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Public invited to testify at February 9 hearing on Portland Plant List update

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), will hold a public hearing on a proposed Portland Plant List (PPL) update. The list identifies native plants and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region. The document describes the ecological and social benefits provided by plants on the Native Plants List, as well as the impacts and risks associated with the spread of invasive plants on the Nuisance Plants List.

The PPL is a technical and educational document, which is used widely by City staff, developers, local natural resource and watershed agencies and organizations, and residents throughout the metropolitan region. The list is used in administering certain zoning regulations, including those that apply in environmentally sensitive areas of Portland. The document also includes a list of plants that are required to be removed if found in the city. The city first published the PPL in 1991 and has updated it several times over the years, most recently in 2011. 

Proposed amendments to the Portland Plant List updates include:

  1. Removal of 16 species from the Native Plants List (Attachment A)
  2. Addition of eight species, and reassessment and update of three species ranks in the Nuisance Plants List (Attachment B)
  3. Technical amendments — corrections to plant taxonomy (Attachment C)
  4. Updates to the Portland Plant List Appendix A, History (Attachment D)

Read the Portland Plant List Update Staff Report

Public Hearing on the Proposed Portland Plant List Update

Attend the public hearing to testify to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability director or her delegate.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Brief staff presentation at 6:00 p.m.; discussion and public testimony to follow
1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500B

How to submit testimony in writing
Can’t make the hearing? You can also submit testimony to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in writing.

U.S. Mail
Send a letter with your comments to:

Jeff Caudill
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100  
Portland, OR, 97201
Attn: Portland Plant List Update Comment 

Email: Send to with Portland Plant List Update Comments in the subject line.

Written testimony must be received by the 4:00 p.m. the day of the hearing or at the hearing and must include your name and address.