On July 28, the PSC heard 36 people testify in person and received another 246 pieces of written testimony on proposals that would update Portland’s environmental zones and voted to continue the hearing to December 8. Subsequently, staff briefed the Commission on September 8 regarding issues raised in the testimony and provided an update on site visits. At the end of that briefing the PSC decided to postpone the continued public hearing to February 23. This will allow staff to complete all of the requested site visits.
Early next year, project staff will brief the PSC again to update them on the site visit work and the proposed zone changes.
Check the PSC calendar to confirm the dates and times for the briefings.
Watch the briefings (live stream and recorded) on the PSC’s YouTube channel.
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, buildings, roads and other infrastructure from flooding and landslides.
There are two ways to view the project Proposed Draft:
Look up your property at portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp, click on “Ezone Project” and enter your street address.