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Calling all faith organizations! Seeking proposals for affordable housing on your surplus property

A pilot program to explore opportunities for churches, synagogues and other faith communities to develop affordable units on their property is seeking proposals by January 22, 2019.

Faith communities play a role in providing affordable and safe housing for many Portlanders. As part of the City of Portland’s effort to address the housing crisis, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is launching a pilot program to explore opportunities for faith communities, such as churches and synagogues, to develop new affordable housing units on their properties. The program will also uncover and address barriers to developing affordable housing on faith-owned property. 

The City is requesting proposals from faith communities to explore development opportunities for affordable housing constructed on their properties. Up to five proposals will be selected for a pilot program under this program. Organizations from the selected proposals will receive one-on-one assistance from architects and development consultants to determine:

  • The types of housing development that can fit on the site.
  • What might be financially feasible.
  • City policies or regulations that would need to be addressed.
  • A roadmap for the faith organization to develop the housing.

Pilot program services could include:

  • Concept development
  • Conceptual building designs
  • Conceptual site plan
  • Financial analysis (development pro forma)
  • Financing options
  • Conceptual project timeline and steps in development process

The pilot program services will be provided free of charge through a grant from Metro regional government and managed by BPS. Selected faith organizations will be required to devote time to work with the design and development teams but do not have to fund the pre-development services. Please note this program is currently only considering proposals for permanent and long-term affordable housing. Proposals for pods and temporary shelters will not be considered.


We are seeking a variety of projects, so we encourage all faith communities that are taking steps toward development of an affordable housing project — whether in the very beginning stages or further along — to apply.

Applications are due by Monday, February 4, 2019.
Complete the online application.

To be considered for the design and development services, please fill out the online application form. All applications will be evaluated against several criteria, including location, land availability, project size, development type, land use zoning, diversity of faith communities, organizational capacity and readiness.

Next steps

Pilot study selection will be made by mid-February. The pre-development studies must be undertaken in Spring 2019.

Questions / contact

To learn more about your property, including zoning, permits, and assessments, go to

Have questions, need help or a hard copy of the application? Contact Project Manager Nan Stark at 503-823-3986 or

Portland’s Buttes and Terraces in NE Portland Reviewed for Environmental Protections

Residents living near Rocky Butte, Sullivan’s Gulch, Pier Park, Mocks Crest, Waud Bluff or other northeastern buttes and terraces are invited to review draft remapped environmental overlay zones and attend neighborhood meetings in December and January.

map showing an example ezone

The City of Portland has been protecting streams, wetlands, forests, steep slopes, wildlife habitat and floodplains for more than 30 years. But since 1989, streams have shifted their course, new development has occurred, and technology has improved so much that we can more accurately identify the important resources that need protecting.

So, we’re “rematching” the environmental overlay zones, or ezones, to the actual location of natural resource features on the ground.

What’s an ezone? It’s a tool that the City of Portland uses to protect important natural resources, like streams, wetlands and forests.

How will this affect you?

We expect the overlay zones will only change slightly on most properties. But some properties will receive expanded ezones; others may have reduced ezones. 

You can use the Ezone Review Map to look up your property and determine what kinds of environmental protections apply. You can also request a site visit through the Ezone Review Map and staff will come to your property to review the data.

How do I use the Ezone Review Map?

Postcards in the mail

If you own a property near Rocky Butte, Sullivan’s Gulch, Pier Park, Mocks Crest, Waud Bluff or other buttes and terraces in Northeast Portland and you have existing ezones on your property or the ezones are proposed to change, you will receive a postcard in the mail.

Learn more

The public is invited to attend neighborhood meetings in January to learn about the Environmental Overlay Zone (Ezone) Map Correction Project.

  • Roseway Neighborhood Association – January 8, 7 p.m.
  • St. Johns Neighborhood Association – January 14, 7 p.m.
  • Overlook Neighborhood Association – January 15, 6:30 p.m.

Please visit the project Calendar for more details 

At the meetings, BPS staff will explain the Ezone Map Correction Project and demonstrate how to use the online mapping tool, which allows people to look up their own property.

Request a site visit

Staff will be conducting site visits in this area now through spring 2019. To request a site visit, please visit the Ezone Review Map to look up your property; then click “request a site visit.”

Map schedule of projects by area


For more information

Phone: 503-823-4225

Johnson Creek and Outer Southeast Portland: Updated Environmental Overlay Zone Map ready for review

Second draft map of corrected ezones for the Johnson Creek watershed and outer Southeast Portland are ready for community/neighborhood review.

Ezones are a tool that City planners use to protect Portland’s important natural resources — like streams, floodplains, wetlands, forests and steep slopes. These natural resources are woven throughout all of Portland in neighborhoods, commercial districts and industrial areas. The resources are home to fish and wildlife, are places where people go to recreate and relax, and provide important functions like reducing air temperature, improving air quality, managing stormwater and flooding and reducing risks of landslides.

Getting it right

Last summer, staff shared the first draft of corrected ezones for the Johnson Creek Watershed and the outer east areas of Portland south of I-84. Planners discussed the updates with residents at six neighborhood meetings, conducted more than three dozen site visits and held two drop-in hours.

