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Some big ideas emerging for the Willamette River’s South Reach

Join fellow community members and City planners to review new directions for development of the River Plan / South Reach.

Over the past few months City planners have been talking with Portlanders about the Willamette River in the South Reach (between the Ross Island Bridge and Dunthorpe). We heard from many residents, recreational enthusiasts, and those who care about the health of the river for people, fish, wildlife and plants.

A few big ideas for the South Reach that we discussed with community members include:

  • Plan for a dock at Oaks Amusement Park. This could be a future river transit stop and/or a public dock for nonmotorized water craft.
  • Expand the river setback to accommodate riverfront trails, vegetation and trees.
  • Recreate the historic channel through Ross Island to reduce algal blooms.

We’ve captured those ideas and more in an illustrative concept drawing below. And during each conversation, we took notes. 

River plan development plan map

We welcome your thoughts on the South Reach – about its present state and possible future. Please join us at an open house where we’ll share community feedback and staff’s initial recommendations. Staff will be developing a first draft of the River Plan / South Reach over the winter. Your input on the plan now matters! 

Open House

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Llewellyn Elementary School Cafeteria
6301 SE 14th Avenue
Transit: 19, #70

Can’t make it? Missed the community discussions? Use this comment form to share your ideas with us.

More information at:

  • Debbie Bischoff,, 503-823-6946
  • Jeff Caudill,, 503-823-4572 

Residential Infill Project Update: Next steps for amendments to Proposed Draft

Staff studying and implementing changes requested by the Planning and Sustainability Commission; new meetings set.

Since early fall, the Residential Infill Project team has been revising the Proposed Draft of the Residential Infill Project to reflect changes the PSC requested at their September 11 work session. These changes require staff to revise maps, rework zoning code language, as well as analyze and test the revised proposals.

Staff are also developing new graphics and maps for the updated staff reports and the project summary handout. These materials will be posted on the project website before the PSC briefing on the revised proposals (now scheduled for February 12; see schedule below).

Upcoming PSC Meetings  

Both meetings are from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Check the time on the agenda one week prior by visiting the PSC calendar. All PSC meetings are streamed live on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube channel.  

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Briefing: Revised Economic Report – Staff will share the results of the revised Economic Report and analysis completed by Johnson Economics, which will be posted on the project website prior to the meeting.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | Briefing: PSC Revised Residential Infill Proposals – Staff will walk the Commission through their revised proposals to see how the changes work together as a package. Updated reports, map and summary will be posted on project website prior to the meeting. This briefing will be followed by PSC work session(s), and a vote on their recommendations to City Council is anticipated in March.

When will the public get to comment on these amendments?

The PSC’s amendments are based on public testimony received last spring on the Proposed Draft of the Residential Infill Project. They will not hold another public hearing before sending their recommendation to City Council. The public will be able to testify on the Residential Infill Project recommendations at the City Council public hearings — anticipated in summer 2019.

When will a parcel-specific map be available?

The PSC’s direction is to expand the areas that allow additional housing options to all R2.5, R5 and R7 zones, with some exceptions for natural hazard and resources — and infrastructure — constraints. Preliminary maps show this area will be approximately 90 percent of the R2.5, R5 and R7 residential zones citywide. Parcel-specific information will be available through an updated Map App, available online prior to the February 12 PSC briefing. Prior to the City Council hearing(s), the Map App will be updated as needed to reflect the PSC’s recommended proposals.

More information on the PSC’s work sessions and proposed changes

The previous eight PSC work sessions and accompanying materials are posted on the project website under Planning and Sustainability Commission Materials. All PSC meetings are livestreamed and may be viewed by clicking “Video” on the top of the YouTube channel home page.  

The following documents summarize the PSC’s tentative direction:

  • Strike-thru underline version. To see how PSC’s tentative direction would change the proposals of the April Proposed Draft, staff prepared a strike-thru underline version that reflects PSC’s tentative direction from their September 11 work session.
  • Revised summary of draft proposals. Staff has reorganized the draft proposals into two topic areas: 1) housing options and scale; and 2) building design.
  • Map of “a” overlay with PSC’s tentative direction. The “a” overlay map expands to almost all R2.5, R5 and R7 lots, with some exceptions for natural hazard and resources, as well as infrastructure, constraints. This is a concept map; staff will not be able to share a detailed parcel-level map until the PSC’s concept is further analyzed and reviewed by other City technical staff.

For general information about the project

Visit the website at

Or give us a call:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

PSC News: November 27, 2018 Meeting Recap

Better Housing by Design — work session


  • 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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