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Public invited to submit written testimony on a limited number of Map Refinement Project Amendments

Written testimony is now being accepted on a limited number of amendments (#12, #17, #19 and #53) only until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018.

On April 25, 2018, the Portland City Council held a deliberation session on their 52 proposed amendments to the Map Refinement Project. At the Council session, acting Council President Commissioner Fish invited those in attendance the opportunity to give in person testimony. Nine individuals gave in person testimony on Amendment #19. Prior to the Council session, 235 items of testimony were on the Council amendments.

At Commissioner Fish’s suggestion, Council agreed to re-open the public record for written testimony – on a limited number of amendments (#12, #17, #19 and #53) only – until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018. Testifiers may submit their testimony through the Map App, by email or by hand delivery.

Read the Subset of Council Amendments. In any written testimony, please reference the amendment number and/or address.

How to testify

Testify to City Council online through the Map App:

testify online

Email:; include “Map Refinement Project Testimony” in the subject line

Hand Delivery
Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100,
Portland, OR 97201
Attn: Map Refinement Project Testimony

Review Testimony as it comes in

Community members can view all testimony as it comes in via the online Testimony Reader:

Next steps

The Portland City Council will consider public testimony at a City Council session on the Map Refinement Project at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony. A final vote on the Map Refinement Project is scheduled on May 24, 2018. The map changes will also become effective on May 24, 2018.

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New rules for energy efficient buildings proposed

Public invited to comment on draft administrative rules for the Planned Development Bonus in Commercial/Mixed Use Zones

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is developing administrative rules for energy efficient buildings, which will be used to evaluate buildings using the Planned Development Bonus in the Commercial/Mixed Use Zones. The new administrative rules will specify energy use targets for buildings using the bonus option.  

New rules for buildings on sites using the Planned Development Bonus

The Planned Development Bonus was adopted as part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The bonus, available on sites over two acres in Commercial/Mixed Use zones, offers additional height flexibility when development is approved through a Type III Design Review with a public hearing. The bonus also requires energy efficient buildings, inclusionary housing and an onsite plaza or park. For information on the Planned Development Bonus, see 33.130.212.E, 33.270 and 33.854 in the adopted Zoning code.

Review the draft administrative rules for energy efficient buildings

How to comment 

Please submit comments on the energy efficiency administrative rules through May 9, 2018, at 6 p.m., using subject line “Energy Efficient Building Rules.”

Mail: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Energy Efficient Building Rules, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201. 

BPS will hold a public hearing on the draft energy efficiency administrative rules on:

May 9, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor, Room 7A

Please contact Barry Manning at 503-823-7965 or with questions or for more information.

Persistence pays off for two of BPS’ own

Lauren Norris and Leesha Posey are nominated for the 2018 WE Persist award.

Editor’s note: The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is staffed with some very special people, who are full of passion and good ideas. They work hard and have fun while they’re doing it. This month we’re featuring two exceptional women from the bureau.

Leesha Posey and Lauren Norris are special kinds of pillars in the community, ensuring that communities of color and underserved Portlanders understand and benefit from sustainable practices.

Recently, they were nominated by a jury of their peers for the City of Portland’s 2018 Women’s Empowerment (WE) Persist award. In conjunction with Women’s History Month, this year’s annual honor recognized “standout” women who have inspired others in their persistence against discrimination faced by women in the workplace.

Inspiring Lauren

Lauren NorrisIn her role coordinating the Master Recycler program, Lauren’s effect on Master Recycler volunteers is clear. Glowingly, one of her nominators wrote, “Lauren works tirelessly to diversify the ‘environmental’ movement. [She] is creating an environment for all individuals, especially [those] who are often not seen at the table.” 

Lauren is honored to have been nominated with so many other “wonder women” who are doing exceptional work on behalf of the City. Her goal is to ensure that reducing consumption is done collaboratively so that communities of color and low-income communities are co-creators of sustainable practices.

“We can also ensure that we create equitable avenues for wealth building by creating safe, living wage jobs in recycling and reuse,” she says.

She is enthusiastic about working with a new group of volunteers, the Master Recyclers of Color. This new cohort is poised to have an even greater influence on citywide sustainability practices.

