It’s All About Trees

February 20, 2010

A comprehensive re-write of the City’s regulations around trees has been in development for some time now, and the public process around its adoption is heating up, beginning this week.

The first opportunity to hear about this is at the City Wide Land Use group meeting Monday night (2/22 at 7pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500B), followed by a joint Planning Commission/Forestry Commission briefing on Tuesday (2/23 at 6pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A/B).

Here’s the rest of the schedule along with with links to the documents involved:

BPS News

February 12, 2010

Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Roberta Jortner
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Citywide Tree Project Draft Proposal Goes Before Portland Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission; Open Houses Planned
Residents encouraged to read the document and comment in person or online

After extensive analysis and discussion of complex tree-related issues, and developing and sharing potential solutions with multiple commissions and neighborhood groups, the Citywide Tree Project is publishing a comprehensive draft proposal for public review. The Portland Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission will invite public testimony on the proposal at a joint hearing on March 23, 2010.

Two open houses will be held before the hearing so members of the public can meet with project staff and learn more about project and draft proposal.

Upcoming Public Events

February 23, 2010
6 p.m.
Planning Commission Briefing
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A
Portland, OR 97201

March 23, 2010
6 p.m.
Joint Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission Hearing (public comments welcome)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A
Portland, OR 97201

Public Open Houses

March 9, 2010
7-9 p.m.
Multnomah County Arts Center Auditorium
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, Oregon 97219

March 16, 2010
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Floyd Light Middle School Cafeteria
10800 SE Washington St
Portland, Oregon 97216

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has worked with other City bureaus and community stakeholders on the Tree Project because the City’s tree codes are confusing and out of date. With input from community stakeholders, City staff have developed a proposal intended to:

• clarify, simplify and improve the effectiveness of the codes;
• advance City goals and canopy targets for Portland’s urban forest, neighborhood livability and development;
• update City tree preservation and planting requirements that apply when development is proposed;
• standardize and streamline the existing tree removal permit system to apply consistently throughout the city;
• create a new comprehensive tree code to house most tree rules, and elevate the role of trees and the City’s urban forestry program; and
• enhance customer service for residents and builders looking for information about trees and permits.


  • Volume 1: Project Report
    Project origin, approach, key issues, and recommendations.
  • Volume 2: Proposed Code Amendments
    Proposed new Title 11- Trees, amendments to Title 33 – Planning and Zoning, as well as corresponding amendments to nine other City Titles (3, 8, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 29, 31)
  • Appendices
    Additional project background documentation for the Project Report


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