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Public review period of Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft closes

Comments on code and map changes will be summarized in a report to be posted in January 2018.

Over the eight-week period between October 4 through November 30, the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft was available for public review. Thanks to all who took the time to learn about the proposals and share their feedback with staff.

How will comments on the Discussion Draft be used?

Comments received will guide staff as they make refinements to the Discussion Draft proposals and develop a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider next spring. Portlanders will be able to give their formal testimony to the PSC on the Proposed Draft at that time. After hearing testimony from community members, the PSC will make recommendations to City Council, which will also hold public hearings (on the PSC’s Recommended Draft). After considering testimony and deliberating, Council will vote to adopt the final package of map and code amendments.

What's next?

Staff is currently reading and categorizing all the comments received and preparing a summary report. Look for the What We Heard Summary Report on the project website by early January. In addition to this report, all the comments in their entirety will be posted on the website.

What is this project about?

In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing opportunity and narrow lots.

Want more information?


Or speak with a team member directly:

  • Morgan Tracy, Project Manager, 503-823-6879
  • Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624

And visit the website at

Portland’s “wishful recycling” problem

A recycling expert reveals another side to Portland’s passion for recycling, and why it’s important to follow the recycling list.


You know the importance of saving energy and resources by recycling as much as you can, but do you sometimes go too far? A recycling expert explains why “wishful recycling” can do more harm than good.

Why is it important to follow the recycling list?

“Recycling is about recovering resources when making new products,” says Vinod Singh, a manager at Far West Recycling, a facility that sorts Portland’s mixed recycling. To be successfully recycled, materials must be collected from residents and businesses, then sorted, cleaned, processed and delivered to manufacturers for use in their products.

“Wishful recycling is really contamination to the recycling stream,” says Vinod. “People put items in the recycling cart that they think might be recyclable or should be recyclable, and they may think they’re doing the right thing by not putting it in the garbage. But in fact they are making it more difficult to recycle the items manufacturers actually need.”

Items that are not accepted in Portland’s recycling program — like plastic to-go cups, lids and bags — have historically not had strong enough demand from manufacturers to justify sorting, processing and transporting them.

Vinod’s advice for passionate Portland recyclers? Don’t be a wishful recycler. Follow the recycling list. Not sure? When in doubt, throw it out!

Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, is tracking the issue. Read more about the change on Metro’s website. To get the most up-to-date information on where non-curbside plastics are being accepted, use Metro’s Find a recycler online database or call their Recycling Information Hotline at 503-234-3000.

For plastic bags specifically, you can also use this online tool to look up location drop-off options. For grocery store locations, it's best to call the individual location to confirm before making a special trip.

Need a recycling refresher?

Follow the list at Portland Recycles! or download the Be Cart Smart guide.

Holiday calendar reminders for garbage, recycling and composting

For single-family homes and smallplexes (up to 4 units), curbside collection will happen one day later for Portland customers from December 25 to January 6.

holiday collection happens one day laterAll Portland residents with curbside collection service will have schedule changes from December 25 through January 6. There is no collection service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. All pick-ups will happen one day later than usual. Pickup for Friday customers will happen on Saturday during this date range.

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Winter weather

If garbage, recycling and compost collection must be delayed to the next scheduled collection day, twice the amount of the current subscribed service level will be collected on the next regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.

In the case of severe weather, collection will be prioritized in the following order:

  1. Garbage
  2. Recycling
  3. Composting

Leave your carts at the curb and your garbage and recycling company will collect them as soon as driving conditions permit. Your company will monitor the weather and driving conditions daily.  While your street may be clear, access to and from your neighborhood may not.

Stay ahead of the weather

Sign up for a weekly email that includes weather messages and reminders for your collection day at

December 12 PSC Work Session on Code Reconciliation Project

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a work session on the Code Reconciliation Project – Proposed Draft at its meeting on December 12 at approximately 1:20 p.m. Check the PSC agenda to confirm the time. 

No additional testimony will be taken on this topic at this meeting; testimony on the project was taken at the October 24, 2017 public hearing. The PSC will also consider additional amendments proposed in the December 5 staff memo.

Internship Opportunity: Climate Action Program

BPS is currently seeking interns for a Community Service Aide (CSA) position with the Climate Action program. The CSA will support work on implementation and tracking of Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. Under supervision of program staff, the CSA will be responsible for updating Portland’s annual carbon emissions inventory, including collection and processing of data for input to ClearPath, an online database. The project presents an opportunity for the CSA to learn about regional and international practices and methods for public sector carbon accounting.

Applicants should have:

  • Familiarity with the science of climate change and principles of climate planning
  • Ability to manage excel spreadsheets, complex data sets, and web-based database software
  • Ability to work with partners and other public agencies for data collection
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to keep data organized and clearly document methods, assumptions and findings
  • Flexibility, initiative, and ability to work as part of a team

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume by December 27, 2017. 

See the full job description and application process for more details.