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Severance Agreements

I know many Portlanders are wondering why the City sometimes provides severance packages to Bureau Directors leaving City employment, such as in the recent departure of Mike Abbate from Portland Parks & Recreation.


Six Bureau Directors have received severance agreements since Mayor Wheeler took office; only this latest one was under my direction.  Each individual severance package is a legal and personnel issue, and it is therefore inappropriate for me to discuss a specific agreement.  In general, it is well known that Bureau Directors serve "at will", which common sense would interpret as not requiring any payout at the end of employment with the City.  The determination of whether a Bureau Director who is leaving City employment should receive a severance is generally made by the Commissioner-in-Charge in partnership with the Bureau of Human Resources, with advice from the City Attorney’s office.  In this recent case, the decision was also made in partnership with Mayor Wheeler.  In exchange for the severance, employees waive the right to bring any legal proceedings challenging the circumstances of their departure from the City. This avoids legal liability and expenses for the City.  While sometimes the amounts may seem at best generous and at worst outrageous, in practice the severance payment may save taxpayers' money.  Spending taxpayers’ money wisely has always been a top priority for me, and I will continue to make decisions that follow that principle.


Leaving aside the practicalities of least-cost options, there are cases when the Mayor or another Commissioner in charge of a bureau determines that a severance is the right thing to do.  Serving "at will" means Bureau Directors may leave for a wide variety of reasons, including simply a desire by the Commissioner-in-Charge to try new approaches under a different leadership style.  When people have given years of service to the City, it is sometimes appropriate to provide resources allowing them and their families to adjust to their loss of employment.  Providing a financial bridge to the outgoing Director when such a change is made may reflect their prior service and accomplishments.  Severance payments are common in the private sector.  Bureau Directors, though well paid, make far less than they could have had they spent their careers in the private sector, and they and their families sacrifice personal time and privacy to serve Portlanders in high profile, high responsibility positions. 


While I recognize Portlanders may still disagree with recent decisions, I hope this gives you more information on the values and principles involved.

May 18, 2018

The Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, and Portland's Housing Supply

Over the past few months, my City Council colleagues and I have had many discussions about housing supply.  Many Portlanders are also asking whether the City’s long-range plans will allow enough additional homes to be built to keep up with demand. When supply matches or exceeds demand, it is more likely the cost of housing will be stable or decrease. An adequate housing supply reduces pressure to expand the Urban Growth Boundary.


The Portland City Council’s adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Central City Plan on May 24 gives the city ample capacity for growth and new construction without need to expand the UGB and increase supply.


Here are the facts, according to staff experts at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:


  • The Metro Regional Growth Forecast allocates 123,000 new households to Portland by 2035.
  • The city, under our current Comprehensive Plan, already has capacity to grow by 210,000 households.
  • Even before the City began the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map update under Mayor Hales, Portland was on track to do our share of providing housing to hold the UGB from creeping onto farm and forest land.
  • The new Comprehensive Plan and Central City 2035 Plan increase this capacity by 39,000 households, for a total capacity of 249,000 new homes. This capacity includes both single-family and multi-family units, both owner-occupied and tenant-occupied.

We currently have 264,000 housing units in Portland.  When the new Comprehensive Plan is adopted later this month, Portland will have the capacity for 249,000 additional housing units to be built.


We have plenty of land supply and zoned capacity for development. Demand for housing at particular price points may exceed supply at any given time. There is an ongoing influx of affluent people moving to Portland, and slow development of market rate housing seems to be responding to this rather than to a lack of land zoned for housing.  Approximately 95% of new market rate housing is being built at the luxury level. Building more luxury units alone won’t protect vulnerable populations.


The vast majority of the zoning map changes which I joined my colleagues on Council in supporting were made after many months of extensive public process, with input from tens of thousands of Portlanders as well as the Planning & Sustainability Commission. In a few instances recently, I was not persuaded to support final-hour spot-zoning proposals to increase density on individual lots based solely on “the need for housing”. The evidence does not support the assertion that more units, in every instance and in every location, are needed to meet citywide goals.


We must carefully weigh the long-term risks and benefits of proposed zoning changes that are based on the promise of a potential development project or a particular housing style. Changing the zoning map and/or Code does not guarantee that a specific project will be built at the affordability level promised.


We must focus our energy on how to incent affordable options to serve all Portlanders as the capacity already permitted by the new Comprehensive Plan is being built.  We have plenty of capacity.

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Building Heights in relation to Housing Units

Portlanders, including the City Council, are debating whether to allow unlimited development and building height in response to the affordable housing crisis.  In particular, some are asserting maximum height limits in the Central City should be raised even more than currently being proposed in the Central City 2035 Plan, in order to get more housing units built.


Here are some facts to inform this discussion. 


