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City Bureaus Collaborate to Comply With Metro Title 13, “Nature in Neighborhoods”

City’s programs protect and enhance the ecological condition of 1,000s of acres

On Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. (time certain) the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing to consider the City's request to Metro for determination of substantial compliance with Title 13, "Nature in Neighborhoods." The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability developed this request in collaboration with the Bureaus of Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation, and Development Services.

Existing City regulatory and non-regulatory programs form the basis for the City's request. These programs protect and enhance the ecological condition of thousands of acres of regionally significant natural resources in Portland. No new regulations are proposed as part of this compliance request. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has endorsed the request and recommends that the Council direct its submittal to Metro. The PSC also recommends that the City enter into a separate voluntary intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Metro as a statement of mutual intent to continue our watershed health-related efforts and to collaborate on natural resource issues of regional concern.

BPS E-News: From BPS Director Susan Anderson: Giving thanks for our community partners

BPS E-News, November 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for reflection.  At BPS we are thankful for our many partners and their collaboration, great ideas and passion for our local community.  Portland's tireless volunteers and organizations have helped the City with their immense expertise and commitment.

This year, hundreds of Portlanders have been involved with BPS projects and policy development to make them a success.  A handful of examples include


  • Policy Expert Groups for the Comprehensive Plan process
  • Sustainability at Work Partners
  • The Planning and Sustainability Commission
  • Advisory committees for West Hayden Island, Central City 2035, North/Northeast Quadrant, the food zoning code revision, SE 122nd and more. 
  • Master Recyclers
  • Fix-It Fair Partners and Volunteers


Speaking of Fix-It Fairs, we have organized these neighborhood events for nearly 25 years! The fairs are a fun way to help Portlanders save energy and money, reduce toxics, learn how to do minor household repairs, and fix healthy, inexpensive meals. These popular fairs wouldn’t be possible without help from the community — event volunteers and sponsors alike. 

We give thanks to our Fix-It Fair partners: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland General Electric and Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, and all our amazing volunteers.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

All the best,

Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

BPS E-News: 26th annual Fix-It Fair season kicks off

BPS E-News, November 2012

Learn simple and affordable ways to save money and be healthy at home


The Fix-It Fair offers a full lineup of workshops to help you keep your home safe and in good repair (and save you money), but did you know the fairs also offer workshops focused on improving your health? In these classes, learn how to identify and reduce toxins like lead or mold, make your own safe and effective cleaning products, and healthy cooking tips.

In addition, some exciting features for this season include:

  • Guided Tree Tour with Portland Parks and Recreation – this fun tree walk will cover examples of mature tree care, tree hazards, street tree selection and pruning young trees.
  • OMSI’s Local Voices, Clever Choices – at this exhibit, hear real-life stories (Local Voices) or play a game (Clever Choices) to see how everyday decisions add up to make a big difference in sustainable living!

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the Ron Russell Fair in February.

The 2012 – 2013 Fix-It Fair schedule:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

MadisonHigh School

2735 NE 82nd Ave

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Self Enhancement, INC.

3920 N Kerby Ave

Saturday, February 23, 2013 ¡Clases en español!

RonRussellMiddle School

3955 SE 112th Ave

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit En español:

Paraespañol, llame 503-823-4000

To receive information and reminders on upcoming fairs, e-mail

About the Fix-It Fairs

Fix-It Fairs are free events where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond. Featuring exhibits from over 30 community partners, these events also include hourly workshops. Experts will be available to talk with you about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling and yard care, lead testing, bike tune-ups and more! Free professional childcare and lunch are provided at all Fairs.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon,LegacyEmmanuelMedicalCenter, Pacific Power, Portland Housing Bureau and Portland General Electric.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-4309 with such requests.