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Recommended Draft West Quadrant Plan Goes Before City Council

Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommends plan for future of the area to City Council; public hearing scheduled for Feb. 4, 2015

The future of the Central City’s west side is one step closer to being realized. A new long-range plan to make the area a model of sustainable living, increase business development and employment opportunities, and create greater housing choices for more Portlanders is headed to City Council.

Cover of the Recommended Draft West Quadrant PlanOn Dec. 9, 2014, after holding a public hearing and two work sessions, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted unanimously to recommend that City Council adopt a revised West Quadrant Plan. During briefings and work sessions from September through early December, commissioners worked with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to revise several sections of the draft, including policies, actions and/or targets related to affordable housing, environmental protection, livability and the Willamette River.

On Feb. 4, 2015, the City Council will hold a public hearing on a non-binding resolution to adopt the West Quadrant Plan. The content of the adopted plan will be integrated with other elements into a comprehensive Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035), which will be the subject of public hearings before both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council in 2016.

The public is invited to testify on the Recommended Draft Plan at the City Council hearing.

Public Hearing, West Quadrant Plan – Testimony Welcome
February 4, 2014, 2 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
1221 SW 4th Avenue

How to Give Testimony
You can share your feedback on the plan with City Council in several ways:

  1. Testify in person at the hearing (see details above)
  2. Submit written testimony
    Attn: Council Clerk
    1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140
    Portland, OR 97204
  3. FAX or Email comments to 503-823-4571 or Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Download Council Documents

We have heard that some people are having challenges accessing the document at the above link. If the link is not working on your computer, try downloading it here.

The West Quadrant Plan is a long-range plan for Central City districts west of the Willamette River, including Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University. This plan will be integrated with the N/NE Quadrant and SE Quadrant plans to become  a comprehensive long-range plan for Portland’s city center, which will be adopted as an amendment to the city’s new Comprehensive Plan.

Portland’s Unique Neighborhoods Star in the Latest Centers & Corridors Video

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases newest episode in a series about the City’s growth management strategy

Hot off the “cutting room floor,” the latest episode of Portland’s Centers & Corridors video focuses on the different types of these vibrant hubs and bustling streets. Some of our favorite places in Portland take a starring role; neighborhoods like Sellwood and Montavilla, Multnomah Village, Hollywood and St Johns. And major thoroughfares like Barbur and Sandy boulevards.

Viewers can see computer-generated renderings of the different types of neighborhood, town and regional centers and corridors. The video shows how the size and scale of each determines the types of amenities and services each one can provide Portland’s residents and visitors. And it helps explain why more density and development means more shops, restaurants, transit, parks and civic buildings for people living in and around these compact neighborhoods and vibrant streets.

So take a look, and see if you can tell what kind of center or corridor you live or work in — or would like to. Portland has so many different shapes and sizes of great places. Focusing growth in Centers and Corridors means we’ll be able to create even more.

Oregon’s electronics recycling program expands its scope

Starting January 1, 2015, you can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers

old electronics

Did you give someone a new gadget this holiday? Or did you receive something shiny and new yourself? Oregon E-Cycles offers options to recycle old electronics and the program expanded on January 1, 2015.

Computers, monitors and TVs are not allowed in curbside garbage and cannot be disposed of at landfills or incinerators.

Starting January 1, 2015, you can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers.

Oregon E-Cycles logoOregon E-Cycles is a free electronics recycling program for old computers, monitors and TVs you no longer need or want. This includes laptops and tablets.

You can recycle a maximum of seven items at a time. There are 270 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state and several locations in the Portland-metro area.

Reuse and repair is even better

Of course, if your electronics are still in good working order, look for donation options at Find a Recycler. If your gadget needs a repair you might be able to fix with expertise at a local Repair Café event.

Interested in finding a collection site near you?
Call1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-888-532-9253) or find a location online.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Set up a waste collection system that works for your household

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, these tips will help you get the right materials in the right place

Recycling collection systemHere’s a time-tested question: Who’s in charge of taking out the garbage in your household? Does this job also involve the recycling and composting containers inside your home?

Make recycling as easy as throwing away

Much of the activity related to recycling and composting doesn’t happen at the curb. It happens in our kitchens, family rooms, home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. Strategies that create easy ways to separate waste right where it’s generated in the house will increase the chance that things get to the right container out at the curb.

Walk through your home and ask yourself if it is as easy to recycle in each room as it is to throw things away? Are there certain recyclable items that are getting thrown away in some rooms but not others?

One principal to good recycling is to provide a recycling container everywhere where there is a garbage can.

Even in the most motivated households, if you only have a garbage can in place, items that could be recycled may get tossed in the garbage. If you only have a recycling container in place, garbage might end up in your recycling.

Do a quick system check

It is also important to periodically check the two containers to ensure that waste materials are in the right one. People often make decisions about where to throw things away by looking into the container and seeing what is already there rather than reading signs or asking questions. One person’s mistake can quickly become a household norm.

Composting is easy, too

When it comes to composting, food scraps are mainly in the kitchen, so find and use a kitchen compost container that you like and place it where it works best for your household. When choosing a container, consider where you will keep it, whether you’ll use optional kitchen container liners, how often you fill your container, and how you will keep it fresh and clean. 

It is important to also create a space in your kitchen or another agreed upon area where all materials can be collected before being taken to the curb and emptied into their individual containers outside. If you want to collect non-curbside materials, like miscellaneous plastics (bags, caps, lids, Styrofoam), determine a place to put these items aside to deliver to a recycling depot.

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, use the start of the new year to get the right materials in the right place.

Want a detailed list of what goes in – or must stay out – of your curbside containers?
Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages. And remember if an item is not on the “yes” recycling or composting list, the best place for it is in the garbage.

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PSC News: January 13, 2015 Meeting Recap and Documents

Vote for 2015 PSC Officer Slate; Energy Performance in Portland's Commercial Buildings; Comprehensive Plan Update; Proposed Amendments to Two URAs; Zoning Code Amendment for Hazardous Substances in the Environmental Overlay Zone


  • Vote for 2015 PSC Officer Slate — decision
  • Energy Performance in Portland’s Commercial Buildings — briefing
  • Comprehensive Plan — briefing
  • URA Amendments — work session / recommendation
  • Zoning Code Amendment for Hazardous Substances in the Environmental Overlay Zone — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at