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Opportunity to comment on proposed City and County Clean Air Construction Standard

The Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners passed parallel resolutions on Sept. 20, 2018, committing to establish a Clean Air Construction Procurement Standard. The standard would require equipment used on City and County construction projects to dramatically reduce diesel particulate matter from older diesel engines.

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed policy now.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland residents have the highest exposure to air toxics in the state and are well above national averages for cancer risk and respiratory hazards from air toxics. Soot from older diesel engines is among the most prevalent and harmful airborne toxins in the region. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, much of the Portland Metro area registers diesel particulate matter at levels 10 times above the benchmark concentrations set by the state.

During the past two months City and County staff drafted the proposed Portland and Multnomah County Clean Air Construction Standard, incorporating additional stakeholder feedback from the September hearing. Staff plan to return to City Council and County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 13, 2018, for a final hearing to adopt the proposed Standard.

truck exhaust

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed policy now.

Public comment on the proposed City of Portland and Multnomah County Clean Air Construction Standard will be accepted now through Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. This project is a joint effort between the City of Portland and Multnomah County. All public comments will be collected through Multnomah County. All information you submit, including your name and contact information, will become part of the public record.

Public comments may be submitted here.

PSC News: November 13, 2018 Meeting Recap

82nd Ave Study - briefing; Better Housing by Design - work session


  • 82nd Ave Study — Briefing
  • Better Housing by Design — 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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Remember to compost autumn leaves and pumpkins

Let autumn leaves fall and rotting jack-o-lanterns roll into the compost container.

Pumpkins and gourds, along with pruned items, yard debris and fallen tree fruit go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart. This is also the time of year to include seasonal food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers).

Residents compost autumn leaves.

Set out an extra 32-gallon can, kraft paper leaf bag or bundle of yard debris for a $3.75 fee.

Yard debris includes weeds, leaves, vines, grass, flowers, plant clippings and small branches (less than 4 inches thick and 36 inches long). Large branches that may come down during storms or stumps that are too big for your curbside container can be collected by your garbage and recycling company with advance notice (and extra fees) or taken to a recycling facility.

Watch the weight! Don’t forget there are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green compost roll carts have a 135-pound limit.

From early November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical: Leaving leaves on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Some Portland residents have street tree Leaf Day Pickup based on where they live and is now free of charge!

A message from Mayor Ted Wheeler: A huge thank you and farewell to Susan Anderson

As you may know, Director Susan Anderson left the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in early October. Fortunately, she will continue to leverage her experience and expertise as a consultant on climate change, clean energy and urban development issues.

BPS former Director, Susan Anderson

 Susan's 25+ year career with the City of Portland has been truly outstanding! Susan has been a visionary director of three bureaus in her career, including the Portland Energy Office, Office of Sustainable Development, and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). She has built partnerships throughout Portland and literally around the world to creatively pursue policies and programs that have made Portland more prosperous, healthy, resilient and equitable.

 Under her direction, Portland was the first city in the U.S. to create a local Climate Action Plan (1993). In 2000, Susan was chosen to lead the creation of the Office of Sustainable Development, an entrepreneurial office, which leveraged millions of dollars of private, foundation and federal government funds to pioneer new sustainability policies and programs that provided practical solutions for Portland residents and businesses.

 In 2009, Susan was asked to lead the new Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Under her leadership, BPS created the blueprints for the next two decades of growth and development. In particular, her efforts focused on ways to advance equity within urban development and sustainability practices through the creation of the Portland Plan, 2015 Climate Action Plan, 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Central City 2035 and dozens of new programs and projects. Her work is captured well by the BPS tagline: Collaboration; Innovation; Practical Solutions.

 Susan reflected on her strong belief in partnerships, “All the work I have done for almost three decades here at the City has been in partnership and collaboration with so many of you, along with talented coworkers and hundreds of people from other City bureaus, businesses, non-profits, universities, other cities, counties, regional and state governments, foundations, and environmental, business, health, equity and other organizations. I have learned that in all things, when we work together, we are much greater than the sum of our individual parts.” She has truly proven what is possible when we come together in pursuit of audacious goals. Thank you Susan!

 The City’s Bureau of Human Resources has begun a rigorous executive recruitment process to find the next director for BPS. In the meantime, I have great confidence in Chief Planner Joe Zehnder, who I appointed as BPS Interim Director. 

 Many of you know Joe for his work here in Portland, where he has been the Chief Planner for almost ten years. Joe has 30+ years of experience working in large and small communities and in the public and private sectors. Prior to moving to Portland, Joe was a principal with an architecture and planning firm in Chicago and a senior policy director at the Urban Land Institute. He also served as a planner and Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.

 Please join me in welcoming Joe Zehnder as interim BPS director, and in offering congratulations to Director Anderson on her City retirement, and as she continues her work as a consultant working on climate change, clean energy and urban development issues.

Mayor Ted Wheeler