Announcements from the City of Portland 


New Housing Bond Building Will Provide Affordable Housing for Families Transitioning from Homelessness

The 51-unit project has capacity to house 167 people and is the latest funded under Portland’s Housing Bond

A new 51-unit apartment building with a focus on stabilizing homeless families is the latest project funded under Portland’s Housing Bond. Mayor Ted Wheeler unveiled the newly constructed building on 105th Ave and E. Burnside St this afternoon. It will begin leasing next month in collaboration with the Multnomah County Homeless Family System. The building is the third Bond project announced in the last 18 months, totaling approximately 514 units of permanently affordable housing to move forward under the Bond to date.

The building will offer 7 studios, 20 one-bedrooms and 24 two-bedroom apartments, as well as on-site supportive services. Sixteen of the larger units will be reserved for extremely-low income families at 30% of the Area Median Income and below (up to $21,990 a year for a family of three) — nine of which will be coupled with wrap-around services to provide Permanent Supportive Housing for families exiting homelessness. 

“Funding this kind of transitional housing for our most vulnerable neighbors is extremely important to me,” says Mayor Wheeler. “Acquiring a new building with these amenities and transit options is a rare opportunity – we have been able to act swiftly before it was sold on the private market thanks to this resource given to us by Portland voters.”

The 16 deeply affordable and Supportive Housing units will be leased in partnership with the Homeless Family Mobile Housing Team, a collaboration of nonprofits and culturally specific service agencies led by JOIN. JOIN and its partner agencies will also provide on-site wrap-around services for the families in Supportive Housing. “I’m very excited for the 167 people who will have a place to call home here this summer,” said Portland Housing Bureau Interim Director Shannon Callahan. “These families will be right on the Max line, with access to work, school, and surrounded by support. I can’t think of a better way for families and children making the transition from homelessness to find stability and the chance to make a new start.”

The acquisition will go before Portland City Council for approval on June 13, and leasing is expected to begin in July. Click here to download a project fact sheet. For more information, visit

Trimet moves to Hoptickets instead of paper fare

This is a quick update on the transition to the Hop Fastpass™ fare system. In June we will begin converting ticket machines at rail stations to new Hop ticket machines.These machines will exclusively sell 2½-hour and 1-day Hop tickets. Unlike the plastic Hop cards, paper Hop tickets cannot be reloaded with value. Like today, Hop tickets purchased from a ticket machine will come pre-validated for immediate use. The new Hop tickets have electronics inside - you will need to tap on the Hop reader each time you transfer.

Additionally, on August 1st Albertsons and Safeway will begin transitioning to Hop card sales only. They will still carry paper LIFT paper passes. It may take them several days, possibly through the end of August, to get rid of their stock of paper tickets. Kroger outlets, Fred Meyer and QFC, will continue to sell both Hop cards and paper tickets at their Customer Service centers until they transition to Hop cards only at a later date. If your organization purchases fares and you do not have an account to order Hop tickets, please contact us at as soon as possible. For more information visit

To read more about the new changes, click here

Bikes to Books Program Encourages residents to ride their bikes to the library!

(May 2, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, are celebrating Bike Month with “Bike to Books,” a program to encourage residents to ride their bicycle to their local library.

As part of the program, PBOT and Multnomah County Library are bringing back Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. Students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade are invited to design bike lane art for installation in one of the City’s bike lanes. Portland’s bike lane art, found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city, is well known nationwide. Designs are created by crew members on their own time using leftover materials that would otherwise go to waste. In 2017, in the first year of our Bike to Books program, PBOT crews installed four winning Bike to Books bike lane art designs near each winning artist's neighborhood library branch.

It's easy to enter, with a variety of great prizes. Young people in Portland and Multnomah County can submit their own designs using the bike symbol coloring page. The winning art will be installed on a bike lane this summer by one of PBOT's striping crews. Second prize winners will each receive four full-day passes to ride your bicycle at the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners will win a bike helmet from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets. Coloring pages can be picked up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants must drop-off their entry at a library branch in person, to be entered into the contest. Full contest rules are available online.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free bike light provided by Metro (while supplies last). Special Bike Storytimes for young readers are also being offered at numerous library branches across the county.

 “We want every Portlander to feel they have a voice in the way we design our city and the earlier we can get our residents involved the better,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “This student-designed bike lane art is, in many ways, the beginning of the conversation between PBOT and the young people of Portland who will use our roads, bikeways and sidewalks for decades to come. If they can design such creative art for our streets, imagine the other ideas they’ll bring to us in the future. We’re excited and we’re listening.”

“Libraries are about creating connections for people of all ages to learn and create,” said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “With Bike to Books, we’re teaming up with important partners in PBOT and Metro to share the joy around reading, learning and biking with an eye toward safety and sustainability.”