Please see the following table showing the height, Floor Area Ratio (FAR - a number indicating the block coverage and number of stories allowed) and number of units in various buildings recently constructed in the Central City.  Thanks to Rachael Hoy in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Claire Adamsick on my staff, for providing this information.






Floor   Area

Total   Units

The Sitka




173,632   sq. ft.


The Osprey

South Waterfront



279,607   sq. ft.


The Matisse

South Waterfront



282,840   sq. ft.


The Edge




340,000   sq. ft.


The Gregory




340,353   sq. ft.


The Henry




270,731   sq. ft.


The Cyan




290,503   sq. ft.


The Louisa




290,346   sq. ft.


The Elizabeth




334,300   sq. ft.


The Pinnacle




257,200   sq. ft.


The Wyatt




319,334   sq. ft.


The Yards

Central Eastside



344,127   sq. ft.


John Ross

South Waterfront



405,000   sq. ft.






360,000   sq. ft.




There appears to be little correlation between allowed height and FAR in relation to number of units. The John Ross, an affordable housing building spearheaded by Commissioner Fish, has almost twice as many units as The Cosmopolitan, despite being the same height and similar FAR. 


The Yards, which at 206’ is only 6’ taller than the Planning & Sustainability Commission’s recommendation for Riverplace, has 276 units.  Its FAR is 10.51, partly earned through bonus/transfer provisions in the Zoning Code.  The adopted FAR on Riverplace is 5:1.  With the required Inclusionary Housing, any project receives a 3:1 FAR bonus - the allowed FAR will be 8:1.  So under the adopted plan, Riverplace when redeveloped can have more units than The Cyan on SW 4th, at the 200' height recommended by the Planning & Sustainability Commission that was approved by Council earlier this month.


The data provides no reason to ignore adopted Comprehensive Plan policies requiring building eight step-down to the river.  At Riverplace, Design Guidelines requiring appropriate form for the recommended 200’ height should be developed with due consideration for adopted view corridors from Terwilliger, without further increasing the height as the developer is demanding.  As a reminder, the PSC was asked to increase the height to 250’, and settled on 200’ due to Comp Plan policies.  Raising the height to 325’ would be contrary to both the process and the principles of land use planning.  Developers and neighbors should be able to count on the City's land use rules being clear, and followed by the Council. 

March 22, 2018

Women's History Month 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! Yesterday, City Council passed a Proclamation recognizing March as Women’s History Month. The city employee Women’s Empowerment group has decided to declare the theme for Women’s History Month in Portland to be “Nevertheless WE Persist: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The theme demonstrates an inclusive vision for honoring all women, transgender women and gender nonconforming people who fight forms of discrimination against women.


This month is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Women, especially women of color, have been underrepresented, oppressed, and often unrecorded in their contributions. Women have been present and continue to play important roles in furthering knowledge and leading equitable change for society. Women’s History Month in Portland includes a full calendar of events and I encourage everyone to participate.






March 8, 2018

Statement on the houseless encampment at the Big Four Corners Natural Area in NE Portland

Throughout my nine years in office, I have supported community-led solutions to addressing Portland’s housing and shelter shortage — most recently, a four-year-long effort to relocate Right 2 Dream Too to its current location in the Lloyd District. In the past year, the City and Multnomah County have allocated over $52 million to transitional housing, shelter, rent assistance and mental health/addiction services. While these resources and coordination efforts have not resulted in enough places to house everyone immediately, significant progress has been made. Houseless community members deserve sustainable, permanent solutions, and shelters near good transit and services.


Houselessness is not a crime. Yet parks are for everyone, not open for settlement by particular individuals or groups. Encampments are not sustainable in a park or natural area, neither of which are designed to have people living there. Big Four Corners is an important natural area in outer Northeast Portland and Gresham, with fragile wetlands and streams. It is far removed from basic services. It is not an appropriate place to house people.


Park Rangers will be coordinating with social service providers to connect campers with appropriate resources, and keep this park for its intended public purposes.

January 31, 2018

How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs


About This Class

Class participants will gain an understanding of the City’s online application process. Participants will learn about differences between employment at the City versus private sector and the steps of how to apply. Topics will include:

·         Creating an account with NEOGOV

·         Reviewing job announcements

·         Submitting application materials

·         Application communication

·         Interviewing types


Who Should Attend


The class is for City employees and the public who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the City’s job application process. Minimum of 5 registered attendees or the class will be cancelled.


