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Water Bureau Adopts New Surplus Property Policy with Increased Public Notification, Involvement Opportunities

By Lindsay Wochnick

On Wednesday, February 18, Commissioner Nick Fish briefed City Council on a new surplus property policy developed by the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).  The new policy guides the bureaus’ disposal of surplus properties and includes an increased level of public notification and opportunities for community involvement.

Here is a snapshot of the new way the Water Bureau does business around surplus property:

  • Inter-Bureau Transfer or Sale: The properties are first declared surplus by the Water Bureau and then offered for sale to City bureaus and local, regional, and state government.
  • External Notification, Website Announcement, Signage, Printed Notification: If there is no interest, the community notification process begins. This includes external notification to Metro and surrounding county agencies, the State of Oregon, and affected neighborhood coalition and associations. The available property is detailed on the Water Bureau’s Surplus Property website. Signage is placed on the property, identifying it as surplus and a printed public notice is placed in at least one community newspaper.
  • City Council Declares Property Surplus: If no public agency expresses interest in acquiring the property, the Water Bureau prepares a non-emergency Ordinance to be placed on the regular City Council agenda. The Ordinance asks council to declare the property surplus and authorize the Water Bureau to proceed with a public sale.
  • Notice to Sale: Once the City Council designates the property as surplus, the bureau is authorized to place the property on the market for sale.

Click here to access a complete list of surplus property disposal stages.

Website Announcements
As part of the new policy, the Water Bureau developed a robust Surplus Property website. The properties are listed by geographic area (N, NE, NW, SE, and SW). Each property has a dedicated page that includes photos, site details, reason for intent to dispose, square footage, zoning, conditions of sale, and information on the surplus property’s stage of disposal.

Automatic Notification
The public can receive notification by e-mail when the Water Bureau posts new surplus property notifications on the website. Enroll here.

Other City Surplus Property Websites

Questions
For questions regarding the surplus property process and policy, visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/surplus or contact Tom Klutz, Water Bureau Property and Public Resource Manager, at 503-823-7503 or by e-mail.

Lindsay Wochnick
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