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Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Project

BPS E-News Issue 11

Community members in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood will soon collaborate on a plan to enhance their neighborhood business district. Beginning this month, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in cooperation with the Bureau of Transportation, will engage with Cully folks to plan for the future of Cully Boulevard Main Street. Development of a local street plan for the neighborhood is also a key component of the project.

This one-year project will help create more neighborhood-serving commercial development, such as shops, restaurants and other amenities and services. The project will conclude with a report with zoning recommendations for the Cully Boulevard Main Street area and a local street plan. The street plan will identify opportunities for future street connections, ideas for new local street designs, and the community’s prioritization of local street improvements with ideas for funding. The report with recommendations will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and then to the City Council at public hearings in Spring 2012 for final action.

The Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project implements high priority actions desired by the community that relate to economic development and improvements to local street infrastructure. An outgrowth of the Cully-Concordia Community Assessment Report and the Cully-Concordia Community Action Plan, this project addresses some of the key issues and opportunities to improve livability for residents, especially families with children. The bureau’s northeast district liaison worked closely with diverse community and agency stakeholders in the Cully (and Concordia) area for the past few years to develop the assessment report and action plan, and in 2008, City Council approved both.

The Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project is funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Transportation and Growth Management Program.

For more information contact Debbie Bischoff, Senior Planner, at 503.823.6946 or debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov.

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Airport Futures takes off

BPS E-News Issue 11

On April 13, 2011, at 2 p.m., the Portland City Council will vote to adopt the Airport Futures Plan. Airport Futures was a collaborative effort between the City and Port of Portland, and the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan community to create an integrated, long-range development plan for the airport and the surrounding area.

The Airport Futures plan Council will take a new approach to protecting and enhancing natural resources in and around the airport. Instead of traditional regulation, the plan calls for the Port to mitigate for impacts to wildlife habitat by improving 300 acres of grassland on Government Island in advance of development. The Port also made a strong commitment to the overall enhancement of the Columbia Slough by pledging $1.8 million in tree planting and slough enhancement projects over the next 25 years.

Airport Futures received the unanimous endorsement of the 30-member planning advisory group and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. A joint hearing on the plan was held before both the Portland City Council and Port of Portland Commission on March 16. After testimony by 15 advisory group members and several community members, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt, Mayor Sam Adams, City Council and the Port Commission praised the open and transparent planning process and expressed appreciation for the incredible work of the advisory group members, staff and project consultants.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson and Port Aviation Director Steve Schreiber emphasized that, “… this is not an end, but a beginning …” for the implementation of the Airport Futures commitments as well as the creation of an ongoing PDX Community Advisory Committee this fall.  

The three-year planning process was guided by a 30-member planning advisory group with input from airport stakeholders. The process included 87 planning advisory group and subcommittee meetings and over 131 stakeholder meetings. The ongoing committee is being sponsored by the Cities of Portland and Vancouver and the Port of Portland.

 

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Panel of local experts discusses the future of the Willamette River

BPS E-News Issue 11

In February, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted two Willamette River symposiums to inform the update of the Central City Plan and the Willamette River Greenway Plan. The sessions helped to identify policies to achieve development, access and vibrancy along the river, while protecting and restoring natural resources and watershed health. The sessions build on the rich history of the 1988 Central City Plan, 1987 Greenway Plan, 2001 River Renaissance Vision and the 2006 River Concept.

The symposiums included representatives from the Federated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Siletz; property owners and business leaders; community and environmental activists; neighborhood representatives; state and federal agency staff; architects, landscape architects, engineers, commercial realtors; university professors and other professionals; and others who care about the river.

City planners are using the feedback from the symposiums to chart a course for the future of the Willamette River. They will present their ideas to the Central City 2035 Advisory Group on Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 A. The public is invited to attend and comment.

The two-page guidance document begins with the following goal:  

Ensure that the Willamette River, and the land along the river, supports a diverse array of economic opportunities, community spaces and activities for all Portlanders, and a healthy, functioning environment in the heart of the Central City.

Over the next few months the advisory group will review and approve similar draft goals for housing, economic prosperity, mobility, civic and cultural life and other topics. Once guidance documents are drafted for all the topics, they will be released for broad public review and forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and then on to the City Council. The Council-approved document will guide the update of the Central City 2035 plan, the Central City Transportation Management Plan and the River Plan / Central Reach.

For more information on Central City 2035, please contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714. For more information about the Willamette River policies, please contact Shannon Buono at 503-823-7662.

Solarize Portland extends deadline to May 15th

BPS E-News Issue 11

The price goes down when more neighbors join in! While Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have recruited over 275 homeowners in North and Northwest Portland for a bulk purchase of solar electric systems for their homes, and they want even more neighbors to sign up. The registration deadline for these Solarize Portland campaigns has been extended to May 15, 2011.

Free workshops makes going solar easy and affordable

Solarize Portland neighborhood projects are designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing. Free workshops make the process easy to understand, by covering topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started.

 

About Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition

The Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition (NWNW) promotes direct participation in grassroots democracy by supporting community efforts at the neighborhood level. Our services advance the voices of our constituent Neighborhood Associations as they strive to create livable, sustainable and equitable communities. www.nwnw.org

About North Portland Neighborhood Services

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS), located in the Historic Kenton Firehouse, is the neighborhood office that serves residents in the 11 neighborhood associations in the North Portland district. www.npnscommunity.org

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Nominate a home for the 10th annual Build It Green! Home Tour

BPS E-News Issue 11

This year’s Build It Green! Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 24. Yes, that’s several months away, but we’re reminding you now so you can talk it up amongst your friends. Even more important is that we need your help to identify and nominate green-built or –remodeled homes for the tour.  Check out the homes from last year here.

Now in it's tenth year, the BPS green building team continues to promote the tour to help encourage community energy towards green building techniques. Along with the Info Fair at EcoHaus, tour-goers can take home a wealth of ideas -- at all prices ranges -- to incorporate into their homes.

Remember, April 30 is the deadline for nominations

New, old, funky, refined, modern — we’re looking for a diverse mix of residential projects. Fill out a nomination form on our website -- it's easy!