“The group is working on community building, but they are also identifying ways to provide more access to sustainability ideas, practices and projects to underserved communities,” said Lauren.

Impactful Leesha

Leesha (on the right in photo) has also had a positive influence on the people she works with in her role as a program specialist for BPS’ Sustainability at Work program.

“Leesha is an exceptional person,” wrote one of Posey’s nominators. “She uses her time/skills to uplift the voices of black and brown individuals … and believes in the career mobility of all women and individuals of color.”

“Creating the Master Recyclers of Color program allowed me to shake the feeling of being the “only one’” she mused. “But it also provides a space for folks to get together and network, share, vent and build. Lauren has been so supportive of the group and its possibilities.”

Said Leesha, “This award affirms that I had some impact – no matter how small – on someone, and that means the world to me. It definitely confirms that our work is meaningful to people and inspires me moving forward.”

Good work ladies! BPS is proud of you!

In a unanimous vote, Portland City Council approves new rate for residential garbage, recycling and compost service

Effective May 1, 2018, the new rate addresses higher operating costs for Portland’s 12 franchised garbage and recycling companies.

After a thorough annual review of system costs, the Portland City Council has approved 2018-19 rates for residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The monthly bill for the average Portland household will increase by about $2.55 starting May 1, 2018.

The rate increase is needed to cover higher costs for recycling, labor, fuel and garbage disposal. In particular, new quality standards for recycled materials sold to international manufacturers require local recycling facilities to hire additional workers.

It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2019.


  • Property owners of residential (1-4 unit) rental properties are required to set up and pay for service for tenants.



City Council completes amendments to Central City 2035 Plan

Commissioners finalize decisions on dozens of amendments to the Plan; prepare to vote to adopt the new long-range plan for the city center.

On April 11, 2018, City Council wrapped up their discussion of amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. They approved dozens of amendments, many of which were minor and technical.

Review the amendments and Council decisions on each one

Key decisions

Some of the most significant decisions by Commissioners are described below.


  • Increase the bonus height at RiverPlace from 125 feet to 325 feet.
  • Restore heights in Old Town Chinatown from 350 feet to 460 feet along NW 5th to Broadway.
  • Increase height on the western half of Block 33 in Chinatown/Japantown from the PSC-recommended height of 125 feet to 160 feet.
  • Retain the PSC’s proposed height increase at Morrison Bridgehead.

Floor Area Ratios (FAR)

  • Allow the transfer of floor area from Open Space zones
  • Initiate a study to analyze options for increasing bonus floor area that new projects can earn

Scenic View Corridors

  • Retain the PSC’s decision to not protect the view of Mt Hood from Salmon Springs and allow taller buildings in the Central Eastside.
  • Eliminate the view of Mt Adams from Upper Hall.
  • Relocate the viewpoint of the Central City from I-84.
  • Retain the PSC’s proposal to increase the height along Jefferson toward the Vista Bridge from 30 – 45 feet to 75 feet.

Green Buildings

  • Modify the eco roof standard to require that 100 percent of the rooftop must be in eco roof, but exempt up to 40 percent for other development such as mechanical equipment, solar panels and common outdoor areas.
  • Hold a public hearing to consider two new administrative rules that are necessary to implement CC2035: one for low carbon buildings and one for bird-safe glazing. 

Willamette River

  • Retain the guidance for how to measure top of bank, which is where the riverbank levels off around and under structures such as docks.
  • Modify the river setback regulations for historic buildings that were constructed prior to the setback regulations.


  • Exempt Central City public school sites from the superblock regulation, allowing them to design spaces and accessways to address safety and security concerns.
  • Support the I-5 Rose Quarter action. Add direction for the City to ensure that all elements from the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan are implemented and integrated with other City and community-led efforts in the area.

Next steps

Now that City Council’s work on amendments is complete, staff will prepare a Revised Recommended Central City 2035 Plan that reflects the amendments made over the past eight months. Staff will release these documents in mid-May.

Council is expected to vote to adopt CC2035 on May 24 2:30 p.m. and take a final vote on June 6. Following that, Council will hold a hearing to consider two new administrative rules necessary to implement CC2035 (see Green Buildings above).  

CC2035 is expected to effective on July 9, 2018.