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Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

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

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Environmental Planning Program Overview

Active since 1987, 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 River Renaissance, Portland Plan, Portland Watershed Management Plan, Climate Action 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 broad 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, such as those produced for the recently completed Airport Futures Project. The Environmental Program also provides technical and policy assistance for projects such as the River Plan, Portland Plan and Comprehensive Plan. It also leads projects such as the recent overhaul of City tree regulations and 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. 

Current Projects

Environmental Program Updates
The Environmental Planning Program produces natural resource inventories (NRI) and Economic, Social, Environment and Energy (ESEE) analyses for a diverse mix of projects. These reports incorporate the best available information to support and inform complex policy and program decisions.

Title 13 Compliance
The Environmental Program is leading the development of the City of Portland’s program package to comply with Metro Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods, which includes a diverse mix of regulatory and nonregulatory programs to protect, conserve and restore important natural resources in the city.

Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design - July 2012 Edition
The City is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Audubon Society of Portland to produce and build community awareness about bird-to-building collisions and develop a new resource guide for architects, designers, developers and builders. 

Staff Contacts

Sallie Edmunds
Supervising Planner, River Plan and Environmental Planning
(503) 823-6950

Roberta Jortner
Senior Planner, Environmental
(503) 823-7855

Shannon Buono
City Planner II
(503) 823-7662

Mindy Brooks
Environmental Technician II
(503) 823-7831