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City Council Hearing Date for the Residential Infill Project Confirmed

SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 15, 2020, is first public hearing on updates to single-dwelling zones.

The Residential Infill Project has a date with City Council for a public hearing. Community members are invited to testify on the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendations for updating the rules for Portland's single-dwelling neighborhoods. Prior to the hearing, project staff will brief Commissioners on the RIP Recommended Draft.

  • December 11, 2019 – City Council briefing (no public testimony)
  • January 15, 2020 – First City Council hearing; written testimony will be open at least 30 days prior to the hearing.

Confirm date/time on the Council calendar.

Read the PSC’s recommendations to City Council

You can review the PSC’s recommendation to City Council in the Residential Infill Project Recommended Draft. Changes to the zoning code include:

  • Increase the range of permissible housing types (e.g., duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and additional accessory dwelling units) in single-dwelling zones.
  • Expand the area where these housing types would be allowed (replaces the previously proposed ‘a’ overlay with the ‘z’ overlay, which limits where these housing types can be built based on landslide risk, flood plain and natural resources).  
  • Scale the building size limits to increase incrementally with the second or third unit. For instance, on a 5,000 sf R5-zoned lot, a house could be up to 2,500 sf, a duplex 3,000 sf, and a triplex or fourplex tops out at 3,500 sf.
  • Remove minimum parking requirements and add new garage design requirements.

Learn about these and other proposals by reviewing the RIP Recommended Draft documents:

Anti-displacement Action Plan efforts are underway

In addition to the Residential Infill Project and Better Housing by Design, another key part of the Housing Opportunities Initiative is the Anti-Displacement Action Plan. Work is continuing with community partners to:

  • Inventory and develop accountability measures for City anti-displacement programs/actions.
  • Create a community/City task force.
  • Explore potential additional programs/actions.
  • Engage with households affected by displacement.

Next Steps

City Council work sessions for the Residential Infill Project will start in December. Public hearings will be held in January. Testimony will be open at least 30 days prior to the hearings. We will share more about the schedule, dates times and locations as those details are finalized.

For general information about the project

Visit the website:
Or call or email Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879

MEDIA RELEASE: Mayor Ted Wheeler appoints final four recommended members to the inaugural Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund Committee

Now the nine-member PCEF Committee can begin reviewing proposals, selecting grant recipients and distributing the first $7 million of clean energy funds

November 8, 2019


Tim Becker
Mayor Ted Wheeler's Office
L: 823-6784

Eden Dabbs
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
L: 503-823-9908 / C: 503-260-3301

Damon Motz-Storey
PCEF Community Coalition
C: 303-913-5634

One day after the anniversary of Portland voters passing the Portland Clean Energy Initiative (Nov. 6, 2018), Mayor Ted Wheeler appointed the final four members of the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) Committee at a City Council meeting at Portland Community College’s SE campus. The final four committee appointees were recommended by the initial five committee members who were nominated — one each — by the five City Council members.

“A year ago, community members and organizations took a stand for a green future by passing the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, a nationally acclaimed model for climate action,” said Mayor Wheeler. “I’m excited to announce the final appointments to the talented inaugural committee. It signals progress towards implementing a vision where all Portlanders, especially working families, have access to a green future with clean energy, living wage jobs.”

The PCEF grants will create green jobs in the clean energy sector, fund improvements to homes through renewable energy and energy efficiency investments and support local businesses. It will also fund workforce training programs to create a pipeline to family wage jobs for under-served Portlanders.

As stated in the voter-approved ballot initiative, the nine-person committee is charged with reviewing proposals, selecting grant recipients, and recommending to City Council changes to the law to better achieve the goals of the fund.

“We are thrilled to welcome the final members to the PCEF Committee,” said PCEF Program Manager, Sam Baraso. “They are critical to delivering projects that matter to the community. And with the committee in place, we can begin building a program that is consistent with the vision of the voters. Our goal is to get the first $7 million in grants out the door late by Summer 2020.”

“It is so rewarding to celebrate this milestone exactly one year after our measure won 65% of the vote in the 2018 election,” said Jenny Lee, Advocacy Director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and a leader in the PCEF Coalition. “We applaud and thank these extraordinary appointees as they move forward into the work of ensuring that Portland’s communities on the frontlines of climate change receive long-overdue investments in job training, home improvements, and so much more. PCEF’s community benefits will build resilience for people of color and low-income Portlanders while helping meet our city’s climate action goals.”

About the appointees

The PCEF ballot measure passed by Portland voters in 2018 required the initial five PCEF Committee members (appointed by City Council on Sept. 25, 2019) to recommend a slate of four final members for approval. They are:

  • Faith Graham is the director of the Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings, a national social impact and learning network at the intersection of affordable housing and energy efficiency. Faith was the managing director of MPower Oregon from 2012-17 and brings decades of experience in sustainable and affordable housing work. As a lawyer, Faith brings valuable legal perspective as well as experience in contract negotiations and complex real estate transactions and financing arrangements.
  • Andrea Hamberg is an environmental public health professional with both personal and professional experience in public agencies, nonprofits and small businesses committed to environmental justice. Andrea has worked within the environmental justice framework in her current position supervising the Healthy Homes and Communities Team at the Multnomah Co. Health Department as well as at the Oregon Health Authority, where she led the Oregon Climate and Health Program and coordinated the Oregon Health Impact Assessment Program.
  • Jeffrey Moreland Jr. is a contractor with professional experience in a range of contract types for local, state and federal government as well as private clients. Jeffrey’s direct experience navigating complex contracting systems in multiple government and private systems brings critical insight and invaluable knowledge to designing PCEF to achieve its intended outcomes. Jeffrey also brings strong relationships within the contracting community and a deep understanding of the construction industry to the effort.
  • Ranfis Villatoro is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Bluegreen Alliance where he works with labor and environmental organizations to advance climate solutions and create quality jobs. Ranfis has also worked as a community organizer for the Latino/immigrant community, including with Causa Oregon, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, CAPACES Leadership Institute and Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project. Ranfis has valuable experience in grantmaking, fundraising, organizing, and advocating for workforce and contract equity through community benefit frameworks and agreements.

