Announcements from the City of Portland 


BPS Info Sessions

Because of all the planning projects the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) currently has underway, they 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.
  • Who: District Coalition land use staff and anyone else interested in helping people engage in land use issues.
  • Why: BPS is doing a lot of projects, many of them complicated, with shifting timelines. We recognize that can be confusing and overwhelming, and 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: SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main St.
  • When: March 14, 5:30-6:30

The March meeting will include a chance to talk with Julia Gisler, one of the BPS planners from the Residential Infill Project. She will provide information and take questions about the scope of the project, timeline, and future opportunities for community involvement.

Take PBOT's Neighborhood Streets Program Community Survey

The condition of streets and sidewalks in front of our homes and throughout our neighborhoods affects how we get around. We want to hear about how you use residential side streets, problems you experience as you try to get around in your neighborhood, and your input about your expectations for residential street improvements in the City of Portland.

Take our survey to tell us how the Neighborhood Streets Program can best serve you. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and is available in English, Español, Việt Ngữ, 中文, and Русский.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options for improving residential side streets. Your input on this survey will help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new program.

The goals for the City of Portland Neighborhood Streets Program are to develop:

  • A sustainable funding strategy to fix unimproved streets
  • A process to prioritize residential street projects
  • A process to determine what street standards to apply for each project
  • An inclusive, effective, and equitable public engagement process that is built upon community values and priorities

If you have questions or require additional information on the program or survey, please contact Anne Hill at 

Better Housing by Design Project

As Portland grows, more people will be living in multi-family housing in and around bustling centers and corridors; in places like apartments, condominiums, courtyard housing, rowhouses and more.  A large portion of this new housing will be located in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1, RH and RX).

Many City goals and policies encourage better housing development that provides quality living environments, connected to schools, shopping and transit. The Better Housing by Design project will build on these goals and policies as well as public input from past projects to update the rules to ensure new construction in the multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents.

Project kicks off with Public Workshop
The Better Housing by Design team has spent the last few months researching and assessing what and where the problems are in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. This work is summarized in the BHD Assessment Report. Now it’s time to share some of what we found and ask community members – whether you live in, are neighbors, or help create multi-family housing –  for feedback on how we can best improve the design of multi-family development through the zoning code.  Topics the project will address include:

  • Open space and other elements that support healthy living for residents,
  • Design that integrates with neighborhood characteristics,
  • Incentives for affordable housing and accessible units, and
  • Creation of new street and pedestrian connections in areas that lack them, such as East Portland, so that residents can safely and easily reach local destinations.

You’re invited to a public workshop where we’ll have several activities that will get at the heart of these topics. The public workshop will include a presentation and small-group discussions. Participants will be able to learn more about the project, process and timeline, and provide feedback on the project’s initial concepts.

When: Saturday, February 25th | 10am - 12pm
Where: PCC Southeast, Community Hall Annex @SE Division & SE 82nd

PBOT wants to hear from you!

We are updating our Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) program. Projects on the TSDC list are oriented toward accommodating development growth and improving travel for all modes: walking, biking, driving and transit. The current list was last updated in 2007. Some of the projects on that list are now complete, some have received funding from other sources, and some of them may no longer fit the city’s transportation priorities. Every few years, the City engages in an extensive public input process to reaffirm and amend the list of projects to guide spending of TSDC revenues. As part of this process, the project team is also revisiting the criteria that determine whether projects are eligible for TSDC funding.

Provide your input by February 26th by visiting the PBOT's website. 

updates from BPS

Residential Infill Project
Following City Council’s adoption of the project Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have started the process of honing the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Mayor Ted Wheeler 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 code changes and zoning map amendments, prior to the PSC hearings in Winter 2018. In the meantime, there will be a community check-in later this spring.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project. The City Council’s approved concepts can be found here Visit the project website at

Central City 2035 Plan
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 next work sessions are within regularly scheduled PSC meetings on Tuesday, February 28 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11 at 12:30 pm. For more information, go to

Code Reconciliation Project
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Code Reconciliation Project 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 Code Reconciliation Project will include minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code. The project will also include code changes to align zoning regulations that have more significant policy implications. The Code Reconciliation Project will be underway throughout 2017, and will include public meetings and hearings later this year. For more information, please visit:    

Design Overlay Assessment Project
The City is working to improve the design overlay system for all stakeholders and address the design goals outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) project consultant team has prepared Draft Recommendations for review. These recommendations offer detailed improvements to the processes and tools associated with the design overlay (d-overlay). They also provide guidance on which of these should be prioritized for short-term implementation. A Recommendation summary sheet is also available.

On February 8 project staff and the consultant team held an open house to discuss the recommendations and gather input from the public. An online open house survey on the recommendations will be open until February 17 at The final recommendations will be published in April. For more information, go to:

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan
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. Find out more about the project here:

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

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) 8
Regulatory improvement projects provide an ongoing and rapid way to address technical and minor policy amendments to land use regulations, thus improving clarity and supporting desirable development. A new proposal, RICAP 8, addresses 44 items: 27 propose amendments to the Zoning Code and 17 propose amendments to the Tree Code. Public hearings on the Proposed Draft were held in December 2016 before the Urban Forestry Commission and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. The City Council hearing is scheduled for February 15, 2017, 3 p.m. Find more information and the latest updates on the website at: Or contact Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714, or

82nd Avenue: Development and Transportation Planning:

  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan
  • City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) -- The 82nd Ave Study: Understanding Barriers to Development

Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are evaluating opportunity areas along 82ndAvenue between NE Killingsworth Street and SE Johnson Creek Boulevard to improve quality of life for residents and businesses along the corridor. ODOT is creating a list of feasible projects to improve safety, mobility and access for people using 82nd Avenue, while the BPS’ efforts focus on understanding and addressing barriers to redevelopment/adaptive reuse, mixed use and employment opportunities in key areas.

To learn more about ODOT’s plan and projects visit:

ODOT contact: Terra Lingley, Project Manager, 503-731-8232,

To learn more about City of Portland’s project visit:

City of Portland contact: Radcliffe Dacanay, Project Manager, 503-522-8446,

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. 

Portland Harbor superfund site

The EPA released the final cleanup plan, called the Record of Decision, for approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River within the Portland Harbor Superfund Site which runs through the economic heart of Portland, Oregon.

The Record of Decision addresses contaminated sediments through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. The ROD also addresses contaminated groundwater that could re-contaminate the river and river banks. About 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time. Active cleanup work at the site is now expected to take as much as 13 years and cost about $1 billion.

At the request of community groups and stakeholders, the EPA plans to host community information sessions to present the details of the final remedy on March 8th from 6:30-8:30pm at the BES Water Lab (6543 N. Burlington). 

Roosevelt High School Yearbook Advertisements

The Roosevelt High School yearbook is a love letter to our neighborhood school. It is the perfect way to reflect on memories for years to come. The 2016-2017 theme is "As Good As Gold" and they're setting ambitious goals and need your help!

This year's yearbook will feature advanced technologies to make sure everyone has a photo in the yearbook, they're using a new feature that will allow anyone with a smart phone to access additional pictures and videos, embracing the larger St. Johns community as part of their "Rediscover Roosevelt" campaign, features interesting stories, and includes ways in which local businesses can get involved. 

Download the advertisement form to learn more and help support the Rough Riders!

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.

You can submit comments to ODOT's Program and Funding Services.

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.