• PHB Public Comment/Affordable Housing

    Affordable Housing Bond 

    Draft Policy Framework 

    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: www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/bond or contact us at bond.info@portlandoregon.gov.

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

  • Urban Weeds Workshop

    Urban Weeds Workshop

    Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

    Date: Saturday, 9/16

    Time: 9:30am – 12pm

    Location: BES Water Pollution Control Lab - 6543 N Burlington

    Register: http://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/all-events/urban-weeds-20/

    Thank you in advance for helping us bring these FREE sustainable gardening resources to your neighborhood!  Please feel free to contact Katie at 503-935-5368 if you have any questions.


    Katie Meckes Urban Outreach & Education Specialist

    East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

    5211 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217

    Phone: 503-935-5368



  • Current Land Use Projects

    Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Update

    A monthly snapshot of all the planning work going on in your neighborhoods.


    Code Reconciliation Project

    A Discussion Draft was released in July for public review and feedback; submit your comments by August 28, 2017.


    The Code Reconciliation Project Discussion Draft can be found online at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/647563.


    The draft code amendments, 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. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has separated the Neighborhood Contact Requirement review from the Code Reconciliation Project to give it more time and attention.  


    Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission public meetings and hearings will be scheduled later this year.


    Visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/72600

    Contact: Barry Manning, 503-823-7965, Barry.Manning@portlandoregon.gov


    Neighborhood Contact Requirement Project

    A new project kicks off to improve how we inform residents about new development.


    This project will review the “Neighborhood Contact” requirement in the Zoning Code (33.700.025)( https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/53464), exploring ways to create a workable and effective process that meets the goals of information sharing and early dialogue with community members. This was an element of the Code Reconciliation Project, but has now been moved to a separate project.


    A Discussion Draft will be released in the fall.


    Visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/74046

    Contact: Sara Wright, 503-823-7728, Sara.Wright@portlandoregon.gov


    Better Housing by Design (BHD)

    Comment period on Concept Report closed on August 7. Discussion Draft to be released in the fall.


    The recently released Concept Report shares potential code changes aimed to improve multi-family development for current and future residents. These include proposals for creating more open space and greater accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, prioritizing affordable housing and preserving trees, simplifying setback requirements, increasing connections to streets and more.


    Project staff are reviewing comments on the The Concept Report (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73945) and will consider them as they develop a Discussion Draft.


    This project also focuses on East Portland, fostering better development that reflects the area’s distinct characteristics and needs of the community. It is coordinated with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Connected Centers Street Plan (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/71334), which focuses on street plans for the Jade District and Rosewood/Glenfair centers.


    Visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing

    Contact: Bill Cunningham, 503-823-4203, betterhousing@portlandoregon.gov


    Map Refinement Project

    A Proposed Draft will be released in mid-September 2017.


    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.


    The public comment deadline for the Discussion Draft was July 31. Staff is considering these comments to develop the Proposed Draft, which will be published in September 2017. Following publication of the Proposed Draft:


    • Public notice will be mailed to affected property owners, affected occupants and recognized organizations, etc.

    • A public testimony period will begin in September 2017.

    • The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on October 24 at 5 p.m.


    The PSC will consider public testimony and forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review before City Council votes to adopt the Map Refinement Project next year.


    Visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73388

    Contact: Marty Stockton, 503-823-2041, Marty.Stockton@portlandoregon.gov


    Central City 2035 Plan

    Recommended Draft released in June; City Council to hold public hearing on September 7, 2017.


    The CC2035 Recommended Draft (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73892) was released on June 20, 2017, opening a 12-week comment period. Community members are invited to review the plan and testify to City Council in writing (via email, U.S. Mail or the Map App) or in person at a public hearing in Council Chamber, City Hall:

    • Thursday, September 7 at 2 p.m.

    • *Thursday, September 14 at 2 p.m.

    *This hearing is limited to two parts of the CC2035 package: 1) the adoption of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines and 2) amendments to environmental and scenic resource Zoning Code provisions applicable outside the Central City.


    Check the project calendar (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/53116) for any change to dates and times.


    Visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035

    Contact: Rachael Hoy, 503-823-6042, Rachael.Hoy@portlandoregon.gov


    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 map changes to implement the adopted concepts. Staff are also responding to mayoral direction 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. The seven-week public review period is scheduled to begin the week of September 25. We will soon be posting more information about upcoming public review opportunities on our website.


    Council-approved concepts: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/623488

    Visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill

    Contact: Julia Gisler, 503-823-7624, Julia.Gisler@portlandoregon.gov


    Design Overlay Zone Amendments Project (DOZA)

    Project moves from “assessment” to “amendments”


    While the acronym has stayed the same, DOZA is transitioning from an assessment of design review to a series of projects which will amend the City’s codes, standards and guidelines related to the design overlay zones, including the process and tools used in the design review process. A rollout of the project phasing is scheduled for August 18. Check the DOZA website after that date for additional information. More information will be available mid-August.


    Visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70324

    Contact: Kathryn Hartinger, 503-823-9714, Kathryn.Hartinger@portlandoregon.gov

    SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy

    Bringing more housing choices and opportunity to SW Portland and Tigard


    To assist with engagement of low-income tenants and households of color in this planning process, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability awarded the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) a grant for $45,000. CAT’s Statement of Work can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/647458.


    A Community Learning and Listening Session on Affordable Housing in the SW Corridor will be held October 14, 2017, at Markham Elementary School (10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219) from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The event will be an opportunity for community members to learn about affordable housing needs in the corridor and provide input to help preserve and build more places for people to live. Childcare and lunch will be provided. To RSVP for the event, visit: http://tinyurl.com/ycwvr3h5.


    Visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73445

    Contact: Ryan Curren, 503-823-4574, Ryan.Curren@portlandoregon.gov


    82nd Avenue: Development and Transportation Planning


    • ODOT 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan

    • BPS 82nd Ave Study: Understanding Barriers to Development


    The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are evaluating opportunity areas along 82nd Avenue 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. BPS’ efforts focus on understanding and addressing barriers to redevelopment/adaptive reuse, mixed use and employment opportunities in key areas. A summary report will be released in September.



    Visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/82ndAve.aspx


    Contact: Terra Lingley, Project Manager, 503-731-8232, terra.m.lingley@odot.state.or.us


    City of Portland

    Visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/index.cfm?&c=72125

    Contact: Radcliffe Dacanay, 503-522-8446, Radliffe.Dacanay@portlandoregon.gov

    Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan

    Staff bringing Proposed Draft to PSC and Parks Board for review, then to City Council for adoption.


    Project 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 using these comments to help shape a draft plan that will be released later this summer.


    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.


    Visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70151

    Contact: Michelle Kunec-North, 503-823-9710, Michelle.Kunec-North@portlandoregon.gov


    Historic Preservation Code Improvement Project

    Project will launch in September


    The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will soon launch a zoning code project that will make changes to how the City identifies, designates and protects historic resources. The Historic Preservation Code Improvement Project comes after a 2016 Oregon State Supreme Court decision and recently adopted changes to state administrative rules, both of which provide opportunities for the improving Portland’s historic resource protection programs.

    The Historic Preservation Code Improvement Project will research regional and national best practices, analyze deficiencies in Portland’s existing programs, and propose zoning code changes related to the procedures, thresholds and incentives that apply to inventoried and designated historic resources.

    Visit: Project website TBA

    Contact: Brandon Spencer-Hartle, 503-823-4641, Brandon.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov

    Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Agenda

    View the upcoming PSC agenda items here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882

    All PSC meetings, unless otherwise noted, are temporarily being held at the CH2M building at 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Lincoln Room, 1st floor. All PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/portlandbps and tape delayed on Channel 30.


    City Council Agenda

    View upcoming City Council agenda items here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/378315

    All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. All Council meetings are broadcast live at: www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361<http://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/230361

  • Community Vote 9/12

    This is a posting to inform all of you that at our 9/12 meeting we will have a community vote to change our bylaws to reflect dropping the TCAP (The Community Association of Portsmouth) and have our official name be Portsmouth Neighborhood Association. 

    Questions: portsmouthchair@gmail.com.

  • Comp Plan

    To District Coalition Offices and other interested parties:

    Just a note to make sure you are all aware that the Code Reconciliation Project – Discussion Draft is available for review and comment through August 28th.  See the details below.  In addition to online info and online comment opportunities, there are two drop in meetings where folks can have specific questions answered: 

    • Monday, August 7, 2017, 6 − 8 p.m., at Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan, Williams Room  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5 − 7 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Lobby

    If you have not already done so, please share this information with neighborhood associations and other community stakeholders that may be interested. 

    Thank you.

