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Transportation and Natural Systems are Focus of Next SE Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting

Advisory committee to discuss transportation circulation and natural systems on May 8

Map of focus area for SAC#6 meetingSystems thinking will create the framework for the next SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting in May. The project team will present ideas about transportation circulation and natural systems for the SAC to consider and discuss.

By 2035, Portland’s Central Eastside is expected to gain 9,000 new jobs (Bulletin #2 – Land Demand and Development Capacity). This increase in employment density will affect transportation circulation and require new approaches to open space and green systems in the area to create easier access for employees while protecting freight movement and other essential functions of the district. In addition, Portlanders have repeatedly expressed the need for better connections to and improved health of the Willamette River.

The SAC discussions about these interconnected systems will help staff prepare for a two-day charrette, June 3 - 4. The charrette will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the district and provide input on the SE Quadrant Plan. Check the project calendar for more information.

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents.

Upcoming Meetings

TWG Meeting #3
Thursday, April 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6
Thursday, May 8, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor)

Southeast Quadrant Charrette
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3 – 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Room 7A
1900 SW 4th Ave (7th floor)

SAC Meeting #7
Thursday, June 5, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor)


West Quadrant Plan Team Collects Feedback; Stakeholder Advisory Committee to Review Revised Drafts

Over the past two months, West Quadrant Plan project staff have presented the seven district draft plans to hundreds of people.

March 10 West Quadrant Plan Open House participantsSince the seven initial discussion drafts were presented at the January and February Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, staff has collected public feedback at the March 10 Open House at City Hall, through the online Virtual Open House, and by attending a dozen community and neighborhood association meetings. A report of feedback highlights by district can be found here.

Selected feedback highlightsThe comments are being used to revise the district drafts and to identify areas of disagreement that need further SAC discussion. The Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University revised drafts will be discussed at the April 21 SAC Meeting (see the meeting materials).

The Pearl District, Downtown, West End and South Waterfront revised drafts will be discussed at the May 19 SAC Meeting. A review of the complete Draft West Quadrant Plan will be on the agenda for the June 16 SAC Meeting, and the final review and approval process by the SAC is scheduled for July 21. Materials for each of these meetings will be posted when they are available.

All SAC meetings are open to the public, and public feedback on any of the draft district plans is still welcome. Questions or comments can be emailed to westquadrant@portlandoregon.gov. For more information, contact Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or by email at kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Holds April 22 Public Hearing on Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package

RICAP 6 features amendments addressing short-term rentals

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a hearing on the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP 6): Proposed Draft on April 22, beginning at 6p.m. Public testimony on short-term rentals and the other proposed code amendments will be taken at this time.

The Proposed Draft was refined based upon input received over seven weeks of outreach during the review of the Discussion Draft. While RICAP 6 includes more than 40 code amendments based on public requests, including improvements to wireless facilities and clarifying regulations on temporary activities such as construction staging, emergency situations and on-site filming, the greatest interest expressed by Portlanders was on the proposed new regulations around short-term rentals.  A summary memo of the feedback on the initial short-term rental proposal captures the key ideas in support of and opposition to the proposed code amendments and contains staff's responses to questions and concerns.  


Information on the Public Hearing on RICAP 6

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission - Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

Testimony on the  RICAP 6 package will be taken starting at approximately 6:15 p.m. Testimony about topics other than the short-term rental proposal will be taken first, with testimony and commission deliberation on the proposed short-term rental regulations following a recommendation on the other topics.

View the agenda: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc
View the Proposed Draft: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/484884
For detailed instructions on submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

PSC News: April 8, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

RICAP 6: Short-Term Rentals — briefing; Future of Transit: TriMet Service Enhancement Plan Initiatives — briefing; SW Corridor Plan — briefing

Agenda

  • RICAP 6: Short-Term Rentals briefing
  • Future of Transit: TriMet Service Enhancement Plan Initiatives briefing
  • SW Corridor Plan — briefing

Meeting files

** If you receive an error message, click the icon to the right of "Contained Records" to open the document listing.

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50. 

Hacienda CDC named as next Solar Forward site; new report by Environment Oregon ranks Portland in top 20 for solar installations

BPS News release, April 10, 2014

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Contact:
Charlie Fisher, Environment Oregon
(971) 266-2511, charlie@environmentoregon.org

Christine Llobregat, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
(503) 823-7616, christine.llobregat@portlandoregon.gov

Hacienda CDC named as next Solar Forard site; new report by Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center ranks Portland in the top 20 for solar installations

Portland – Today, Environment Oregon was joined by Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the City of Portland to release a new report: 

Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”

solar forward press event

Portland’s efforts to engage different communities in solar energy, through programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, has helped propel Portland into the top 20 of major cities for the amount of solar installed, according to the new Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center report, which provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

“As a pollution-free energy source with no fuel costs, solar energy is an important part of the City’s overall strategy to protect the climate and reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has helped demonstrate what’s possible at the local level with great programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, but there’s much more to be done.”

The top 20 solar cities in this report have more solar power within their city limits than was installed in the entire U.S. just five years ago.  Through installation of approximately 2,000 systems by businesses and residents, Portland has seen its local solar electric capacity grow from under 4 MW to over 15 MW in the past five years. BPS’s online Solar Map offers a dynamic way to view the growth and locations of residential and commercial solar installations throughout the metro area over the past decade.

Solar Forward advances
Today, Hacienda CDC was named as the next solar installation site for Portland’s Solar Forward project. Solar Forward is crowd-sourcing initiative that offers Portlanders a way to support the development of new, clean, local renewable energy. The roof of Hacienda’s new futsal court, part of the Ortiz Center, will soon host a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array.

“Hacienda has long believed that environmental amenities should be available to Portlanders of all income levels,” said Victor Merced, executive director, Hacienda Community Development Corporation.  “We are excited for the opportunity to build on our commitment to green building in Cully with the addition of this partnership with Solar Forward.”

Report highlights benefits and smart solar strategies for cities
As the cost of solar drops, there is a growing awareness of solar power as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.  

The report highlighted the benefits of solar energy, including: 

Solar energy avoids pollution—Pollution-free energy from the sun reduces air pollution that contributes to urban smog and climate change.  It also helps save the massive amount of water that’s normally consumed during the cooling of fossil-fuel-burning power plants.  

Solar energy protects consumers— Since solar has no fuel costs, it can serve as a hedge against the rising cost of fossil fuels.

Solar energy helps the economy— Oregon has 2,900 solar jobs in installation, manufacturing, and maintenance. 

The report pointed to policies and programs that encourage investment in solar PV installations, which have been adopted by local leaders in solar cities:

  • City leaders can set ambitious and achievable goals and citizens and businesses can work with local governments to meet them. Cities can lead by example by installing solar on public facilities such as community centers, fire stations and pumping stations.
  • Cities can also run solar bulk-purchasing programs, modeled after BPS’s innovative “Solarize” program, which relied upon neighbor-to-neighbor outreach campaigns to help organize bulk purchases of solar panels that saved money on installation costs.
  • City leaders can work with state governments to ensure that they have strong policies to expand solar, including renewable energy standards with distinct goals for solar deployment,  feed-in tariffs, net metering and community solar programs.

“The sky’s the limit on solar energy.  Portland is a shining example of solar leadership,” said Charlie Fisher, Field Organizer with Environment Oregon, “But, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the potential to capture this pollution-free energy source.   By committing to bold goals and expanding on the good policies we’ve adopted, we can take solar to the next level.” 

To view the report, visit http://environmentoregoncenter.org/reports/orc/shining-cities

Help Solar Forward build more solar in Cully! Donate at bit.ly/supportsolar.

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Environment Oregon is a state-based, citizen-funded, environmental organizations working toward a cleaner, greener, healthier future. www.environmentoregon.org

Hacienda CDC is a Latino community development corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

Solar Forward, a program of BPS, offers community members a new way to support clean, local renewable energy systems on public buildings like community centers, schools and libraries. Community solar offers an opportunity for people to support solar installations that benefit the community.

 

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