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Amendments to Revised Draft of Proposed City Real Property Disposition Policy Going to City Council on Wed. July 8, 2015
The City Council will consider amendments to the proposed new, City Real Property Disposition Process Policy at the City Council on Wednesday July 8, 2015. The amendments reflect changes recommended by City Council members at the City Council hearing on July 1, 2015.
(You can view the video of the City Council discussion and public testimony from the July 1, 2015 City Council hearing (starting at 2:03) at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?id=02hNzcMbiwk .)
You can find information about the July 8 hearing, how to share your comments and recommendations with City Council and the proposed amendments, review the input community members provided on the earlier policy language below, and get basic background on this project, by clicking on the links below:
City Council members are the decision makers at this stage of the process. Please direct your comments to them.
Why should you care?: The City of Portland owns a lot of property in neighborhoods across the city. Community members, in the past, have said they want to be sure that the City considers community priorities when it decides what to do with excess real property, that the City gathers and considers important information about a property in making its decisions (e.g. deed restrictions and other limitations), and that the process be predictable for and transparent to community members.
The City Council formally will review and consider adopting this new policy on:
The City Council hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. The City Council will take up the City land disposition policy later in the morning—no “time certain” has been established for this agenda item. You can find out where the proposed policy will appear on the hearing agenda by going to the City Clerk’s website on and viewing the “current agenda” page at: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997.
You can share your comments with the City Council members in a few different ways:
You can find the revised proposed policy language and information about what’s changed at:
Other documents going to City Council for the hearing include:
You also can review the comments submitted by individual community members and neighborhood associations and community organizations during the most recent comment period:
Purpose of proposed policy: The City’s Portland Property Management Committee (PPMC), proposed this policy to address concerns about the need for a more consistent and transparent process for how the City identifies and disposes of real property. This policy will establish consistent, city-wide guidelines for how City bureaus identify and dispose of real property that a City bureau determines is no longer required for their operations.
The policy will:
The scope of the policy includes properties that have been deemed excess by bureaus following their internal review, approved by the bureau director, and authorized by the Commissioner-in-charge. The policy would apply to all real property owned by City of Portland, categorized into three groups.
Community Input and Changes to the Draft Policy:
In early May 2015, the City posted a draft of this policy online and solicited community input through written notice to hundreds of organizations and individuals, via social media postings, through an online survey, and in meetings with community representatives.
The Portland Property Management Committee reviewed the feedback and revised the policy based on community input, incorporating many of their suggestions. These changes included:
The policy does not include specific criteria for prioritizing the sale of properties to community non-profits and/or for uses that would have community benefits. Since each property is unique, the policy reserves this decision for the City Council to make for each property, based on the site-specific public input that will be received from the community during the Public Comment Period for each property. Council discretion is also reserved for determining the appropriate sales price and sales method.
For a description of the changes made to the draft policy and other issues raised by community input, please see the “What’s Changed and Why” table.
For more information about what led to the creation of this new proposed policy, go to: Why was this draft policy developed?
Why is ONI providing this information?: ONI is providing this information because ONI offered to help the committee members reach out to the community.
ONI recommends you share your comments about the draft proposed policy language directly with the City Council members.
Resolution for City Council considered on July 1, 2015
Revised policy language that City Council will consider on July 1, 2015
Proposed policy language with "Track Changes" showing revisions from previous version
Table showing and explaining major revisions to the proposed policy language
Coalition Workgroup created checklist of suggested information community members would like bureaus to provide.
Additional information about the impetus for this policy's development.