Date, Time, and Location


September 19, 2017

Location: The Portland Building, Room HR-1, 2nd Floor

Class Time:  12:00pm to 1:00pm   



October 17, 2017

Location: 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A, 2nd Floor

Class Time:  12:00pm to 1:00pm   


Additional dates and locations can be found in CityLearner


For More Information


For more information, contact Loan Tran loan.tran@portlandoregon.gov

To register go to: CityLearner. In the Course Catalog, type Apply into the Search Term field and click Find to locate the course  


September 18, 2017

Love, not hate

Across the country, hateful attacks have been happening, most recently in Bloomington, Minnesota and Charlottesville, Virginia.  Racist, hateful, and violent assaults have also occurred in our city – both before and after the murders on MAX. Our community members and City staff have been victims of continuing and recent acts of hate and discrimination.


We must not allow hateful words or acts to pass without action. We must all come together, as Portlanders, to support one another during this tumultuous time.


As your City Commissioner, I want to be very clear: this is not just about tolerance.  This is about embracing and welcoming all human beings.   This is about rejoicing in the richness that Portlanders new to our community bring, as well as valuing and honoring longtime residents.  This is about the true spirit of Portland.


We stand for justice. We stand for compassion. We stand for inclusion. We stand for love.


Are you wondering what you can do to show your support for these values?  Parks for New Portlanders, in partnership with Sunday Parkways and refugee and immigrant organizations, is organizing a Walk with Refugees and Immigrants this Sunday August 20th, at 11 am. Of course, people using mobility devices, children in strollers, and others using alternative transportation are welcome, too.  We will gather at the East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 NE 117th Ave, Portland) and walk together with refugee and immigrant neighbors. We will learn some neighbors’ stories. We will enjoy music, food, and other family activities. We will have a chance to create new friendships.


I invite you to participate, joining an act of love against hate.

August 18, 2017

Apply for a City Grant today!

The following is a wonderful opportunity open to all, to apply for a Special Appropriations grant.  Don't delay - deadline is August 15 - coming right up!  Although the Selection Committee (comprised of staff from each of the Council offices) is still formulating rules for this year's grants, last year funding was awarded to proposals up to $100,000.  See here for links to more information.


The Portland City Council approved $1,000,000 in the FY2017-18 Adopted Budget for one-time Special Appropriations. Of this amount, $350,000 has been allocated to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) for the Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) competitive grants process.


Please note that there are separate applications for each group of funds.  The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will host an informational meeting for potential PUAH grant applicants.  See Commissioner Eudaly's site for details, to be published July 15.  I was honored to serve as the Commissioner in Charge of ONI last year, and I was an enthusiastic supporter of both requesting this grant, and getting it approved in the Fiscal Year 17 - 18 City Budget. Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) Special Appropriations funding may be awarded under the following categories:

  • Capacity Building
  • Data Collections and Analysis

The remaining $650,000 Special Appropriations fund is open to all applications.  Funding may be awarded in the following areas:

  • Expanding Opportunities for Youth
  • Community-Based Arts and Culture
  • Expanding Economic Opportunities for Portlanders
  • Community Health

Applicants may apply for either one or both funding categories.  A separate application is required for each request.


All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to the address on the application form. E-mailed and mailed submissions will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.


Mayor Hales initiated this open, competitive Special Appropriations process.  Previously, those with more access to Council offices were awarded grants in the City Budget with limited weighing of which requests were more suitable for allocations of taxpayers' money.  I'm glad Mayor Wheeler is continuing this approach.  Please spread this information to anyone in the community who might be interested in applying!  The deadline is coming soon. 

July 12, 2017

Governor Brown's summary of 2017 Legislature's work

News Release

July 7, 2017

Lindsey O’Brien, 503-986-1204



Affordable Housing Crisis Dominates 2017 Legislative Session


Efforts to Prevent Homelessness, Preserve and Build Affordable Housing Win Approval, Tenant Protections Remain “Unfinished Business” for 2018


SALEM – The affordable housing crisis took center stage in the 2017 legislative session, with several significant measures now on their way to the Governor for her signature.

Key housing bills and budget allocations approved in the 2017 session include:

Homeless Services and Prevention

  • $40 million for Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) and the State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) – a $20 million increase from the 2015-17 allocation.
  • Identification Replacement (HB 2402) – Establishes a grant program through which individuals who are homeless may obtain certified copies of their birth certificate at reduced cost or free of charge.

Affordable Housing Preservation

  • $25 million in lottery bonds for the preservation of affordable housing – a $20 million increase in bonding from the 2015-17 authorization.
  • Affordable Housing Preservation (HB 2002) – Provides the state or local governments with an opportunity to purchase publicly-supported housing projects that are at risk of flipping to market rate, and protects long-term affordability for units built with public dollars.
  • Manufactured Housing (HB 2008) – Increases tenant relocation fees in the event of a park closure, requires park owners to notify the state of a park sale, and allows manufactured home park co-ops to better take advantage of the federal Rural Development Program in order to preserve parks.