Books and bikes are two pillars of Portland culture. One of the busiest public libraries in the United States, Multnomah County Library is beloved by the community it serves. In addition, Portland’s young readers bike to school in record numbers. Today, thanks to PBOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, 36.8 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike – among the highest in the nation.

Portland Bike Month runs throughout the month of May with events happening across the city sponsored by multiple organizations to encourage people of all ages to get on their bike and enjoy the spring sunshine and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the city of Portland.

Information about Bike to Books and Bike Month events can be found at:

Ride FREE with Biketown in May!

The sun is out and it’s time to ride! The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and BIKETOWN are pleased to announce a special promotion for the month of May – ride free all month and park free at any public bike rack in the entire BIKETOWN service area.

New and existing BIKETOWN riders will all qualify for 90 minutes of free ride time per day. After 90 minutes of daily use, users will be charged 10 cents per minute. Annual members of the bike share program will receive a promotional code for a $12 discount to cover their membership fee for the month. The promotion applies to BIKETOWN’s sister programs as well – Adaptive BIKETOWN, which makes biking accessible for people with disabilities, and BIKETOWN for All, which offers discounted BIKETOWN memberships to Portland-area residents living on low incomes. 

People interested in taking advantage of BIKETOWN’s free ride promotion must sign upthrough the website, mobile app or at a station kiosk and select the "Single Ride" plan. Current BIKETOWN Annual Members can log in to their account, choose "Memberships" and apply the "BIKEMONTH18" promo code to their existing account. Day passes will still be charged $12 for three hours of ride time. 

Permanent Renter Relocation Assistance Policy Update

As you may know, on Wednesday March 7 Portland City Council adopted a permanent mandatory relocation assistance policy into city code. In response, the Portland Housing Bureau developed interim rules and forms on March 8 to inform the public and process exemption requests. This is an update to the rules and forms issued on March 8.

The amended interim rules and exemption request forms are available online, along with general information on the relocation assistance requirements for both renters and landlords.

Housing Bureau staff can assist with Relocation Assistance questions Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 am, and 1-4 pm. A dedicated phone line and email has been established to provide information and technical assistance:

Phone: 503.823.1303


In the coming months, the Housing Bureau will begin the permanent rule making process, which will include engaging the Rental Services Commission for general feedback on the interim rules, working with the Mayor’s Office to develop and publish draft permanent rules, at least 60 days of public comment and two public hearings on the draft permanent rules, and gathering recommendations from the Rental Services Commission on the draft permanent rules.

Sign up here for the email list to ensure you are receiving updates and notifications on opportunities to engage as this process moves forward and we encourage you to share this information to anyone seeking more information or technical assistance.

2018 Block Party Permits are free!

Block parties are small-scale events that close one to four blocks of a local service residential street for small scale gatherings, such as neighborhood potlucks or BBQs and Street Painting projects. After a successful 2017 pilot project, 

  • All Block Party permit are now FREE of charge!  After the success of the Pilot Program in 2017, we are announcing that all Block Party permits are $0 citywide.  If you are planning to hold a block party on your street, please apply for your free permit!


  • The signature page is not required for standard Block Party permits, however, we ask that you notify those who would be affected by the street closure with a notification flyer.  Feel free to use our notification flyer template or create your own flyer to outreach and invite your neighbors to join and participate in your block party.


  • Permits are open to all Portland residents.  Applicants can be renters or homeowners.


  • The new Block Party application packet is posted! Please visit to download it. The packet includes everything you'll need for your Block Party: 1. Application; 2. Notification flyer; and 3. Block Party Street Closure Traffic Control Plan.  (It’s a new Block Party season, so please do not re-use past application materials for new permit requests.)


  • We can accept your application in one of four ways: web/online application, send e-mail attachments, fax, or in person*.


*If you are dropping off your application in person, please go to the “Sixth+Main” Building at 1001 SW 5th Ave at the 5th Floor reception desk.  (Formally known as the Congress Center building.)

City Council to vote on the recommended draft of the TSP Stage 3 Update

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 City Council held a hearing on the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Stage 3 Update with public testimony held open until Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5PM. Commissioner Fritz offered an amendment to Section 8, Connected and Automated Vehicles. Watch the video of the hearing beginning at 41:12 to learn more. The amendment will be discussed as part of the Council's scheduled deliberations on April 11, 2018 at 3:30PM. If Council votes to approve TSP Stage 3 Update at that time, a second reading and vote is scheduled to take place on May 24, 2018 following the enactment of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The 2035 TSP would then go into effect on June 25, 2018.

To review the draft and watch the City Council hearing click here

New Requirements for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plans in Commercial/Mixed Use Zones

As part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the City of Portland has new requirements for the subset of developments in the newly designated Commercial/Mixed Use Zones. To read the full requirements and how it will affect parking and building permits, click here.


Parking Management Manual Review + Comment by 3/19

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking your feedback on newly developed guidelines for managing on-street parking in the City of Portland.  PBOT has been working with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) over the past year to develop guidelines for managing our on-street parking. PBOT has now released a Draft Parking Management Manual, which contains recommendations from the SAC on these new guidelines related to how and when on-street parking tools are implemented.

