Announcements from the City of Portland 



Announcing Phase 2 of the Parks Replacement Bond: A Letter from Commissioner Fritz

Dear Supporters of Portland Parks & Recreation, 

I am pleased to announce the final project list for Phase 2 of the Parks Replacement Bond will include the following critical safety and repair projects:

  • Fully renovate and increase accessibility at playgrounds at Gabriel Park, Gilbert Primary Park, and Glenhaven Park
  • Replace play pieces that need repair and/or have tested positive for lead-based paint; improve drainage and replace engineered wood fiber (ADA-approved woodchips) at30 parks across the city.
  • Replace trail bridges and decking at Foley-Balmer Natural AreaMarshall Park, and on the Springwater Trail.
  • Repair the mechanical systems at Peninsula Outdoor Pool.
  • Remove accessibility barriers at East Portland Community CenterMt. Tabor Park,Multnomah Arts Center, and other PP&R sites.
  • Make seismic improvements at Multnomah Arts Center.
  • Remove lead from the water supply at Fernhill Park.
  • Replace a restroom at Pier Park.
  • Replace the roofs at Matt Dishman Community CenterMontavilla Community Center, and Sellwood Park Kitchen.
  • Upgrade the electrical system at Matt Dishman Community Center.
  • Per the recommendation of the Bond Oversight Committee, a $2 million contingency will also be created to ensure successful completion of these projects.

I want to say thank you once again for demonstrating your commitment to repairing and improving the most critical safety and repair needs in our parks by supporting the Parks Replacement Bond in November 2014. This measure passed because 74% of you voted “Yes” to authorize $68 million in bonds. I am happy to report that 34 projects are now underway inPhase 1 of the Bond, and five projects are completed.

In 2014, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff produced a Phase 1 project list that accounted for $47.6 million of the Bond and noted a second public process would occur in later years to determine how the remaining $20.4 million would be spent in Phase 2. 

PP&R developed the proposed Phase 2 list in late 2016 by reviewing the criteria for the Parks Replacement Bond and determining what remains to fulfill the obligations of the Bond. Staff conducted an asset management study to assess the likelihood of and the impact of failure of park equipment and examined the equity implications. 

In early 2017, the community gave feedback on the proposed Phase 2 list at meetings and online. As Parks Commissioner, I want to thank everyone who took time to participate, as your insight into your community's priorities is truly invaluable in verifying the proposed Phase 2 list.All the comments received were shared with me for my consideration.

The Bond program is successfully meeting its goal of addressing critical repair needs, but we know that there still remains a $258M funding gap for major maintenance needs over the next ten years. Since this Bond is for repair and replacement, it also does not address the anticipated $480M funding gap in funded growth needs expected over the next 10 years. Please know that I will continue to work with the community to identify further funds to meet these growing needs.

Thank you again for your support of Portland’s parks system, and I look forward to celebrating the completion of all the Bond projects.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Forest Park trails are getting three new bridges!

The Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails are being improved this summer with three new bridges. This is all thanks to your support in funding the Parks Replacement Bond. 

The first trail closure will occur on the Lower Macleay Trail starting next Monday, June 19, 2017. 

The Lower Macleay Trail will be closed from the Lower Macleay Trailhead to the intersection with the Wildwood Trail (by the Stone House) for 3-4 weeks (June 19 – mid-July 2017). This initial trail closure is to repair damage that occurred to the trail this winter so that the contractor can properly access the trail later this summer for the bridges replacement work. 
The Wildwood Trail will stay open during this time. We will provide regular updates on trail detours and closures as construction progresses. Check the project webpage  anytime for additional or updated details.

Maija Spencer, Parks Bond Community Engagement
503-734-6520 |

2017 HUD Limits and Rent Schedule

Updated income limits for the Portland area from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are available now.

The 2017 updates reflect an increase in Portland's area median income (AMI) over the previous year, which may cause a 2% rent increase in affordable units regulated by the City of Portland. The rent increase would be the City's first since 2015. 

Click here to find the 2017 area median income table online and here for the 2017 AMI calculator.

transportation system plan (TSP) update

STEP 1: Review the updates here

STEP 2: Email your feedback to

PLEASE BE SPECIFIC. Include page numbers and headers (or other content identifiers) to make it easier for staff to consider your feedback and make updates. Your feedback will go directly to the staff person responsible for the content of the specific sections you comment on.

