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1.07.020 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 177556, effective June 11, 2003.) As used in this Chapter, the following definitions apply:

A. "Binding City Policy" means statements of the City Council, expressed in a resolution or ordinance, that are directed to future decision-making or procedure and have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria. Such resolutions or ordinances, if adopted after October 26, 2001, must state in their text that they are "Binding City Policy." Examples include policies establishing requirements for City employees or other matters regulating the City’s budget and internal management. This category of policies excludes Comprehensive Plan Policies, which are organized separately.

B. "Non-binding City Policy" means a statement of a City Council’s opinion that does not have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision-making. Such resolutions or ordinances, if adopted after October 26, 2001, must state in their text that they are "Non-Binding City Policy." Examples include statements urging support for charitable or political efforts and statements encouraging civic involvement.

C. "Administrative rule" means binding requirements, regulations or procedures that are formally adopted by the City Council or a City official pursuant to rule-making authority expressly delegated by the Council. Administrative rule making authority must be adopted by Binding Resolution or Ordinance. An administrative rule adopted after October 26, 2001 must state in its text that it is an "Administrative Rule."

D. "Bureau Policy" means a requirement or procedure adopted by a Bureau, Department or Office in the absence of formally delegated rule-making authority that has binding effect on the Bureau, Department or Office. Examples include bureau-specific work rules and administrative procedures. Bureau policies are maintained and documented by the individual bureau, department or office.

E. "Formally adopted" means adopted by City Council or by another City official pursuant to procedures contained in a delegation of authority from the City Council.

F. "Comprehensive Plan Policy" means a policy that relates to the exercise of the City’s zoning and land use responsibilities. Comprehensive plan policies are organized and maintained within the framework of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

G. "Legislation" means a municipal law, enacted by ordinance. Legislation is codified and maintained separately in the Portland City Code.