Click here to review the Draft Parking Management Manual

Please send you comments and feedback to by March 19, 2018.

First Annual Vision Zero Report offers detailed look at street safety efforts in Portland

(Feb. 27, 2018) A new report describes how the Portland Bureau of Transportation and their partners are working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries following Portland City Council's adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2016.

The Vision Zero Annual Report notes that 2017 was both Portland’s most deadly year for traffic crashes since 2003 and a year of critically important legislative and funding gains in support of traffic safety.

“We knew achieving Vision Zero wasn’t going to be easy," says PBOT Director Leah Treat. "The steps we took in 2017 are setting us on a path for safe streets in Portland, and we remain committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.”

Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director of AARP and a Vision Zero Task Force member, says: “Portland’s streets remain challenging, especially for older adults, who are at a higher risk of dying in a crash. I’m encouraged by the work we’re doing and look forward to the day when our streets are safe for people of all ages, no matter how they choose to get around.”

Among the details in the 2017 Vision Zero Annual Report:

  • Funding: New funding sources, including the 2017 statewide transportation funding package as well as allocation of a portion of Portland’s voter-approved cannabis tax, will expand safety projects and programming on Portland streets
  • Street design: PBOT spent $15.4 million on safety projects on 21 High Crash Network streets and intersections in 2017
  • Distracted driving: House Bill 2597 closes loopholes in Oregon's distracted driving law and increases penalties
  • Speed enforcement: House Bill 2409 allows cities to issue speeding citations using properly equipped red light cameras
  • Speed limits: House Bill 2682 gives the City of Portland authority to reduce residential speed limits to 20 miles per hour
  • Impairment: Through a new Safe Ride Home program, PBOT and partners provided 3,389 coupons for discounts on safe travel options during high-DUII holidays or events in 2017

The Annual Report also summarizes the latest crash data and trends (see excerpts below). Data indicate a continued need to focus on street design, speed, impairment, and other dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving.

Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes 32 two- and five-year actions. Five actions are complete, 15 are on track to be completed by the end of 2018 and 12 require additional effort to launch.

Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting

Portland's historic resource programs gather fresh community ideas

The Historic Resources Code Project is holding four public roundtables this winter to solicit public input on possible changes to how Portland inventories, designates and protects historic resources. You're invited to participate in the roundtables or fill out an online survey.

So far, participants have discussed the purpose of a citywide Historic Resource Inventory and identified opportunities to encourage rehabilitation and reuse.


The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking interested neighborhood associations and/or business associations to participate in up to two (2) new Area Parking Permit (APP) zone pilot projects. 

The Area Parking Permit (APP) Program was established in 1981 to help residents in non-metered areas address parking demand in their neighborhood due to commuters. This is done through a permit system that limits those commuters who don't live or work in that area. Those who do have businesses or live in the area may apply to purchase a permit, allowing parking beyond the visitor limit. 

On January 24th, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) asked City Council to allow staff to engage the community to establish new permit pilots to help better manage parking in high demand areas of the City due to residential/commercial growth. Council approved the request for up to two (2) new APP zones.  

These pilots will assist the City to determine what works and what doesn’t for implementing a new zone that also includes limiting the total number of permits in an area, limiting permits issued per residence, and/or charging a permit surcharge to be re-invested into the APP zone to reduce parking demand.

We are asking neighborhoods and/or business associations to provide a letter of interest that answers the basic information required to establish a permit zone. The request should be on association letterhead and include a description for each of the following: 

  • What is the parking problem?
  • What do stakeholders believe to be the probable cause of the problem?
  • What are the proposed boundaries of the congested area for an APP zone? 

Once the letter of interest is received by PBOT, the request will be processed to determine neighborhood support for participating in a pilot permit zone and occupancy data will be collected by PBOT. 

Key criteria to consider when submitting a letter of interest: 

  • The area requesting the Area Parking Permit (APP) zone must work through its neighborhood association and/or business district association.
  • The City must agree, based on data collection, that on-street parking spaces in the area are 75% occupied at least four days per week.
  • The City Traffic Engineer must agree that the Area Parking Permit (APP) zone would promote benefits within the designated area that may include reduced traffic congestion and increased pedestrian safety.

Please send the letter of interest via email by March 9th, 2018 to Nicole Powell in PBOT Parking Operations at:

St. Johns/Cathedral Park Sewer Repair Project to begin Summer 2018

Environmental Services has almost completed the design of a project to repair over 15,000 feet, or about 3 miles, of public sewers in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Many of the sewer pipes are about 80 years old and deteriorating due to age. This project will protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2018 and take about a year and a half to complete. More detailed schedule information will be provided prior to construction.

A project map is available at


In the coming months, you may see crews surveying, marking utilities, sampling soil and other preconstruction activities. Visit for more information about preconstruction. These activities typically occur over time, rather than all at once.

