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Two More Comp Plan Public Hearings: PCC Southeast and Downtown

Written comments on Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft accepted until March 13

The third public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft with the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be Tuesday, October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the new PCC campus at 2305 SE 82nd Ave and Division. Look for the meeting in the Community Hall.

Jade District Rendering

Come early and stroll around the facilities, then squint your eyes south down 82nd Ave toward the Fubon market and imagine the area 15 to 20 years from now. The computer-generated image above is a hint of what’s possible in this emerging cultural, educational and business district.

SE 82nd and Division is designated a neighborhood center in the new Comprehensive Plan. That means the growth and economic activity already happening in this dynamic part of Portland will be enhanced by new zoning, infrastructure investments and transit.

In the News 

The Portland Tribune recently published a front page story about the area and the City’s efforts to make it a more livable, walkable, amenity-rich neighborhood. Reporter Steve Law toured the area with planners working on the Mixed Use Zones Project. His story explains how a civic corridor like 82nd Ave could mature into one with more street trees, pedestrian crosswalks, traffic calming features, mixed-use housing and retail around nodes such as the Jade District near the PCC campus, as well as Lents Town Center and proposed neighborhood centers in Montavilla and Roseway.  

You can read the article and then share your feedback on the proposed plan with the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday night. (And learn more about the Mixed Use Zones Project and upcoming project workshops at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.)

Future Timeline 

The last 2014 public hearing on the proposed draft will be Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A. The PSC will then hold several work sessions and begin the new year with additional meetings, work sessions and hearings on the Comprehensive Plan and supporting documents and reports. The Commission will continue to accept written comments on the goals, policies and land use map until March 13. View the project calendar for more information.  

PSC News: October 14, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Comprehensive Plan — hearing

Agenda

  • Comprehensive Plan — hearing 

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.  

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on New Short-Term Rental Regulation

Renting out a room in an apartment or condominium would be allowed under new code amendments

Contact
Matthew Robinson
Office of Mayor Charlie Hales
503-823-4045
matthew.robinson@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland, ORE. — On Wednesday, November 19 at 2 p.m., Portlanders will be able to tell City Council what they think about a proposal to allow short-term rentals in apartments and condos. After they hear public testimony, commissioners will vote on whether or not to extend new short-term rental regulations beyond single-family homes.

The recommendations propose to allow accessory short-term rentals in up to ten percent of the total units in multi-dwelling structures such as apartments and condominiums. In buildings with fewer than ten units, one accessory short-term rental would be permitted. The new rules would be similar to those already in effect for single dwellings; basic safety measures must be met and required notice sent to surrounding residents.

For details of the proposal, read the Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft, October 20, 2014.

Background
Last summer the Portland City Council approved new regulations for accessory short-term rentals in single family houses and duplexes. These regulations, effective on Aug. 29, 2014, created a new permit process that allows residents to rent up to two bedrooms in their home to overnight guests.

While Mayor Charlie Hales lauded this as a step in the right direction to support the sharing economy, he felt it didn’t go far enough and directed his staff to explore options for expanding the program to include multi-dwelling buildings.

Hales’ staff convened a working group, including housing interest groups and City staff to discuss issues related to short-term rentals in multi-dwelling buildings.

On Nov. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. City Council will hold a public hearing on the recommendations in Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft.

How to submit testimony on the Mayor’s Recommended Draft

Testify at the City Council hearing  The hearing, on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm, will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Avenue). Metered and paid parking is available in the vicinity. City Hall is served by many transit lines. Call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or check their web site at http://www.trimet.org for routes and schedules.

Write to City Council  Send written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW Fourth Ave, Rm 130, Portland, OR 97204, or email Karla.Moore-Love@portlandoregon.gov. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Copies of the Mayor’s Recommended Draft are available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th Floor. Or you can request a copy to be mailed to you by calling 503‑823‑7700.

Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing #2 at Parkrose High School

On Tuesday, October 14, 5 - 9 p.m. public can testify on draft plan for the future of Portland as the city grows and changes

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its second public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft at Parkrose High School on Tuesday, October 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Portlanders are invited to tell the commissioners what they think about the draft 2035 plan for Portland as the city grows and changes.

By holding this (and the following) hearing out in the community, the commissioners hope to make it easier for more Portlanders to give their feedback on the proposed draft. The third hearing two weeks later will be in East Portland at the new Portland Community College campus at SE 82nd and Division. The fourth hearing will be downtown.

Public Hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft
Planning and Sustainability Commission

October 14, 2014 at 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street

October 28, 2014 at 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue

November 4, 2014 at 4 – 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A 

If you can’t attend one of the hearings and/or you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that instead.

  • Send written comments to:

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

More than 50 Portlanders testified at the first hearing September 23. And many more packed the meeting room to listen and observe the process. You can read the meeting minutes and written testimony as well as watch the video of the meeting. Then prepare your testimony and tell the commissioners what you think.

Review the Plan

To prepare for testifying, you can review the Introduction, Parts of the Plan and Urban Design Direction, explore the Map App, and/or consult a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also read the PSC’s Tips for Testifying.

And if you have questions, please feel free to call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email pdxcompplan@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland City Council adopts Climate Change Preparation Strategy, Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

News Release posted October 8, 2014

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

CONTACT
Christine Llobregat
503-823-7007

Portland City Council adopts Climate Change Preparation Strategy, Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

New strategy guides local policies, operations, services and infrastructure in response to climate change projections

Portland, ORE. — Portland City Council today voted to adopt the Climate Change Preparation Strategy and the associated Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment. This strategy completes an action from the 2009 City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan to identify how climate change will affect the region and what actions are needed to protect communities.

“Preparing our community for the impacts of a changing climate is simply good, responsible management,” said Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland. “We’re fortunate that Portland doesn’t face the same scale of threats that many coastal cities must deal with, but we do expect real impacts and take them seriously. At the same time, reducing carbon emissions remains a crucial component of Portland’s climate work."

The strategy and background report explore the impacts of climate change on various sectors, including people, infrastructure, and natural systems likes rivers and wetlands. Potential impacts to food production, climate migrants, energy systems and the economy are also briefly explored in the strategy. The strategy establishes 12 objectives and identifies more than 80 actions to build climate resilience into Portland’s and Multnomah County’s policies, operations, services and infrastructure over the coming years.

“This plan is about fairness,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “People who are going to be most vulnerable to the heat are older adults, our homeless population, people of color and low-income community members who don’t have the means to adapt or get out of town. Multnomah County is committed to helping prepare this community to protect their health.”

Portland’s climate future is expected to be characterized by warmer winters with heavier rainstorms and hotter, drier summers with an increased frequency of high-heat days. The strategy identifies five distinct risks:

Hotter, drier summers with more high-heat days

  • Risk 1: Increased temperatures (both day and night) and frequency of high-heat days.
  • Risk 2: Increased frequency of drought.
  • Risk 3: Increased wildfire frequency and intensity.

Warmer winters with the potential for more intense rain events

  • Risk 4: Increased frequency and magnitude of damaging floods.
  • Risk 5: Increased landslides.

Successful preparation requires an understanding of how climate change may affect people most vulnerable to expected impacts, particularly increased temperatures, poor air quality and flooding. Where possible, the strategy recommends prioritizing preparation actions in communities such as low-income populations and communities of color where people face current and historical disparities that may be exacerbated by climate change impacts.

Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and from land use changes, including deforestation, are the primary drivers of the climate change we are experiencing today and expect to see in the future. Reducing carbon emissions remains a crucial component of climate change preparation work.

Developed by the City of Portland and Multnomah County, the strategy and background report were informed by advisors from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Next steps

With today’s adoption of the Climate Change Preparation Strategy, City and County staff will build on existing efforts to reduce risks from climate change impacts through implementation, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation.

The strategy and assessment are linked to the City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, which integrates City and County work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change while also preparing for the impacts that we will experience. Portland and Multnomah County are currently in the process of updating the Climate Action Plan, the first version of which was adopted in 1993.
BPS will soon release the updated Climate Action Plan for public comment, and staff will integrate the main recommendations from the Climate Change Preparation Strategy. Visit Portland’s Climate Preparation and Action website to learn more about the Climate Action Plan update project and other existing climate efforts.

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About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and, policy and actions to address climate change.