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Community Collection Events offer neighbors spring cleaning disposal options

These events do not accept household hazardous waste, construction demolition and remodeling debris and asbestos-containing materials.

For a reasonable donation / fee, Portland residents can participate in the over 40 Community Collection Events scheduled in April and May. Materials accepted at collection events vary, from bulky items like furniture, mattresses and appliances, to items for recycling and reuse like scrap metal and household goods.

Community Collection Events welcome a wide range of Portland residents, including seniors and people with disabilities. Portland’s Neighborhood Coalitions, the City of Portland, and Metro collaborate to sponsor these events to invest in and build community capacity, including advancing equity, waste reduction and reuse.

Items not accepted at these events include: Hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials (see examples below); all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; commercial landscaping; roofing; waste and recyclables collected curbside; and waste not allowed at a regional transfer station.

Read the FAQ about asbestos containing materials at the Metro transfer stations. New rules apply as of April 1, 2017.

Your support in protecting neighborhood volunteers and transfer station staff from exposure to asbestos and keeping our neighborhoods clean and safe is appreciated.

Need to find contact information for your neighborhood association?
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement or call 503-823-4519.  

Have bulky items at other times of the year?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Here are some tips:

  • Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate.
  • For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items.
  • For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up. 

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Green Loop is star attraction at Design Week Portland

New concept for a “linear park” throughout the Central City is brought to life by Untitled Studio.

The last week in April is an exciting time in Portland, which is home to a variety of artists and artisans, designers, software developers, makers and other creators. But you don’t have to be “creative” to appreciate Design Week Portland (April 23 – 29). There’s something for everyone at this annual event featuring the latest thinking, trends and issues in all areas of design.

This year, Design Week Portland Headquarters will bring to life the Green Loop, a planned pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides around the Central City. A “big idea” from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS) Central City 2035 Plan and shepherded by BPS’ Urban Design Studio, the Green Loop concept caught the eye of Untitled Studio, the winners of last year’s LoopPDX competition.

As part of their winning proposal for the Green Loop, Untitled Studio reimagined the design process as a public celebration. So along with City bureau partners, they will host a weeklong exhibition that invites the community to engage, react to, discuss and further envision the Green Loop’s potential.

The Exhibition

The concept for the Green Loop put forth by Untitled Studio, The Portland Mosaic, is a framework to be filled through collaborative efforts – a massive mosaic in which every Portlander can have a tile. With this exhibition, Untitled Studio invites community members to join them in imagining a diverse yet unified Green Loop.

Green loop graphic

In the exhibition, participants can experience and engage with the concept through collaboration, creative programming, a streetscape prototype and a large-scale interactive map. A special feature of the exhibit will be a virtual reality “tour” of the Green Loop, where participants can explore the various features of the loop through an immersive experience.

The Events

Because the Green Loop is the “headliner” event for this year’s Design Week, a series of workshops, charrettes, evening lectures and happy hour events will be coordinated with the Green Loop or larger themes about public space and city design, including:

Green Beer!

HUB Green Loop IPA label

No, it’s not St Patrick’s Day again. But in honor of the Green Loop, Hopworks Urban Brewery has created a new IPA dubbed … you guessed it: Green Loop IPA. A limited edition beverage from one of Portland’s most popular brew pubs, this “deliciously hoppy” IPA was made with “Certified Salmon-Safe Chinook and Crystal hops to represent the river that intersect the districts in the loop.”

So enjoy a “green beer” during Design Week while you experience the Green Loop. Cheers! 

Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) Final Report ready for public review and City Council hearing

Project consultant’s recommendations aimed at improving the design overlay (d-overlay) zone, including the design review process and review criteria.

The Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) project has reached its final stage, and the consultant’s recommendations are now published in a full-length report. The project team will present the DOZA results (or “findings”) and recommendations to City Council on April 26, and the community is invited to give their testimony during a public hearing at that time.

Read the report

In addition to the Final Report, summary sheets of the project are available. The report features recommendations to improve the d-overlay zone process and tools, including the Community Design Standards, Community Design Guidelines and the Central City Fundamental Design Guidelines.

It also includes work from all stages of the project: research of peer cities and findings gleaned from stakeholder interviews, online questionnaires, and evaluation of built projects.  

Comments on draft recommendations were gathered from a public open house and online questionnaire in addition to workshops with the Design Commission, Planning and Sustainability Commission, and staff in spring 2017. Feedback from all stakeholders helped to shape the final report.

What’s next?

On April 13 at 1:30 p.m. the project team will present the Final Report to the Design Commission at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A. Please check the Design Commission website to verify the scheduled time prior to the date.

Staff will brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission on April 25 at 5 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A. Please check the PSC website to confirm date, time and agenda, or to watch the meeting live.

On April 26, City Council will hold a public hearing on the Final Report, scheduled at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1221 SW 4th Avenue. City Council will be taking testimony at the hearing. Please check the agenda the Friday before the hearing to confirm the date and time. You may also email written testimony to the Council Clerk at or send to 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR 97204. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Many of the recommendations for improving the design review process are already underway. Other recommendations, specifically those that require a legislative process, such as adjusting the review thresholds and rewriting design standards and guidelines, will require more time and public input.

Following the April hearing at Council, BDS and BPS will finalize a work plan to proceed with the consultant’s recommendations.


The DOZA project was initiated by the Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Development Services (BDS) to improve Portland’s d-overlay zone. An independent consultant team, led by the Seattle office of Portland-based Walker Macy, was enlisted to assess the processes and tools of the design overlay zone (d-overlay).

The d-overlay is intended to achieve high-quality design for new buildings within areas of growth, as well as places with special architectural, cultural or scenic value.

With Council’s final vote on Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the community’s vision becomes real

Since visionPDX, Portlanders have advocated for a more equitable and inclusive city; new Comp Plan paves the way while preparing for growth.

When City Council voted unanimously to adopt the final portion of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan on December 21, 2016, it marked the end of era and the beginning of a new one.

Portland’s first Comp Plan was adopted over 35 years ago in 1980. That plan accomplished most of what it set out to do, and so it can “retire” with dignity and a sense of “job well done.”

Along with the award-winning Downtown Plan and Central City Plan it transformed Downtown Portland into a vibrant mixed use neighborhood.

It established Portland’s neighborhood associations as a core feature of the City’s community engagement approach.

It laid the groundwork for Portland’s environmental and watershed planning programs.

It provided the land use context for development of five light rail lines and two streetcar lines.

Back then, Portland’s population was 370,000, slightly over half of what it is today. The term “climate change” was not a part of our vocabulary, and sustainability was a concept you might apply to your budget, not your environment.

We’ve come a long way since then. There’s still work to be done to ensure that Portland is a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city, but the 2035 Comprehensive Plan offers an even greater proposition than the last one.

As now former-Mayor Charlie Hales said as he cast the last vote, “This is no little plan,” referencing one of America’s renowned planners, Daniel Burnham. “It will mean that when we have 800,000 people living here, it will still be an attractive, green, livable city.”

New plan, new year

With Council adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, it now goes to the state for acknowledgement, with an anticipated effective date of January 1, 2018.

For more information about the transition process, please visit the Comp Plan Update website at:

More dirt trails for hiking and biking and off-road cycling parks are being planned for Portland

Tell us where you’d like to see more off-road cycling trails and parks in or near your neighborhood with our online and in-person open houses and community events

Portlanders, we love our nature, right? It’s one of the things that makes our city so special. That’s why the City of Portland is looking for ways to increase off-road cycling facilities throughout the city – so more people can be active outside, experience nature and their city, and enjoy riding a bicycle.

Through the Off-road Cycling Master Plan, you can be a part of the decision-making process … about what kinds of trails, pump tracks and skill parks should go where. We’re particularly interested in creating more opportunities for people and families in underserved areas. 

What do you think?

We want to hear from you! Whether you like to walk, bike, run, experience nature, or enjoy Portland’s parks and open spaces in other ways, your input will help create a more complete “system” of dirt trails and other facilities throughout the city. 

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Bring the whole family to a community event where you can test your riding skills on your bicycle or ours, enjoy free food, and enter to win fun prizes! Or join us at an evening open house to share your ideas. Events are being held at six different locations all around the city, starting Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Learn more and give feedback from the comfort of your kitchen table

Don’t have time to come to an open house? Visit our super fun online open house, with pictures, videos, maps and illustrations. Then use the interactive map to tell us where you'd like to see more places to walk, bike and enjoy nature in the city.