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BPS E-News: New workshops enhance Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair

BPS E-News Issue 18, July 2012

The 11th annual Build It Green! Home Tour and Information Fair on September 22 is a self-guided tour of green remodels and new homes around the Portland metropolitan area. New to this year’s tour are drop-in 30-minute workshops at the Info Fair and selected homes. These educational opportunities are included in the ticket price. Tickets go on sale in early August at .

Tourgoers can pick up great ideas for their own projects by visiting with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about accessory dwelling units, solar panels, ecoroofs (green roofs), rainwater harvesting, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials, alternative construction techniques and much more. The homeowners and contractors who participate in the tour are ready for questions: They want to help everyone understand that, in many cases, incorporating green building techniques and materials can be simple and affordable. 

Among the homes on this year’s tour are eight accessory dwelling units (ADU). An ADU is a small residential unit built on the same lot as an existing single-family home. These ADUs are an exciting result of the City of Portland’s decision to temporarily waive selected development fees for this type of small project (until summer 2013).


  • Tour date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  •  Tour time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  •  New Info Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Info Fair is a prelude to the Tour with green vendors, demonstrations, food, drink and music. Green Depot, 819 SE Taylor, Portland, OR, 503-222-3881. The Info Fair is free and open to everyone.
  •  $15 admission, on sale starting early-August.
  •  $10 honored citizens/students/alternative transportation.
  •  Children 13 years-old and under are free.


Want a free tour ticket? Volunteer for the tour or info fair!

Send an e-mail to Deb Hyde, green building event intern or call 503-823-7703 for more information about earning a free tour ticket by volunteering on tour day.

Thank you to our 2012 Build It Green! Home Tour and Info Fair sponsors: Green Depot, Energy Trust of Oregon, Metro, Oregon Home Magazine, Solar Oregon, City of Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and City of Portland Bureau of Development Services.


BPS E-News: Portland's heart in 25 years: A healthy, vibrant Central City

BPS E-News Issue 18, July 2012

Imagine Portland’s Central City 25 years from now. What will make it special, unique and thriving? The Central City 2035  (CC2035) planning project is working to preserve our existing assets and continue on a path toward a truly livable city center. Guided by the goals of the Portland Plan , the CC2035 project will help to make the Central City a place where equity is reflected in the City’s actions and decisions, where youth can thrive and emerge as future leaders, and where the heart of the city is prosperous, healthy and connected.

The CC2035 Concept Plan is currently being drafted and is due for public review later this summer. The Concept Plan provides high level guidance for the development of four quadrant plans (N/NE – see below, SE, SW and NW), an overarching policy framework and an urban design concept. The major components of the Concept Plan were endorsed by the CC2035 Steering Committee on July 10,including strategic direction, a policy framework with goals and guidelines, and an Urban Design Concept. The latter Illustrates where and how the Central City will grow and change, highlighting key organizing physical features, such as the Willamette River, major corridors and distinctive new districts. It will help guide future decision-making and prioritize public investments by the City and partner agencies.

For more information about CC2035, please visit, send an e-mail to or call 503-823-9714.

New Innovations in N/NE Quadrant District Plans

Nearly two years after the start of the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans process, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) will be asked to endorse the recommended N/NE Quadrant Plan on August 2. In June, they endorsed the I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan. Both plans represent continued collaboration with community members to improve livability while accommodating additional housing and job growth in the area. To reach this point, the project team held or attended 140 meetings and events, reaching roughly 2,600 people.  

The N/NE Quadrant Plan includes new concepts for street typologies, open space and green systems to complement high density mixed-use development, primarily in the Lloyd District. The street typology continues previous efforts to define the street rights-of-way in an effort to integrate the land uses in the district — and not just for the movement of vehicles.

This effort included a unique partnership between the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to develop a freeway design that would support high density development, and provide for safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities, while improving freeway operations and traffic on the freeway and in the interchange area. Unlike previous freeway efforts that had adverse impacts on nearby communities and promoted urban sprawl, this project is intended to help address some of the harm caused by the initial construction of I-5 through this area.

The N/NE Quadrant Plan  will help direct and manage growth for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina over the next 25 years while:

  • Preserving the industrial employment character of Lower Albina, with additional land use flexibility to support historic Russell Street and greater employment densities.
  • Concentrating high density development in the Lloyd District, with a focus on new residential development that will add activity and vibrancy to the district.
  • Fostering amenities, such as parks, street improvements and green infrastructure to support and encourage new development
  • Providing sensitive transitions to historic neighborhoods.
  • Improving regional access and local street safety and connectivity for all modes.
  • Encouraging sustainable development that supports the Lloyd EcoDistrict and goals for improved environmental performance


I-5 Facility Plan

Working together, the City and ODOT have successfully developed solutions to longstanding safety and operations issues around and on the I-5 Freeway. This partnership has created opportunities to improve local connectivity and development conditions in the area of the freeway project, such as safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities that are integral elements of the interchange improvements. Key components are new east-west connections over the freeway, including a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge at Clackamas, a new connection at Hancock that will provide access to N. Broadway from the Eliot neighborhood, and a lid over the freeway.

Both the CC2035 and N/NE Quadrant plans will head to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission for a public hearing on September 11, 2012. City Council and the Oregon Transportation Commission will hold hearings later in the fall.

For more information, please visit, send an e-mail to or call 503-823-6042.

BPS E-News: City Council votes for easier access to affordable, healthful food

BPS E-News Issue 18, July 2012

On June 13, 2012, Portland City Council made a significant step toward increasing access to healthful, affordable food for all Portlanders by adopting the Urban Food Zoning Code Update.

Led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) and members of the community, the Urban Food Zoning Code Update project implements a new set of regulations to support growing, buying and selling food at a scale that is appropriate to residential neighborhoods and helps build community. The new regulations address community gardens, farmers markets and market gardens, as well as alternative food distribution methods such as community sponsored agriculture (CSA) and food buying clubs. Because even a small cost can be a barrier for some, this proposal has very little in the way of permit fees and almost all activities will be allowed outright if standards are met.

Many Years in the Making

This project addresses long-standing issues around access to affordable, healthful food. Many community members have advocated for a review of the zoning code to expand healthful food options and affirm the City's commitment to forging a stronger connection between Portland residents and their food sources. Over 10 years ago, the resolution that established the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council identified land use issues in the zoning code and called for removal of obstacles to distributing and growing food in the city.

Created through a dynamic 18-month public process, the project involved many community and government stakeholders and the establishment of a Code Development Advisory Group  (CDAG).

Partnerships with Multnomah County and Other Partners

Multnomah County awarded a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant to BPS and OPHI to help ensure health and equity were considered in this project and that decisions related to urban food production and distribution maximized public health benefits.

Steve Cohen, BPS food policy and program manager, said, “Our collaboration with health partners was key to the success of this project, and the final result is a culmination of a decade-long discussion and advocacy from the Food Policy Council and other dedicated community members.”

Next Steps/Implementation to Focus on Education and Assistance

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will continue to work with other bureaus and community partners to affirm the City's commitment to producing and distributing food in a way that promotes equity, and economic, environmental and personal health. Next steps will focus on education and hands-on assistance through existing BPS programs, as well as continuing our work with community and health partners.

In a related action, City Council also passed a resolution to establish baseline indicators and adopt goals for the Portland food system. Developed in collaboration with community partners and building on initiatives such as the Climate Action and Portland  plans, the goals will be updated every two years in a report to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council.

For more information about the Urban Food Zoning Code Update, please visit


BPS E-News: Realty Trust Group achieves Sustainability at Work Silver Certification

BPS E-News Issue 18, July 2012

Realty Trust Group has always been a leader in sustainable business in Portland. They have been named one of Oregon Business SAW logoMagazine’s 100 Best Green Companies to work for the past three years. They were the first residential real estate brokerage in the country to measure its greenhouse gas emissions with third-party verification in 2009. After implementing a sustainability action plan in 2010, Realty Trust reduced its emissions by two tons of carbon — a 20 percent reduction in emissions — and achieved Sustainability at Work Silver certification.

Realty Trust’s achievements include:

  • Realty Trust has a policy of reviewing each of its vendors to ensure that they operate with sustainable business practices.
  • The majority of Realty Trust’s office supplies feature 30 percent or more post-consumer recycled content.
  • Approximately 30 percent of Realty Trust’s agents participate in DocuSign for paperless transactions, saving more than eight cases of paper in the first year.
  • Realty Trust Group’s Hawthorne office was the first business on Hawthorne Boulevard to install an electric vehicle charging station for public use.


For more information about Realty Trust achievements or Sustainability at Work, go to and go to “Find a Green Business.”


BPS E-News: 122nd Ave rezone project gets the green light

BPS E-News Issue 18, July 2012

Residents of East Portland could see more businesses along SE 122nd Avenue in the coming years, thanks to a rezoning project to stimulate much-needed economic development in the area. Responding to community concerns about the lack of neighborhood-serving commercial development for residents along the corridor, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability spent nearly a year working with residents to update the zoning map through the SE 122nd Ave Rezoning Project.

On June 26, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to recommend approval of a rezoning proposal that would add 22 acres of commercially zoned property to SE 122nd Avenue between Powell Boulevard and Foster Road. In some cases, the commercial zone will be applied to an existing commercial use; in others, to vacant or residentially developed land. Two acres of property owned by the Portland Parks Bureau as part of Leach Botanical Gardens were also recommended to be rezoned as open space, in recognition of its public ownership and continuing park use. 

The PSC directed staff to work with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation to resolve some outstanding safety concerns at the Powell Blvd intersection with SE 122nd, prior to a City Council hearing tentatively scheduled for early fall.

At the PSC meeting, staff also briefly reported on proposed changes to the City’s home occupation regulations and multi-family density and design issues that were discussed by the project advisory group during the course of the rezone study. Because the proposed changes have citywide impact, the PSC recommended that these topics be included in the Comprehensive Plan Update  currently underway.

For more information about the SE 122nd Ave Rezone Project, please visit or contact John Cole at or 503-823-3475.