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City Council to consider 82nd Avenue upgrades for pedestrians and businesses

Improvements to 82nd Avenue, related zoning changes and transportation proposals available for public review and testimony

The 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development looks at the development potential of properties along 82nd Avenue and identifies barriers to new development and pedestrian safety. The study presents ideas that can be addressed in the near term with an eye toward long-term solutions.

Community members are invited to review the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development Recommended Draft Report and testify to City Council on May 23 at 2 p.m. or send their testimony in writing (see below for directions).

On March 12, 2019, the Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously voted (9 – 0) to forward the 82nd Avenue Study proposals to City Council. The Recommended Draft incorporates feedback on the 82nd Avenue Study Draft Report (December 2018) from agency staff, community members and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. Thank you to everyone who provided content, feedback and edits.

How to testify
There are several ways you can testify:

In person at a public hearing
Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers at Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR

Online via the Map App
Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.
Testifying on the Map App is as easy as sending an email – just follow the instructions!

Send a letter (must be received by May 23 at 2 p.m.)
Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.
Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: 82nd Avenue Study Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

For more information, contact Marty Stockton at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-2041 or

PSC News: Akasha Lawrence Spence, Oriana Magnera, and Steph Routh confirmed to Planning and Sustainability Commission

New appointees bring backgrounds in real estate, climate and energy policy, transportation, and community outreach to the PSC’s work.

At its Wednesday, May 22 morning session, City Council confirmed the appointments of Akasha Lawrence Spence, Oriana Magnera, and Steph Routh to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Akasha Lawrence Spence is the founder of Fifth Element, a conscientious real estate development firm, whose goal is to rectify wealth inequity by acting as an incubator for economic growth and sustainability in historically under-represented and marginalized communities. She was also the founder and chief executive officer of HYMN Space, a place and space for seasonal markets, artist fundraisers and community-making.

Oriana Magnera is the climate and energy policy coordinator at Verde, a local nonprofit that serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. She serves on the board of the Oregon Solar Energy Association and the Energy Trust of Oregon Renewable Advisory Council and is a member of the National Association for Climate Resilience Planners. She has also been involved with the housing advocates Portland for Everyone.

Steph Routh owns a consulting firm and is temporarily working with the Office of Community and Civic Life. Formerly, she was the first executive director of Oregon Walks and the communications and marketing manager for the Community Cycling Center. Steph has been a member of numerous Portland boards and committees, including the Jade District Policy & Equity Committee, ODOT Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation, and the PBOT Budget Advisory Committee.

As Mayor Ted Wheeler prepared to vote, he expressed appreciation for the new commissioners taking on yet another civic role for the community. And he tipped his hat to reappointed commissioners Katie Larsell and Eli Spevak. “I’m excited for what your work will mean to the city,” he said.

The new appointees’ terms will run from June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2023. Their first meeting as PSC members will be on June 11, 2019.

Portland City Council updates rates for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective July 1, 2019, the new rates address higher operating costs for Portland’s 11 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

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After a thorough annual review of operating costs, Portland City Council approved a garbage and recycling bill increase to cover higher fees for processing yard debris and food scraps. The increase also includes a surcharge for the voter-approved Portland Clean Energy Fund.

The monthly bill will go up 75 cents per month for most customers beginning July 1, 2019. The rate increase applies to residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2020.

Important reminders for customers

  • Visit for details and rate notices in 11 languages or call your garbage and recycling company.
  • Property owners of residential (1-4 unit) rental properties are required to set up and pay for service for tenants.
  • It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list.
  • Visit to find your company, check your collection schedule and sign up for weekly reminders.

PSC News: June 11, 2019 Meeting Recap

Inclusionary Housing Update – Briefing; Vision Zero Update – Briefing; Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor – Briefing


  • Inclusionary Housing Update – Briefing
  • Vision Zero Update – Briefing
  • Building Healthy Connected Communities Along the Division Transit Corridor – Briefing

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.

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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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