PLEASE READ THE FRONT. Reading the gray Summary of Revisions boxes at the beginning of each section will provide key guidance to focus your review and comments.

Review and comment until July 21st. 

updates from bps

Design Overlay Assessment Project (DOZA)
City Council votes to accept recommendations to improve design review and review criteria.

The DOZA project has reached its final stage, and the consultant’s recommendations are now published in a Final Report ( The project team presented the DOZA findings and recommendations to City Council on April 26, and Council voted to accept the recommendations. The recommendations feature ways to improve the d-overlay zone process and tools, including the Community Design Standards, Community Design Guidelines and the Central City Fundamental Design Guidelines.
Contact: Lora Lillard,

Better Housing by Design (BHD)
Two open houses in early June offer Portlanders a chance to review draft development and design standards for multi-dwelling zones.

 The Better Housing by Design project is revising development and design standards in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1 and RH) outside the Central City. The types of housing allowed in these areas include apartment buildings of varying sizes, fourplexes, townhouses and row houses.

In addition to considering regulations that apply citywide, this project will include a focus on East Portland, fostering better development that reflects the area’s distinct characteristics and residents' needs. It is coordinated with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Connected Centers Street Plan (, which is focusing on street plans for the Jade District and Rosewood/Glenfair centers.

Discussions and ideas will contribute to a refined set of code concepts, alternative development options, and conceptual street plans to be presented at the BHD Open House on Code Concepts offered on two dates and locations:

  • Thursday, June 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland OR
  • Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall Annex

Contact: Bill Cunningham,\

Residential Infill Project (RIP)
Project team drafting code and map concepts for public review in the fall.

Since City Council’s adoption of the Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have been developing code and mapping changes to implement the adopted concepts. Mayor Ted Wheeler has directed BPS to draft a Housing Opportunity overlay zone boundary for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. This fall the public will have an opportunity to review proposed code changes and Zoning Map amendments prior to the PSC hearings in winter 2018. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project.

Council-approved concepts:
Contact: Julia Gisler,

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan
Thousands of community members provided feedback at citywide open houses and events as well as online survey.

This project will provide a vision for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities where kids, adults and families can ride for fun and exercise while experiencing nature in the city. The plan will make recommendations for the future improvement and management of these trails and facilities, based on community needs and input, site opportunities and constraints, as well as best practices in design, development and management.

Over the past couple of months, staff received thousands of comments from all over the city about possible locations for off-road walking and cycling facilities and bike parks citywide, including more than 2,000 comments about Forest Park alone. The project team is still reviewing this input and preparing a summary, which will be released in the coming weeks.

BPS is working on this project in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Water Bureau and other local government and community partners.

Contact: Michelle Kunec-North,

Map Refinement Project
District Liaisons to meet with Neighborhood Associations and other groups to share potential map refinement changes.

The Map Refinement Project will evaluate and amend the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or the Zoning Map designations for a limited number of sites based on consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan. This project will include a review of potential map changes based on four criteria, including City Council’sFurther Refinement Directive ( District liaisons will be meeting with neighborhood associations and other organizations that are within areas of possible map changes. A Discussion Draft will be released this summer, followed by more opportunities for public input.

Contact: Marty Stockton,

Code Reconciliation Project

The Code Reconciliation Project (CRP) will amend the Zoning Code and other City rules to ensure compatibility with recently adopted Zoning Code amendments. These were adopted by Portland City Council in December 2016 to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan ( and theInclusionary Housing Program ( The CRP will include minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code. It will also include code changes to align zoning regulations that have more significant policy implications, including a review and possible update of the Neighborhood Contact process (33.700.025 -- for new development. Look for public meetings and hearings later this year.

Contact: Barry Manning,

SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy
Bringing more housing choices and opportunity to SW Portland and Tigard.

The cities of Portland and Tigard have begun planning for housing in anticipation of future light rail investments in the SW CorridorThe Portland City Council passed an ordinance in April accepting a $100,000 grant from Metro to create a SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy over the next year. An Equity and Housing Advisory Group of housing experts from the finance, philanthropic, nonprofit and private development sectors will help guide the project.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will also be offering limited grants to housing-focused community-based organizations (CBO) for engagement of low-income tenants and households of color in this planning process. Broader community engagement events will be held later in the year, as research findings are finalized and CBOs engage with affected communities.

