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PSC News: October 24, 2017 Meeting Recap

Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — Work Session / Recommendation; Map Refinement Project — hearing; Code Reconciliation Project — hearing


  • Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — Work Session / Recommendation
  • Map Refinement Project — hearing
  • Code Reconciliation Project — hearing

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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Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

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Proposed Administrative Rule Changes for Garbage, Recycling and Composting Collection

Public review invited prior to public hearing.

The public is invited to review the administrative rules for commercial and residential garbage, recycling and composting collection and suggest changes prior to a public hearing. A hearing notice will be published in The Oregonian and will also be posted on this website.

A complete draft of the proposed rules, including strikethrough showing proposed changes, will be posted no later than November 1, 2017.

Background Information

"Residential” rules affect garbage, recycling and composting service delivery at any “residential” building, which is defined as a single ­family, duplex, triplex or fourplex residence. For “residential” service, the City uses a franchise system that assigns haulers to specific territories with the City setting the service options. Current Residential Administrative Rules

“Commercial” rules affect the standards and expectations for companies that provide commercial garbage, recycling and composting service. Current Commercial Administrative Rules

Proposed Rules Changes

Besides language clean-up, correction of errors or clarifying existing rules or expectations, the following concepts are among the proposed changes:

Commercial and Residential Administrative Rule Amendments

  • Clean Fleet Implementation. Outline expectations and establish fee schedule. Create a clear guideline for use of non-compliant back-up trucks.
  • Truck Safety. Identify ways to make service delivery safer. Adopt higher standards for truck safety. Implement a pilot project to install and gain experience with side guards, protective equipment that blocks the side gaps between front and rear wheels on garbage and recycling trucks to prevent fatalities when side impacts occur with pedestrians and cyclists. Use that experience to guide future truck safety standards. Also, require annual safety training for all drivers and mechanics.

Review the proposed changes for the Commercial Administrative Rules.

Review the proposed changes for the Residential Administrative Rules.

Public Hearing Meeting

Interested parties can review the rules and suggest changes. Submit comments in advance or at the public hearings. To review proposed rule changes, visit our website after November 1,

Submit Comments in person at public hearing: Dec. 11, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., City of Portland, BPS, 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th Floor, Room 7A.

Submit Comments via email or letter: To make comments to rule proposals, send them in writing by 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2017. Email: United States Postal Service or hand delivery: Solid Waste and Recycling Rules Review, 1900 SW 4thAve., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7202, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

City Council Adopts New Chinatown/Japantown Design Guidelines

New design approval criteria will honor the ethnic and architectural significance of one of Portland’s most unique historic districts.

Portland City Council voted 4-0 on September 28, 2017, to adopt the new ImageChinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines as approval criteria for additions, alterations and new construction projects in Portland’s only designated historic district significant for ethnic history. Although the district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, City staff and the Historic Landmarks Commission have since relied on general Central City approval criteria to review rehabilitation and infill projects in the district. With the adoption of district-specific design approval criteria, applicants, staff and the interested public will now have greater clarity on how alteration, addition and new construction projects can authentically honor New Chinatown/Japantown’s ethnic and architectural history. The new guidelines become effective on October 28, 2017.

The design guidelines were developed over the past 18 months by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Prosper Portland, a 10-member stakeholder advisory committee and the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission. Special thanks are owed to those who volunteered on the project’s stakeholder advisory committee:

  • Jackie Peterson—Old Town Chinatown Community Association 
  • Joren Bass—Urban Development + Partners
  • Katherine Schultz—Guardian Real Estate Services 
  • Will Naito—Naito Development LLC
  • Brian Kimura—Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Neil Lee—Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Hermann Colas—Colas Construction
  • Hillary Adam—Bureau of Development Services
  • Peggy Moretti—Restore Oregon
  • Matthew Roman—Portland Historic Landmarks Commission

The final, adopted design guidelines can be downloaded from the Design Guidelines Library.