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Three community-based organizations to receive consulting services to help build affordable housing on their land

Metro/Bureau of Planning and Sustainability grants include funding for design and financial consultants, which will help recipients use their land to build affordable housing.

Last year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability began working with community-based organizations who want to use their surplus land to provide affordable housing for those in need. With a grant from Metro, BPS began to identify opportunities for affordable housing on land owned by faith communities.

The grant includes funding for design and financial consultants to work with three organizations. Thirteen applicant organizations with a vision to develop affordable housing on their properties submitted proposals. Although all the applicants are worthy of the financial and technical assistance, the selection committee could only choose three:

  1. Bethel AME Community Development Corporation
  2. Muslim Community Center of Portland
  3. Trinity Lutheran Church

The three organizations that were selected best met the selection criteria, which included:

  • Diversity of communities served
  • Organizational structure and capacity
  • Vulnerability score for location (where residents were most at risk of displacement)
  • Opportunity score (proximity and access to public services)
  • Suitability as a case study
  • Diversity of location
  • Zoning

Over the next few months, the recipients will meet with staff of the design and finance firms, Carleton-Hart Architects and the Nielson Group, to develop preliminary concepts based on their individual vision for the project.

The bureau’s project manager, Nan Stark, will work with the organizations and consultants to create a guide for other organizations who want to pursue developing affordable housing on their land.

As the grant work progresses, BPS will also be proposing changes to the Zoning Code that may help to reduce barriers to development of affordable housing. With these multiple approaches, the Bureau and its community partners hope to create more pathways to the development of affordable housing for individuals and families.

DOZA featured at Design Week Portland; Discussion Draft comments deadline extended

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project will hold an open house on April 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. as part Design Week Portland. Portlanders are invited to comment on the DOZA Discussion Draft (in person or writing) until April 19, 2019.

Design is an important part of any good urban space. That’s why the City of Portland is updating its design overlay (d-overlay) zone to ensure our public spaces meet the needs of current and future residents.

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project is updating the rules and processes for Portland’s d-overlay and design review program, and we want to share the latest drafts of changes to the process and tools for design review across the city.


Design Week Portland Open House Tomorrow!
Come learn more, ask staff questions and offer your feedback at the Design Week Portland open house:

Design Week Open House 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4-7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue (1st floor lobby)
TriMet: Multiple bus lines, MAX
Green/Yellow line, Portland Streetcar

Discussion Draft comments deadline extended
We want your feedback, so the comment period for the Discussion Draft has been extended to April 19, 2019. We invite your review of the following documents:

Feel free to send us an email of give us a call.

Kathryn Hartinger, Project Manager
(503) 823-9714

Next steps
In the spring, staff will consider the comments on the Discussion Draft as they refine it into a Proposed Draft. The Design Commission and Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold joint public hearings in summer 2019.

For more information about the project, visit

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

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


  • 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

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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