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In a unanimous vote, Portland City Council approves new rate for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective May 1, 2018, the new rate addresses higher operating costs for Portland’s 12 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

After a thorough annual review of system costs, the Portland City Council has approved 2018-19 rates for residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The monthly bill for the average Portland household will increase by about $2.55 starting May 1, 2018.

The rate increase is needed to cover higher costs for recycling, labor, fuel and garbage disposal. In particular, new quality standards for recycled materials sold to international manufacturers require local recycling facilities to hire additional workers.

It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2019.

Reminders

  • Property owners of residential (1-4 unit) rental properties are required to set up and pay for service for tenants.

 

 

Persistence pays off for two of BPS’ own

Lauren Norris and Leesha Posey are nominated for the 2018 WE Persist award.

Editor’s note: The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is staffed with some very special people, who are full of passion and good ideas. They work hard and have fun while they’re doing it. This month we’re featuring two exceptional women from the bureau.

Leesha Posey and Lauren Norris are special kinds of pillars in the community, ensuring that communities of color and underserved Portlanders understand and benefit from sustainable practices.

Recently, they were nominated by a jury of their peers for the City of Portland’s 2018 Women’s Empowerment (WE) Persist award. In conjunction with Women’s History Month, this year’s annual honor recognized “standout” women who have inspired others in their persistence against discrimination faced by women in the workplace.

Inspiring Lauren

Lauren NorrisIn her role coordinating the Master Recycler program, Lauren’s effect on Master Recycler volunteers is clear. Glowingly, one of her nominators wrote, “Lauren works tirelessly to diversify the ‘environmental’ movement. [She] is creating an environment for all individuals, especially [those] who are often not seen at the table.” 

Lauren is honored to have been nominated with so many other “wonder women” who are doing exceptional work on behalf of the City. Her goal is to ensure that reducing consumption is done collaboratively so that communities of color and low-income communities are co-creators of sustainable practices.

“We can also ensure that we create equitable avenues for wealth building by creating safe, living wage jobs in recycling and reuse,” she says.

She is enthusiastic about working with a new group of volunteers, the Master Recyclers of Color. This new cohort is poised to have an even greater influence on citywide sustainability practices.

“The group is working on community building, but they are also identifying ways to provide more access to sustainability ideas, practices and projects to underserved communities,” said Lauren.

Impactful Leesha

Leesha (on the right in photo) has also had a positive influence on the people she works with in her role as a program specialist for BPS’ Sustainability at Work program.

“Leesha is an exceptional person,” wrote one of Posey’s nominators. “She uses her time/skills to uplift the voices of black and brown individuals … and believes in the career mobility of all women and individuals of color.”

“Creating the Master Recyclers of Color program allowed me to shake the feeling of being the “only one’” she mused. “But it also provides a space for folks to get together and network, share, vent and build. Lauren has been so supportive of the group and its possibilities.”

Said Leesha, “This award affirms that I had some impact – no matter how small – on someone, and that means the world to me. It definitely confirms that our work is meaningful to people and inspires me moving forward.”

Good work ladies! BPS is proud of you!

PSC News: May 8, 2018 Meeting Recap

SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy — Briefing; Residential Infill Project — Hearing

Agenda

  • SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project — Hearing**

**Information about signing up for testimony is posted on the RIP blog.

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

PSC News: May 15, 2018 Meeting Recap

SW Stark St Renaming — Hearing / Recommendation; Residential Infill Project — Hearing

Agenda

  • SW Stark St Renaming — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Residential Infill Project — Hearing**

**Information about signing up for testimony is posted on the RIP blog.

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

DOZA open house May 9; DOZA Tools Concept Report coming soon

Portlanders are invited to learn more about proposed improvements to the Design Review process at an open house May 9; initial concepts for new tools to implement Design Review released on May 7.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project team is sharing proposals to improve design review in Portland. Community members can review the DOZA Process Discussion Draft (available now) and DOZA Tools Concept Report (available May 7), then talk with staff at an open house on May 9.  

DOZA Open House

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor)
TriMet: Multiple bus, MAX and streetcar lines

What’s in the DOZA Process Discussion Draft?

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft is available now; comments are due by June 1, 2018.

DOZA Process proposes ways to make the design review process more efficient, predictable and transparent. The project proposes amendments to the Zoning Code that work in conjunction with ongoing administrative improvements being led by the Bureau of Development Services. BDS implements the City’s design review program through the development review process.  This DOZA Process Discussion Draft provides a 60-percent draft of the proposals for public feedback.

The DOZA Process Discussion Draft proposes to:

  1. Revise the purpose statement for the Design overlay zone and related design chapters to reflect the direction of the new Comprehensive Plan.
  2. Clarify that floor area ratio (FAR) cannot be reduced as a condition of design review approval.
  3. In the Gateway plan district, allow smaller projects to use Community Design Standards as an alternative to a design review.
  4. Align the Type III design review and historic resource review process with an applicant’s design process by allowing phased submittals of materials, requiring early design conferences and ensuring focused commission deliberations and decision-making.
  5. Update the rules related to Design Commission membership to allow landscape architects as industry technical experts, and clarify that the public-at-large member is independent of these industries.

Read the DOZA Process Discussion Draft

Staff welcome feedback on the Discussion Draft. Your comments will be considered as we prepare the Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission in August. The PSC will hold public hearings and accept testimony in writing and in person at that time.

What’s in the DOZA Tools Concept Report?

The DOZA Tools Concept Report is scheduled for release on Monday, May 7; comments are appreciated by June 1, 2018, but are welcome through the summer.

DOZA Tools will create new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards to implement the Design overlay zone outside of the Central City. The project will update the thresholds for design review and consider several additional concepts. This DOZA Tools Concept Report provides a 40-percent draft of these concepts for public feedback.

The DOZA Tools Concept Report presents concepts to:

  1. Design overlay zone map. Update the map to align with the new purpose statement of the Design overlay zone. This concept would expand the Design overlay zone to all neighborhood centers and remove it from most single-dwelling zoned properties.
  2. Thresholds. Align the level of design attention with the relative impact of a project, while acknowledging that projects in the Central City warrant a higher level of attention than those outside.
  3. “Character” buildings. Encourage new development to incorporate older buildings or façades that define the area.
  4. New tools. Guide the development of new discretionary design guidelines and objective design standards for areas outside of the Central City.

This public outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the concepts and getting feedback to inform preparation of the DOZA Tools Discussion Draft this winter.

Questions about DOZA Process or Tools? Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-9714.