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City Council to vote on Portland 2016-21 Powell-Division Transit and Development Project “Local Action Plan”

New action plan focuses on ways to support community development for both housing and economic development in the Powell-Division corridor

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:
Radcliffe Dacanay
radcliffe.dacanay@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-9713

WHO: Portland City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

WHAT: On behalf of partner bureaus at the City of Portland, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present a proposed draft of the 2016–21 Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project to the City Council for adoption by resolution. The Portland Local Action Plan focuses on ways to support community development (housing and economic development) as part of the broader Powell-Division Transit and Development project. (A separate “Transit Action Plan” was adopted by Metro in June 2015.)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland

WHY: In Spring 2013, the City of Portland accepted a Community Planning and Development Grant from Metro to participate in the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. This broad planning process is intended to bring high capacity transit to the Powell-Division corridor by the early 2020s. 

The City of Portland and its fellow grantee, the City of Gresham, were awarded the grant to engage the community and prepare a “local action plan” that focused on the placemaking and community development aspects of the broader plan. The Local Action Plan suggests a set of actions over the next five years to create housing and economic development opportunities that align with future transportation investments. The plan also helps ensure that these actions and investments focus on equity and that accrued benefits are shared with existing residents and businesses in the corridor.

The Local Action Plan includes revisions based on comments and feedback from community stakeholders, the project steering committee and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Highlights of the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

HOUSING: Provide more and better affordable housing along the corridor

  • Produce 300+ affordable housing units by 2021.
  • Include better multi-dwelling development standards in the Zoning Code.
  • Advocate for and adopt stronger tenant protections.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Provide benefits to existing businesses and residents 

  • Retain businesses with technical assistance.
  • Connect residents to jobs through workforce navigation opportunities.
  • Support new development and catalyst projects.
  • Perform ongoing community outreach.

PLACEMAKING: Improve walking and biking connectivity and safety in neighborhoods and places near transit investment, including the Jade District and Division-Midway.

  • Create high quality station environments that reflect local culture.
  • Improve access and active transportation opportunities in the corridor.

PSC News: August 2, 2016 Meeting Information and Documents

Campus Institutions Transportation Demand Management — briefing; Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation; Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session

Agenda

  • Campus Institutions Transportation Demand Management — briefing
  • Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation
  • Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

REMINDER: Public hearings on new plan for the Central City start on July 26

Portlanders invited to testify on the Central City 2035 Plan to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in person or in writing

On Tuesday, July 26, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold the first of two public hearings on the Proposed Draft Central City 2035 Plan. Residents, property owners and other stakeholders will be able to share their input on this long range plan for growth and development along the Willamette River and in the city center for the next 20 years.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Central City 2035 Plan
Tuesday, July 26, 5 p.m. and August 9, 4 p.m.
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

Note: The 5 p.m. time on July 26 is a slight change from the original listing. Also, this location is different from the usual location of PSC meetings.

Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through August 9, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify about specific properties or transportation proposals through the Map App.
  • By Email: Email your comments with “CC2035 Testimony” in the subject line to psc@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By U.S. Mail:
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers’ name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.

Next steps
Following the PSC hearings, the Commission will hold a series of work sessions in the fall to work through specific topics in the CC2035 Plan. Commissioners may propose amendments before forwarding  a Recommended Draft on to City Council.

Have questions?
We’re here to help! Call the Central City Helpline at 503-823-4286 or send an email to cc2035@portlandoregon.gov.

Learn more by visiting the Central City 2035 Plan website and Map App.

If you own property in the Central City and zoning changes have been proposed for it, you should have received a Notice of Proposed Land Use Regulation from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. If you have questions about how the proposals may affect your property, please contact Central City staff. The PSC will not be able to answer your questions about this notice.

Neighborhood information sessions for shelter code update

Staff will provide a summary of possible code changes prior to the release of the Proposed Draft

Staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability are providing an overview of potential zoning code amendments that will change how some shelters and housing projects will be reviewed. These changes are to address the City Council's resolution directing us to 'simplify regulations, remove regulatory obstacles, and expedite processes for land use reviews and permits for affordable housing projects, mass shelters, and short-term housing.' Although some of these overviews have already taken place, several more are scheduled. You can check with the corresponding neighborhood or district coalition offices, or with project staff for details. Staff anticipates that a Proposed Draft of code changes will be available the week of August 8.

July 11 @ 6 p.m. – East Portland Action Plan Housing Subcommittee, 1017 NE 117th Ave. 

July 18 @ 7 p.m. Southeast Uplift Coalition Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee, 3534 SE Main St. 

July 27 @ 7 p.m.  Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee, 4815 NE 7th Ave. 

July 28 @ 7 p.m.  North Portland Neighborhood Services Coalition Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee, 8105 N Brandon St.

Sep 8 @ 7 p.m.  Central Northeast Neighborhood Coalition Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee 4415 NE 87th Ave.

PSC News: July 26, 2016 Meeting Recap

Miscellaneous Zoning Code Amendments — hearing/recommendation; Central City 2035 Plan — hearing; Mixed Use Zones project — work session

Agenda

  • Task 5: Miscellaneous Zoning Code Amendments — hearing / recommendation
  • Central City 2035 Plan — hearing
  • Mixed Use Zones Project — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.