Increasing Housing Supply

  • $80 million in state-backed bonds for affordable housing development via the Local Innovation Fast Track Program (LIFT).
  • Removing Local Barriers to Housing Development (SB 1051) – Increases the supply of both market rate and affordable housing by removing barriers to development at the local level, including expediting permitting for affordable housing, increasing options for developing accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and allowing religious organizations to build affordable housing on their property.
  • Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit (HB 2066) – Increases the cap from $17 million to $25 million, providing more resources for affordable housing development and preservation.
  • Land Banking (HB 2912) – Establishes an Affordable Housing Land Acquisition Revolving Loan Fund Program to make loans to eligible organizations to purchase land for affordable housing development and to provide supportive services to low-income households.

In the final days of the legislative session, it became clear that one major housing priority, House Bill 2004, did not have support to pass the Senate. The House of Representatives passed HB 2004 in April, voting to establish a just cause eviction standard and end the statewide prohibition on cities and counties implementing local rent stabilization policies. The bill was amended in the Senate, but even the weakened version of the bill was unable to get through the chamber.

“We made good progress, but we need to do more to protect renters from staggering rent spikes and no-cause evictions. In 2018, we will push to finish this session’s unfinished business on housing,” Speaker Kotek said. “The depth and breadth of Oregon’s housing crisis has finally made this issue too big to ignore. We will keep fighting to ensure all Oregonians have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.”


July 7, 2017

Bureau Assignments June 2017

Summer is here!  The following is the statement my office staff team wants you to read on the issue of City Bureau assignments made by Mayor Wheeler on 6/15/17.  


I sent this information to the press:


<<During the brief time I was Commissioner-in-Charge of the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) this year, my staff and I worked closely with BOEC management to set BOEC on a new course which will effectively address the concerns raised in the Ombudsman’s reports.  The Mayor has decided to keep BOEC within his portfolio in order to manage the recruitment of a permanent director and to coordinate the response to the Ombudsman’s report.  While I am disappointed that my staff and I will not be able to see the process through at BOEC, I am very grateful to Lisa St. Helen for her leadership of the bureau as Interim Director, and to all the staff at BOEC who work so hard to get help to callers. 


Looking forward, we welcome the opportunity to focus our time on other urgent and important issues.  Most crucially, we will be working to combat systemic racism and the rise in hate crimes in the City of Portland.  My staff and I are committed to listening to and providing greater support for marginalized communities in Portland.  


I will continue to advocate for and help implement the Open and Accountable Elections system that Council passed in 2016.  I will collaborate with my colleagues and the community on issues that affect us all.  The challenges facing our city are daunting, and I continue to feel honored to be in my position where I can work on solutions in multiple ways.>>


I am also honored and excited to be the Commissioner in Charge of Portland Parks & Recreation again.  I hope you will review the wonderful Summer Free For All programs, and attend as many as you can.  Gathering in parks and enjoying a concert or movie with your neighbors is an excellent way to celebrate the things that unite us, especially in these stressful times. 

July 1, 2017

Apology, Clarification and Invitation

I am very sorry for the harm I have caused with my comments on all-user restrooms in the Portland Building.  My words were ill-informed and hurtful, and I apologize.  I am particularly sorry that I have added to the level of concern being experienced by many Portlanders due to actions by the federal government.  Now is the time to unite, not divide. I deeply regret having contributed to divisions within our community. 


The letter I wrote to staff in my bureaus is here. 


Words once said cannot be unsaid.  I will work harder to connect with community members and listen before speaking up.  I will strive to make something good come out of this.

March 10, 2017

Successful City Sock Drive 2016

THANK YOU to all City employees and visitors who donated to this year’s City Sock Drive. We collected 602 socks, 43 scarves, 56 gloves, 35 hats, 4 slippers, 4 clothing articles, and 113 diapers.




Special thanks to Sock It To Me, who once again partnered with the City's effort to provide warm socks to folks living outside. Carrie Atkinson, Founder of this great local business, donated 768 pairs of her wonderful socks to Janus Youth, 456 pairs to Street Roots, and 672 pairs to Transition Projects. Please support Sock It To Me! They have some really awesome socks.


With Sock It To Me's huge donation, plus City employees' generosity, the total number of socks donated in December 2016 were 2,498.  It is sobering to recognize that this wonderful number in the context of warm-hearted donations still may not be enough to provide one pair of clean dry socks to everyone living outside, in shelters, vehicles, or doubled up with relatives in Portland. Below, staff from Janus Youth, volunteer sorter Carmen, Janine Gates who led the project this year, and a happy Commissioner who is truly grateful for all the wonderful City staff and visitors who once more gave clothes as warm as their hearts.



January 13, 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming


Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming!


Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) indoor pools are offering extra family swims and open swims when schools are out during winter break (December 19–30, 2016).


Come enjoy the winter break at your local PP&R pool!


