In order to comply with federal and state mandates, and ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system, the Portland Water Bureau is moving forward with a project to disconnect the Mt. Tabor reservoirs from the distribution system.
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.