City wide issues

New zoning in Portland

Venture Portland DOZA Design Policy: Help Shape Your City WebinarLearn how you can help retain the identity and character of Portland’s neighborhood business districts as our City grows.          What is DOZA & Why is it Important? The City of Portland is changing the rules that govern the design of new commercial buildings through updated design standards and guidelines, and a Design Overlay (“D-Overlay”). The policy process is called the Design Overlay Zoning Amendments (DOZA). To find out how DOZA will affect your district, please join us on April 30, 12-1 pm. Learn how you can help influence this critical policy and ensure Portland grows smart, without losing its unique identity.          The DOZA Citywide Design policy is scheduled for a first City Council hearing on May 12th and this is an opportunity to testify and advocate for our business districts. Many communities and business districts are unaware of the policy and significance of this 30-year overhaul to our city’s design approach.          Venture Portland is collaborating with PDX Main Streets to host a webinar to discuss what this means for our business districts, discuss key issues, priorities and concerns, and to share PDX Main Streets draft recommendations for input and advocacy. Urban Designer Heather Flint Chatto, Director of PDX Main Streets, will discuss design standards and strategies that will help keep our neighborhood business districts diverse, walkable, human-scale, affordable, and architecturally, historically and culturally significant.RSVP for our DOZA Design Policy Webinar on 4/30 from 12-1pm
 Venture Portland Since 1986, Venture Portland has supported Portland’s unique and thriving neighborhood business districts through grants, training and technical assistance.
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1125 SE Madison St, Suite 112 | Portland, OR 97214

Commercial Rent Relief Program

FYI – State program funding available

the Oregon Legislative Emergency Board on January 8, 2021, allocated $100 million to fund a new Commercial Rent Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and landlords adversely affected by economic conditions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will be administered by Business Oregon in two rounds and will:

a.       Target tenant businesses with 100 or less Employees who are in lease payment arrears due to COVID-19.

b.       Require property owner participation and includes additional protections for tenants, such as non-eviction clauses, and a waiver of penalties and interest.

c.       Award grants through a random lottery process.

The application opens statewide on Monday, March 8 and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 22. The second round will open in April and unselected applications from the first round will carry over for consideration in the second round. More information about the program including eligibility criteria may be found here:

City wide issues

News of the Portland Waterfront

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Hello everyone,
It’s Michael from the Portland Harbor CAG. Click the hyperlink header above for our latest newsletter. We are aiming to make it a minimum quarterly publication via PDF link through our listserv host. There is lots of news in the current Willamette Insider, hope you enjoy as much as we did. 

Please join us and *RSVP Now!*  for the March 10th Virtual First” Quarterly Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative Group Meeting (with support from the CAG): We are excited to announce and have our first Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative Group Meeting. We have been working for 2 years to get to this moment of a Working Collaborative!!  Please read below for how to submit an RSVP (required) for this event and initial materials, including a final agenda!Date: Wednesday, March 10thTime:  Starts at 5:00pm Pacific (optional activities occurring between 4:30-5pm (for Collaborative members) and 7-8pm (for Collaborative members and non-members/observers))Location:  Online only.RSVP:  To automatically receive webinar connection information, please submit an RSVP as soon as possible at  An RSVP is required to attend the 3/10/2021 Public Forum. You will automatically receive an e-mail with webinar connection information from Triangle Associates.**Please check your spam and junk mail and make sure
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Bring a grocery store to Hayden Island

The Hayden Island community and surrounding trade area supported Safeway for 57 years (1962 through 2018). The community was very disappointed with Safeway’s departure. The majority of residents, boaters, and businesses on the island as well as surrounding neighborhoods are interested in bringing back a neighborhood grocery store.

We believe that Hayden Island and the surrounding trade area is capable of supporting a grocery story on the island. Sign our petition, thus agreeing that you are willing to support a neighborhood grocer on Hayden Island. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF OREGON. THIS IS NOT A VOTING PETITION Please also type your zip code in the comment section. Grocers will be interested in the width of the market area around Hayden Island. ​Questions call Joyce Morrelli 503-312-6536 email   Sign up now and have your friends and family over 18 years sign too!!                           
City wide issues

Virtual meeting invitation

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.
Wednesday January 13th At 6:30 p.m. Pacific
Click Here For The Zoom Link  Happy New Near Everyone, 
2021…WOW…it’s here! I am hoping that later in this year we can possibly gather as close as the cormorants in the Columbia Sough picture above. 

Please join us for our virtual Portland Harbor CAG Meeting on Wednesday January 13th. We will be having a dissuasion about the fuel tanks in the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub and its relations to risk management within Portland Harbor and the Willamette River. We are revisiting this topic of the CEI risk because of the importance for community to know how it relates to the clean up effort, risk and responsibilities, and protocols in the event of human caused damages to the Willamette River in Portland Harbor Superfund. 

Date: January 13th 2021
Time: Start at 6:30 pm Pacific 
Location: Online Only
 *   Meeting ID: 923 1444 8438
 *   One tap mobile: +12532158782,,92314448438# US (Tacoma)

Guest speakers will be:
*Susheela Jayapal – Multnomah County Commissioner
(, 503-988-5219) 
*Jonna Papaefthimiou- Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager Portland Bureau of Emergency Management 
(, 503-823-3809)
*Caleb Shaffer, EPA Region 10 Portland Harbor Team Lead (, 503-326-5015)
*Lauren Wirtis Oregon DEQ’s Regional Public Affairs Specialist (, 503-229-6488)  **Please check your spam and junk mail and
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Please be safe and lets fight the rapid spread of COVID-19 together.
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Contact: Michael Pouncil at 503.705.7224 
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