s scope. Although no further guided walking tours are scheduled at this time, the public is encouraged to use the self-guided tour brochure with map to visit the proposed work areas in the park.

Self-Guided Tours
The public can also visit the proposed work areas in Mt. Tabor Park using the self-guided tour brochure with map

Public Meetings
The Water Bureau held two community meetings where Portland Water Bureau staff presented to the public details on the proposed Mt. Tabor Reservoir Project. The first public meeting was held on Tuesday, May 6 and the second meeting on Wednesday, June 11. Both meetings were at Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Avenue, McGuire Auditorium.

Land Use Review Application Process
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) administers the land use review application process. When BDS has determined that the application is complete, the bureau will send notice of a public hearing in front of the Historic Landmarks Commission

When BDS issues notice of the hearing, the public comment period opens. In order to submit a comment that will be part of the official record, interested community members and other stakeholders are welcome to offer testimony at the hearing or submit comments by mail or email. If comments are submitted, please reference the Land Use Review number which will be posted here after application submittal.

  • Written comments: Mail to BDS at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
  • Email comments: The email contact to send comments to will be posted here after application submittal

Self-Guided Tour Brochure with Map

Visit the 11 proposed work areas in Mt. Tabor Park using the self-guided tour brochure with map.