    Barry Manning

    Barry Manning, AICP Senior Planner

    Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

    1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR  97201

    503.823.7965 (p) 503.823.7800 (f)



    The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please contact 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. 

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    August 3, 2017


    CODE RECONCILIATION PROJECTInterested parties:Just a reminder that the Code Reconciliation Project – Discussion Draft is posted online for public review and comment through August 28, 2017. The draft 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 some minor policy issues and changes to development allowances.Comments on the Discussion Draft will be directed to Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff, who will consider them in developing a Proposed Draft for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. The PSC will hold a public hearing and take oral and written testimony on the Proposed Draft this fall.For questions or for more information, email codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov, call 503-823-0195, or visit the project website. Drop-in hoursProject staff are also available to answer your questions in person at two drop-in meetings:• Monday, August 7, 2017, 6 − 8 p.m., at Ride Connection, 9955 NE Glisan, Williams Room  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5 − 7 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, LobbyPlease submit your comments to staff by August 28, 2017:

    • On the web.
    • Via email at codereconciliation@portlandoregon.gov.
    • By U.S. Mail to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Code Reconciliation Project, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR  97201.

    Kind regards, Barry Manning, AICP | Senior PlannerPortland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR  97201503.823.7965 (p) | 503.823.7800 (f)barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov


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  • "Dumpster Day" October 17, 2015

    Lead Contact: Mary Margaret, email portsmouthchair@gmail.com or call 503-240-3344.

    Portsmouth & University Park Neighborhoods will hold a Dumpster Day on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm sharp in the Eagles North Portland parking lot at North Lombard and Exeter. Rain or shine. Suggested donation: $15/load. Please no yard waste, construction debris, commercial waste, kitchen garbage, hazardous waste, biowaste or recyclable materials. Your volunteers reserve the right to refuse materials that appear unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unacceptable.

    Come prepared to unload your materials (bring a friend to help).

    You will be asked to sign a volunteer waiver. The Goodwill van will be on site for reusable items, and neighbors are invited to take what they want before it goes to Goodwill. Goodwill also accepts e-waste (electronics).

    This event is made possible through support from Metro, Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement and most of all, through VOLUNTEERS - your neighbors giving their time. A special thank you to the Eagles for their continued support in hosting community events. This event helps cut down on illegal dumping in our community and provides a low-cost alternative for disposing of materials at a Metro's transfer station.

    We really need more volunteers! If you are interested in helping, email portsmouthchair@gmail.com or call 503-240-3344. There are three shifts available: 9:30-12:00, 12:00-2:00, and 2:00-3:00 (clean up shift). You will be directing traffic, helping people unload, and meeting lots and lots of neighbors. Please know that the more volunteers we have, the faster it will go for everyone and it's possible it may go very slow. We ask that everyone "volunteer" their patience at the very least. :) 

  • North Star Village Fundraisers

    Posted by Amy Michet

    Fundraiser #1

    Oregon Public House Hosts North Star Village

    Monday, June 8th    Noon - 9:00 pm
    700 NE Dekum St.
    All ages welcome.  Kids play area available.

    North Star Village is part of the aging-in-place movement sweeping the US which helps people age in their own homes and neighborhoods safely, affordably and comfortably.  

    Bring friends and family to the Oregon Public House in the historic Woodlawn neighborhood for a meal, a pint and community. North Star Village volunteers will be there to greet and serve you.  A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to North Star Village.


    The menu has something to cater for everyone’s tastes including vegetarian entrees and dessert lovers.  Need to be tempted?  Check out the Oregon Public House menu at http://oregonpublichouse.com.  


    Mark your calendars now for this special event!

    Oregon Public House, the first nonprofit pub in the US, is a profit-generating machine for, and only for, the charities it supports.  We hope to see you there.  

    Want to know more about this unique public house?  Check out this TEDXuConcordia Portland YouTube video to hear founder Ryan Saari's entertaining talk on the birth of the Oregon Public House and its vision to support nonprofits seeking to make a difference by creating a family-friendly pub environment where neighbors from the surrounding area can come to enjoy community around good food and craft beer while supporting great causes.

    For more information, contact Patt Opdyke, 503.978.0540 or northstarvillage@comcast.net

    Fundraiser #2

    Naturescaping Workshop Will Benefit Birds, Bees and Local Village

    If you are interested in creating your own backyard wildlife habitat, an upcoming naturescaping workshop, hosted by North Star Village, will provide the know-how to confidently move forward.