PCEF Grant Committee

From left to right: Faith Graham, Robin Wang, Shanice Clarke, Andrea Hamberg, Maria Sipin, Michael Hill, Megan Horst, Jeffrey Moreland Jr and Ranfis Villatoro.

These four appointments will run for two years, ending on Nov. 7, 2021. Now that they have been confirmed, the fully-seated, nine-person PCEF Committee will begin informing the development of the PCEF program, including grant criteria, with the aim of releasing a solicitation in Spring 2020 and awarding the first set of grant funds in late Summer 2020.

About the Clean Energy Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits initiative was passed by 65% of voters in November 2018. It will provide a consistent, long-term funding source and oversight structure to ensure that the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan is implemented in a manner that supports social, economic and environmental benefits for all Portlanders, particularly communities of color and low-income residents. The initiative was supported by a broad coalition of groups and individuals and represents the first environmental initiative in Oregon led by communities of color.

PCEF is anticipated to bring $54 – $71 million annually in new revenue for living wage jobs, sustainable agriculture, green infrastructure, and residential/commercial renewable and efficiency projects in the Portland area, including the development of a diverse and well-trained workforce and contractor pool in the field of clean energy. Bringing together a diverse grant committee is the first of several milestones involving community members to prepare for PCEF’s first grant cycle anticipated to begin in Spring 2020.


Portlanders show their support for deconstructing – rather than demolishing – older buildings

City Council hears testimony overwhelmingly in favor of requiring “younger” buildings to be subject to deconstruction ordinance


Nov. 6, 2019

Contact: Tim Becker

In 2016, Portland became the first city in North America to require deconstruction for its oldest and most historic houses when proposed for removal. Portland’s deconstruction ordinance prioritizes material salvage and reuse over landfill, provides economic opportunity and workforce development, and facilitates the safe removal of hazardous materials.

New ordinance increases number of deconstructed houses

Today, Portland City Council heard a Bureau of Planning and Sustainability proposal to expand the current deconstruction ordinance from houses built before 1917 to houses built before 1941. This proposed year-built threshold would increase the number of annually deconstructed houses from one third to two thirds of all house demolitions.

Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced the proposal and highlighted how Portland is disrupting the business-as-usual approach to removing houses by mechanical demolition.

“We believe in a circular economy, where we move away from the linear model of using something once, throwing it out, and having it go to the landfill, and instead finding ways to creatively reuse materials,” he said.

Testimony focuses on benefits of proposed ordinance

Commissioners heard testimony on the benefits of expanding the ordinance from deconstruction companies, salvage retailers, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, United Neighbors for Reform (UNR) and Restore Oregon. Commissioner Amanda Fritz thanked UNR and other neighborhood associations for their efforts and support for this policy and stated that, “The [ordinance is now the] standard for the nation. And instead of two deconstruction companies, there are 12 companies doing this work.”

Dave Bennink from the Building Deconstruction Institute talked about his role in training contractors and workforce development. He noted that other cities are looking to Portland for guidance on deconstruction as well as the exponential benefits from other cities replicating Portland’s deconstruction model.

Watch the hearing

Since the deconstruction ordinance went into effect three years ago, more than 200 houses have been deconstructed. From those projects, more than 2.4 million pounds of material was salvaged for reuse. That salvaged material – as well as avoided disposal and production impacts – translate to significant carbon benefits when compared to mechanical demolition.

Next steps

Council overwhelmingly supported the expansion and will vote on the proposal next week.


Celebrate the anniversary of the Portland Clean Energy Fund

One year ago today, Portlanders overwhelmingly voted in favor of funding clean energy projects to benefit frontline communities; City Council to complete the PCEF Committee appointments on Thursday, Nov. 7 at PCC Southeast.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative — a testament to the power of community uniting under a common vision of climate justice. Thanks to outreach and organizing by thousands of volunteers from hundreds of Portland organizations, the ballot initiative passed on Nov. 6, 2018, with more than 65% of the vote.

You can share the excitement and join the celebration of this historic initiative that was created and led by communities of color. The PCEF community coalition’s video tells the inspiring story of how community leaders manifested this groundbreaking victory:

Screenshot of video

Final four PCEF Committee members to be appointed this week

We also invite you to witness City Council appoint the remaining four members to the nine-member PCEF Committee this Thursday evening at PCC Southeast. This Council action will complete the inaugural committee of talented and diverse community members who will be selecting the PCEF grant recipients.

City Council Meeting in East Portland

Portland Community College – Southeast, Community Hall
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:15 p.m.
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
Bus lines #2, 72

Learn more about PCEF

PSC News: November 19, 2019 Meeting Information and Documents

Design Overlay Zone Amendments – Work Session; Transportation System Plan – Hearing / Recommendation


  • Design Overlay Zone Amendments – Work Session
  • Transportation System Plan – Hearing / Recommendation

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.

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