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Portlanders gather to envision the future of the South Reach of the Willamette River

Now you can share your ideas and hopes for the Willamette River and surrounding banks, trails and neighborhoods, from the Ross Island Bridge south to Dunthorpe.

Recipe for a visioning workshop


  • People who care about the future of the South Reach area of the Willamette River.
  • A few tables.
  • Maps of the study area.
  • Pens (lots of colors).
  • Ideas (big and small).


  1. Find a place to gather and share ideas. (Community centers and schools are good.)
  2. Invite community members to brainstorm with you.
  3. On the day of, set up the room with maps, easels, markers, tables and chairs.
  4. Welcome participants and fuel them with coffee, tea and nutritious snacks.
  5. Join a table and gather round a map.
  6. Listen as people share their ideas and watch as planners and urban designers translate their vision onto paper.
  7. Put the input on the communal stove and let simmer for awhile.
  8. Taste and refine.

That’s what happened on a recent Saturday morning at Llewellyn Elementary School in Sellwood. Some two dozen interested Portlanders came to learn more about the new long-range planning effort for the southern portion of Portland and Dunthorpe in, along and near the Willamette.

After planners gave an overview of the project, community members rotated among three tables and discussed their ideas to enhance: 1) recreation; 2) natural resources; and 3) the relationship of nearby neighborhoods to the river.

Staff recorded ideas on maps and took notes. The results of this workshop will help define the community’s vision for the area. This is in addition to other comments received at community outreach events like river walks and public meetings.

What did they say?

Overall, community members expressed admiration for this stretch of the Willamette River. But they suggested many ideas for making it even better for people, fish and wildlife. Here’s some of what we heard community members want:

  • Complete the riverfront trail system and extend the trail to Lake Oswego.
  • Create more opportunities for boating throughout the South Reach.
  • Balance public recreation with the protection and improvement of natural features that support fish and wildlife.
  • Create safe public access to the river from all nearby neighborhoods.

Couldn’t make the workshop? Want to share your vision for the South Reach?

No problem. You can share your ideas about the Willamette River / South Reach and what it can be over the next 20 years in an online questionnaire. The questions are like those posed at the Visioning Workshop.

And review the draft River Plan / South Reach Existing Conditions Report and send staff your comments (see contact info below).

And join us at a variety of summer activities and calendar items

Staff will also organize two eastside river walks to dive deeper into riverfront topics with interested public.

You can also meet and greet staff at summer park concerts where you can provide your input at a table with project information and maps. See below. 

Finally, stay tuned for more information about topical and geographic discussions in the community in August and September. The discussions will be based on the Existing Conditions Report and public comments received thus far.

Mark your calendars and join City staff at these summer activities for the River Plan / South Reach:

River Plan/South Reach Tabling at Willamette Park Concert
July 19, 2018, 5 – 8 p.m.
SW Macadam Ave and Nebraska St
Transit #35 (limited services - #43, #36, #99)

Sellwood Riverfront Walk
July 26, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Sellwood Riverfront Park by the restrooms
SE Spokane St and Oaks Pkwy
Transit: #70 (limited service - #99)

Brooklyn Riverfront Walk
July 31, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Trailhead Parking Lot
SE Milwaukie Ave and SE Mitchell St
Transit: #70

For more information ...

Sign up for project updates, and we'll send the River Plan E-news with the latest info about River Plan / South Reach.

Or contact project staff: Debbie Bischoff, 503-823-6946 or Jeff Caudill,, 503-823-4572.

The Central City 2035 Plan is now in effect!

The Bureau of Development Services is now accepting development applications subject to the new zoning and code.

After many years in the making, a new long-range plan for growth and development in the central city plan is in effect.

On June 6, City Council voted to adopt the CC2035 Plan. Since then, the City of Portland has received two notices of intent to appeal Council’s decision. Once the City submits the required documents to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), the appellants will be required to describe the nature of their appeals.

But as of Monday, July 9, 2018, the newly adopted plan is in effect, and the Bureau of Development Services is ready to accept development applications.   

Sections of the code you might be interested in:

And the associated Administrative Rules:

To look a particular property, please visit Portland Maps

PSC News: July 24, 2018 Meeting Recap

Residential Infill Project — Work Session


  • Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Meeting files

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

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

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.


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.

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Take hard-to-recycle items to this community recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for the Green Days of Summer.

Join Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers to eliminate waste on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at a community recycling event in Portland. Drop off items and participate in family-friendly activities. Meet Blazer Caleb Swanigan and hang out with Blaze and the Blazer Dancers! You can win game tickets or other prizes.

Be Cart Smart will be on hand to answer recycling questions and share waste reduction ideas.

The event is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Weidler Street in Portland.


Acceptable items for Agilyx: All forms of Polystyrene (#6) including Styrofoam. No starch peanuts, Polypropylene or Polyethylene foam.

Acceptable items for Denton Plastics: Pre-sorted, clean plastics (#2, #4, #5). Items include buckets, pipe, drums, bottles, lids, caps, irrigation tube, tubs, pails, pots, trays, waste baskets, hampers, chairs, furniture.

Acceptable items for Free Geek: Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems, and Oregon E-Cycles program items like computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards and mice. Find out more about what is and isn’t accepted.

Give back! The Oregon Food Bank will accept your cans and bottles for donation through the Bottle Drop fundraising program

Learn more about the Green Days of Summer events.

Catch a ride on the Green Loop at the July 22 Sunday Parkways

Be among the first to follow the proposed alignment for a six-mile linear park in the Central City!

Join us on July 22 to experience the “early days” of the Green Loop

You may have heard of it, but … what exactly is it?

The Green Loop will be a six-mile linear park around the heart of Portland’s Central City, with ample room for people to play, wander, walk or ride a bike.

It will be a place for everyone in the heart of the city. Whether on foot, bike or mobility device, people of all ages, abilities and incomes will be able to get to work, go for a jog, shop, eat, rest or meet friends in the park via the Green Loop.

The Green Loop is quintessentially Portland: natural and urban, creative and entrepreneurial, sustainable and dynamic.

It's a movement to help people immerse themselves in the urban core in a new and exciting way, along trails and pathways that offer unique experiences and encounters with nature, art and each other.

The Green Loop will support businesses and social services, improving access to places where people can get the staples and support they need. And it will reconfirm Portland's commitment to greater access to parks and active transportation.

In turn, the Green Loop can become an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students and visitors of all ages, shapes and sizes, origins and incomes.

Healthy hearts need healthy arteries

The Central City is the region's hub — with more jobs, housing and cultural attractions than any other city in the tri-county area. And more people and jobs are coming.

As Portland grows and more people need to get around the city, we’ll need new ways (and infrastructure) for people to move in, around and through the heart of the city. The Green Loop offers a clear “artery” that won’t be clogged with cars and buses. 

The Green Loop will support the growth of jobs and housing in the city center, create and connect green spaces, and offer signature public spaces for all to enjoy and experience. It will give people unprecedented access to the heart of Portland, stringing together nearly a dozen distinct districts that surround the Willamette River, each with its own history, attractions, communities, and unique look and feel.

While the Green Loop will be in the Central City, it will serve people all over Portland and the region. Whether you live in Southwest, North Portland, East Portland, or the Inner Eastside, the Green Loop will connect to bikeways that can take you to the heart of the city and back home safely and easily.

There are some segments of the Green Loop that largely exist today — like SW Moody to the Tilikum Crossing Bridge across to OMSI. And key links of the alignment will get built with other major capital improvement projects, such as the Sullivan's Crossing bike and pedestrian bridge over I-84, which will break ground in 2019. Or the U.S. Postal Service redevelopment site.

The Green Loop is still a concept, however. Public process to date has helped establish the general alignment along the Park Blocks on the west side and SE 6th or 7th through the Central Eastside and Lloyd Districts. But there is still more community engagement needed to work through design alternatives as well as design and engineering work to do prior to construction of the entire loop.

How will it be funded?

While specific funding sources for the Green Loop have not been determined, the project will require its own fundraising campaign.

But it will not take away funding already slated for other active transportation projects around Portland. Similar projects in other cities have raised funds through combinations of public financing, state and federal grants, and private philanthropy. Currently, the Green Loop is not expected to be built all at once, so its funding strategy will likely use a phased approach.

Projects like the Green Loop add value to their cities. Think New York’s Highline, the Atlanta Beltline and Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. These infrastructure revitalization projects began as ideas from the community, which were subsequently — and enthusiastically — embraced by the public. The Green Loop will also need both public and private support to get started.

And like the Highline, Cultural Trail and Beltline, the Green Loop can stimulate billions of dollars in private investments, expand property tax bases, attract new businesses to the urban core and generate thousands of new stewards of vibrant places.

Green Loop booth @ Guardian Games on SE Taylor

On Sunday, the Green Loop team will be in front of Guardian Games at SE 3rd and Taylor. Other Green Loop-related booths (including Friends of the Green Loop and Central City in Motion) will be at the Trailblazers Plaza and the northern and southern end of the Sunday Parkways crossing over I-84 (the future Sullivan's Crossing). Stop by for a chat and some swag.

Who knows? Someday you’ll be able to say, “I was there at the beginning.” 

Read more about the City Council vote to endorse the Green Loop

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