Tell the City Not to Destroy Wildlife Habitat at Broadmoor Golf Course

Mayor Hales and Commissioners Novick and Saltzman have introduced an amendment to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan which would convert 57 acres of valuable wildlife habitat at Broadmoor Golf Course in NE Portland to industrial use. The land is currently zoned as Open Space, meaning it is intended to preserve and enhance public and private natural, park and recreational values, but the owner wants to sell the land, and has asked that the City upzone this acreage so that he can sell it to industrial developers and reap a huge profit.

A photo of large trees on Broadmoore Golf Course.

How valuable is this wildlife habitat?

  • The majority of the site is within a designated environmental overlay, an area the city recognizes has “highly significant resources and functional values.”
  • The site is bordered on three sides by waterways and wetlands including the Columbia Slough, the Catkin Marsh Wetlands, and a Port of Portland environmental mitigation site. This parcel contains more than a full mile of riparian habitat! Destroying this site will not only eliminate important habitat. It will leave the surrounding habitat isolated and fragmented, cutting the heart out of one of the most important wildlife complexes on the slough.
  • The site is full of massive trees including many large giant sequoias like the ones that the community fought to save in SE Portland.
  • 11 at-risk bird species and the state listed sensitive Western Painted Turtles have been identified in this habitat complex.
  • The entire site ranks as “high value” on the regional natural resources inventory.

This amendment is about greed—the owners of Broadmoor already stood to make millions of dollars in profit based on a prior proposal by the City to upzone significant acreage at the front of the golf course along Columbia Blvd for industrial use. The original proposal was bad—this new proposal makes it much, much worse. Adding these additional 57 acres of valuable wildlife habitat will add millions more to the owners’ profit, but at the expense of wildlife, habitat, and Open Space. This amendment undermines the public process. The conversion of the 57 acres to industrial use was never proposed during the multi-year comprehensive plan public process. In fact, it was proposed to be permanently protected as Open Space and natural area every step of the way and was only shifted to industrial use at the very end of the process at the behest of the landowner.

Please help us save wildlife habitat, wetlands and giant trees at Broadmoor. The owner has no legitimate expectation that this land will be upzoned. City Council is putting the property owner ahead of the public interest.

Please let Council know that you want them to protect Broadmoor Golf Course as Open Space and Natural Area, not convert it to industrial use.

How you can help:

1) Attend a Hearing

April 14, 6 – 9 p.m., Portland Building 1120 SW 5th Ave
April 20, 2 – 5 p.m., Council Chamber, 1221 SW 4th Ave

2) Call or Send an Email

Commissioner Nick Fish: 503-823-3589 |
Commissioner Steve Novick: 503-823-4682 |

Commissioner Dan Saltzman: 503-823-4151 |
Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-3008 |
Mayor Charlie Hales: 503-823-4120 |
Council Clerk: