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What makes Portland's central city unique?

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

Portland has developed an international reputation for being a livable city. But what makes Portland’s Central City
stand out from others around the country? The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Steering Committee recently considered the special themes that make our Central City a unique place to live and work:

  • Innovation and Exchange

  • Livability

  • Connectivity

  • Ingenuity

  • Engagement

  • Opportunity

Envisioning the Central City of 2035, committee members described it as the hub of a world-class city that honors its history, educates its youth and supports its economic development. The Central City would have an international reputation as diverse, vibrant, beautiful, prosperous, sustainable and family-friendly.

These emerging themes and goals will help the Steering Committee develop a Concept Plan for the Central City, which will guide development and decision-making for the heart of the Portland metropolitan region. The Concept Plan should be ready for public review in summer 2012.

About the Steering Committee

The CC2035 Steering Committee is advising the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on the development of the CC2035 Concept Plan. This group of approximately 15 people is chaired by Chet Orloff of Portland State University and Planning and Sustainability Commission member Michelle Rudd. The committee’s role is to review and critique the draft concept plan and provide staff with guidance for preparing a final draft for review by the Planning and Sustainability Commission and, eventually, City Council.

The next CC2035 Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 5 p.m. to 7p.m. You can find CC2035 background materials, updates, and upcoming events at


Register now for Urban Growth Bounty 2012

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

In its fourth year, Urban Growth Bounty offer Portlanders a fun, affordable way to dive into urban homesteading
through classes. With more than 30 classes on the roster for 2012, UGB will explore everything from cheesemaking to beekeeping to urban gardening to food preservation. This year sees a great mix of old favorites and exciting new
subject matter — everything a city-dweller needs to know to make food a more considered part of their life.

Organized by the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, these classes allow participants to take
advantage of the diverse benefits — budgetary, community-oriented, and environmental — that come from a closer
connection to food. The City’s expert partners hold classes in venues throughout the city, and students enjoy both
high-quality instruction and the opportunity to meet others who share their interests.
The Urban Growth Bounty series has educated thousands of Oregonians about the ins and outs of urban agriculture
since its start in 2009. Courses span from February to the end of July, and take participants from planning a garden all the way to preserving its fruits. For detailed Urban Growth Bounty 2012 descriptions and registration information, visit or e-mail

N/NE Quadrant Project presents proposed land use and freeway improvement concepts at February second Open House

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

After extensive public input, the N/NE Quadrant Project advisory group and staff have developed a draft proposed
concept for future land use, urban design and local transportation in the area, as well as options for proposed
improvements to the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange. An open house is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2012, to present these proposals to the public and seek feedback on:

  • Future direction for land use and urban form.

  • Street design and connectivity.

  • New parks and open spaces.

  • Ways to incorporate green infrastructure.

  • Safety and operational improvements for the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange.

At the open house, these concepts will be on display and City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions, receive public feedback and discuss the project.

The N/NE Quadrant Project is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation to provide detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. It is part of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan.

For more information about the project or the upcoming open house, please visit, email or call 503-823-6042.

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House

Thursday, February 2, 2012
4:30 6:30 p.m.

Lloyd Center Mall, NE 9th and Multnomah

West end of the mall (near Nordstrom)

The Lloyd Center is accessible by the #8, 73, 70, or 77 buses and Blue, Green, and Red MAX lines. Free parking is

available in mall lots.


Successful food scrap composting in winter? Learn how fellow Portlanders make it work

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

Portlanders are doing a great job adapting to the new Curbside Collection Service with food scrap composting and the change to weekly pick up of the green Portland Composts! roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection. Weekly composting keeps food scraps out of the landfill and turns them into a valuable new products to create healthy soil to help grow more food.

Just like when Portlanders first started curbside recycling, it takes time to create and establish new food scrap collection routines for your household. Residents in a year-long pilot program found that after a little practice, they were able to make the system work and reported high rates of satisfaction. Tips and tricks have been compiled from residents, as well as other cities, about how to make composting easy and successful — even in the cold winter months when your household may generate more food scraps than yard debris.  

Check out these tips to make composting easier during the winter months when yard debris may be scarce. 

  • Set your green roll cart out for pickup every single week — even if it’s not full. The food may not look like a lot in the big green Portland Composts! roll cart, but it really adds up when every Portlander participates.

  • Consider saving some of the last fall leaves to line your cart throughout the winter. If you don’t have leftover yard debris, you can still keep the bottom of your cart clean by lining it with a few sheets of newspaper, a paper bag or a take-out pizza box.

  • Lining your kitchen compost pail will also help keep your green cart clean. You can tie off approved compostable kitchen pail bags to keep your food scraps from touching the inside of your green roll cart. Check out the list of approved compostable pail liners here.

  • Empty the contents of your kitchen compost pail, including the compostable liner, into your green Portland Composts! roll cart frequently.  The more often you empty your kitchen pail, the less time food scraps spend in your kitchen.

  • When it is not freezing, give your green cart a rinse with non-toxic soap and water. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.  See how it’s done by watching our instructional videos. Try sprinkling a little baking soda in your clean cart to avoid odors.

Fellow Portlanders share tips about what to do when you have messy, stinky or wet food scraps

“I wrap messy food in newspaper and then place in the pail,” said Montavilla resident Megan Tiede. “The newspaper can be composted along with the food scraps. And even better – it’s free!”

“Rather than putting stinky food scraps, like meat and bones, into my kitchen compost pail, I add them to an old yogurt container I keep in my freezer,” recommends Rebecca Raymond, resident of the Overlook neighborhood. “Then I empty them directly into my green composting roll cart the night before my pickup day!”

“I drain as much liquid as possible from food before putting it in my kitchen compost pail,” suggests George Patterson, resident of the Humboldt neighborhood. “So if my kids have leftover cereal, I drain off the milk before adding it to the pail.”

How have you made food scrap composting successful in your household? Share your tips, ask questions and learn from other Portland residents on our Facebook page or contact us:

1. Online:
2. Hotline: 503-823-7202
3. E-mail:


Next steps for the proposed draft Portland Plan

BPS E-News Issue 15 - January

With great excitement, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the Proposed Draft Portland Plan in October 2011. Two years in the making, and reflecting more than 20,000 comments, stacks of research and input from our partner agencies, the draft plan represents the great ideas and hard work of City staff, residents, community groups and businesses.

With the draft plan available to the public, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held three public hearings in November, two of which were hosted in the community at David Douglas and Parkrose High Schools. Attendance was high at all three hearings, with people organizing their testimony around issue areas, such as basic public services, resiliency and emergency preparedness, youth, a multigenerational city, active transportation/bicycling, East Portland, housing, historic preservation and more. Subsequently, the PSC held two work sessions to discuss comments from the community and other bureaus and agencies, as well as share their own responses to the plan.

On Jan. 24, 2012, the PSC voted to recommend approval of the Portland Plan (with requested changes) and send it to City Council for adoption. A revised version of the Proposed Draft Portland Plan will be presented to the PSC on Feb. 28, 2012, with a goal of presenting a Recommended Draft Portland Plan to City Council by mid-April.