The City of Portland is constructing a second drinking water reservoir on Powell Butte. This reservoir will help provide sufficient drinking water storage capacity to meet the anticipated growth in demand for water due to population projections, for fire suppression and emergency response, and to offset the possible loss of the City's five open reservoirs that may need to be disconnected from the water system.
Development at Powell Butte is governed by a 2003 Master Plan that approved development including construction of a new underground water reservoir, water system components, and park improvements. The current application seeks relatively modest amendments to the prior approval, as specific footprints of various features have been refined via analysis of wetlands, etc. and with input from a sustained public input process.
In order to amend the 2003 Powell Butte Master Plan, to gain approval of the proposed project elements in the environmental zones, and to Adjust the Master Plan development standards, the applicant requests the following approvals:
- Type III Conditional Use Master Plan Amendment (CU MS) to reflect revised plans for Park Center components, stormwater facilities, and the updated Trail Master Plan;
- Type II Environmental (EN) Review using existing Master Plan criteria to construct the amended plan components (from 1, above) and construct other Master Plan components (such as Reservoir #2 and Conduit 5); and
- Type II Adjustment (AD) Review using Adjustment criteria (33.805, as directed by Master Plan) to address needed adjustments to Master Plan development standards.
The land use review is case number #
LU 10-169463 CUMS EN AD
This website provides links to the documents the Water Bureau has submitted to apply for these approvals.
Application for Land Use Review #LU 10-169463 CUMS EN AD
This is the signed application form
This is the written proposal including the Water Bureau's description of how the approval criteria are being addressed. It also contains the project addenda, such as the Construction Management Plan and Traffic Study
The Bureau of Development Services identified additional information that was needed in order to evaluate the proposal. This document contains the Water Bureau's written responses to BDS. In addition, this document contains copies of the project addenda. It is a smaller file than the main proposal, and is therefore easier to download if the reader wants to focus on the addenda.
Further information is available from the Bureau of Development Services. If you wish to review the physical documents, please call 503-823-7617. Written comments should be submitted to the Bureau of Development Services Attention: Sylvia Cate and Stacey Castleberry at 1900 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 5000, Portland, OR 97201.
If you have questions about the project or what is in the land use application, please email