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PSC News: June 13, 2017 Meeting Recap

Portland Recycles Plan — briefing; Haulers' Franchise Review — hearing/recommendation; Regional Transit Strategy — briefing; TSP Stage 3 — briefing


  • Portland Recycles Plan — briefing
  • Haulers' Franchise Review — hearing/recommendation
  • Regional Transit Strategy — briefing
  • TSP Stage 3 — 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.

Channel 30 (closed-caption) 
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I recycle propane tanks in the blue recycling roll cart?

propane tankQ: Can I recycle propane tanks in the blue recycling roll cart?

A: No. Propane tanks don’t belong in curbside recycling. Ask Metro where to take them for proper disposal. These items are pressurized cylinders. They are hazardous and can cause explosions or fires in collection vehicles. There isn’t an easy way for collection drivers to tell if tanks are empty or contain propane so they need to be recycled outside of the curbside collection system, typically at a hazardous waste facility. 

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Swimming beaches on the Willamette River one lap closer to reality

City Council to consider the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and Central City Potential Swimming Beach Sites Study on June 7, 2017.

The Willamette River is both home and playground to people, fish and wildlife as well a significant feature of our city and regional center. As part of Central City 2035 planning process, City staff partnered with riverfront property owners, other agencies and stakeholders to address diverse community aspirations for activating and improving this beloved natural resource and gathering place.

On June 7, 2017, City Council will discuss and vote to accept a proposal for the Eastbank Crescent area on the Central Eastside and direct staff to seek funding to develop a detailed concept plan. They will also be accepting a swimming beach study and announcing plans for a pilot pop-up beach at Poetry at the Beach, under the Marquam Bridge on river’s west side, just in time for summer. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the Council session and offer their comments to Commissioners at that time.

Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and Central City Potential Beach Sites Study
Acceptance by Portland City Council
Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
Check the Council website for details, to confirm dates/times, submit written testimony, or  watch the meeting live.

Eastbank Crescent

The Eastbank Crescent between the Hawthorne and Marquam Bridges was chosen as a focus area because it attracts swimmers and boaters, who use the shallow water area heavily during the warmer months. The Willamette Greenway Trail runs through the site, attracting bicyclists and pedestrians. And nonmotorized boaters use the Holman Dock and traverse the busy trail with their boat shells.

It’s also a desirable location to improve fish and wildlife habitat.So in addition accommodating swimmers and boaters, planning efforts for the Eastbank Crescent present opportunities to improve habitat for multiple species of fish, including those threatened or endangered species that rely on shallow water areas during migration.

With multiple activities in the area — including potential new development on the OMSI site — conflicts between uses are a reality. So a collaborative planning process was held to understand existing conditions, opportunities and constraints, and generate concepts that show physical improvements, which address project goals to:

  • Provide safe public access to and into the Willamette River for swimming and non-motorized boating.
  • Enhance in-water nearshore habitat for Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed fish.
  • Restore riparian and upland habitat.
  • Incorporate river habitat education opportunities for OMSI.
  • Improve the safe movement of pedestrians along the Willamette Greenway Trail.
  • Integrate multiple uses while minimizing conflicts.
  • Activate and enliven the area.
  • Create a design that is physically and financially practical to build, maintain and operate.

The Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan (March 2017) describes two initial design concepts that incorporate project goals. The first prioritizes habitat improvements, and the other focuses on public access and use. The recommended approach is to use the habitat concept as the general base and include as many recreational and educational uses as possible, contingent on the results of more detailed site condition and feasibility studies.

Swimming Beach Sites Study

With completion of the Big Pipe (combined sewer overflow project), the river’s water quality has improved in recent years. Consequently, more people would like to have safe public swimming access into the Willamette. Since the City of Portland does not have a river swimming program, Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) launched a study to learn about:

  • Other jurisdictions’ river swimming beach programs.
  • Key site and safety issues to consider when the City implements a river swimming beach program.   
  • Best swimming beach locations in the Central City to pursue when funding becomes available.

The Central City Potential Swimming Beach Sites Study (October 2016) identifies key site and safety criteria for development of a safe and accessible family-friendly public swimming beach. Examples of site and safety criteria, respectively, include beach surface material and river characteristics such as turbidity. It then evaluates and ranks five potential locations along the central Willamette riverfront, including:

  1. Zidell property in South Waterfront
  2. “Poetry at the Beach” under the west side of the Marquam Bridge
  3. Hawthorne Bowl in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  4. Eastbank Crescent south of the Hawthorne Bridge
  5. McCormick Pier north of the Steel Bridge

This information was used to inform the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and will be used to guide future plans. The study also offers insight into the level of investment and types of amenities that would be necessary to develop a successful public beach.

The Poetry at the Beach site is earmarked in the City’s 2017/18 budget for a pop-up beach and will be open for public swimming in July until September, thanks to  Mayor Ted Wheeler’s initiative.

For more information, please visit the Eastbank Crescent website or contact Debbie Bischoff at, (503) 823-6946.

We admit it: Mom was right.

Citywide Green Team asks staff how they help keep trash and recycling out of the landfill. Congratulations are in order for over 15 raffle prize winners.

Mom’s advice has some real green cred.

Mother's Day was Sunday, May 14, so honor mom by listening to what she's been saying for years.


» Wipe your face! (It prevents waste)

In a recent waste study at one of our buildings, paper towels made up a third of the landfill waste. Switch to cloth! You can prevent waste by bringing a cloth napkin to work with your lunch. There are lots of actions you already do, show us and win a prize!

Over 150 of you came out to meet your Citywide Green Team: On Thursday, May 18, 2017 the Citywide Green Team held events in eight locations around the City. They asked staff what they do to keep waste out of the landfill. In exchange, staff were entered to win one of fifteen gift certificates.

A sample of what staff are doing (remember little things add up!):

  • A number of you use cloth napkins at home and many committed to bringing one to work.
  • Many bring lunch to work in a reusable container and committed to stop using plastic sandwich bags.
  • Some of you use reusable mesh produce bags and reusable shopping bags at home.
  • Some staff take extra plastics to Far West Fibers for recycling.
  • Oh so many of you bring a reusable coffee mug to work. Keep up the good work!

And the winners are…

Congratulations to the following staff who won a raffle prize. Lindsey Maser, BPS; Zach Odil, P&D; Tish Leos and Bernadette Landgdon, PBOT; Marianna Lomanto, ONI Crime Prevention; Mary Jaron Kelley and Tom Griffin-Valade, ONI North Portland Neighborhood Services; Sophia Terry and Clayton Amber, BES; Rose Imani, CityFleet; Sue Parsons, Auditor's office; Mary Schneider, ONI; and Ross Jonak, BDS.

And a free lunch goes to:

The Green Team wanted to know if dishtowels were already being used in workplace kitchens instead of paper towels. They asked staff to snap a photo and send a list of coworkers’ names who make it happen. That list was entered into a drawing for a free lunch. Congratulations to Portland Water Bureau Interstate Office staff Karen Scott and Anna DiBenedetto who manage the program for their office. 

Another free lunch just because:

Green Team staff received so many nice comments about this person and how she manages the BES dishtowels and women’s restroom at the Portland Building, that they made some money available for a second prize. Congratulations to BES staff, Jennifer Antak, for her commitment to this program.

» On your way out? Don't forget your coat!

An extra layer protects you from the cold — and the same rings true for your home and workplace. It’s called insulation and it makes a big difference: About 20 percent of all carbon emissions comes from our homes — on average, more than our cars. Making your home more energy efficient is good for you, too: It makes your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer (and lowers your energy bill). Whether your rent or own your home, there are many low-cost and no-cost options to make your home more energy efficient.

» Share your stuff!

Making, shipping and packaging the “stuff” we buy accounts for about a quarter of our city’s household carbon emissions. Borrowing seldom-used items saves money, cuts clutter and is great for the environment. Portland is filled with opportunities to borrow tools for home and garden projects, kitchen gadgets and kids’ toys from lending libraries.

» Keep it going, Portland!

There are lots of ways to cut waste in City operations. Over the last year, nearly 80 percent of City employees participated in the paperless paystub option. Making this choice has saved nearly 150,000 sheet of paper. That’s nearly 20 trees a year! Thank you OMF Bureau of Human Resources staff for giving us this option.

» Questions?

Your friends in the Citywide Green Team are ready to answer questions and provide resources. Visit or email

City of Portland gets another step closer to state acknowledgement of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Several community members file objections after submittal of Task 4 to the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (per state-mandated periodic review) to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and notified participants of their opportunity to object. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in June 2015, including the new land use map, the policy document and an associated list of growth-related capital projects. The deadline for participants to file objections with DLCD was May 19.


The state received nine objections (or appeals) to Task 4, which contested the following issues:

  1. The designation of Multnomah Village as a Neighborhood Center.
  2. New Comprehensive Plan policies around “middle housing.”
  3. The Community Involvement chapter, Chapter 2.  
  4. The "middle housing" policy and land use designations on NE Fremont.
  5. The land use designation on a property along NE Fremont.
  6. The land use designations on a SW Portland property.
  7. Land use designations on a property near Sylvan.
  8. Higher density land use designations on the same property as #7 near Sylvan.
  9. The process surrounding the West Quadrant Plan stakeholder group.

Next Steps

The DLCD will now review each objection to determine if it contains the elements required to be considered valid. For those objections that are deemed valid, they will then review the substantive issues raised. During that time DLCD may ask the City to identify records and testimony related to each issue. DLCD will then issue a staff report and order, probably later this year. There will be an opportunity for the objectors to appeal the initial DLCD order to a Land Conservation and Development Commission hearing. 

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to take effect in January of 2018. 

Task 3 also final

On April 25, 2017, DLCD approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal and rejected the single objection that was filed against it. Task 3 of the Comprehensive Plan Update was approved by City Council in June 2015. It included the Growth Scenarios Report and a revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA). The April 25 DLCD order was not appealed, so that periodic review task is now considered acknowledged. 

Learn more about the state acknowledgement process and Portland’s periodic review process

Learn more about if and/or how you may be affected by the plan