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PSC News: July 25, 2017 Meeting Recap

Unreinforced Masonry Seismic Retrofit Project — briefing; Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — work session


  • Unreinforced Masonry Seismic Retrofit Project — briefing
  • Design Overlay Zoning Amendments — 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

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.

Your blue recycling roll cart: Details on accepted paper types

Recycle various paper items at home.

Mixed PaperPortland’s extensive recycling system welcomes many types of paper to include in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart. In fact, it’s been the same system for residents since 2008 when the change was made from bins to carts.

The paper items to include are:

  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Cardboard boxes (single pieces or bundles are limited to 36 inches in any direction; bundle with twine or tape)
  • Scrap paper and junk mail
  • Cartons: milk, juice, soup (spouts can remain; lids belong in the garbage)
  • Shredded office paper (must be in paper bag)

There are items to keep out of your recycling container, like paper coffee cups and frozen and refrigerated food boxes. Read Metro’s article about paper and what to keep out.

Reminder: Pizza delivery boxes belong in the green Portland Composts! roll cart because the cardboard may contain grease and oil.

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Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

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.

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.

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.