Six properties that were previously acquired and not in use by the Portland Water Bureau are expected to go on sale this spring, pending Portland City Council approval.
The sale of these properties will follow the City of Portland Surplus Property policy, putting in motion a thorough process that guides surplus property disposal notifications. The process was improved several years ago to focus on providing greater opportunities for community involvement, increased transparency for both the buyers and sellers of the property, and an increased level of public communication and notification so that interested buyers have opportunities to participate.
“This policy works well for all Portlanders and reflects our commitment to managing public resources wisely. It shows how we’re working with both the community and our partner bureaus to further the values of good government while finding opportunities for efficiency,” said Property Acquisition and Services Manager, Tom Klutz.
The six properties, all of which were recently declared surplus, will be voted on by Portland City Council this week and will continue through the public process. All of the bureau’s surplus properties are detailed on the Portland Water Bureau’s Surplus Property website as well as the OMF website. Each property has a dedicated page that includes photos, site details, reason for disposal, square footage, zoning, conditions of sale, and information on the surplus property’s stage of disposal.
As a matter of process, surplus land is first offered to other bureaus and government entities to determine if there is a public need for it with our government partners. If through that process, there is not a need for the property, the next step seeks public comment and notifies neighbors, neighborhood associations and others that the land may be sold. Once completed, the next step is to post a sign on each property to provide a 60-day notice to the public of the Portland Water Bureau’s intent to sell the property. Finally, the policy calls for presenting the property to City Council for approval to sell, along with any public comments they may have received.
Please direct inquiries about surplus properties to Property Acquisition and Services Manager, Tom Klutz at 503-823-7503 or by e-mail.