Open swims are for all ages. Non-swimmers and children under 48 inches tall must be supervised in the water by an adult swimmer.


During Family Swims, children under 18 years old must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.


Please remember that safety is a team effort. Lifeguards and parents share the responsibility to ensure that children have a safe and fun swimming experience.





East Portland Pool                  (503) 823-3450     December 19-23, December 26-30

740 SE 106                                                  11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

                           (Fri. Only; Teen Force FREE*)     4:00-5:30pm                  Open Swim

                                      (Mon/Wed/Fri. Only) 7:00-9:00pm               Open Swim 

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 1

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Play Swim

                                                                   7:00-9:00pm                  Open Play Swim

Admission:  $3.75 youth; $4.25 seniors/teens; $5.50 adults

East Portland Pool is CLOSED on December 24 & 25.


Matt Dishman Pool                 (503) 823-3673     December 19-30 (Monday – Friday)         

77 NE Knott                                                 1:30-3:45pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 24

                                                                   12:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-3:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   12:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-3:00pm                  Open Swim

Admission:  $3.00 youth; $4.00 seniors/teens; $5.00 adults

Matt Dishman Pool is CLOSED on December 25 & January 1.


Mt. Scott Pool                (503) 823-3183     December 19-22 & 26-29

5530 SE 72nd                                                         11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 23 & 30

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-8:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 24 & 31

                                                                   Regular schedule until 2:30pm

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-4:00pm                  Open Swim

Admission:   $3.75 youth; $4.25 seniors/teens; $5.50 adults

Mt. Scott Pool is CLOSED on December 25 & January 1.


Southwest Pool   (503) 823-2840              December 19 – 22 & 26-29

6820 SW 45th Ave                                         11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 23 & 30

                                                                   11:00-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   December 31

                                                                   11:30-1:00           Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-2:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 1

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                   1:00-5:30pm                  Open Swim

                                                                   January 2

                                                                   11:30-1:00pm       Family Swim

                                                                                                   1:00-9:00pm                  Open Swim           

Admission:   $3.75 youth; $5.00 seniors/teens; $6.50 adults

Southwest Pool is CLOSED on December 24 & 25.



*Teens are always welcome during Open Swim times. However, Teen Force passes (free entry for youth ages 10-20 at five PP&R community centers) are only valid during designated times.


For more information, call 503-823-5300 or visit portlandparks.org.

December 19, 2016

Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members



Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members



December 19, 2016



PORTLAND – The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) is looking for new members. PCOD is a volunteer body of persons who have disabilities or have a relationship with people with disabilities through work, friendship, or family. Community members who live, work, play, and/or worship in Portland are encouraged to apply.

The commission is our City government and staff’s advisory body on issues that affect people with disabilities and operates under the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights umbrella. 

Expectations of Commissioners:

  • PCOD members are expected to serve on at least one working group/subcommittee.
  • PCOD members will present at City Council meetings and participate in briefings with the Mayor, City Commissioners, Bureau directors, and with community stakeholders, to discuss PCOD initiatives, as needed.
  • Members are expected to serve their full appointed term of three years.
  • There is no monetary compensation made to commissioners for their service as such.

“The time commitment for Commissioners is about 6 to 10 hours a month, which includes meetings and special projects,” said Nickole Cheron, Equity Policy and Commission on Disability Coordinator. 

Volunteers who wish to serve as commissioners should plan on attending at least three commission meetings before applying. The meetings are public and a light lunch is served.

For more information and an application for selection to the commission, please look at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/67948 

About the Portland Commission on Disability

The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the city in ensuring that it is a universally accessible city and one that promotes equity for all. As an advisory body with a diverse membership, PCOD addresses issues across the broad spectrum of disability.


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December 19, 2016

Public Hearing for Proposed Short Term Rental Enforcement



November 15, 2016

Contact: Mike Liefeld, michael.liefeld@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7332.

Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Administrative Rule: Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is proposing a new administrative rule, Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement. The proposed rule 1) establishes a citation based enforcement process for violations of Accessory Short Term Rental regulations of Portland City Code (PCC) 33.207; and 2) establishes administrative review and appeal procedures for those violations.

Currently, when violations of Accessory Short Term Rental code are confirmed, property owners are given a 30-day compliance period to cease unpermitted activities or obtain permits for activity, where allowed. If uncorrected, fines of $707-$1,414 are assessed on a monthly basis depending on the length of the violation.
Under the proposed Accessory Short Term Rental Enforcement Administrative Rule, property owners will not have a 30-day compliance period, and will be issued citations of $1,000-$5,000 per occurrence. Citations may be issued for each day of continued violation. Citations may be reviewed administratively, and then appealed to the Code Hearings Officer. The Code Hearings Officer may request additional documentation including, but not limited to, bank records, relevant tax records, and information from online platforms as a basis for their decision.
Any violation of PCC 33.207 would be subject to the rule, including but not limited to, operating an accessory short term rental without a required permit, renting out more bedrooms than allowed by a permit, allowing more than 5 overnight guests, or utilizing a property as an accessory short term rental without a primary long-term resident.
View the draft administrative rule or at BDS at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 5th floor. Copies will also be available for review at the hearing.

A public hearing on the proposed administrative rule will be held in December.
                   Date:                Friday, December 16, 2016
Time:               12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location:         1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 4a (4th floor)
Comments will be accepted in person at the hearing or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016. Submit written comments to Mike Liefeld at BDS, michael.liefeld@portlandoregon.gov

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.






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November 15, 2016

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Blog Entries
Severance Agreements
The Comprehensive Plan, Zoning, and Portland's Housing Supply
Building Heights in relation to Housing Units
Women's History Month 2018
Statement on the houseless encampment at the Big Four Corners Natural Area in NE Portland
How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs
Love, not hate
Apply for a City Grant today!
Governor Brown's summary of 2017 Legislature's work
Bureau Assignments June 2017
Apology, Clarification and Invitation - Letter sent to my City staff regarding all-user restrooms
Successful City Sock Drive 2016
Portland Parks & Recreation offers Winter Break swimming
Portland Commission on Disability seeks new members
Public Hearing for Proposed Short Term Rental Enforcement - 12/16/16, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Council Work Session on the Marijuana Policy Program
Legislative Agenda Issue Identification & Training - December 1, 2016
Portland Police Association contract
Information on Proposed Union Contract with the Portland Police Association
Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation is Hiring an Executive Director
2016 Spirit of Portland Nominations now open
Risks of Exposure from Wireless Devices
How to report concerns regarding people living outside
Council Agenda Posting Changes
Information on lead issues in Parks facilities
Applications being accepted to join the Portland Parks Board
The Plan for ending Houselessness
Successful City Sock Drive 2015!
City Sock Drive 2015
Dog Whistle Politics
Portland Parks Foundation seeks new Executive Director
Hearing on SB 921, the Fritz-Fairchild Act, Monday April 6 at 1 p.m.
Speech on rejoining Joint Terrorism Task Force, 2/25/15
Apply to be on the Community Oversight Advisory Board
City Sock Drive
Give your input on a crucial contract NOW!
Volunteers needed for Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee
Old Town Chinatown plans
Technology Oversight Committee Vacancy
Volunteers needed for Development Review Advisory Committee
How to schedule accommodations for meetings needing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters
Portland's oversight of Landslide Hazards
Outstanding public school students win golf-related scholarships
Applications invited to join the Parks Board
Job opening for Compliance Officer/Community Liaison for the Police-Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Mountain Biking in Forest Park and other Portland Parks
Forest Park Project Objective Screening Tool
Two new parks for East Portland
Volunteers needed for Golf Advisory Committee
Volunteers needed for Adjustment Committee and Historic Review Commission
Response to mistletoe selling without a permit
Winter Shelter options
Really really interesting statistics
Landlord Education Classes
Agreement reached on moving the historic Rayworth House
At-Large Members needed for Washington Park Transportation Management Association Board
Thoughts on Development Services and Parks, four weeks later
The Power of One
Speech at the vote on the City's 2013 - 14 budget
Response to Petition on Saving the Mounted Patrol
Reminder: Front desk job opening in my office, applications due Sunday 5 p.m.
Job opening in my Office
Portland Passes Protected Sick Leave ordinance
Volunteers needed for the Portland Utility Review Board
Draft Police Use of Force Policy revisions posted
Email of the Week, on gun violence
Comment period open for Regional Transportation investments
Foreclosure assistance that works
Earned Sick Leave forum and process
Earned Sick Leave Proposal
Lower cost Landline Phone Service, Cell and Internet Options
NW Parking Plan - Proposed Amendments
Thankful for Street Roots, and local businesses
Feast for Southeast on Thanksgiving Day
Comments regarding Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
City Budget Office, Next Steps
OHSU Magnet Celebration
City Budget Office proposal
City moves further into the 21st Century
Sunday Parkways in East Portland
Transit Tickets for Oct 3 Stand Down Day for Veterans
Statement on Appeal of Frashour ruling
Cascade Aids Project walk
Feeling suicidal? Don't call 9-1-1. Call 503-97-23456
Central City Concern Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Hooper Program
Recycling Facility Tour
The Big Float 2012
Golden Leaf Education Foundation Fundraiser
Honkin' Huge Burritos Day
City Commits to Formalize Relationships with Tribal Partners
Police Bureau Recruiting Community Police Officers
Submit Nominations for Awards! Plan a Party!
A family's experience with Autism
Help Prevent Homelessness for Larry
U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts Four Portland Initiatives
Expanded Coverage for Autism Treatment
City of Portland family's Kate Sinnott is Rose Festival Queen
Sunnyside Environmental School students visit City Hall
Community Empowerment Funding
Franklin HS graduation, and Kali Ladd on the City's Support for Education
Starlight Parade 2012
Comments on the new Urban Renewal Area for PSU
Visitors from Turkey
Promise Walk for Pre-eclampsia
Graffiti Cleanup with the 2012 Rose Festival Court
Lisa Jackson, EPA head, visits Portland
Why upcoming GirlStrength/WomenStrength classes matter
Congratulations, Portland Public Schools
NAMI Walk 2012
Walk to Work Day
2011 High School Graduation Rates
Buckman Pool - Budget meeting tonight
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Annual Meeting
Willamette River Recreation Strategy
PCC Future Connect Scholarship Program
Pirates of Madison High
President F.W. de Klerk's visit
Job openings in the 9-1-1 center
ANB Camp 49 Event
Publicizing Fundraisers
Introducing Dante J. James, Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights
2011 By the Numbers - Report Card
East Portland Action Plan Annual Report
State Legislative Update 2/3/12
Piccolo Park Water Fountain Fundraiser
Love World Run
Earthquake Preparedness
Proposed Changes to the Portland Charter
Dr. Herman Frankel on the City Council's Corporate Personhood resolution
26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Skanner Foundation breakfast
TriMet budget survey
City Socks Drive Successful Again
56 days that changed my life
Iraqi Society of Oregon Cultural Integration Series Graduation
Great jobs in the Plumbers and Steamfitters trades
Hillsdale Mural Celebration
Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Willamette River Recreation Strategy - comments requested
Volunteers of America Home Free Event
Service Coordination Team Graduation
A young life lost - How you can help
Sisters of the Road Auction on now through Dec 1
Constitutional Rights of assembly and governance
Native American Heritage Month Marketplace
Patience and sleep-deprivation
City of Portland's bank use
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director - Job posting sent nationwide - please forward to qualified people who may be interested
Occupy Portland camps endanger vulnerable people
Central City Concern Homeless Action fundraiser
Emergency TEST this Wednesday Nov 9 - do NOT call 9-1-1
Spirit of Portland Awards
Clara Peoples, Mother of Junteenth in Portland
Margaret Carter PCC Technical Education Building Dedication
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Gretchen Kafoury
Occupy Portland
Letter Carriers Union Rally
Shine a Light on Addiction and Recovery
Changing Police policies and procedures
Please complete the Street Roots survey
City Internship, City Job
Improvements to the Time, Place and Manner ordinance governing liquor licensed establishments
Parkrose Centennial Celebration
Walk to End Alzheimers, Walk to Defeat ALS
Remembering 9/11/01, in Portland 2011
Gateway First Reponder Tribute and Citizen of the Year
Office of Equity Creation Hearing
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber fundraiser dinner
Sunday in the sun
Saturdays are for Service
Portland should seek relief on EPA Drinking Water mandates
My vote against the bike rental project
Equity Office Creation Ordinance, Public Review Draft
Somali American Council of Oregon
MAX Red Line successful, Ten Years on
National Night Out
Delightful Sunday Events in SW, NE, SE and North Portland
Weeding the grounds, or building community pride?
East Portland Expo Extravaganza
World Cup Winners
Apply to Serve on the Public Involvement Advisory Council
BOEC User Board citizen members
Volunteers invited for Technology Oversight Committee, and for 2011 Charter Commission
Job Opening in my Office, and other City hiring opportunities
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
Knights of Rosaria
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update, end of May
Information on the Clean and Safe Program, for May 2011
City opens 2011 Spirit of Portland Award nominations
SB 346: Common Sense protections for callers to 9-1-1
The 9-1-1 computer: On time, under budget, and it works
Op-Ed in Street Roots on Street Performers
Vote daily to help Capitol Hill School
Parade Season kicks off on 82nd Avenue of Roses
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
Comments on JTTF Vote 4/28/11
Mid-term statistics
Hollyrood Kindergartners Cuter, Better Singers than Sam and Amanda
Portland's Homes for Heroes program
Rosemary Anderson High School's Roberta Phillip Scholars
Mud, trees, and David Douglas High students
Frosty Trio
News from the Oregon Legislature, 3/21/11
Marshall's Last Princess
Update on Wireless Facilities in neighborhoods
Another example of the benefits of the Commission form of government : the JTTF debate
