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Emergency Ordinance

*Amend Street Vacations Code to align with updates to the Street Vacation Manual and associated Portland Bureau of Transportation policies (amend Code Chapter 17.84)


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), along with partner bureaus, continually seeks to improve its processes to provide the best possible service to residents in the City of Portland. PBOT’s Right of Way Acquisition Section (RWA) is responsible for the administration and implementation of street vacations on behalf of the City of Portland. While some responsibilities for this program had been previously shared with the Auditor’s Office, the Auditor’s Office has requested that RWA assume all work done for this program moving forward.

  1. PBOT staff have worked on updating Chapter 17.84 Street Vacations along with TRN-1.06 Street Vacations and the Street Vacation Manual to ensure a cohesive and coherent set of policies that will help clearly establish the street vacation process. The changes to Chapter 17.84 Street Vacations being approved in this ordinance reflect changes being made to shifting program responsibilities as stated above, and clarifications being made to match current City policies and practices. PBOT staff will update TRN-1.06 Street Vacations and the Street Vacation Manual to further explain and establish requirements for the street vacation process.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. Amend Code Chapter 17.84 Street Vacations as shown in Exhibit A.

Section 2.  The Council declares that an emergency exists because failure to adopt will delay PBOT’s ability to effectively manage the street vacation program and to assume duties from the Auditor’s Office; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Agenda Items

610 Regular Agenda in July 28-29, 2021 Council Agenda


  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Prepared by

Gene Yamamoto

Requested Agenda Type


Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date
Time Requested
10 Minutes
Changes City Code