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Knock, knock: BPS Launches door-to-door education campaign for curbside collection

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

BPS has launched a door-to-door outreach campaign for Curbside Collection Service changes that is running through May 19.

Crews of volunteers provide assistance and resources to residents and answer questions about the curbside changes. Both Master Recycler volunteers and community volunteers are part of the effort to reach 40,000 households in different areas of the city.

Key themes will include:

  • Early indications show that Portlanders are reducing garbage by 30 percent or more! Residents are doing a great job composting food scraps and their efforts are making a difference. It takes time to adapt to a new change and some simple tips can make a big difference as residents refine what works best for them. All food can go in the green roll cart along with yard debris, including meat, bones, seafood, dairy and grains. A full list of what can go in each cart can be found here.

  • Big or small, we want it all! There are three key times to collect food scraps: preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning the fridge of leftovers.

  • Use an optional kitchen pail liner – newspaper, a paper bag or approved compostable bag – and empty your pail, including the liner, into the green roll cart frequently.

  • Line the bottom of the green roll cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.

  • Use soap and water to clean the green roll cart. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

  • Put the green roll cart at the curb every week, even if it’s not full.

We’re here to help!

Hotline: 503-823-7202


Comprehensive Plan Update emerges with the Portland Plan

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

As the Portland Plan nears adoption by City Council, BPS is shifting focus to implementation, including the Comprehensive Plan Update. Updating the Comprehensive Plan is one of ways the City will achieve the goals of a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland. Mandated by the state, the Comprehensive Plan is the key long-range plan that helps us prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

Portland has experienced sustained population growth and development since the mid-1980s. This trend is expected to continue with a forecasted 132,000 new households and 147,000 new jobs by 2035. The Comprehensive Plan is about physical development, policy and plans, and it builds on the people-based goals and objectives expressed in the Portland Plan.

As one of the implementing tools for the Portland Plan, the Comprehensive Plan is framed in broad terms and provides future direction for the city through: 1) a set of maps, 2) goals and policies, and 3) a list of capital projects. Detailed implementation measures, such as zoning or project design for specific locations, will be resolved through the implementation phase of the planning process.

Policy Expert Groups

Work on the Comprehensive Plan Update will be guided by eight Policy Expert Groups (PWG) comprised of City staff, partner agencies and community members, who will focus their work around the following topic areas:

  1. Community Involvement (This Policy Work Group will consist of members of the Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC)).

  2. Education & Youth Success

  3. Economic Development

  4. Residential Development & Compatibility

  5. Neighborhood Centers

  6. Infrastructure Equity

  7. Networks

  8. Watershed Health & the Environment

The City is now recruiting community members to serve on the PEGs. Members of the public who have a depth of understanding of a topic area and can make a significant time commitment to the PEG for the next 18 months are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Monday, April 16, 2012. For more information about the Policy Expert Groups and to apply, please visit:

Economic Opportunities Analysis

The Comprehensive Plan Update is built on a foundation of background research and factual information. Staff have summarized their findings in background reports covering topics such as housing, natural resource inventories, infrastructure conditions and capacity and public schools. One of the state-required background reports is the Economic Opportunities Analysis or EOA, which is a study of the 20-year supply and demand for employment land within the city limits. It consists of four sections:


  1. Trends, Opportunities & Market Factors

  2. Long Range Employment Forecast (Demand)

  3. Buildable Land Inventory (Supply)

  4. Policy Alternatives

Key Findings

BPS contracted with E.D. Hovee & Company, LLC, to conduct the analysis. Their key findings include:


  • National employment trends indicate a shift from manufacturing to service sectors, with health, education and professional/business services being the leading growth sectors.

  • This past decade has been a period of relatively slow job growth not only for Portland but for the Metro region and nationally, but Portland’s job growth over the last business cycle has even lagged the region’s slow pace.

  • Industrial employment has been dropping at the same time the city is experiencing increases in industrial land development, cargo volumes and added value of manufacturing products.

  • The Buildable Land Inventory identifies a supply of 3,100 acres of vacant and underutilized employment land, but it may not be the right type or in the right location to meet projected demand.

  • Comparing the employment forecast to the buildable land inventory indicates a need for additional development capacity in our industrial areas and institutional campuses, as well as addressing market issues in the Central City, Gateway and our town centers to better utilize the existing zoned capacity.


Staff will be using the findings in the EOA to guide economic development policy changes in the Comprehensive Plan Update. The discussion draft of the EOA will be published on April 2, 2012 and will be available on the BPS website. The document will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on May 8.


Solarize Northeast deadline nears

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Do you live in Northeast Portland and are you thinking about adding a solar electric system to your home? Now is your chance! Northeast Coalition of Neighbors is running its second Solarize NE group purchase campaign.

Workshops are going on now and registration is open until May 15.  This effort is designed to simplify the process of residential solar installation and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing to local area neighbors.

Free workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as: deciding on system size, explaining the costs, providing financing opportunities, and explaining net metering through the utility. Sign up today, or attend a local workshop to learn how to get started.


Three free workshops

  • Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. - 7:30p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue

  • Saturday April 14,  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta Street

  • Thursday April 19,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue