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Updated - CC2035 Events: Your chance to learn, contribute

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Upcoming opportunities provide you with a chance to learn about issues in Portland's Central City and offer feedback on the current state of plans for its future.

After two successful Housing and Community Development symposiums, Central City 2035 (CC2035) continues its series of public events in 2011. With these symposiums, you have a chance to learn about and contribute to the future of Portland's Central City.

The development of a Concept Plan for the Central City is organized around six integrated themes:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Urban Design
  • Mobility
  • The Willamette River
  • Civic and Cultural Life

The next two opportunities to learn more about Portland's Central City are:

The Willamette River Symposium

February 4, 2011

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A

Mobility Symposium

February 11, 2011

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A

Take a look at the CC2035 calendar of events for all of the future opportunities for you to learn more about and contribute to CC2035.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

BPS News: New Solarize projects will help North, Northwest Portland homeowners go solar

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services collaborate to launch Solarize North and Solarize NW

BPS News

Wednesday January 26, 2010

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Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7007

New Solarize projects will help North, Northwest Portland homeowners go solar

Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services collaborate to launch Solarize North and Solarize NW

Portland, ORE -- North and Northwest Portland area homeowners looking to control their energy costs by using solar electricity have a new helping hand to guide them through the steps of a home installation. Solarize Northwest and Solarize North Portland are two new grassroots, community-based projects coordinated by Neighbors West -Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services.

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.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the nonprofit organization Energy Trust of Oregon are working together to support the launch of Solarize Northwest and North Portland, and can help any Portland neighborhood associations or groups interested in operating Solarize projects. For these two projects, the City of Portland is providing strategic assistance and coordination, and Energy Trust is providing technical assistance and cash incentives to help lower the upfront cost of the solar electric systems. Also, Solar Oregon is offering educational workshops and providing database services.

Portlanders are confident about solar energy

With almost eight megawatts (MW) of solar power installed across the city (enough energy to power almost 700 homes) - Portlanders have helped prevent 4,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. The City of Portland is nearing its goal for installing 10 MW by 2012. There are currently 600 residential solar electric systems (also known as photovoltaics or PV), totaling 1.6 MW, installed in Portland. The growth of the local residential market has experienced a 400 percent increase in installations from 2008 to 2010.

For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize

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

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce. www.portlandonline.com/bps

About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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N/NE Quadrant SAC #4: Meeting Summary

The N/NE Quadrant Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee held a successful meeting on Thursday, January 20th, setting the stage to move on to the next phase of the planning process - development of preliminary alternatives for the future of this quadrant of the Central City. Highlights from the meeting include:

  • The project goals and scope were finalized. These will be used to shape recommendations made by the Committee during the planning process. The scope sets parameters for what will be addressed by this project.
  • A preliminary set of Issues, Opportunities and Constraints in the planning area were presented by staff and discussed by committee members. This information represents a synthesis of input received from a broad range of stakeholders, including feedback collected at public events.
  • A discussion of the next phase of the planning process, which will result in preliminary concept alternatives about how the quadrant should grow and change over the next 25 years. Preliminary concepts are expected to be ready for public review and discussion in May.

The meeting agenda and materials are available here. Full notes from the meeting will also be available on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee's (SAC) page on once they're approved at the next SAC meeting.

Upcoming meetings include joint meetings of the Land Use and Transportation Subcommittees on February 9 and March 2 (tentative), and the full SAC on March 10. See the calendar for times and locations.

Special thanks to the Calaroga Terrace Retirement Community, which donated the meeting space and refreshments for this meeting. Calaroga Terrace is located within the N/NE Quadrant Project's planning area.