Based on their analysis and public input, staff refined the location of ezones for the Johnson Creek area and its tributaries, as well as southeast buttes, including Mt Tabor and Kelly Butte.

The second draft of the ezone maps are available on the Ezone Review Map.

Many property owners that received a site visit should be able to see changes to the draft ezones on their properties.

Postcards in the mail

The second draft also includes some new properties. After revising the mapping protocols to better reflect previously adopted plans, 45 new properties were included in the ezones.

If your property is proposed for remapping, a postcard is in the mail. Please use the Ezone Review Map to see the corrected ezone boundaries.

How do I use the map?

Request a site visit

If you currently have an ezone on your property or you think you are getting one through this project, you can request a free site visit from BPS staff. Staff use site visits to verify data on the location of natural resources and correct errors in our draft ezone maps.

If you would like to request a site visit, or if you have any questions or concerns about the ezone mapping on your site, please:

Staff can provide more detailed ezone and natural resource maps for individual sites by request.

For more information

Visit the website:
Call: 503-823-4225

Community conversations about single-use plastics support new policy

Portland City Council cuts backon single-use plastic serviceware while Portlanders who rely on items for healthcare situations can still obtain what they need.


December 5, 2018


Eileen Park
Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler

Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 

Portland City Council passes ordinance to cut back on single-use plastic serviceware while Portlanders who rely on items for healthcare situations can still obtain what they need.

After a second reading and unanimous vote, Portland City Council passed a new ordinance to reduce the automatic distribution of single-use plastics in Portland. Since Portland already has bans in place for Styrofoam and plastic grocery bags, the new ordinance repeals the existing code for Single-use Plastic Checkout Bags and Polystyrene Foam Food Containers and replaces it with Code Prohibitions and Restrictions on Single-use Plastic (Ordinance; replace Code Chapter 17.103; repeal Code Sections 17.102.300-340). 

Besides overwhelming our landfills, plastic straws and other single-use disposables affect the health of humans and animal communities. Over 660 species, including sea turtles, whales, dolphins and seabirds, are impacted and in many cases die from ingesting or becoming entangled in the plastic debris. A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the plastic problem. This is a small but important step in the right direction.
– Mayor, Ted Wheeler

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) worked with the Mayor’s office to research the policies of other cities, conduct a series of workgroup meetings, analyze community feedback and land on a policy recommendation: Restrictions on plastic serviceware including; straws, stirrers, utensils and condiment packaging.

“This ordinance will multiply the impact we’ve seen with our grassroots #DitchTheStrawPDX program, preventing millions of single-use items from entering the waste-stream, said Nancy Nordman, Ditch the Straw coordinator of the Portland chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with businesses and the city to implement this policy, ultimately making a measurable reduction in waste and stopping plastic pollution at its source.”

The ordinance will include the restrictions on plastic serviceware (defined as straws, stirrers, utensils and condiment packaging) for the following situations, when applicable to the food and beverage order:

  • By request policy: In dine-in situations, plastic serviceware will be only available by request of the customer.
  • Ask first policy: In fast food, take-out and delivery situations, plastic serviceware will only be provided after the customer has been asked and confirms they want the plastic serviceware.

Notification and outreach to businesses will begin in January 2019 and the ordinance will go into effect on July 1,2019.

Community feedback guided policy development

The work group, consisting of restaurants, wholesalers, a medical facility, American Disability Act (ADA) straw users, and environmental advocates, contributed their time to discussing plastics reduction at a series of meetings, along with partners from Multnomah County, Prosper Portland and the City of Portland Bureau of Equity and Human Rights.

“The Mayor and taskforce embraced the need to create an inclusive policy that balanced the needs of both people living with disabilities and the environment,” said Nickole Cheron, ADA title II and disability equity manager, City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights. “We must continue to always ask ourselves who is the most impacted by our decisions and make sure we bring them to the table to insure an equitable path forward.”

“The Portland restaurant community appreciates the city keeping the ordinance “by-request”, respecting the need for single-use plastics for our customers, especially those in the disabled community," said Greg Astley, government affairs director, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. "Portland restaurants recognize the need to reduce plastics in the waste stream balanced with the needs of our guests.”

Survey and public feedback results

A public survey focused on City action to reduce single-use plastics. Over 4000 responses resulted from the survey and were overwhelmingly supportive of City action to reduce single-use plastics.

The results of stakeholder engagement and the survey highlighted these focus areas. 

  • The community sees the need for government intervention.
  • Waste prevention (not using) is the highest and best available alternative to single-use plastics.
  • Plastic straws are a crucial tool for people with disabilities and those recovering from injury or illness and therefore should be restricted, but not banned.
  • Alternatives for reuse and single-use plastic were not specified due to variabilities in environmental impact. Switching to paper may reduce marine impact but result in cutting down more trees and higher carbon emissions. 
  • Human health impacts from single-use plastics, including toxicity need to be considered. 

Visit for more information.

PSC News: December 11, 2018 Meeting Recap

Better Housing by Design — work session; Residential Infill Project — work session


  • Better Housing by Design — Work Session
  • Residential Infill Project — 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.


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