Contact: Ryan Curren,

Central City 2035 Plan
PSC will vote to recommend the plan to City Council on May 23.

The CC2035 Plan is an update to the 1980 Central City Plan, including new policies, zoning and code for Portland’s urban core. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has been holding work sessions about specific elements of the Proposed Draft. The last work session was April 11, and the PSC will vote to recommend the plan to City Council on May 23.

Contact: Rachael Hoy,

Planning and Sustainability Commission Agenda
View Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: All PSC meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A (2nd floor). All PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel and tape delayed on Channel 30.

City Council Agenda
View City Council agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at<

Portland Consortium & Annual Action Plan Mtg

Join us Tuesday, June 6th, for the Portland Consortium and Annual Action Plan Meeting to learn how Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County plan to invest federal funds over the next year to address local housing and community economic needs – and share your thoughts and comments.

You are also invited to comment on theAnnual Action Plans – a list of projects chosen for their alignment with community-identified needs and strategies that will serve as the city’s’ application for its annual federal entitlement grant. Click here toreview the plans and give feedback. The comment period ends June 9th.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
(Light dinner served at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm)

Portland Housing Bureau
421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204

Click here to reserve a seat (your reservation helps us plan for food and materials, but is not required to attend). 

Pdx Police Chief Recruitment & Selection Process

Message from Mayor Ted Wheeler
I am asking for your participation as we embark on a national search for Portland’s Chief of Police.  

This link will take you to a short survey where you can share your thoughts on the personal characteristics and professional experience that are most important for the individual leading our police.

The information you provide will help my team develop recruitment materials and establish criteria for how we evaluate candidates for this position.

Please let others know of this opportunity to provide input in this recruitment process.  The survey will be available online through June 12

Thank you for participating.


Ted Wheeler
Mayor, City of Portland

BPS info session update

The next BPS info session/update will be Monday, May 22nd at the Central Northeast Neighbors office, 4:30 to 6:00. Thanks to Central Northeast Neighbors for hosting us!

In light of all the planning projects the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) currently has underway, we plan to hold regular bi-monthly (or as needed) BPS Planning Project Updates to help those interested in tracking this work. Here is some additional information on this and future events:

  • What:  Quick informal overview of current and upcoming BPS projects, including information about timelines and how people can learn more/provide feedback. This month, I’ll focus on community involvement, including the soon-to-be-formed Community Involvement Committee .
  • Who: District Coalition land use staff and anyone else interested in helping community members engage in land use planning issues.
  • Why: BPS is doing a lot of projects, many of them complicated, with shifting timelines. We recognize that the burden of understanding and explaining these processes often falls on people who are designated as the land use expert for their community. We want to make sure that we’re supporting those of you who do that work with accurate and useful information.
  • Where: Central Northeast Neighbors office, 4415 NE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97220
  • When: May 22, 4:30-6:00PM

transportation system development charge 

Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs) are one-time fees paid by developers when they build a new residential or commercial development. The fee covers part of the cost of building transportation facilities to serve new development - things like roads, sidewalks, and other facilities that get people to where they need to go. PBOT has proposed three components for updates including: 1) updating the rates that developers pay. Each new development type has a rate that is based on how many trips a new development will generate; 2) update the methodology used to calculate TSDCs. The update will better support Portland's urban characteristics and support travel by all modes; 3) update the list of projects eligible for TSDC-funded investments. 

You can review this proposal at:

How can I comment on this proposal?
Testify at the Portland City Council hearing. The hearing, Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 2:00pm, will be at Council Chambers City Hall located at 1221 SW 4th Ave. 

Provide written testimony to the Portland City Council. Written material for distribution to Council members may also be submitted by those unable to attend in person. Email written testimony to

ADA Accessibility Improvements at Washington Park International Test Rose Garden

Please note that Bond-funded construction is ramping up at the Rose Garden.  The majority of the Garden will continue to be open to visitors, but access will be very limited for at least the next two months.

If you do visit the Garden, please use caution as the Garden paths are shared with construction equipment and vehicles. For your safety, please stay out of any areas closed off.  Garden visitors should expect that access may change often, as the work moves around the site, and there will be noise and construction debris. 


