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City Council to hold public hearing on Map Refinement Project

Public invited to testify on recommended Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map changes on March 14.

The Map Refinement Project will evaluate and amend the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map on specific sites for consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Following City Council’s direction to explore additional map changes in December 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability kicked off the Map Refinement Project in April 2017. A Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, followed by public review and comments. Project staff subsequently released a Proposed Draft in September 2017. This was followed by a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in October 2017, which drew 176 items of testimony. On November 14, 2017, the PSC voted on their recommendation to City Council.

With the release of the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft to City Council, the public will have time to review the PSC’s recommendations and provide testimony to City Council through winter/early spring.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING
Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft
March 14, 2018
2 p.m., time certain
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Council will hear testimony on the Map Refinement Project Comprehensive Plan designation and zoning map changes. Additional hearing dates may be scheduled.

See the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft.

HOW TO TESTIFY

Individuals will have two minutes to speak and may sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. on March 14. Sign up is first come, first served. Each person in line can sign up for one 2-minute testimony slot.

You may also testify by:

Map App

Email: cpmaprefinement@portlandoregon.gov; include “Map Refinement Project Testimony” in the subject line

U.S. Mail
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

Following the public hearing, Mayor Ted Wheeler will “close the public record” (i.e., in person and written testimony will no longer be taken). Council will then deliberate on the project at one or more additional sessions. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony. A final vote on the Map Refinement Project is anticipated in May 2018. The map changes will become effective potentially in June 2018.

PSC News: Youth position opening on Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commission seeks youth member to fill upcoming vacancy

About the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. The Commission’s main role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability; they do so by holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals. Their recommendations aim to create a more prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable city. As a group, they have a variety of viewpoints, and together they balance a variety of City goals.

The work of the PSC is to:

  • Advise City Council and City bureaus on social, economic and environmental issues as well as long-range development in Portland; and on the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementation measures.
  • Ensure sustainability principles and practices and equity considerations are integrated into policy, planning and development decisions.
  • Advise City Council, as well as City bureaus and other agencies, on projects and proposals that significantly affect the city.

More information about the Commission is available online.

Youth Position

To continue to increase the diversity of the PSC, one position is filled by a younger community member. We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building, sustainability initiatives and efforts to make Portland a thriving, livable city for all.

The PSC reviews numerous long-range planning projects, and a youth perspective is especially important since today’s youth will be those inheriting our efforts. Engaging youth on the PSC provides a new perspective and opinion on issues that will help shape the future of the city.

Applicants should have a true personal interest and commitment to the work the PSC is responsible for overseeing. The position will have the same duties and responsibilities as all PSC members and is a voting position.

Typical time commitment includes two 3-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees.

To Apply

Applicants for this position should:

  • Be able to commit to serve a 2-year term.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the beginning of the term.
  • Understand and support efforts to promote inclusion and equity.
  • Have knowledge of current Portland issues and/or government. (preferred)

To indicate your interest in serving on the Planning and Sustainability Commission please complete an application form and return it to the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 1120 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland OR 97204, by Friday, March 16. Please include a letter of recommendation from a current or recent instructor with your application. The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Applications will be screened and interviewed, and the top candidates will be interviewed prior to the Mayor making a decision and appointment. Applications for those who apply that are not selected will be kept on file for two years for consideration when the position is again open or vacated.

PSC News: February 13, 2018 Meeting Recap

Overview of Housing Development Trends — Briefing; Inclusionary Housing 1-Year Permit Analysis — Briefing; Residential Infill Project: Economics Background — Briefing

Agenda

  • Overview of Housing Development Trends — Briefing
  • Inclusionary Housing 1-Year Permit Analysis — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project: Economics Background — Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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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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Historic Resources Code Project holds third public roundtable

Participants discussed all aspects of the designation and protection of National Register historic districts, including demolitions, new construction and consistency with community values.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24,2018, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held a third community roundtable for the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) at Taborspace, an event venue in the 1910 Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. Approximately 60 participants gathered to discuss Portland’s approach to protecting National Register historic districts, detailing perceived successes and failures of current processes related to designation and regulation. Conversations reflected the diverse interests of event attendees and resulted in varied, thoughtful feedback to staff are included in a summary of the events, including participants’ transcribed comments.

Recommendations and insights collected at the Jan. 24 roundtable will form a foundation for the fourth and final HRCP initial input session, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the North Portland Library. This roundtable will explore local designation as an alternative to National Register historic district designation and as a tool that may better serve some of Portland’s historic resources. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider submitting your comments via the project’s online survey.

For more information about the HRCP, visit the project website or contact project manager Brandon Spencer-Hartle at historic.resources@portlandoregon.gov. Interested parties are also invited to join the historic resources program email list for project updates, including information about future roundtables.

Approximately 60 Portlanders shared feedback on “what’s working and what’s not in Portland’s historic districts” at the Jan. 24 roundtable. Image courtesy Addam Goard. 

Participants provided feedback on a variety of historic district issues, including management of alterations and additions

Learn how to use BottleDrop to redeem more containers

A step-by-step guide to use BottleDrop to save time and gain money.

BottleDrop Center

“BottleDrop saves time, and is less hassle than how it used to be,” said Chris. Not only does it save time because there aren’t lines, it is clean and fast. Here, Chris shows how to use BottleDrop and how to get the most bang for his buck!


Step 1: Register online or sign up at a BottleDrop Center and get your account card, pre-approved stickers and green bags. Chris already has an account and is ready to go.

BottleDrop bags and stickers


Steps 2 & 3: Fill your bags with returnable bottles and cans, like this beer bottle.

Redeemable items include: Bottles and cans for beer, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha.

Placing bottle into BottleDrop bag     Full bag in back of car 


Step 4: Head to a BottleDrop Redemption Center and choose your option: BottleDrop account, self-serve or hand count. With your own account card, you’ll be credited every time you use the system, and then redeem your balance for cash at any BottleDrop Redemption Center.

Using BottleDrop account card     Placing BottleDrop bag into drop window


Step 5 & 6: Use a BottleDrop Plus kiosk in participating redemption centers and retail grocery stores for store credit. BottleDrop Plus allows you to get 20 percent more for your bottle and can redemptions (that’s 12 cents per container!). This is what Chris does because he shops at the grocery store and can use the store credit immediately.

Redemption options include cash or store credit     Register receipt showing redemption credit


According to Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that operates BottleDrop redemption centers, more than 60 percent of all returns come through a BottleDrop center and nearly 200,000 Oregonians are green bag account holders. More BottleDrop redemption centers and express locations are coming in 2018.  

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.