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PSC News: January 9, 2018 Meeting Recap

R/W #7890, R/W #8446, R/W #8250 street vacation requests — Consent Agenda; PSC Vote for Officers — Decision; Haulers’ Franchise Review — Briefing; Code Reconciliation Project — Work Session / Recommendation


  • R/W #7890, R/W #8446, R/W #8250 street vacation requests — Consent
  • PSC Vote for Officers — Decision
  • Haulers’ Franchise Review — Briefing
  • Code Reconciliation Project — Work Session / 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

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Appeals are filed against Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan

The state Land Conservation and Development Commission will likely hear the appeals in March 2018.

The life of a new comprehensive plan in Oregon is complicated. Even after it is adopted by city leaders, it still must go through several rounds of review, checks and balances before it goes into effect.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in June 2016. After that, city planners sent the new plan to the state for acknowledgement. While being considered by the state, community members who participated in the local decision-making process had a period in which they could file an objection to the plan with the Department of Land Conversation and Development (DLCD).

Several objections were filed against the plan earlier this year, but DLCD rejected them all in a recent order. The Multnomah Neighborhood Association and one other individual subsequently filed appeals of that DLCD decision with the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

Multnomah’s appeal cites objections to the mixed-use zoning in Multnomah Village, and the “middle housing” policy adopted with the new plan. In October, the City published draft proposals to implement the new policy through the Residential Infill Project.

The other appeal concerns the zoning designation of a property in the Arnold Creek area. 

LCDC to hear the appeals in March

The LCDC will likely consider the appeals at their scheduled March 2018 meeting in Salem. State officials would then prepare a written order implementing the Commission’s decision, which could take several months. The City Council recently delayed the effective date of the adopted plan until May 24, 2018, to allow time for that order to be issued. The LCDC decision may be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan includes new land use policies, land use maps and zoning, and new public facilities plans. A positive ruling from LCDC would solidify the planned May 24 effective date. 

Say goodbye to your holiday tree

Easy steps and options for holiday tree removal.

Christmas trees

Prepare your holiday tree for pick-up by removing all tinsel, lights, ornaments, wire, nails, stands and other materials that cannot be composted. Trees covered in fake snow are not accepted for composting and must be disposed of as garbage.

Curbside Collection: Tree Pieces

  • Cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and 4 inches in diameter.
  • Ensure that any tree pieces in your green compost roll cart do not poke above the lip of the cart. Weight limit is 135 pounds.
  • Tie bundles securely with string or twine. Weight limit is 45 pounds.
  • Put extra bundles or cans at the curb on your collection day for an additional $3.75 each.

Curbside Collection: Whole Trees

  • Put trees that are under 6 feet next to your green compost roll cart at the curb on collection day for $4.85.
  • Cut trees down to 6 feet to ensure driver safety.

Nonprofit Pick-up: Whole Trees

City Council finalizes CC2035 amendments to consider at its January 18, 2018, hearing

Final amendments report to be published by Jan. 5, 2018.

On December 6, Portland City Council worked through a final list of potential amendments to the CC2035 Plan. Those items included increasing the height at RiverPlace, changing the location of the I-84 viewpoint, and encouraging flexible building designs so they can be repurposed in the future. Because Council was able to work through all their amendments to the plan, their tentative January 3, 2018, the deliberation session was cancelled. 

Review the summaries of Council deliberation sessions on October 18, November 29 and December 6.

Project staff plan to publish the final amendments report by Jan. 5, 2018, in advance of a January 18 hearing on the amendments at 2 p.m.

Community members are invited to talk with staff about the amendments during drop-in hours on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the City Hall Atrium from 5 - 7 p.m.

Extra holiday trash?

You have options for extra garbage over the holiday weeks.

garbage can

After holiday entertaining and gift giving, you may find excess packaging and bulky items — like Styrofoam™ — filling your garbage container.

Here are some options:

  • Set out an extra garbage can or bag on your collection day for a $5 fee. Can must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 pounds or less.
  • Items that are too big for your garbage container (such as appliances or furniture) can be picked up for an extra fee. Call your garbage and recycling company a week in advance for a cost estimate.
  • Renters: Talk to the landlord about setting out large or bulky items or extra garbage for collection. There is a fee for these services. If you live in a rental house or smallplex of two to four units, the landlord is required to pay for and provide curbside collection service, including weekly recycling and composting.

Find holiday recycling tips for renters who live in a multifamily community of five units or more.

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