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Public hearing on the Ezone Map Correction Project Proposed Draft scheduled for July 28

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Community members invited to testify on proposed changes to the environmental overlay zones, which protect streams and wetlands, flood areas, steep slopes, forests, wildlife and properties; roughly 17,000 properties affected.


The Ezone Map Correction Project is correcting the maps of conservation and protection overlay zones (ezones) to better align with existing rivers, streams, wetlands, flood areas, vegetation, steep slopes and wildlife habitat. This will not only protect Portland’s natural resources but will reduce risks to our homes and other buildings as well as roads and other infrastructure from flooding and landslides.  

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hear public testimony on the Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project (Ezone Project) during a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. Based on the PSC’s comments about the process at a briefing on the project, staff will be recommending that the hearing be continued to the Fall to allow more time for people to review the proposals. 

Watch the public hearing (live stream and recorded).

How to Testify

  1. Submit written testimony. Because this meeting will be held virtually, we strongly encourage electronic written testimony. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address. 
  • Use the Map App:
    Click on “E-zones Map Correction” then click the "Testify" button. 
    Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. 
  • Use U.S. Mail: 
    Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
    Ezone Map Correction Project Testimony
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201 
  1. Testify at the hearing. The hearing on July 28 at 4 p.m. will be held virtually. You can use a computer, mobile device or telephone to testify during the hearing. To testify during the hearing, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual hearing. The deadline to sign up to testify at the hearing is Monday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. Individuals have two minutes to testify, unless stated otherwise at the hearing.  

Learn More

There are two ways to view the Proposed Draft: 

  1. Look up your property on the Portland MapApp, click on “Ezone Project” and look up a street address. 

  1. Download a copy of the documents.

Project staff are also hosting online one-on-one question and answer sessions for individuals. Sign up for one 30-minute session.

Please note, we are experiencing a high volume of calls regarding the project and it may take up to five business days to reply. Email may be faster.