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August 7, 2015: Washington Park Reservoir Project: Comment Period Open, Hearing Schedule on Type III Conditional Use, Environmental, and Tree Reviews Application

ApplicationPublic Comment Period Open
The public is now invited to review and submit comments to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) on the Water Bureau’s Type III Conditional Use, Environmental, and Tree Reviews application.

Public comments can be e-mailed to Stacey.Castleberry@portlandoregon.gov or mailed to the below address. Please reference Land Use Review number LU 15-169656 in any communications.

Stacey Castleberry
Bureau of Development Services
Suite 4500
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201

Testify at Public Hearing
A public hearing before the Land Use Hearing Officer is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

During the hearing, the Hearings Officer will listen to public testimony and evaluate the Water Bureau’s Type III Conditional Use, Environmental, and Tree Reviews application.  The decision of the Hearings Officer can be appealed to City Council.

The application addresses development impacts to the site, park, and surrounding neighborhoods, tree protection, natural-area restoration, and construction and traffic management for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.

A courtesy copy of the application deemed complete by BDS is posted on the Water Bureau’s project webpage. Note that BDS maintains the official application record which tracks updates and revisions over time.

Project Details
The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project proposes to build a new below-ground reservoir in the same general footprint as the existing upper Reservoir 3, with a reflecting pool on top.

The lower Reservoir 4 basin and the slope west of it are needed to provide landslide abatement; the slope will be restored to its pre-reservoir condition. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool are also proposed in the Reservoir 4 basin. Work will primarily be within the Historic District.

The project addresses major reservoir issues, including recurrent landslide damage, compliance with federal law, seismic vulnerability, and deterioration of the 120 year-old structures.

Chart showing Land Use Review Application ProcessBackground
The Washington Park Reservoir Project includes three Land Use Reviews (LUR). Click on the chart to the right for detailed information. 

1. Type IV Demolition Review application: The application proposed the removal of the Weir Building (screen house), portions of lower Reservoir 4’s basin, and upper Reservoir 3’s basin in Washington Park.

2. Type III Historic Review application: The application describes historic preservation and rehabilitation actions and proposes construction of a covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, and walkways. 

3. Type III Conditional Use/ Environmental/Tree Reviews application: The application addresses development impacts to the site, park, and surrounding neighborhoods, tree protection, natural-area restoration, and construction and traffic management for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.

Before work permits are issued or construction begins, all applications must be approved.

The applications are a result of a robust public involvement process that included multiple public open houses and nine Community Sounding Board meetings that guided design for the required visible features of the Washington Park project.

For more information on the Type III and IV LUR processes, visit the BDS website.

Additional Information & Contacts
For question, contact the Water Bureau Public Information staff at 503-823-3028 or by e-mail. Visit the Bureau of Development Services’ website or call 503-823-7300 for more information on the land use review application process.