The ramp near the Rose Garden Store is now closed off to the public, as excavation of this pathway begins. The ramp will stay closed until the re-grading, re-paving, and handrail installation is completed. This impacts access to the Garden for anyone using a wheelchair, a stroller, a walker, or with limited mobility.

·        The only access point from the Rose Garden parking lot into the Garden is by stairs. 

·        Access to the lower portions of the Garden remain open via the MAC Trail and the service road off of Rose Garden Way. 

We apologize in advance, but the good news is that access will be MUCH BETTER at the completion of this project!

forest park bridge construction-trail closed

Thanks to funding from the voter-supported Parks Replacement Bond, construction of the new bridges on the Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails in Forest Park will start in June 2017. Segments of these trails will be closed to the public during construction.

Lower Macleay Trail will be closed from the Lower Macleay Trailhead to the intersection with the Wildwood Trail (by the Stone House) for 2-3 months. Access to the ADA-accessible portion of the Lower Macleay Trail may be open to the public intermittently if construction allows for safe public access.

Maple Trail will be closed between Firelane 4 and the Koenig Trail. This segment of trail has been closed for public use for several years, due to the failure of the old bridge. This work will take 3-4 months.

Wildwood Trail will be closed between the Upper Macleay parking lot (at NW Cornell Road) to the intersection with the Lower Macleay Trail for 2-3 months.

The Lower Macleay Trail and the Wildwood Trail will NOT be closed at the same time. Work will be staggered, so one of these trails will be closed and the other will remain open.  Detour signage will be posted, and notice will be sent out once the detailed construction schedule and suggested detour routes are available.

Find more information at

residential permit night!

City staff will be available to answer general questions about the permitting and land use processes, help homeowners and tenants understand what plans and documents will be required for review, and identify the necessary permits and inspections for a successful project.

Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects. The DSC is located at 1900 SW 4th Ave at Harrison Street on the first floor.

2035 Comprehensive Plan -
Code Reconciliation Project

The recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package included many changes (amendments) to Portland’s Zoning Code, including the Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutional Zoning, and Employment Zoning projects. The City has also adopted new Inclusionary Housing Zoning provisions. Because of the connections and relationships between code sections, some items in the existing code will need further amendments in order to function properly. The Code Reconciliation Project will amend the Zoning Code and other City regulations to ensure compatibility with Zoning Code amendments adopted by Portland City Council in December 2016.

In addition to minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code, the project will include code changes with possible policy implications. These include code changes to ensure consistency with the new Inclusionary Housing program, alignment of floor area and bonus allowances in some plan districts, and potential revisions to the neighborhood contact requirements, among others. 

For more information about the Code Reconciliation Project, please visit the project website. The website includes a brief project description, a tentative timeline, a calendar of events, and staff contact information, should you have questions. 

Comprehensive Plan Update

Wednesday, December 21, City Council will consider Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan for the very last time, as they vote on the new Zoning Code and Map. Built on a solid foundation from the 2012 Portland Plan, the Climate Action Plan and Portland’s 1980 Comprehensive Plan, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan represents the input of tens of thousands of Portlanders to make Portland more prosperous, healthy, educated and equitable, as well as, continuing the commitment to linking land use and transportation decisions.

Final Steps
In early 2017, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will organize the legislative record and transmit City Council’s decision to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for “acknowledgment.” Once transmitted, a “Notice of Adoption” will be mailed to all who testified on the Recommended Early Implementation Package.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan will tentatively take effect on January 1, 2018, following state acknowledgement.

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Click here for the the draft proposed list of transportation projects for the 2018-21 year. Multnomah County projects are on pages 459-526.

St. Johns Air Quality

Recent attention to our city’s shockingly poor air quality has sparked new research here in our neighborhood. Recent projections show some of the highest concentrations of harmful gasses here, in our community. There are a few reports and presentations that illustrate the state of the air in St. Johns and N. Portland. 

Our neighboring industries in North Portland must be held accountable. Many companies are believed to be operating beyond the limits of their air-release permits, or operating without any of the required permits. Volunteer advocates are essential - if you're interested in volunteering, email Jen Levy at

The Union @ St. Johns

In response to several questions that we at PBOT have received with respect to the Union at St. Johns, we have put together the following FAQ document. Please feel free to share this with anyone who you think may be concerned or have questions about the happenings at the intersection of Richmond and Lombard. This is a living document, and it will be revised if anything changes.