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Effective May 1, 2018, the new rate addresses higher operating costs for Portland’s 12 franchised garbage and recycling companies.
After a thorough annual review of system costs, the Portland City Council has approved 2018-19 rates for residential garbage, recycling, and composting service at single-family homes and smallplexes up to four units. The monthly bill for the average Portland household will increase by about $2.55 starting May 1, 2018.
The rate increase is needed to cover higher costs for recycling, labor, fuel and garbage disposal. In particular, new quality standards for recycled materials sold to international manufacturers require local recycling facilities to hire additional workers.
It is still important to follow Portland’s recycling list. The City of Portland will re-evaluate the rates in Spring 2019.
Commissioners finalize decisions on dozens of amendments to the Plan; prepare to vote to adopt the new long-range plan for the city center.
On April 11, 2018, City Council wrapped up their discussion of amendments to the Central City 2035 Plan. They approved dozens of amendments, many of which were minor and technical.
Some of the most significant decisions by Commissioners are described below.
Floor Area Ratios (FAR)
Scenic View Corridors
Now that City Council’s work on amendments is complete, staff will prepare a Revised Recommended Central City 2035 Plan that reflects the amendments made over the past eight months. Staff will release these documents in mid-May.
Council is expected to vote to adopt CC2035 on May 24 2:30 p.m. and take a final vote on June 6. Following that, Council will hold a hearing to consider two new administrative rules necessary to implement CC2035 (see Green Buildings above).
CC2035 is expected to effective on July 9, 2018.
Turn in prescription drugs, documents and electronics for shredding and recycling.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 marks a prescription drug disposal and shred event in Portland. Drive up and drop off your unwanted or expired prescription drugs and sensitive documents. Drugs will be safely incinerated and documents will be securely shredded on site. The event is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or earlier if the trucks fill to capacity. Location: 4735 East Burnside Street in Portland.
Acceptable items for prescription drug disposal event: Prescription medications and samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.
Items not accepted: Thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPen’s. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler.
Acceptable items for shred event: Up to two grocery bags of documents.
Items not accepted: Cardboard or three ring binders.
Acceptable items for electronics destruction and recycling: There are many items that are accepted at the event so review the full list online.
Items not accepted: Items containing Freon (e.g. refrigerator. Freezer, most water coolers), fire extinguisher, mercury containing devices (e.g. thermostat, ionization smoke detectors), PCB ballasts, Styrofoam, and wood.
Give back! Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.
This year’s event features the route for Portland’s version of the Highline.
It’s still raining in Portland. Because it’s “spring,” right?
But come July, the city will be in full blown summertime. And the river will be sparkling, and the hills will be glorious and green.
And what better way to enjoy the best of Portland than a ride, roll or stroll in the fresh air around the river during a Sunday Parkways event? You can start in the Park Blocks, cruise through Director Park (see below) and head north to cross the Broadway Bridge, weaving through the Lloyd District, crossing over I-84 and heading south into the Central Eastside to OMSI, and finally back across the river via Tilikum Crossing to PSU.
That’s the Green Loop in a nutshell.
While still in the planning phase, the Green Loop is gaining traction within the community. City Council is scheduled to approve the concept as part the Central City 2035 Plan, which they will vote to adopt on May 24. And supporters and enthusiasts have banded together to create Friends of the Green Loop.
So, this year's Sunday Parkways event is a great way to see what it is and envision what it could be … A new way for people to be in the Central City — active, safe and fun. Whether on foot, bike or mobility device, people of all ages and abilities will be able to use the Green Loop to get to work, go for a jog, shop, eat out, play, and meet friends for lunch or a concert in a park.
Like Sunday Parkways every day, the Green Loop will create an exciting place for people to experience the Central City in a whole new way.
Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop
On July 22, 2018, you can join Portlanders from all over the city who will flock to the Central City for the immensely popular Sunday Parkways event. As you travel along the Green Loop alignment through thriving neighborhoods, business districts and communities along the way, you'll get a glimpse of the future of the Central City.
It's the ultimate Portland experience
The Green Loop is quintessentially Portland: natural and urban, creative and entrepreneurial, sustainable and dynamic. It's a movement to help people immerse themselves in the urban core in a new and exciting way, along trails and pathways that offer unique experiences and encounters with nature, art and each other.
The Green Loop will support businesses and social services, improving access to places where people can get the staples and support they need. And it will reconfirm Portland's commitment to greater access to parks and active transportation.
In turn, the Green Loop can become an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students and visitors of all ages, shapes and sizes, origins and incomes.
Come see the future of the Central City and what Portland’s version of New York's Highline could look like. Bring your family, friends, kids and critters. It’ll be summer in Portland and a great way/place to get outside.
A draft of the strategy will be shared at a community-led event on May 13; come learn about transit and housing issues.
The Portland Metro area’s transit system is expanding to better connect the SW Corridor with the rest of the region — during a housing crisis. The current crisis and lack of transportation options in the corridor are hindering people’s quality of life in the area. These conditions also create obstacles to achieving the region’s long-range growth plans.
The multibillion-dollar investment in light rail will attract additional investments in housing, providing an opportunity to address this housing crisis and the long-standing racial disparities and underlying income inequality that exacerbate it. As the region prepares to invest in light rail along Highway 99 in SW Portland (or Barbur Blvd) and through downtown Tigard, it's the right time to take advantage of this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A vision of equitable growth must reflect the realities of the current housing crisis while also planting the seeds for a future where everyone can reach their true potential. Where people have the capacity to strengthen their communities and determine their own future and that of their neighborhoods.
Fulfilling the promise of complete communities with housing choices and opportunity
Over the past year, the cities of Portland and Tigard and their community partners have been planning for more housing choices and opportunity in the SW Corridor. The result is a discussion draft of an equitable housing strategy for the SW Corridor. The goals of the strategy are to:
Project staff and partners will present this draft to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission on May 8 at 4 p.m. A proposed draft will then be submitted to Portland and Tigard city councils this summer.
Community-led event offers chance to learn more about transit and housing issues
As part of the review process, community-based organizations participating in the development of the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy are hosting a community meeting in May for residents of SW Portland and Tigard. Come learn more about transit and housing issues along the corridor so that you can be informed and engaged as decisions are being made. Free food, childcare as well as Somali and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
The SW Corridor Equity and Housing Advisory Group has guided the development of the strategy over the past year. Their final meeting is June 7 from 1– 3 p.m. at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor.