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The Top 10 things to know about the CC2035 Plan

New long-range plan for Portland’s urban core has something for everyone — even the birds and the trees.

Portland’s city center is about to get a makeover. As City Council prepares to consider the Central City 2035 Plan and related public testimony, here are the key takeaways from more than seven years of planning — with input from over 8,000 community members. 

#10. Jobs and housing growth

Over the next 20 years, the Central City will grow by 163 percent, from 23,000 to 60,500 households. Jobs will also increase — from 123,000 to 174,000 (41 percent). So where will all those new people live and work? Through allowed increases in density, especially at key station areas in the Central Eastside and Transit Mall, CC2035 lays the groundwork for 37,500 new housing units and 51,000 new jobs.

#9. Ups and downs of height

Taller buildings mean more square feet for offices and housing. Through a bonus and transfer system, CC2035 will allow developers to gain extra height in areas like the Transit Mall, Morrison and Hawthorne bridgeheads, South Pearl and Lloyd District — when they provide a public benefit like affordable housing. To protect scenic views and historic districts, some decreases in building height are also proposed.

#8. Making what’s old resilient for tomorrow

The Central City is full of wonderful old buildings, many of which are constructed of unreinforced masonry (brick) and would likely not survive a major earthquake. CC2035 offers a revised floor area ratio transfer program to incentivize the rehabilitation and seismic update of designated historic resources.

#7. Addressing the river

Until now, Portland’s smaller rivers and streams have received more protection than the Willamette. With CC2035, we’ll care for the city’s signature physical feature with the same level of attention by doubling the width of the river setback and applying a river environmental overlay zone to “avoid, minimize and mitigate” for impacts to natural resources.

#6. Caring for the trees

Along with the Willamette running through the city center, Portland is renowned for its tree canopy (nearly 38 percent of the total land area). But some portions of the city center, like the Central Eastside, lack trees and the cooling effects of their shade. CC2035 includes targets for all districts to increase tree canopy. This will help cool the air, manage stormwater runoff, increase habitat for birds and other critters while creating a more pleasant streetscape.  

#5. The Green Loop

And speaking of green, one of the CC2035 “big ideas” is the Green Loop, a six-mile linear park that connects neighborhoods all over Portland to Central City attractions. Think Sunday Parkways every day, offering people of all ages and abilities a new way to experience the urban core. A 21st-century public works project, the loop will support thousands of new housing units and jobs along with a growing community of walkers, bikers, rollers and strollers.

#4. Green buildings

With CC2035, the Central City’s buildings will be greener, too, ensuring a more biophilic, resilient Portland. New regulations will require certain buildings to seek green certification (e.g., LEED or Green Globes) and install ecoroofs for air cooling and stormwater management, as well as bird-safe window treatments to help prevent bird strikes. 

#3. Freighters, makers and employment land acres

The Central Eastside and Clinton Triangle have been the most dynamic and evolving part of the Central City. Over the past decade, this area has been an economic development success story, with more than 17,000 jobs in an expanding range of industries. CC2035 aims to protect the character of the Central Eastside with strategies to balance the needs of traditional and new uses within the district.

#2. More places to eat and rent things on the riverfront

CC2035 opens up parks and open spaces to a few small retail venues like refreshment stands and rental kiosks. So you’ll be able to rent a kayak while eating ice cream at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, for instance.

#1. Community input

And, finally, number one. You, the people of Portland. CC2035 would not have been possible without the thousands of community members who provided input on the plan, served on advisory committees, attended public events, participated in charrettes and expressed their love and concern for our city center. This plan is for you and the many others yet to come.

So take a peek. It’s big, comprising six volumes — and the volumes have parts! But you’ll see more of what’s in store for the urban core over the next 25 years.

Read the Central City 2035 Recommended Plan

Pick the volume or chapter that interests you and then tell City Council what you think. Public hearings are scheduled for September 7, but you can comment on the map app, via email or send a letter any time between now and then.

Find out more about how to testify on the CC2035 Plan.

Choices abound for kitchen compost containers

Find a kitchen compost container that works for you.

Whether you are new to food scrap collection, are in a new home, or just need a new system, find a kitchen compost container that works for you.

The key is to choose a size and location that make it easy to use, to empty (into the green composting roll cart), and to keep clean. Remember, you can line the container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags*. Timber Joey holding compost container options

Fewer scraps? A kitchen bowl or a yogurt container might be right for you. Cook from scratch? Lots of scraps? Try reusing something larger like an old kitty litter bucket to collect your food scraps. Store it under the kitchen sink or next to the garbage can.

Look for something that fits your space and style. Metro sells a two-gallon kitchen composter for $8. Options abound in the housewares department of many local stores.

Show us your favorite container by adding the hashtag #INCLUDETHEFOOD on Twitter or Facebook.

View how-to videos on food scrap collection, lining your container, keeping your more composting container optionscontainers clean, or read even more information on composting

*Look for these approved products:

  • BioBag -- "Certified Compostable"
  • EcNow Tech -- "Compost Me"
  • EcoSafe -- "6400 Line"
  • Glad -- "Compostable Kitchen"
  • Natur-Tec -- "Natur-Bag Compostable"

Note: These approved compostable bags are designed to break down quickly and safely at composting facilities. Other compostable bags and regular plastic bags are NOT allowed.

