'South Portland' may be newest city designation
It may take a while, but South Portland could become the city's 6th directional area.
The sextant — which would take about 5 years to implement beginning in 2020 — would join the designations of North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest Portland.
The plan would change about 5000 Southwest Portland addresses to, simply, South Portland.
About 8 percent of Southwest Portland addresses are in the area — including Johns Landing and the South Waterfront — which includes a zero as the lead number in their mailing address.
The plan is under development by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. It would change addresses east of Southwest Naito Parkway.
PBOT said the eastward curve in the Willamette River is the reason the east-west addresses in that area begin with a zero. The zero is what differentiates them from addresses west of the dividing line.
Those addresses cause confusion with 911 dispatchers and emergency responders, plus Google Maps and delivery of packages to certain homes. Residents in the area say they have a hard time getting everything from mail to a pizza.
City leaders also say there are many computer systems and databases that don't recognize addresses that begin with zero.
If this plan takes effect, that zero would be eliminated for east-west streets. No addresses would change for north-south streets.
"We think it's time, as the city continues to grow, this is a good time to take this problem head-on, to really address it in a big way," PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera told KOIN 6 News. "It's only going to get worse if we don't take action now. We have 5000 addresses affected by this. We don't want to wait until we have 10,000 addresses affected by this."
People with affected addresses should have recently received a mailing from PBOT about the plan. You can find out if your address is included at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/index.cfm?&a=673632.
The city will hold a number of open houses during March to inform the public about the plan, and the Portland City Council will hear this issue on May 31.
The transition period would begin in May 2020 and continue through May 2025.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.