Lower McLeay, Wildwood and Maple Trails now open in Forest Park

The Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails are all open. Construction is still underway, so you will see activity and temporary conditions on the trails for a few more months. The initial shipment of bridge decking material did not meet PP&R's standards for quality, so we are working with the consulting design team, contractor, and material supplier to source a better product. 

In the interim:

  • Lower Macleay and Maple Trails have temporary plywood decking. Please use caution on these temporary surfaces.
  • Wildwood Trail: The old Wildwood bridge will be open for use. Please stay off the new Wildwood bridge at this time.

For more project updates, please visit the project website here 


trimet proposes expansion of routes in 2018/19

TriMet will be holding open houses this November to discuss service expansion proposals, including new bus lines and 24-hour service on some bus lines. People also can provide feedback online at, by sending an email to

Splitting Line 4-Division/Fessenden into two routes

Line 4-Division/Fressenden is one of our longest and busiest routes. Splitting it into two routes will help keep buses on time and accommodate rider demand. One route would run between Gresham Transit Center and Downtown Portland. The other would run between Downtown Portland and St. Johns. Both routes would serve stops on the Transit Mall along 5th and 6th avenues in Downtown Portland to allow for easy transfers.

24-hour service for Line 20

TriMet is considering running buses 24 hours a day on Line 20-Burnside/Stark and a proposed new line to Portland International Airport.

Extending Line 24-Fremont to Downtown Portland

The community spoke up and we listened. We are proposing changes to Line 24, which runs from N Vancouver and Stanton to Gateway Transit Center. This includes a new section along 18th and 19th avenues between NW Thurman and SW Jefferson streets, increasing frequency during the week and adding weekend service.

Projects on the horizon

Introducing a low-income fare, Testing some all-electric buses and electrifying a bus route, Renovating some of our oldest MAX stations and enhancing treatments at rail crossings, Moving forward on the Division Transit Project

Open house times and locations

North Portland

Thursday, November 2

Noon–2 p.m.

PCC Cascade Student Union

705 N Killingsworth St., Portland



Thursday, November 9

6–8 p.m.

Milwaukie High School

2301 SE Willard St., Milwaukie


Downtown Portland

Wednesday, November 15

6–8 p.m.

University of Oregon White Stag Building

70 NW Couch St., Portland

Residential Infill Project releases draft zoning map and code

New rules for Portland’s single-dwelling zones will help meet the housing needs of current and future residents.

We all know Portland is changing. You can feel it in the streets, on the freeways and in our neighborhoods. But in 20 years, our city will need to house roughly 40 percent (or 250,000) more people than live here today. So how can our single-dwelling neighborhoods accommodate some of that growth? The RIP Discussion Draft includes 12 proposals to reduce the scale of new houses, increase housing options and refine the rules for narrow lots in Portland’s single-dwelling zones.

To learn more, click here

changes to administrative rules about garbage, recycling and compost collection 

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 strike through 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, 2017:

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.

2)       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 4th Ave., 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.

Questions? Call 503.823.7202.


Bicycle Advisory Committee is recruiting new members

The Bicycle Advisory Committee is recruiting new members!

If you are passionate about bicycling and you would like to be more involved in your community,  join the BAC!

What is the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee?

  • The BAC is a group of Portland residents that advise the Mayor, City Council, and all departments of the City on all matters relating to bicyclists.
  • The BAC includes people from many backgrounds. Some members are transportation professionals. Others are people that ride bikes for fun, exercise, or to get around.

What does the Bicycle Advisory Committee Do?

  • At regular monthly meetings the BAC reviews transportation projects, plans, and proposals in the City of Portland.
  • The BAC advises City staff on funding prioroities, public outreach, policy, and planning issues that affect bicyclists.
  • The BAC is an advocate for all people and groups that ride bikes in Portland.

The BAC is seeking a diverse group of people to represent all Portland communities and neighborhoods.

  • The BAC recognizes that people of all races, genders, ethnicities, ages, and income levels ride bikes in Portland.
  • The BAC is seeking new members from all parts of the City, especially East Portland.
  • The BAC is seeking new members that represent all genders and ethnic groups. We are particularly interested in hearing from people from communities of color.

The BAC is comprised of thirteen (13) volunteer members (and seven (7) volunteer alternate members), appointed by the Transportation Commissioner to serve three-year terms. The BAC meets once a month from 6-8 PM in the Portland City Hall.

The BAC is accepting applications from now until November 3rd at 5pm.

The BAC website:

Link to printable application:

Link to online application:


Residential Infill Project Draft Code available for public comment 

Since City Council approved a set of working concepts for the Residential Infill Project (RIP) last December, BPS staff has 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 subsequently 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.

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.

Want more information?


Or speak with a team member directly:

And visit the website at


Apply for a new Community Involvement Committee to oversee long range city planning

Would you like to help ensure that community members are involved in the way the city plans for change? Want to learn more about long range planning? Care about equitable and transparent public processes? Feel the need to get involved in civic life?

The City is seeking applicants to a new committee that will oversee public involvement in long range planning.

Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan calls for the creation of a volunteer body, the Community Involvement Committee, to oversee the City’s community involvement efforts for long range planning efforts. The CIC will review projects that make changes to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map, which set the rules about how people can build on and use their properties. The committee will advise staff on how to do the best possible community engagement for these projects. The CIC will not decide how the rules are changed or what gets built where.

What the CIC will do

Committee members will be able to work closely with planners in designing and evaluating processes for land use planning projects. Members will not only direct changes in community involvement practices in land use planning but develop expertise in land use planning issues, tools and processes as well.Learn more about the CIC.

We are seeking members who demonstrate:

  • Commitment to advocating for and representing the goals and policies inChapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Enthusiasm for seeking out and exploring new knowledge and approaches to community involvement in planning.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with people of diverse perspectives and experience.
  • Commitment to transparency and equity in community involvement.


Learn more about the application process, and fill out the application online or on paper. Applications will be accepted until 9 a.m. on November 6, 2017, and the committee members will be selected and appointed in early 2018.


If you have questions, please contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728

Transportation System Plan Staff Respond to Public Comments

The Proposed Draft includes staff comments about changes made between the Discussion Draft and Proposed Draft, as the result of public feedback. These comments are at the beginning of each section, however we now have more resources available on our website to help you:

Did you provide staff with comments on the TSP Stage 3 Discussion Draft?

Curious which specific Adopted Comp Plan policies, TSP Projects, or other rationale are referenced for proposed deletion of TSP Objectives or Geographic Policies?

Review the Decision Matrix made up of the full staff proposal to the Planning and Sustainability Commission here

To request a hard copy of the TSP Stage 3 Update Proposed Draft, please email

Code Reconciliation Project-Upcoming public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing

October 24, 2017, 5 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500

(PSC calendar:


Noise Review Board

November 8, 2017, 6 p.m.

City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Pettygrove Room

Title 18 issues only


Urban Forestry Commission

November 16, 2017, 8 a.m.

City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Lovejoy Room

Title 11 issues only

What is this project about?
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Code Reconciliation Project (CRP) amends Portland’s Title 33 (Planning and Zoning), Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise) and Title 32 (Signs) to provide consistency with recently adopted Comprehensive Plan Update and Inclusionary Housing regulations as well as to align and correct code references.

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by Portland City Council in 2016, including major changes to the Portland Zoning Code, Title 33. Adopted changes to multiple zoning code sections are detailed in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Zoning Code Amendments (Ordinance #188177). These amendments are proposed to be effective in early 2018.

City Council also adopted changes to the zoning code in December 2016 as part of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project (Ordinance #188162). Both these code amendment efforts resulted in changes that affect other chapters and sections of the zoning code and other City titles that reference zoning.

The Code Reconciliation Project - Proposed Draft contains technical amendments, such as replacing references to existing Commercial zones with the equivalent adopted Commercial/Mixed Use zone. The amendments also update the Commercial/Mixed Use zones’ affordable housing bonuses with the approach established by the Inclusionary Housing Project.

Because the new Commercial/Mixed Use zones are not direct replacements for existing Commercial zones and because some development parameters have changed, the amendments also result in changes that have policy implications or shift development allowances. These includes changes to:

  • Floor area ratios and allowed uses in plan districts in Title 33.
  • Sign allowances in Title 32.
  • Zone exemptions in Title 11.

The amendments also include references to new Campus Institutional (CI) zones and update the regulations for Employment and Industrial (E and I) zones in plan districts and other city titles to be consistent with changes to Employment and Industrial base zones.

In addition, the Buffer overlay zone is proposed for deletion. Amendments are proposed to E and I base zones to offset this change. 

How can I review this proposal?
Get a copy of the report. The Code Reconciliation Project Proposed Draft is available September 25, 2017, on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website at: You may also pick up a copy at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. Please call 503-823-7700to confirm document availability.

How can I comment on this proposal?
Testify, write, FAX or e-mail the appropriate commission or board:

All written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

The commissions and boards will consider public comments on this proposal. They will then forward their recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review and comment.

For more information, visit the project website:, call the BPS help line at 503-823-0195, or contact Barry Manning, project manager (codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov503-823-7965.


PBOT releases Parking Kitty App Music Video with moshow the cat rapper!

(Sept. 12, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland artist Moshow the Cat Rapper debuted a new rap and music video today called “Parking Kitty”, after the City’s new parking app, to encourage Portlanders to download and use the app for a more streamlined parking experience.

Portland’s embrace of Parking Kitty in its first four months has exceeded expectations. Users have given the application rave reviews on both the App Store and Google Play and 6 percent of all parking transactions are now being done through the app. By using the Parking Kitty app, users can take advantage of paying for their parking session with their debit and credit cards. In addition to paying for their parking sessions, people parking can receive ‘meow’ alerts when sessions are low on time, extend parking sessions remotely, view and manage parking history and multiple car sessions, and receive email receipts.

Parking Kitty can be used in all of the City of Portland’s parking districts, including Downtown, Northwest, Marquam Hill, the Lloyd District and the Central Eastside Industrial District as well as at Washington Park. Portland State University will officially open the app for use in its parking garages in time for students to arrive for the new school year, which begins Sept. 25.

Watch the music video here!

Affordable Housing Bond Draft Policy Framework-reviews needed!

The public is invited to review the draft plan and provide comment between now and September 23, 2017.

In November 2016, Portland voters passed a historic general obligation bond of $258.4 million to increase affordable housing in our community.

To ensure bond investments create housing opportunity for those most in need, and reflect our shared values of advancing racial equity and promoting community benefits, the Portland Housing Bureau convened a Stakeholder Advisory Group to guide the development of a policy framework for the use of bond funds.

The Draft Policy Framework for the Affordable Housing Bond is now available for review. The public is invited to read and comment on the plan here between now and September 23, 2017

Interested parties can share their feedback by completing the Community Survey here (online and print version are available in English and Spanish). Find a schedule of public meetings here for opportunities to discuss the plan with other community members and provide feedback.

For more information, visit us online at: or contact us at

Sign up here to receive emails about upcoming meetings and related updates. 


44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest gets increased frequency starting Sunday, Sept 3

Starting Sept 3rd, Trimet bus line 44 will get increased frequency on weekdays during the mid-day making it easier to catch a ride in the late morning and early afternoon. Housing and jobs are expanding in the N. Vancouver Ave/N. Williams Ave corridors and riders of the Line 44 need more frequent service. 

Mid-day bus frequency will increase to every 20 minutes, compared to every 30 minutes right now. 

To learn more, visit


Take the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Funding Priorities Survey! 

Ever wished there was a simple survey where you could tell ODOT if it should prioritize funding for highway expansion, safety, or pedestrian/bike improvements? Here ya go! Ready or not, the process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) begins now. Because projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, we are making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how we spend these funds. To accomplish this, we created a website to share information. Check it out at

On the website you can: Take a survey to provide input on funding priorities; Sign up for our STIP email list to get regular updates; Watch a new videoto learn STIP fundamentals; Keep current by viewing videos and materials from the Oregon Transportation Commission meetings and read monthly STIP updates.


Transportation system plan Stage 3 Update

Portland is projected to add 140,000 new jobs and 260,000 new residents over the next 20 years. If in 2035 the percentage of people who drive alone to work remains the same as it is now (nearly 60 percent), traffic, climate pollution, and household spending on vehicles and fuel will all worsen significantly. In order to accommodate this growth, our transportation system must provide Portlanders safer and more convenient ways to walk, bike, and take transit for more trips.

The next draft of the the 2035 Transportation System Plan is available for review now:

 Review TSP Stage 3 Proposed Draft now

Testify at the Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing. The hearing, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5 p.m., will be on the ground floor at 2020 SW 4th Avenue. Please call 503-823-7700 a week before the hearing to confirm the scheduled time of this agenda item. Metered and pay parking is available in the vicinity.  MAX, the Portland Streetcar and many buses serve this building; call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or go to their web site at for routes and times.

Write to the Planning and Sustainability Commission. Mail written testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201, FAX comments to 503-823-7800, or email comments to with the subject line “TSP3”. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Testify online via the Map AppTraffic, Transit, and Emergency Response Classifications will be posted to the Map App by August 25, 2017 at Click on the “comments” form to provide your testimony to the PSC.

What happens next?

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider public comments on this proposal. They will then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review and comment.

For more information, contact Francesca Patricolo, Associate Transportation Planner, at the Portland Bureau of Transportation 503-823-5282 or or visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation's website:


PBOT Park(ing) day applications open!

Park(ing) Day is your chance to create a mini park! It happens once a year in September and gives Portlandlers the opportunity to re-envision how we use our public spaces. 

Participants temporarily turn on street parking spaces into parklets. Portland began participating in this international event in 2006. Park(ing) Day creates opportunities for citizens, artists and activists to create more public spaces. 

The goal of the program is to inspire creative placemaking and to highlight different uses of the public right-of-way. PBOT wants to encourage you to rethink how streets can be used. We can't wait to see what you come up with! 

This year Park(ing) Day is on September 15, 2017. Please see the website for the application and requirements:

Pedestrian Safety Survey needs your input!

PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) is interested in your thoughts.

About PedPDX:

PedPDX will identify pedestrian needs across the city, including sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments that will make walking safer, more comfortable, and more accessible in Portland. The Plan will also prioritize those needs to help ensure that we are directing funding to locations with the greatest need first (based on user demand, safety conditions, transit access, and other priorities identified by the community).

We need your input: PedPDX community survey:

Tell us your priorities for making Portland a more walkable city! We have a community survey out right now (open through September 30), and the responses to that online survey will directly shape how we prioritize pedestrian improvements citywide moving forward. Your response to this survey will help us understand the types of walking improvements that are most important and the general locations where they are needed most. The survey should take no more than 3 minutes. At the end, you will have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Fitbit Charge 2!

The online survey can be found here, and more information about PedPDX, including information on how to sign up for email updates to stay involved throughout the project, is available on our project website at


PBOT launches Adaptive BIKETOWN Program

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) launched its adaptive bicycle rental program today, called Adaptive BIKETOWN, the first City-sponsored program of its kind in the nation. An extension of BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share program, Adaptive BIKETOWN is a bike rental service for people with varying abilities and will offer a mix of tandem, hand cycles and three-wheeled bicycles for rent by the hour with the goal of increasing access to cycling.

The Adaptive BIKETOWN rental service will be operated by Kerr Bikes, which is owned by the non-profit organization Albertina Kerr. Kerr Bikes has operated a bike rental service for almost a decade in Portland’s Central City to help fund the non-profit organization’s programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. The Adaptive BIKETOWN bicycles will be available for rent at Kerr Bikes’ OMSI location along the Eastbank Esplanade. The rental cost is $5 per hour or three hours for $12 for people with disabilities, seniors and those who qualify for a TriMet honored citizen pass. First-time renters must register in advance for a bike fitting, to ensure that the bikes are properly adjusted for the best ride. Those measurements will be saved, allowing for easy walk in rentals for future rides.

The Adaptive BIKETOWN pilot program is a result of more than a year of planning and public input. PBOT staff interviewed individuals about their specific needs, published an online survey that received more than 200 responses, and established a public work group to advise the bureau on the program’s development. PBOT provided $30,000 in funding for upfront program costs, including $14,000 for the purchase of 10 bicycles. Nike has contributed an additional $10,000 for ongoing program costs, including raising awareness of Adaptive BIKETOWN.

“Portland is already known across the country as a destination for bicycling, and I am proud that we will now be a cycling destination for people of all abilities,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “This program helps everyone experience our city’s excellent bicycle network.”

“Just as BIKETOWN has opened the doors for cycling for people in Portland, I believe that Adaptive BIKETOWN will open those doors even wider,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “As a city we have ambitious goals for getting more people to choose bicycling and other forms of active transportation. The more inclusive we are, the more successful we will be in reaching them.”

The Adaptive BIKETOWN pilot will run through through Fall 2017. Over the winter, PBOT staff will evaluate the program and make any necessary changes or additions ahead of the 2018 season. For reservations and additional information about the program, please visit


New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of the Bureau of Development Services ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, they have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search features. The Advanced Search features went live in October 2016 with their building permit records and now allows customized searches of land use case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Land use case records include the following categories: Early Assistance, Final Plat, Land Use Review and Public Registry. View the Land Use Case Search Guide.

City of Portland staff is available to give presentations to community or business groups on how to use these new tools. If you would like to schedule a demonstration, please contact Ross Caron at or (503) 823-4268.


Lower Macleay Trail closure continues

The work to repair winter trail damage on the Lower Macleay Trail is completed. However, this trail will remain closed to begin removal of the old bridges and installation of the new bridge. 

The Lower Macleay Trail will reopen in mid-September. Watch for future updates when these improvements are complete.  


Work now underway on Maple Trail

A portion of Maple Trail between Leif Erickson Drive and Firelane 4 is now under construction. This part of Maple Trail has already been closed for several years, due to the failure of the old bridge.

Please respect all trail closures, and follow the detour routes for your safety. Our contractors appreciate it!

More information

The Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails are being improved this summer with three new bridges. Funding is availble thanks to the voter-supported Parks Replacement Bond.

We will continue to provide regular updates on trail detours and closures as construction progresses. Check the project webpage for updates.


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


Portland Housing Bureau Seeks Members for the Portland Housing Advisory Commission and the Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is seeking between seven and 11 volunteers to form a new Renter-Owner Services Advisory Commission (ROSAC). 

The ROSAC will serve as the primary public forum for discussion of rental housing law and regulation, and renter-owner programs and services in the City of Portland. Members are expected to have expertise in fair housing, rent-regulated and market-rate rental housing, landlord/tenant law, property management, renter-owner advocacy, rental housing access, and or rental housing health & safety.

The ROSAC will meet every other month beginning this fallClick here to access the ROSAC application.

The Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC) is also seeking new members. The PHAC advises PHB’s Director, the Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on a range of housing policy and program issues to promote improvements within PHB and the larger housing system, advise on issues of equity in access and outcomes for Portlanders in PHB programs, and assist in aligning PHB’s resources and mission during the annual budget process.

The PHAC meets monthly. Members are expected to have expertise in housing policy and planning, affordable housing financing and development, budget oversight and analysis, resource development to maintain and expand the supply and availability of affordable housing, program development and evaluation, public-private partnership development, and community and intergovernmental relations.

Click here to access the PHAC application. Applications for both commissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Victoria James at or(503) 823-3403.

Code Reconciliation Project Update

Code Reconciliation Project - Discussion Draft
The Code Reconciliation Project – Discussion Draft is posted online for public review and comment through August 28, 2017. We welcome your comments on proposed code changes to align zoning regulations and other City codes with several recently adopted zoning amendments. The code amendments, which include changes to Title 33 (Zoning), Title 11 (Trees), Title 18 (Noise Control), and Title 32 (Signs), are primarily technical fixes, but also include a few minor policy issues and changes to development allowances.

For questions or for more information, email, call 503-823-0195, or visit the web. Staff is also available to answer your questions in person at a drop-in meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, between 5 - 7 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue.  

Comments on the Discussion Draft can be submitted at, via email at, or by mail to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Code Reconciliation Project, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR97201.

Neighborhood Contact Requirement – New Process
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has decided to separate the Neighborhood Contact Requirement review from the Code Reconciliation Project to give it more time and attention. The new Neighborhood Contact Requirement Project will address ways to create a more effective process that meets the goals of information sharing and early dialogue with the community. This could include posting proposed development notices on a website or the developable property, or changing requirements for and hosting of community meetings with developers. A Discussion Draft will be released in the fall, and your contact information will be shared with Sara Wright, the project manager for that effort.

Online questionnaire closes, hundreds responded
As part of preliminary exploration on neighborhood contact requirements, BPS solicited feedback through an online questionnaire. Responses to this questionnaire will inform possible changes to broaden notification and provide an opportunity for community dialogue for significant projects. Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out the survey. We received 540 responses between June 23 and July 9, 2017.  We invite you to review the results of the Neighborhood Contact Questionnaire.

Again, thanks for your interest in the Code Reconciliation Project and the Neighborhood Contact Requirement.

We look forward to working with you.

Barry Manning, AICP | Senior Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR97201
503.823.7965 (p) | 503.823.7800 (f)

Portland Traffic & Transportation Class

Calling all transportation activists – Learn how the city that works, works!  And how you can affect change in your neighborhood. 
The Portland Traffic and Transportation Class offers residents the opportunity to learn about the city's transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community.Work with decision and policy-makers, planners, scholars and engineers to get your neighborhood transportation project moving.
This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland residents and full scholarships are available. New for 2017: the course will be live-streamed for participants who might otherwise not be able to attend during class sessions, which meet on the PSU campus.
Learn more on the website – - or contact Sarah Goforth at 503-823-9863.

Transportation Systems Plan: Update 3 

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.

Contents of the TSP Stage 3 Update:
Geographic policies and objectives - Policies for the eight transportation districts in the 2007 TSP are being audited and reoriented towards the five pattern areas in the adopted Comp Plan. 

Street classifications - The TSP has seven street classifications. in In this stage we are updating the Emergency Response, Transit, and Traffic Classifications. Pedestrian classification changes will be addressed in the future Pedestrian Master Plan (PedPDX). Street Design and Bicycle classifications were updated in Stage 2 of the TSP. Central City Freight classifications changes are being addressed as part of the Central City 2035 Plan, other potential Freight classification changes will be considered as part of a future Freight Master Plan update.

TSP objectives - Now that the Comp Plan is adopted, additional objectives have been added to the TSP and processes such as VisionZero, autonomous vehicle research, performance measures, and bike share could lead to additional objectives. At the same time, are objectives needed? Are they moving PBOT’s work plan forward, influencing decisions, and ensuring implementation? The Comp Plan has very few objectives; it is mainly a goals and policies document. Do goals and policies that impact transportation need additional direction?

Modal plans - summaries of existing policies, and programs for multiple modes of transportation - such as pedestrian, bicycle, and freight, are required by the state. Many of the modal plans in the 2007 TSP are out of date or no longer in existence. PBOT has developed "Master Plans," more detailed modal plans for the majority of modes. Staff is recommending that these Master Plans serve as the modal plans, with short summaries in the TSP for reference. For modes that do not have a Master Plan, staff is updating the TSP's modal plans. This organizational task will allow for smoother update procedures in the future.

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) compliance and Performance Measures - We are updating performance measures that comply with the RTP. Our performance measures help us determine our progress towards goals such as those set for commute mode share targets, motor vehicle trips, and by Vision Zero.

Autonomous vehicles - Autonomous vehicles are designed to operate with little or no human control. Autonomous vehicles offer both opportunities and risks. The City is developing a policy to increase the likelihood that autonomous vehicles advance safety, equity, climate, and economic goals. Click here for FAQ on autonomous vehicles.

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. 

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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.

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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.