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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Mindy Brooks, City Planner II


Jeff Caudill, City Planner II


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Environmental Planning

  • Western Scrub Jay at Sullivan's Gulch

  • West Hills Wetland plants on a frosty day

  • Steelhead in Crystal Springs at Reed College

  • East Buttes Forest

  • Killdeer on banks of Columbia Slough

  • Middle Columbia Slough

  • Crystal Springs

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Environmental Planning Program is responsible for meeting the requirements of Statewide Land Use Goals (Goal 5, Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open SpacesGoal 6, Air, Water and Land Resources Quality and Goal 15, Willamette Greenway). Environmental Planning contributes to the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action PlanRiver RenaissancePortland Watershed Management Plan and Urban Forestry Management Plan.

The program also helps the City comply with Metro Titles 3 and 13, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, as well as informs discussions about community goals and actions to achieve them.

The program team works collaboratively with other City bureaus and government agencies, community organizations and individuals on a range of projects, helping to ensure that City watershed and environmental health goals are met, along with goals for livable neighborhoods, a prosperous economy and community equity.

Primary activities include producing or updating citywide or area-specific natural resource inventories, environmental overlay zone maps and regulations. Program staff also lead projects such as the overhaul of Tree Code as well as rules addressing the planting and removal of invasive plants. Program activities and products complement and reinforce other City bureau programs, such as willing-seller land acquisition, watershed and stormwater management, urban forestry, and community stewardship and education.  

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Completed Projects

Staff contacts

Sallie Edmunds
Central City, River and Environmental Planning Manager

Mindy Brooks
City Planner II

Jeff Caudill
City Planner II

Daniel Soebbing
Planning Assistant