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Central City 2035 Update: Recap of February 28 PSC work session; preview of March 14 work session

Only a couple more work sessions to go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to recommend the CC2035 Plan to City Council.

On February 28, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability (PSC) held its sixth work session on the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Plan. They discussed the following key items.

Broadway/Weidler I-5 Interchange

Project Commissioner Chris Smith proposed an amendment to remove the Broadway/Weidler I-5 Interchange Project from the Transportation System Plan project list, which is a component of the CC2035 Plan. His primary rationale was that it was the largest single investment in the TSP, and it would make driving easier. This would be counterproductive to the City's goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled in accordance with the Climate Action Plan.

Commissioners discussed this for more than an hour. While they understood Commissioner Smith’s perspective, the majority finally voted not to support his amendment. Then Commissioner Baugh proposed a new action item to clarify the City’s position in the Broadway/Weidler discussions. These conditions included: 

  • Freeway lid – Ensuring that the final project continued to contain all of the project elements including the freeway lids, a future east-west pedestrian and bicycle bridge, as well as new bridge connections that include high-quality pedestrian and bicycle facilities and improved signalized crossings.
  • Equity Strategy – Development of a City Council-supported equity strategy that addresses issues specifically related to the Broadway/Weidler I-5 Interchange project, including historically African American community impacts, low-income housing solutions, and benefits to minority and women-owned businesses.
  • Funding – Transparency and public discussion about the City of Portland’s funding sources. City funding will be limited to multimodal aspects of the project and shall not reduce planned investments to implement Vision Zero or increase safety and livability in East Portland.

Commissioners supported this language and also voted to add:

  • Congestion and climate actions – Encourage ODOT and PBOT to look at congestion pricing and transportation demand management (TDM) options to mitigate climate impact.

Transferring FAR from surface parking lots

At an earlier PSC work session on February 14, commissioners asked staff to come back with language that would prohibit FAR (floor area ratio) transfers from surface parking lots but allow developed areas of a site to transfer FAR. This is intended to encourage redevelopment of surface parking lots.

Staff brought a proposal that addressed the PSC request. They also reminded commissioners that historic and conservation landmarks and contributing resources in historic districts receive an additional 3:1 of FAR, which can be transferred (or sold) offsite as part of proposed updates to the historic resource transfer (33.510.205.D.1). Revenue from the sale should help defray some additional costs of seismic upgrades for these historic properties. After some discussion, the PSC voted to accept the staff-proposed amendment.

You can watch videos of past PSC meetings on the BPS YouTube channel by clicking on the appropriate date. 

Upcoming work sessions and agendas

On March 14, the PSC will hold its seventh work session on CC2035. The following items are on the agenda for that meeting:

  • Bonuses and Transfers – Staff-proposed amendments necessary to implement the Inclusionary Housing program and response to public testimony on bonus and transfer options
  • Master Plan – Proposed amendments to the master plan provisions
  • FAR – A stakeholder-proposed amendment that would allow more FAR in the Central City

The meeting materials for these topics are available here.

On April 11, the PSC will hold its final planned work session on CC2035. At that meeting, staff expect to bring final amendments to the Commission. They will ask commissioners to vote on the entire CC2035 Plan package, which will then be forwarded on to City Council as their Recommended Draft. Please check the PSC calendar to confirm dates, times and other details prior to the event. You can also view the work session on the BPS YouTube channel. For more information about the work sessions, please visit the PSC CC2035 work session overview page.

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playbacks 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.

PSC News: March 14, 2017 Meeting Recap

Transit Project List for RTP — briefing; Better Housing by Design — briefing; Community Involvement Committee Recruitment Process — briefing; Central City 2035 Plan — work session


  • Transit Project List for RTP — briefing
  • Better Housing by Design — briefing
  • Community Involvement Committee Recruitment Process — briefing
  • Central City 2035 Plan — 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

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

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.

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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Transitioning to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Tracking the process of acknowledgment by the state Department of Land Conservation and Development

Now that City Council has adopted the Early Implementation projects that update the Zoning Map and Zoning Code to carry out the goals and policies in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Portlanders may be wondering how the City will transition to the new rules.

After acknowledgement by the state Department of Land Conservation and Development, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Early Implementation projects will take effect on January 1, 2018, replacing the current Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1980.

If you want to know what’s happening between now and January 2018 and how to stay informed, we’ve got some resources for you!  

If you have questions about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan process, call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email

Ask the Curbside Hotline Operator: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

What to do with paper coffee cups.

Coffee cup with lid

Q: Can I recycle coffee cups in my curbside bin?

A: No, paper coffee cups don’t belong in either the blue recycling roll cart or the green compost roll cart. They do belong in the garbage container.

Coffee cups are made up of paper that is injected with a plastic film so the cup holds its shape with hot (or cold) beverages. Paper cups are not recyclable because of the plastic liner and coffee contamination and don’t break down at the recycling facility with other paper products.

The same is true for paper products that hold freezer or refrigerated foods. Items like butter boxes, ice cream containers and frozen dinner boxes also belong in the garbage.

Choose to reuse
Travel mugCeramic mugYou can choose to bring your own coffee mug or container to your favorite shop. Some shops offer a small discount for doing so. There’s even a campaign about it called BYOC: Bring Your Own Cup!

Interested in learning more about the Bring Your Own Cup campaign?
The nonprofit Recycling Advocates is focusing on reducing the number of disposable, single use coffee cups going into area landfills.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Social justice is essential for a prosperous, healthy and equitable city

Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson reaffirms commitment to equity, inclusion, and climate action to ensure Portland is a healthy and resilient place for everyone.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve observed the profound impact national leadership and policies are having on many of our community members, businesses and partners.

Many recent national policy, administrative and executive decisions have been in direct conflict with BPS commitments to promote equity and inclusion, climate action, and healthy, resilient neighborhoods throughout Portland.

At BPS, we are now reminded on a daily basis that efforts at the local level are more important than ever, if we are to successfully promote urban prosperity, health and environmental quality.

We recognize that we can only achieve those results if social justice is also at the forefront. Our policies, programs and services will always welcome and serve all people, and recognize that many people are faced with discrimination and targeting because of their gender, faith, race, national origin or immigration status.

If we want to succeed as a community, we know that advancing racial equity and inclusion will enhance all of our efforts, as we can’t truly succeed if we leave portions of our community behind.

In response, we are learning new ways to do our work. We commit to building new partnerships, and collaborating with a broader spectrum of Portland residents and businesses. 

For decades, we have been known nationally and even internationally for our work on land use, climate change, urban design and environmental protection.  Our efforts to understand and serve the needs of a diverse community will ultimately enhance the quality of our city creating more opportunities for better health, housing, jobs, recreation and quality of life for everyone. 

I look forward to working in collaboration with you.

Signature of Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability