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Community invited to discuss African American Historic Sites Documentation Project

The collaborative project will create an easier path to historic designation for significant African American resources in Portland.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, with support from the nonprofit Architectural Heritage Center, continues the year-long effort to document historic resources associated with Portland’s African American experience. The endeavor’s final product will be a Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) form, a National Register of Historic Places umbrella document which captures the significance of a thematic grouping of historic resources. The MPD will not designate any property as historic, but will make it easier for owners of African American historic resources to voluntarily nominate their property for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in the future.

1904 Rutherford House
The 1904 Rutherford House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with significant civil rights leaders Otto and Verdell Rutherford and for its role as an NAACP meeting space during the 1950s. Photo courtesy Addam Goard. 

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Architectural Heritage Center are committed to the meaningful involvement of those who own, rent, and care about African American historic resources. A community forum on the project will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church located at 3138 N Vancouver Avenue.

Property owners, tenants, and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the July 15 community forum. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs, stories, and other documentation that may aid in identifying and documenting significant historic resources associated with the African American experience in Portland. The community forum’s venue, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 for its significant connection to African American Portlanders following the 1948 Vanport flood. An accessible entrance to the church is located on the Fargo Street side of the building. Refreshments will be provided by the Architectural Heritage Center.

1910 Rinehart Building
The 1910 Rinehart Building (also known as the Cleo-Lillian Social Club) was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few remaining commercial buildings in Albina associated with the social and cultural fabric of the African American community. Photo courtesy Addam Goard.  

If you are unable to attend the community forum on July 15th but have information or questions about the project, you are welcome to contact Architectural Heritage Center project researchers Cathy Galbraith and Kimberly Moreland at (503) 231-7264 (please leave messages with your name and phone number). The project is expected to be completed by early fall 2017.

Quick reference guide to curbside garbage, composting and recycling

Use this guide for weekly recycling and composting and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single-family home or smallplex of 2-4 units.

curbside reference guide

Leave these items out:

Garbage: Computers, monitors, TVs, compact fluorescent lights bulbs (CFLs), hazardous waste and chemicals.

Green Portland Composts! roll cart: “Compostable” containers, pet waste, plastic bags, lumber, dirt, ashes and branches larger than 4” thick and 36” long.

Blue Portland Recycles! roll cart: Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, plastic clam shells, coffee cups/lids/pods and plastic containers under 6 oz.

Yellow glass recycling bin: Light bulbs, vases, broken glass, ceramics, lids and drinking glasses. 

Choose the garbage container size that fits your household needs.

Find more resources to help you dispose of items not accepted at the curb.

Public invited to comment on Comp Plan/Zoning Map changes in Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

Discrete changes to some base zones and overlay zones will synch the Zoning Map with the City’s new Comprehensive Plan Map.

A new package of Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map changes is now ready for public review and comment. The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft contains 144 items that are being evaluated for possible map changes; specifically:

  • 84 Comprehensive Plan Map designation and/or Zoning Map base zone changes, and
  • 60 overlay zone changes.

The scope of the Map Refinement Project was shaped by City Council’s Refinement Directive (Exhibit O) during the final stage of the Comprehensive Plan Update process in December 2016. In addition, there are several sites where development has been approved under old land use designations, prompting possible reconsideration of the new designations scheduled to go into effect in 2018.

This is also an opportunity to make additional technical corrections to the adopted map.

What is the difference between the Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Map?

Summary of Potential Map Changes
Many of the items in the Map Refinement Discussion Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map designations and/or Zoning Map base or overlay zones. This will ensure that regulations are implemented in alignment with policy direction in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Exhibit O – Further Refinement Directive, dated December 2016
  • Reconciliation of Bureau of Development Services land use reviews between January 2013 and June 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and June 2017
  • Technical map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

Read the Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

The comment period for the Map Refinement Discussion Draft ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Please submit comments by mail to 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Map Refinement Project or by email:

Next Steps
Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft to create a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for a public hearing in October 2017. The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before they vote to adopt the amendments next year.

For more information, visit:

PSC News: June 27, 2017 Meeting Information and Documents

R/W 8073: Street Vacation Request — hearing / recommendation; Transportation System Development Charges — work session; Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — briefing



  • R/W 8073: Street Vacation Request — hearing / recommendation
  • Transportation System Development Charges — work session
  • Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — 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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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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Timberrr! Include the Food for the win!

TIMBER JOEY of the Portland Timbers needs a whole lot of fuel to pump up the Timbers Army soccer fans for the big games. Sawing through logs after every goal takes a lot of energy!

Though he doesn’t use his chainsaw in the kitchen, Timber Joey plans ahead for big game-day meals to eat heartily and avoid wasting food. He collects food scraps to create nutrient-rich fertilizer that will benefit victory gardens across Portland and keep methane (a potent greenhouse gas) out of the landfill. Everyone living in a single-family home or smallplex (2-4 units) in Portland can add food scraps and yard debris to the green Portland Composts! roll cart for curbside collection.


  1. Set up the play! Find any kitchen container and line it with newspaper, paper bags or approved compostable bags. These optional liners help keep it clean. Sprinkle baking soda in it or rub vinegar on the inside of the lid to avoid odors and fruit flies.

  2. Trap your scraps! Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator.

  3. Goallll! Empty your kitchen container, including the liner, into your green Portland Composts! roll cart as frequently as you like.

  4. Red card! Besides the five approved brands of compostable liners, leave out plastic products, even if they say “compostable.” These belong in the garbage container.

 Watch our videos at for easy home composting tips.


Timber Joey with compost pails

Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps.

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you.

Show us your favorite container by adding the hashtag #INCLUDETHEFOOD on Twitter > @PortlandBPS  or Facebook/PortlandBPS

We appreciate and extend our thanks to the Portland Timbers and Timber Joey for participating in our INCLUDE THE FOOD campaign, which helps Portland advance our Climate Action Plan goal to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.