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End of comment period for Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft

Feedback from the public will be considered by staff as they prepare a Proposed Draft for consideration by the PSC.

The public was invited to comment on a package of Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map changes for the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft. The comment period ended at 5 p.m. on July 31, 2017. Forty-six (46) comments were received during the seven-week public comment period.

Staff will consider comments on the Discussion Draft to develop the a Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft, which will be published in September. Following publication of the Proposed Draft:

  • Public notice will be mailed to affected property owners and occupants as well as neighborhood associations and other organizations.
  • In conjunction with the notice, the public will be invited to submit formal public testimony in writing beginning mid-September 2017.
  • Community members may give testimony in person at a public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m.

The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review. After public hearings Council will vote to adopt the Map Refinement Project early next year.

For more information, visit the project website.  

Pack less, waste less at summer picnics

Choose to reuse rather than create trash at your BBQ or picnic.

From backyard barbeques to picnics at movies and concerts in the park, summer offers many opportunities to eat and play outside. How you pack your picnic matters. Plan ahead so that fewer items end up in the garbage can at the park.

Choose Durables

reusable plate, flatware and mug

Avoid Disposables

single use plate, flatware and cup

Choose to reuse: Skip disposables and pack durable, non-breakable dishes and real silverware. Grab some cloth napkins that can be used as placemats on your blanket for easy clean up. Pack out and recycle cans and bottles that you use

Reminders: Paper plates, plastic ware, paper and plastic cups are all garbage. These items — even if they are labeled as compostable plastic — do not belong in the recycling or composting roll carts.

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Deconstruction requirement 6-month status report reveals environmental and economic benefits

On October 31, 2016, Portland became the first city to require deconstruction for its oldest and most historic houses and duplexes. The provision applies to any house or duplex built in 1916 or earlier. On May 17, 2017, City Council accepted a 6-month status report presented by the City’s Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG).

On October 31, 2016, Portland became the first city to require deconstruction for its oldest and most historic houses and duplexes. The deconstruction requirement applies to the removal of any house or duplex built in 1916 or earlier (or designated historic regardless of age).  Historically this age bracket represents approximately one-third of house demolitions in Portland. 

Instead of the more prevalent means of demolishing houses using heavy machinery, deconstruction focuses on removing the building systematically (typically by hand) to salvage building materials for reuse. Deconstruction as a method for removing buildings results in a project that benefits the environment, our neighborhoods, and our economy. Six months after the requirements went into effect, those benefits are solidifying with over 6 miles of lumber salvaged, new businesses forming, and newly-trained workers getting hired. 

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability presented a status report on the first six months of the program to Portland City Council on May 17, 2017.  The report details advancements in the industry and recommendations for next steps. Provided continued success in the program, BPS recommends expanding the year-built threshold from 1916 to 1926.  This decade expansion would translate to approximately half of all house demolitions being subject to the deconstruction requirements. 

The impact of the deconstruction program in Portland has spurred the attention of cities across the nation that are interested in pursuing similar approaches. Portland has already hosted government officials from Seattle, Vancouver, BC, and Milwaukee, WI.  These visitors have been keen to learn more about the deconstruction requirements and the robust salvage and reuse industry that Portland enjoys. Additionally, in September, Portland will host the Decon + Reuse ’17 conference, which will feature local, national and international speakers involved in the field of deconstruction and building material reuse. 

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.

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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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