Working together for a smooth collection day

Garbage, recycling and composting drivers work hard every day to collect materials from all over Portland.

Garbage, recycling and composting drivers work hard every day to collect materials from all over Portland.
When setting out your roll carts, be mindful of their placement and location.

If space allows, this is the best way to place your roll carts: Proper way to set out garbage and recycling carts

1. Place carts away from obstacles like trees, cars, mailboxes, poles and basketball hoops.
2. Face the cart handle toward your home.
3. Place carts within 3 feet of the curb (required).
4. Leave up to 3 feet between carts to allow the truck's mechanical arm to operate more freely.

We understand that space is limited for some customers. Your efforts to place carts using these guidelines whenever possible are appreciated!

Don't forget to put away your roll carts after collection.

Community invited to discuss African American Historic Sites Documentation Project

The collaborative project will create an easier path to historic designation for significant African American resources in Portland.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, with support from the nonprofit Architectural Heritage Center, continues the year-long effort to document historic resources associated with Portland’s African American experience. The endeavor’s final product will be a Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) form, a National Register of Historic Places umbrella document which captures the significance of a thematic grouping of historic resources. The MPD will not designate any property as historic, but will make it easier for owners of African American historic resources to voluntarily nominate their property for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in the future.

1904 Rutherford House
The 1904 Rutherford House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with significant civil rights leaders Otto and Verdell Rutherford and for its role as an NAACP meeting space during the 1950s. Photo courtesy Addam Goard. 

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Architectural Heritage Center are committed to the meaningful involvement of those who own, rent, and care about African American historic resources. A community forum on the project will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church located at 3138 N Vancouver Avenue.

Property owners, tenants, and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the July 15 community forum. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs, stories, and other documentation that may aid in identifying and documenting significant historic resources associated with the African American experience in Portland. The community forum’s venue, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 for its significant connection to African American Portlanders following the 1948 Vanport flood. An accessible entrance to the church is located on the Fargo Street side of the building. Refreshments will be provided by the Architectural Heritage Center.

1910 Rinehart Building
The 1910 Rinehart Building (also known as the Cleo-Lillian Social Club) was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as one of the few remaining commercial buildings in Albina associated with the social and cultural fabric of the African American community. Photo courtesy Addam Goard.  

If you are unable to attend the community forum on July 15th but have information or questions about the project, you are welcome to contact Architectural Heritage Center project researchers Cathy Galbraith and Kimberly Moreland at (503) 231-7264 (please leave messages with your name and phone number). The project is expected to be completed by early fall 2017.

Local leaders unveil new public trash cans for Portland’s Jade District

At the recent “Make Jade Glitter, Pick up the Litter” event, volunteers cleaned up the Jade District and neighborhood artist Hamilton Rodriguez revealed new work for unique public trash cans provided by the City of Portland.

Many of our neighborhoods are experiencing change — some of which is clearly positive and exciting, and some of which is challenging. The Jade District is literally and figuratively a crossroads for Portland, with 82nd Avenue the artery of our city that connects the east and the west. Like every neighborhood in Portland, one factor that faces the livability of neighborhoods is litter on the streets.

At a recent event, the City of Portland’s Public Trash Can Program celebrated a new pilot project with partners from the Jade District and SOLVE by organizing a litter cleanup activity and a storytelling session by BPS staffer Alfredo Gonzalez on the importance of waste management. After welcoming guests from the Jade District and the Mayor’s office, the new public trash cans were celebrated with a ceremonial toss of its first recyclable soda cans. Jade District Manager, Todd Struble, described the project as "public investments done right, by centering the community and relationships." The cans feature new art inspired by the Jade District Vision Plan and created by Hamilton Rodriguez, a neighborhood artist.

Jade District’s engaged residents and businesses made the pilot project happen

Centered at 82nd Avenue and SE Division, the Jade District is one of the most diverse districts both at a city and state level. The Jade District Vision Plan engaged residents and businesses in the area a few years back, including brainstorming sessions conducted in five different languages. One of the identified outcomes was a recommendation that some specific local businesses would benefit from public place garbage service.

The new cans are functional, and feature a safer design for workers who collect the trash. They also include a tray for returnable deposit cans and bottles that allows members of the public to remove those containers to be able to collect the deposit refund.

More about the City of Portland’s public trash can program

BPS administers the public trash can program that provides trash receptacles and contracts for collection service in downtown and six other business areas of the city. This program was started by the Bureau of Maintenance in 1977, and City Council directed the Solid Waste and Recycling Program to administer the program in 1998. BPS has maintained the collection of approximately 600 public trash cans within the initial program areas and collection is provided by commercial haulers selected through a competitive process.

In 2016, City Council adopted an increase to the solid waste commercial tonnage fee of $1.30 per ton for the expansion of the public trash program. The expansion of the program will add public trash cans and collection services to all of the regional, town and neighborhood centers as delineated in Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). It will take an estimated five years to complete the expansion to cover all 31 Centers.