    “Naturescaping – It’s for the Birds and Bees” will be held Sunday, May 31, 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the BES Water Control Lab, 6543 N. Burlington Ave.  The gardening workshop will cost $15 - $30 on a sliding scale basis.  All workshop proceeds will benefit the North Star Village start-up fund.  To ensure that enough materials are available, RSVP at www.NorthStarVillagePDX.org or call 503.978.0540.

    Naturescaping is the art of garden design with native plants to provide food and shelter for birds, bees and other beneficial insects.  The workshop will focus on native plants and non-invasive adaptive plants and how to transform your garden into a restful retreat that mimics Mother Nature.  You will come away knowing how to create a beautiful, unique and healthy outdoor environment for wildlife, pets and your family

    NatureSheds NorthWest instructor, Patt Opdyke, has shared naturescaping principles and her love of native plants for more than 20 years. 

    North Star Village is part of the aging-in-place movement sweeping the US which helps people age in their own homes and neighborhoods safely, affordably and comfortably.  

    For more information, contact Patt Opdyke, 503.978.0540 or northstarvillage@comcast.net

  • Portsmouth Community Nature Walk, Next Saturday!

    Posted by Amy Michet      

    Hello Neighbors,

    Hope you're enjoying all of the springtime delights in your neighborhood!

    In celebration of Arbor Month, Friends of Trees is hosting a Community Nature Walk in Portsmouth next Saturday, April 25th. The walk begins at the N Fortune and N Houghton intersection at 10 a.m. and we will walk for about an hour. 

    We're hoping to bring neighbors together for a walking conversation about the neighborhood nature gems we’ll discover along the way and other related tree topics. We will definitely be stopping in at New Columbia's Fruits of Diversity Community Orchard.

    If you have any questions, feel free to call Friends of Trees office at 503-282-8846, ask for Whitney or Erica. 

    We hope to see you there!

  • Youth Arts Summer Camp in Portsmouth!

    Youth Arts Summer Camp in Portsmouth!

    Contact Person: Karen Ward503.412.8899 (mobile and texts)
    Registration is now open for Portland Abbey Arts Youth Art Summer Camp (for youth ages 5-12 in north Portland). 
    There are two weeks of camp available: July 7-11 and or July 14-18Register youth for a day, multiple days, or one or two full weeks (M-F). *Also, anyone can donate to sponsor a child from a low income household for one week of camp for $130
    Camp takes place on the campus of the Portland Abbey at 7508 N Hereford Ave (at Lombard) in Portsmouth, near St. Johns.
    Register a youth or donate a sponsorship here: http://abbeyarts.org/youth-arts-portland-oregon.php
  • Tuesdays Just Got Better!

    Tuesdays Just Got Better!

    By Amy Michet, Portsmouth Neighbor

    North Portland has some exciting news to share! Portland Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Portsmouth Neighborhood Association, New Columbia, and Kenton N.A. to create a series of concerts in various local parks. Starting on July 8th, there will be weekly concerts held on Tuesday evenings until August 26th. The fun starts from 6:30-8:15 pm, and is FREE! It is particularly exciting to announce that the first three concerts will be held in Columbia Annex, which has never happened before.


    *Come check out Nigerian-Afrobeat band Jujuba on July 8th at Columbia Annex Park, bring your picnic blankets, beverages, snacks, and neighbors. Base Camp Brewing will be handing out free samples of their latest brews. Again, that’s 6:30-8:15 pm. Fun!

     Here is a complete list of our generous sponsors that we would like to thank so much:

    New Columbia Community Campus Partners, Kristan Knapp Fund, Base Camp Brewing, Home Forward 13, Home Forward 14, Papa Murphy’s, PIR, Port of Pdx, St Johns Tire Factory, New Seasons, FOPIR, Guardian Management, JE Dunn, Kenton NA, Portsmouth NA, The Twilight Room, Apts at Kenton Stn., Anna Bannanas,  Christie’s Restaurant, Green Zebra Grocery, Heart in Oregon, Pdx Managed Services, Proper Eats, St Johns Ace Hardware, TCM, Tesoaria, The Village Market, University Pk Biz District, and Individual Donations.

    Please consider supporting these businesses, as they have helped create a free event in OUR neighborhood.  How cool is that?! Also, a big thanks to Zach Hollander (PNA Board Member) for spearheading this event!

    Check out the Facebook page for more information, or post if you have questions -


    or check out the City of Portland's page: