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PSC News: June 26, 2012 meeting recap and documents

122nd Ave Rezoning Project - hearing / recommendation; West Hayden Island: Health Assessment - briefing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission met on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.


  • 122nd Ave Rezoning Project - hearing/recommendation

  • West Hayden Island: Health Assessment - briefing


Meeting files:

Meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at


Recap of the June 28th N/NE Quadrant SAC Meeting

N/NE Quadrant meeting recap

At their June 28 meeting, following a staff presentation and public comment, the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed the Draft N/NE Quadrant Plan and took a preliminary vote to endorse the draft Plan. SAC members provided feedback to staff on issues they would like to see addressed in the next draft, scheduled to be released the week of July 23.

The SAC also voted to endorse specific proposals in the draft Plan related to zoning changes in Lower Albina and maximum building heights along NE Broadway.

The final SAC meeting will take place on August 2nd. At that meeting, the SAC will review revisions and make final recommendations on both the draft N/NE Quadrant Plan and draft I-5 Facility Plan.

For more information, see the June 28 meeting packet.

CC2035 Steering Committee to Endorse Concept Plan

CC2035 meeting preview

During their Tuesday, July 10 meeting the Central City 2035 Steering Committee will review the Policy Framework and the Urban Design Concept for the Central City. They are scheduled to endorse these two pieces that will be part of the larger concept plan. The concept plan will be out for public review this summer and reviewed by the Planning & Sustainability Commission and City Council this fall.

The Steering Committee has been meeting since November 2011 to provide City staff with guidance on the policy framework and the draft Concept Plan. You can find CC2035 background materials, updates, and upcoming events at For questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at


The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Portland's response to Metro Title 13 to be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on July 24

City staff to explain substantial compliance with regional natural resource rules at public hearing

The City of Portland and other cities and counties in the Metro region must comply with requirements established in Metro's Regional Urban Growth Management Functional Plan, including Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods. This set of regulations establishes regional requirements to protect, conserve and restore significant riparian corridors and wildlife habitat. 

When Title 13 was adopted in 2005, Portland already had well-established programs to protect and restore natural resources, including Metro-designated "Habitat Conservation Areas." At that time, the City was in the middle of several large projects that would update Portland’s natural resource inventories, policies and programs so Metro extended the 2009 compliance deadline so these could be included in our compliance report.

The City is now preparing to ask that Metro find Portland in substantial compliance with Title 13. The draft request is presented in a memorandum from BPS Director Susan Anderson and a report entitled Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods - Draft Request for Metro Determination of Substantial Compliance. Appendix A documents the City’s Natural Resource Inventory update, and Appendix B is a comparison of Portland overlay zoning regulations and Title 13. A short Summary Report and frequently asked questions (FAQ) are also posted, along with a draft outline of an agreement between the City of Portland and Metro. The agreement confirms the City's intent to continue investing in watershed health after Metro's determination of substantial compliance with Title 13 and identifies priorities for collaboration between the City and Metro. 

On July 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing to consider these documents before submission to Metro. 

The City's compliance strategy relies on existing regulatory and non-regulatory plans, codes, programs and projects. Together, these programs protect, conserve and/or restore the vast majority of Title 13 Habitat Conservation Areas in the city, helping to maintain cool clean air and water, reduce risks associated with flooding and landslides, and protect fish and wildlife habitat. No new regulations are included in this proposed compliance package.

This request applies to the area within City limits and specific urbanizing pockets of Multnomah County such as Dunthorpe, Linnton and Sylvan. Because West Hayden Island is not currently within the city and an annexation decision is pending, West Hayden Island is not included in this compliance request.

Comp Plan Update News: Policy Expert Groups begin meeting

The eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) for the Comprehensive Plan Update began meeting on June 18 and their meeting notes are now available. The June meetings focused on providing the PEG members with an introduction to the project, each other and the issues they’ll be discussing in the coming months. During this phase of the project, the PEGs are helping staff address major themes from the Portland Plan and tasks required by the Periodic Review Work Program. Each PEG is focusing on one of the following topic areas:

1.Community Involvement
2.Education and Youth Success
3.Economic Development
4.Residential Development and Compatibility
5.Neighborhood Centers
6.Infrastructure Equity
8.Watershed Health and Environment

The Comprehensive Plan Update website is already quite robust, with a project overview, lots of content for each PEG, news and updates, and an extensive library of documents. By consulting the meetings and events calendar, the public can easily see when each PEG is meeting and what is on the agenda. Many of the PEGs have scheduled their meetings out for several months, so it’s easy to plan ahead. The public is invited to attend any of the PEG meetings, and time is held at the end of each meeting for public comment.

Highlights from the previous month’s meetings, feature stories on a PEG or an emerging issue and information about how to stay involved will be included in a monthly online and print newsletter. So stay tuned! There’s lots more to come, and we’re working to make the information about the project as accessible as possible, including providing information in large print and offering interpretation and translation services.