2011 Charter Commission convenes today, 1/24/11
Street Roots' Analysis on Ending Homelessness
Portland Police 2011 Awards Ceremony
Thank you for using my web site
Successful Second Sock Drive
Oregon Civil Rights Stories Project
Charter Commission, Part 1
FREE Street Stories Film Festival this weekend
Apply to be on the Oversight Committee for the Historical Society Levy
Children, Parents and Partners of Prisoners
Thankful for people with the Spirit of Portland
Portland Community Media Workshop on Digital Storytelling
Updated Information on Leaf Removal Options
Monday Nov 8 Veterans' event at Reynolds High School
Citizen Involvement Statistics from the Auditor's Annual Survey
Questions/concerns about the Leaf Collection program/fee?
Help Beaumont School win a $100k grant
New Record
Congratulations, Commissioner!
Sidewalk Management Citations data
Update on Alcohol Impact Area proposal
Beautiful Mural to combat Graffiti
Proposed Alcohol Impact Area
Opting out of receiving Phone Books
Cigarette butts are a problem
National Women's Health Week
Graffiti Grants announced in Southeast Uplift
My office philosophy
West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
What to do with West Hayden Island?
Funding for basic emergency services
Community Service Volunteers
Uncut version of Wireless OpEd
Council Resolution on Arizona S.B. 1070
Weekend Update
Positive events in East Portland
Great Blue Heron Week
Saving money, sending money
G.R.E.A.T. Graffiti Cleanup
Nominate citizens for the Sy Award
Council Wellness Challenge Activities
Nominate Portlanders for the Governor's Volunteer Awards
Ruffled feathers
Proposed Amendments on Schools and Parks Code Project
Please sign up for the NAMI Walk, 5/23/10
Memorial Coliseum planning
Please cut our budget
Urban beauty
Vote every day, to win Google
Actions for improving community mental health care services
New members needed for the Portland Utility Review Board
Springtime in Portland
Portland's application to Google
Regional Graffiti work
Elder Friendly
$20 million "for bike projects from sewer rates"?
Additional Public Hearing on Independent Police Review changes
Working Waterfront
What you should know about the Census
Prescription Drug Turn-in event this Saturday
Ship Photography
Southeast Uplift wins Community Solar Leadership award
Community and Police Relations work
Working River
Statement on funding for MLS soccer
Filing Non-emergency Police Reports on line
Proud of Portland's 9-1-1 service
Register and Vote
Take a fire safety quiz and help Portland Fire & Rescue
City Superheroes Support Sock Solicitation
Hawthorne Bridge
Spirit of Portland Awards feedback requested
Your Voice requested, on community information technology
Frozen stiff
Safety and Fines on the Portland Mall
Crime Statistics from Multnomah County
Hollywood Veterans' Day Parade
Crime Prevention, Business Promotion, and Community Building in Overlook
Burnside Bridge
Guidance on when to seek medical care for flu symptoms
Coming Down The Pike
Cute Blazer Fan and Terry Porter
Lower Cost Comcast Cable Options
Council Supports H.R. 676, National Health Care Act
Useful Police Services links
Useful Transportation and Street Services links
Oaks Bottom
Preparing for flu season
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Still Soaring
Comments on Transit Oriented Tax Abatement
Labor of Love and Landscaping in Lents
Prescription drug turn-in event
Our Urban Willamette
TriMet Passes for City Employees
Multnomah Days Parade, and more
Sign Up for Kids' Health Care today!
National Night Out parties
YWCA Fundraiser
Comments on the Sharing Public Spaces meetings
Interesting Article on Portland Soccer funding
Conversing about Race
City Lights
Interested in the Rose Quarter?
Restorative Listening
Marquam Bridge
Women/Children's Health Survey
Division-Clinton Parade
Comments on Bull Run water treatment
Bull Run Watershed tour
Comments on PGE Park deals
Recreational River
Yay for Portlanders!
Remember December?
Good discussion!
City of Roses
Comments on Soccer/Baseball
More Progress on Health Care
Thoughts on helping people living outside
Citizen Representative Needed
Comments on 39th/Chavez Street Renaming
Good in the Hood Parade
Good article on Neighborhood Associations
Help with Health Insurance Coverage
2009 Pride Parade
Help Affording Prescription Drugs
Renting and worried about foreclosure?
Starlight Parade
Resolution on Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Progress on providing health care coverage for children
Parade season!
Short-term extension on Sidewalk Obstructions Ordinance
Roseway Mural Dedication
From Amanda's Mailbox, on Helping with Homelessness
Made in Oregon sign - update
World Water Day, Sunday 3/22
The Great Soccer Debate
City Council hearings
Columbia River Bridge Discussion
Westside Express Service
Radon Awareness Month - Radon in your home can kill you, and you don't need to move to fix the problem
Citizen Representatives needed - Bureau of Communications User Board
Go Blazers! - Amanda at the January 2nd Portland Trailblazers game
Visual breaks
Join my team
Barge Launch with Tom Sass