Metro’s new list of transportation projects in next 4 years-Comment through May 23

Comment now on four years of federally-funded transportation projects in greater Portland

Metro has released the list of planned transportation projects across greater Portland in the next few years. Now is your opportunity to comment.


The Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, or MTIP, documents how all federal transportation money is spent in the Portland metropolitan region by state and local governments, transit agencies and other entities. It also documents state- and locally-funded projects that may significantly affect the region’s air quality. This update of the MTIP includes projects and programs planned in greater Portland’s communities between 2018 and 2021.


Find out more and review the MTIP documents at


Comment through May 23: online, in writing or in person

Help inform work ahead to update the region’s investment priorities through the 2018-21 MTIP. Your thoughts will be shared with the Metro Council, local leaders and other policymakers from throughout the Portland region.


You can comment:

  •          online: Take a brief survey before Tuesday, May 23. Go to the survey
  •          in writing: Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232 or
  •          in person: The Metro Council will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
  •          by phone: 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804

Transportation System Development Charges Project List-Hearing July 26, 2017

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has completed an update of its Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) methodology and capital project list.  A TSDC is a one-time fee assessed new development to help fund the cost of capital improvements to serve a growing population.  The City of Portland (City) first adopted TSDCs in 1997 and last updated the methodology and project list in 2017.


PBOT has been working since April 2016 to update its TSDC program which consists of three primary elements: 1) TSDC methodology, 2) capital project list, and 3) rate schedule.


The update process has included a robust community engagement effort to provide input on each program element.  We invite you to review the updated methodology and capital project list contained in the Draft 2017 Transportation System Development Charge Rate Study which may be found at PBOT’s website: .  The website also includes the proposed TSDC Rate Schedule and project list funding levels.


City Council will be asked to adopt the updated TSDC methodology, project list and rate schedule at a public hearing scheduled for July 26, 2017 at 2pm at Portland City Hall.  The adopted changes are proposed to take effect January 1, 2018.

If you have questions or would like a presentation by PBOT staff, please contact or call 503-823-7239.



Anne Hill | Program Development
Portland Bureau of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

503-823-7239 |


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Better Housing by Design project updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code

Kickoff public workshop for the Better Housing by Design project updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code


Better Housing by Design Public Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. – noon (doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Portland Community College Southeast, Community Hall Annex (see campus map)
SE Division Street and SE 82nd Avenue
TriMet: #4, #72

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.

Want to learn more? Have questions?
For more information about the project, please visit the project website – particularly a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs). There you’ll find answers to things like, “What problems is this project intended to solve?” Or “Who decided these are problems?” And “How can public input influence this project?” This project, which is focusing on multi-dwelling zones outside the Central City, is one of a number of projects updating zoning code regulations for housing.  Other projects are the Residential Infill Project, focusing on the single-dwelling zones, and the Mixed Use Zones Project, which focused on the commercial/mixed use zones.


Or contact project manager, Bill Cunningham, or 503-823-4203.


The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access to this public workshop. 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, at least three business days in advance of the event.

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Free Dig into Spring Workshops

The days are getting longer, and the ground is waking up! Get ready for spring at a FREE workshop! Discover how to create an attractive, low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, reduces pollution, and attracts beneficial wildlife. Our weekend and evening classes will help you realize your vision and bring it to life. All classes are free, and everyone is welcome. Tell your friends!


Naturescaping Basics:
Saturday, 2/4 – N Portland
Saturday, 2/25 – NE Portland
Saturday, 3/25 – SE Portland
Saturday, 4/1 – Troutdale

Rain Gardens 101:
Saturday, 2/11 – Gresham
Sunday, 2/26 – NE Portland
Saturday, 3/4 – Troutdale

Attracting Pollinators:
Wednesday, 2/22 – Gresham
Wednesday, 3/8 – N Portland
Wednesday, 3/22 – Gresham
Saturday, 4/8 – NE Portland

Native Plants:
Thursday, 3/9 – SE Portland
Saturday, 3/18 – SE Portland
Wednesday, 4/19 – N Portland
Thursday, 5/4 – Gresham

Beneficial Insects:
Wednesday, 3/15 – NE Portland
Wednesday, 4/5 – SE Portland
Saturday,  4/15 – N Portland
Saturday, 4/29 – NE Portland

Urban Weeds:
Thursday, 3/2 – N Portland

For more information call: 503-222-7645.