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PSC News: October 24, 2017 Meeting Information and Documents

Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — Work Session / Recommendation; Map Refinement Project — hearing; Code Reconciliation Project — hearing


  • Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — Work Session / Recommendation
  • Map Refinement Project — hearing
  • Code Reconciliation Project — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


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Proposed Administrative Rule Changes for Garbage, Recycling and Composting Collection

Public review invited prior to public hearing.

The public is invited to review the administrative rules for commercial and residential garbage, recycling and composting collection and suggest changes prior to a public hearing. A hearing notice will be published in The Oregonian and will also be posted on this website.

A complete draft of the proposed rules, including strikethrough showing proposed changes, will be posted no later than November 1, 2017.

Background Information

"Residential” rules affect garbage, recycling and composting service delivery at any “residential” building, which is defined as a single ­family, duplex, triplex or fourplex residence. For “residential” service, the City uses a franchise system that assigns haulers to specific territories with the City setting the service options. Current Residential Administrative Rules

“Commercial” rules affect the standards and expectations for companies that provide commercial garbage, recycling and composting service. Current Commercial Administrative Rules

Proposed Rules Changes

Besides language clean-up, correction of errors or clarifying existing rules or expectations, the following concepts are among the proposed changes:

Commercial and Residential Administrative Rule Amendments

  • Clean Fleet Implementation. Outline expectations and establish fee schedule. Create a clear guideline for use of non-compliant back-up trucks.
  • Truck Safety. Identify ways to make service delivery safer. Adopt higher standards for truck safety. Implement a pilot project to install and gain experience with side guards, protective equipment that blocks the side gaps between front and rear wheels on garbage and recycling trucks to prevent fatalities when side impacts occur with pedestrians and cyclists. Use that experience to guide future truck safety standards. Also, require annual safety training for all drivers and mechanics.

Public Hearing Meeting

Interested parties can review the rules and suggest changes. Submit comments in advance or at the public hearings. To review proposed rule changes, visit our website after November 1,

Submit Comments in person at public hearing: Dec. 11, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., City of Portland, BPS, 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th Floor, Room 7A.

Submit Comments via email or letter: To make comments to rule proposals, send them in writing by 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2017. Email: United States Postal Service or hand delivery: Solid Waste and Recycling Rules Review, 1900 SW 4thAve., Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7202, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

City Council Adopts New Chinatown/Japantown Design Guidelines

New design approval criteria will honor the ethnic and architectural significance of one of Portland’s most unique historic districts.

Portland City Council voted 4-0 on September 28, 2017, to adopt the new ImageChinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines as approval criteria for additions, alterations and new construction projects in Portland’s only designated historic district significant for ethnic history. Although the district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, City staff and the Historic Landmarks Commission have since relied on general Central City approval criteria to review rehabilitation and infill projects in the district. With the adoption of district-specific design approval criteria, applicants, staff and the interested public will now have greater clarity on how alteration, addition and new construction projects can authentically honor New Chinatown/Japantown’s ethnic and architectural history. The new guidelines become effective on October 28, 2017.

The design guidelines were developed over the past 18 months by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Prosper Portland, a 10-member stakeholder advisory committee and the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission. Special thanks are owed to those who volunteered on the project’s stakeholder advisory committee:

  • Jackie Peterson—Old Town Chinatown Community Association 
  • Joren Bass—Urban Development + Partners
  • Katherine Schultz—Guardian Real Estate Services 
  • Will Naito—Naito Development LLC
  • Brian Kimura—Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Neil Lee—Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Hermann Colas—Colas Construction
  • Hillary Adam—Bureau of Development Services
  • Peggy Moretti—Restore Oregon
  • Matthew Roman—Portland Historic Landmarks Commission

The final, adopted design guidelines can be downloaded from the Design Guidelines Library.

Residential Infill Project draft code and map amendments now available

Learn more about the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft at a kick-off meeting on October 10 and/or drop-in hours near you.

Since City Council approved a set of working concepts for the Residential Infill Project (RIP) last December, BPS staff have been working with other City bureaus and local agencies to draft zoning code and map amendments that address the scale of new houses, create more housing opportunity for Portlanders, and refine narrow lot development standards. 

With these changes, Portland’s single-family residential neighborhoods will be able to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents.

Project staff are ready to share the draft code and map amendments with the community. Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequent City Council hearings later next year (see timeline below). Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by Nov. 20, 2017.

What’s in the RIP Discussion Draft?

Materials for public review include a project summary and the Discussion Draft in three volumes:

  • Volume 1: Staff Report and Map Amendments — includes project overview and introduction, analysis of proposals, as well as the methodology for creating the Housing Opportunity Overlay – the new ‘a’ overlay.
  • Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments — the actual regulations.
  • Volume 3: Appendices — includes Guidance from the Comprehensive Plan, FAR Background, R2.5 Catalog, Visitability Best Practices, Map Refinements, and Historically Narrow Lot Background.

Parcel-specific information that shows which amendments will affect individual properties is available through the Map App — an interactive online map.

Review all documents in the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft.

Public outreach begins with a kick-off meeting

Join us for a kick-off meeting to learn more about the project and the contents of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft. This will include a staff presentation about the code and map amendments.   

Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft Public Review
Kick-off Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Room 2500
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Reports available, staff on hand to answer questions
6:30 – 7:30 – Staff presentation
TriMet: Bus #12, 43, 44 and MAX Green and Orange Lines

Date, time, and location will be updated in the project calendar.  

District Drop-in Office Hours

The kick-off meeting will be followed by a series of drop-in office hours. In addition to these public events, staff will be available to help groups and organizations participate in the Discussion Draft review. This can be done through staff presentations at meetings or brainstorming other ways to share information about the project.

East Portland Drop-in Office Hours*
East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
1017 NE 117th
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
5 – 6:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #25, #71 and #77
*Project presentation at EPNO Land Use Committee begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Northeast Drop-in Office Hours
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
4815 NE 7th
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #6 and #72

Central Northeast Drop-in Office Hours
Central Northeast Neighborhoods (CNN)
4415 NE 87th
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #12 and #71

Southwest Drop-in Office Hours
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #44

North Drop-in Office Hours
Kenton Fire House
8105 N. Brandon
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line

Southeast Drop-in Office Hours
Southeast Uplift
3534 SE Main
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
5 –7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #14, #15, #66 and #75 

Dates, times, and locations will be updated in the project calendar.  

How to comment

Comments are due by Nov. 20, 2017. You may submit comments on the Discussion Draft in several ways:  

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Residential Infill Project
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

How will my comments be used?

Comments on the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft will be directed to City staff, who will use the feedback as they develop a proposal for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). This Proposed Draft will be considered by the PSC early next year, and Portlanders will be able to give formal testimony on the Proposed Draft at that time.

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.

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Recycling drop-off facilities have stopped accepting plastic film and clamshells

Uncertainty in global recycling markets has led recycling depots and grocery stores to stop accepting non-curbside plastics.

Portlanders are rightly proud of our city’s recycling ethic. We collect paper, metal, glass, and plastic so that they can be turned into new products, saving energy, water, and natural resources along the way. Currently, most of the paper and plastics we collect are sent to manufacturers in China. U.S. recycling firms have recently been informed by China that tighter restrictions are being placed on recyclables shipped to that country, which limits the availability of local recycling options. 

Want more details?

Read a new article by Metro, the regional government for the Portland metro area.

Sustainability at Work, the City of Portland’s program that assists businesses with incorporating sustainable practices, offers a visual guide that covers the current changes.