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Change of date! Marshall Park Neighborhood Association meeting moved to May 9

Ezone Update Project presentation scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled. City planners will be presenting at the May 9 neighborhood association meeting instead.

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of correcting ezone maps around the city. Staff are attending neighborhood meetings throughout Portland to explain the project and answer questions from the community. 

In early April, postcards were sent to property owners throughout SW Portland, sharing information about opportunities to learn more about the Ezone Update Project.

The meeting with the Marshall Park Neighborhood Association (formerly on April 11) has been rescheduled.

Project staff will be at the Marshall Park Neighborhood Association meeting on May 9 at 6 p.m. at Capitol Hill Elementary School.

Next week staff will be at:

  • April 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Tryon Creek Watershed Council
  • April 16, 7:30 p.m. – Hillside Neighborhood Association
  • April 17, 7 p.m. – SWHRL Board Meeting
  • April 18 at 7 p.m. – SWNI Watershed Committee

Who will be affected by this project?

If you own property in Southwest Portland and ...

  1. You have existing ezones on your property;
  2. The ezones are proposed to change on your property; or
  3. New ezones are proposed for your property.

... you may be affected by changes to the ezone and you should have received a postcard in early April.  We expect the environmental overlay zones will only change slightly on most properties. But some properties may have expanded ezones; others may have smaller ones.

Find your property on a map

You can use the Ezone Review Mapto look up your property. This map will tell you what kinds of environmental protections apply now and what are proposed to change. You can also request a site visit through the Ezone Review Map, and staff will come to your property to review the data.

How do I use the Ezone Review Map?

What are environmental overlay zones

What’s an ezone? It’s a tool that the City of Portland uses to help protect important natural resources, such as streams, wetlands, forests, steep slopes, wildlife habitat and floodplains for more than 30 years. Since the ezones were applied in the NW Hills between 1992 and 1999, new development has occurred, trees have grown or died, and creeks and streams have shifted their course.

Also, technology has improved so much that we can more accurately map the important resources that should be protected. This project is using this new technology and on-the-ground site visits to realign the ezone boundaries to match the actual location of natural resource features on the ground.

For more information

Website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/e-zone
Email: ezone@portlandoregon.gov
Phone: 503-823-4225

Clean up for spring at citywide Community Collection Events

Reuse, recycle and dispose of unwanted bulky materials at dozens of events.

Portlanders can clean up their garages, basements or other clutter-filled areas and head to one of over 35 Community Collection Events scheduled this spring. Materials accepted at collection events vary, but the sponsoring neighborhood association or community group may offer a combination of bulky waste collection, an onsite reuse section and a litter pickup activity.

Wilkes community members at a collection event.

Wilkes community members get to work at the 2018 collection event.

A variety of community groups are providing this convenient service for a reasonable donation or fee. Besides bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances locations may accept items for recycling and reuse, like scrap metal and household goods.

The City of Portland’s Community Collection Events, also known as Neighborhood Cleanups, offer neighborhood, community and nonprofit organizations funds for proper disposal of bulky household waste that may otherwise be disposed of inappropriately. The events prioritize recycling and reuse over disposal.

These events do not accept the following items: Hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials; all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station. Learn more about asbestos containing materials at the Metro transfer stations.

Your support in protecting community volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge anytime of the year. Usable goods can find new homes with many online options.

Need a list of this year’s events?
Contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to find a Community Collection Event near you.

PSC News: April 30, 2019 Meeting Recap

Solid Waste & Recycling Rates — Hearing / Recommendation; Better Housing by Design — Work Session / Recommendation

Agenda

  • Solid Waste & Recycling Rates – Hearing / Recommendation
  • Better Housing by Design – Work Session / Recommendation

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

Review of ezones in Southwest Portland underway

Residents in SW are invited to talk with City planners about the Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project at drop-in hours in April.

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the process of correcting ezone maps around the city. Ezones are a tool to help protect natural resources, such as trees, streams, steep slopes and wildlife habitat in Portland.

The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project team is now reviewing the ezones in SW Portland. Property owners and other interested community members are invited to talk with City Planners about changes to the ezones maps during drop-in hours at Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Highway:

  • April 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • April 30, 4-6 p.m.

Staff will have online maps for you to look at and can talk about how the project may affect your property.

What is the Ezone Map Correction Project?
The Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project will correct the boundaries of the conservation (c), protection (p), and Pleasant Valley (v) zones to match the locations of streams, wetlands, floodplains, forests, steep slopes and wildlife habitat. Project staff started work in areas near Johnson Creek, then expanded to the northeast neighborhoods. This spring the project is focused on the Northwest and Southwest Hills. Work on ezones in the Columbia Slough and Columbia River will begin this summer. 

How will this affect you?
We expect the environmental overlay zones will only change slightly on most properties. But some properties may have expanded ezones; others may have smaller ones.

Find your property on a map
You can use the Ezone Review Map to look up your property. This map will tell you what kinds of environmental protections apply now and what are proposed to change. You can also request a site visit through the Ezone Review Map, and staff will come to your property to review the data.

How do I use the Ezone Review Map?

For more information

Website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/e-zone
Email: ezone@portlandoregon.gov
Phone: 503-823-4225

Turn in prescription drugs and shredded documents on April 27

Make a stop at this community event to dispose of unwanted items.

Shredded paper in a brown paper bagPlastic prescription bottle

Attend a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Drive, walk or bike and drop off your unwanted or expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or earlier if the trucks fill to capacity. Location: 4735 E. Burnside Street in Portland.

Acceptable items for prescription drug disposal event: Prescription medications and samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

Items not accepted: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or through Find a Recycler.

Acceptable items for shred event: Up to two grocery bags of documents.

Items not accepted: Cardboard or three ring binders.

Give back!

Sunshine Division barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and non-perishable food for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

Need to know exactly what to bring?

Check out the full list online.

Interested in other cleanup events?

Contact the Curbside Hotline at 503-823-7202 to find a Community Collection Event near you.