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PSC News: August 14, 2018 Meeting Recap

Neighborhood Contact — Hearing; Residential Infill Project — Work Session


  • Neighborhood Contact — Hearing
  • 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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Hazardous materials require proper disposal

Put the bad stuff in the right place with occasional visits to a local hazardous waste facility.

A recent visit to the household hazardous waste facility was a reminder of all the materials that can be taken there and shouldn’t be included in your home garbage and recycling.

Batteries? Check. Propane cylinders and tanks? Check. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs? Check. Pesticides and herbicides? Check. Lighter fluid? Check. Medicines and expired drugs? Check. And so much more.empty paint cans, paint thinner and other chemicals

Summer cleaning of the garage, basement or shed may bring unwanted and unneeded hazardous materials into view. The Portland metro area has two hazardous waste disposal sites where residents drive up six days a week and don’t even have to get out of their car. Staff in white biological hazard suits (also known as “bunny suits”) greet you and get an understanding of what you want to dispose of at the facility. The household hazardous waste fee is $5 for up to 35 gallons, and $5 for each additional 35 gallons. Some paperwork is exchanged, and then you’re on your way.

Did you know you can take paint to over 170 paint stores for proper disposal? Oregon is part of PaintCare, a free statewide resource to recycle unwanted, leftover paint.

Oregon E-Cycles is another statewide program for unwanted electronics. Anyone can take seven or fewer computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs and printers at a time to participating Oregon E-Cycles collection sites for free recycling. Computer peripherals (keyboards and mice) are also accepted free of charge.

Need more information on how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste or electronics? Ask Metro online or at 503-234-3000.

"Rightsizing" Portland's environmental overlay zones

Portlanders are invited to review draft remapped environmental overlay zones and attend neighborhood meetings in August and September.

The City of Portland has been protecting rivers, streams, wetlands, forests, wildlife habitat, flood areas and steep slopes for more than 30 years. But advances in technology since 1989 have created a mismatch between the mapped environmental overlay zones and the actual location of natural resource features on the ground. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is going to fix that!

What's an ezone?

How will this affect you?

This project may adjust environmental overlay zones on as many as 15,000 properties in Portland. We expect the overlay zones on many of these properties will only change slightly. Some properties will have an expanded e-zone; others may have a reduced overlay zone.

You can view a map of the overlay zones, find your property and determine what kinds of environmental protections apply.

How do I use the map app?

Project schedule

The Ezone Map Correction Project is starting in the Johnson Creek Watershed area and Outer East (south of I-84) this summer (2018). Staff are available for site visits to individual properties.

Learn more about your property 

Project staff will also be attending neighborhood meetings in August and September to talk with residents and answer questions. Look for a meeting near you on the project calendar.

Next steps

Assessment of the Columbia Slough and Columbia River will start in winter 2018-19, followed by the Northwest Hills in summer 2019 and Southwest Hills in spring 2020.

For more information

  • Website:
    Phone: 503-823-4225

Residential Infill Project (RIP) keeps rippin' along

Planning and Sustainability Commission is continuing its discussion of proposed new rules for residential development.

Over the past two years, Portlanders around the city have indicated they want to take care of and improve their neighborhoods as the city grows. They want more people to have opportunities to live in complete neighborhoods. And they want more housing choices at different price points ... for their parents, so they can age in place. Their children so they can afford to live in the city they grew up in. For the teachers, and grocery clerks, students and firefighters who contribute to our communities. And the many newcomers who are moving here every day.

Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission is in the process of considering new rules that would shape our residential neighborhoods. These proposals would allow more housing units to be built in residential neighborhoods, but only if they follow new limits on size and scale.

Read recent media coverage of RIP

Alone, a zoning change won’t solve our housing shortage. But the rules that govern what types of housing are allowed in our neighborhoods affect not just how they look and feel – but who can live in them as well. Together, these new rules will help to restore diversity to our residential neighborhoods by allowing more families and households to live in them, while at the same time limiting the construction of massive new homes.

The PSC has completed five work sessions (see links to YouTube videos below) and has two more scheduled to complete their initial review of RIP proposals. 

Upcoming PSC Work Session

  • Tuesday, August 14 – Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. (RIP time on agenda 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Topic: Narrow Lots)
  • Tuesday, September 11 – Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. (RIP time on agenda TBA | PSC gives staff final direction on their Proposed Draft amendments)

Please confirm dates, times and agendas one week prior by visiting the PSC Calendar.

Later this fall ... 

Staff will bring back revised code and maps that implement the PSC’s direction. The Commissioners will consider these changes and vote on their recommendations to City Council.

All PSC hearings and meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel.  

Past PSC Work Sessions

You may view past PSC work sessions by clicking “Video” on the top of the YouTube channel home page or via the links provided below. 

Want more information?

Visit the website at

Or give us a call:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 503-823-7700.

Can Portland ditch the disposables?

City of Portland will listen to feedback from Portlanders -- especially communities with special needs and businesses -- before voting on ordinance in Fall 2018.

Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a strategy to reduce single-use plastics and other disposable items – including plastic straws – and to create an inclusive policy development process.

Why does it matter?

  • Plastic straws are the 6th most commonly littered item in the United States, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.
  • Over 663 species, including sea turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds, are impacted and in many cases, die from ingesting or becoming entangled in the plastic debris. 

Policy Development Work Group

A small work group was formed to help the initial development of the single-use plastic reduction policy. That groups consists of businesses, advocates and people with disabilities. Meetings are happening in July and August to form a recommendation for Mayor Wheeler to consider. Staff from the mayor’s office and BPS will facilitate the conversation and document the feedback.

Community engagement

Once the recommendation from the work group is complete, staff will look to the community to provide additional feedback to the policy. 

How to contribute your ideas

Your input on the proposed policy is very important, we want to hear from you. You can take a survey, call, email, or sign up for email updates on how the project is going: