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PSC News: July 24, 2018 Meeting Information

Residential Infill Project — Work Session


  • Residential Infill Project — Work Session

Meeting files

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

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The Central City 2035 Plan is now in effect!

The Bureau of Development Services is now accepting development applications subject to the new zoning and code.

After many years in the making, a new long-range plan for growth and development in the central city plan is in effect.

On June 6, City Council voted to adopt the CC2035 Plan. Since then, the City of Portland has received two notices of intent to appeal Council’s decision. Once the City submits the required documents to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), the appellants will be required to describe the nature of their appeals.

But as of Monday, July 9, 2018, the newly adopted plan is in effect, and the Bureau of Development Services is ready to accept development applications.   

Sections of the code you might be interested in:

And the associated Administrative Rules:

To look a particular property, please visit Portland Maps

Portlanders gather to envision the future of the South Reach of the Willamette River

Now you can share your ideas and hopes for the Willamette River and surrounding banks, trails and neighborhoods, from the Ross Island Bridge south to Dunthorpe.

Recipe for a visioning workshop


  • People who care about the future of the South Reach area of the Willamette River.
  • A few tables.
  • Maps of the study area.
  • Pens (lots of colors).
  • Ideas (big and small).


  1. Find a place to gather and share ideas. (Community centers and schools are good.)
  2. Invite community members to brainstorm with you.
  3. On the day of, set up the room with maps, easels, markers, tables and chairs.
  4. Welcome participants and fuel them with coffee, tea and nutritious snacks.
  5. Join a table and gather round a map.
  6. Listen as people share their ideas and watch as planners and urban designers translate their vision onto paper.
  7. Put the input on the communal stove and let simmer for awhile.
  8. Taste and refine.

That’s what happened on a recent Saturday morning at Llewellyn Elementary School in Sellwood. Some two dozen interested Portlanders came to learn more about the new long-range planning effort for the southern portion of Portland and Dunthorpe in, along and near the Willamette.

After planners gave an overview of the project, community members rotated among three tables and discussed their ideas to enhance: 1) recreation; 2) natural resources; and 3) the relationship of nearby neighborhoods to the river.

Staff recorded ideas on maps and took notes. The results of this workshop will help define the community’s vision for the area. This is in addition to other comments received at community outreach events like river walks and public meetings.

What did they say?

Overall, community members expressed admiration for this stretch of the Willamette River. But they suggested many ideas for making it even better for people, fish and wildlife. Here’s some of what we heard community members want:

  • Complete the riverfront trail system and extend the trail to Lake Oswego.
  • Create more opportunities for boating throughout the South Reach.
  • Balance public recreation with the protection and improvement of natural features that support fish and wildlife.
  • Create safe public access to the river from all nearby neighborhoods.

Couldn’t make the workshop? Want to share your vision for the South Reach?

No problem. You can share your ideas about the Willamette River / South Reach and what it can be over the next 20 years in an online questionnaire. The questions are like those posed at the Visioning Workshop.

Please send your feedback by August 3.  

And review the draft River Plan / South Reach Existing Conditions Report and send staff your comments by July 16.

And join us at a variety of summer activities and calendar items

Staff will also organize two eastside river walks to dive deeper into riverfront topics with interested public.

You can also meet and greet staff at summer park concerts where you can provide your input at a table with project information and maps. See below. 

Finally, stay tuned for more information about topical and geographic discussions in the community in August and September. The discussions will be based on the Existing Conditions Report and public comments received thus far.

Mark your calendars and join City staff at these summer activities for the River Plan / South Reach:

River Plan/South Reach Tabling at Willamette Park Concert
July 19, 2018, 5 – 8 p.m.
SW Macadam Ave and Nebraska St
Transit #35 (limited services - #43, #36, #99)

Sellwood Riverfront Walk
July 26, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Sellwood Riverfront Park by the restrooms
SE Spokane St and Oaks Pkwy
Transit: #70 (limited service - #99)

Brooklyn Riverfront Walk
July 31, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Oaks Bottom Parking Lot
SE Sellwood Blvd and SE 7th Ave
Transit: #70

For more information ...

Sign up for project updates, and we'll send the River Plan E-news with the latest info about River Plan / South Reach.

SW Corridor communities propose housing solutions for elected officials

Nearly 200 residents gathered to show their support for and concern about housing affordability and stability at Markham Elementary School in SW Portland.

On Mother’s Day this year, a group of renters – led by a group of mostly Somali women living in Southwest Portland and Tigard – hosted an event at Markham Elementary School. It was the last Sunday before Ramadan, and some 200 community members gathered to feast together.

They also came to share a set of community solutions to housing affordability and stability, which they had crafted.

Their audience included elected officials who were invited to the meeting, including Metro Councilor Bob Stacey and City of Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. The gathering was supported by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT), an advocacy group for low-income tenant protections in Oregon.

Learning how to organize and advocate for housing justice

This community event was the culmination of a months-long process where tenants organized, learned and collaborated as a single cohort around a common goal of housing justice in the Southwest Corridor. In the process, they learned about housing policy and advocacy techniques they could use to amplify their voices.

The event kicked off with several focus groups of 15-20 people, who discussed community housing solutions developed over the past several months.

Asking questions about tenant protections and other renters’ issues

Then the cohort posed questions to keep elected officials accountable for housing policies as planning for the Southwest Corridor light rail project continues. The questions directed to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Metro Councilor Bob Stacey addressed topics such as:

• Tenant protections and rights in both Tigard and Portland.
• Housing discrimination by landlords against Somali immigrants.
• Amount of affordable housing investments made ahead of the new MAX light rail construction.
• Purchasing of market rate apartment buildings to preserve affordability and cultural communities.

Others expressed concerns about meeting housing goals and needs in SW. "What will you do to ensure that the affordable housing you plan for actually gets built?" asked one cohort participant.

SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy

To take advantage of opportunities and investments in and around the potential new light rail line in SW Portland and Tigard, the cities of Portland and Tigard are creating the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy. The stretch goal is to build and preserve 2,300 affordable units near future station areas along the entire corridor in the next 10 years. Strategies to provide anti-displacement services and strengthen tenant protections like those solutions presented at the Mother’s Day event are also included in the corridor’s housing strategy.  

New partnerships and funding sources will be required to meet these goals. And events like this one on Mother’s Day are one way to create and strengthen those partnerships.

Learn more about the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy process and read the public discussion draft. 

Top 6 items to keep out of your curbside recycling

These items belong in the garbage.

items that belong in garbage1. Plastic bags, plastic film and wrappers

2. Paper and plastic drink cups, straws and coffee cups

3. Frozen food boxes and trays

4. To-go containers and “clamshells”

5. Styrofoam™ blocks and foam peanuts

6. Diapers, of course!