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Central City 2035 continues symposium series

BPS E-News Issue 10

After six successful symposiums, Central City 2035 (CC2035) continues its series of issue-specific discussions (symposiums) in March 2011. With these symposiums, you have a chance to learn about and contribute to the future of Portland's Central City.

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

Mobility Symposium #2
Friday, March 11, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Portland, OR 97201

Economic Vitality Symposium #2
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
PDC – 222 NW 5th Avenue, Commission Room

Portland, OR 97209

The symposiums will feature discussion among stakeholders and experts on critical questions regarding mobility and economic vitality in the Central City. The CC2035 Advisory Group will integrate the results of the symposiums into a draft concept plan.

These topics are just two of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City, including:

  • Housing and Community Development

  • Mobility

  • Economic Vitality

  • Civic and Cultural Life

  • Historic Preservation

  • Urban Ecosystems

  • The Willamette River

  • Urban Design

  • Public Safety

Take a look at the CC2035 calendar of events for more opportunities to learn about and contribute to CC2035, including the dates for each specific theme. Continue to check the CC2035 website for updates to the symposium series.

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.

About CC2035

Central City 2035 (CC2035) is an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, which is the existing plan and policy for downtown and central areas of Portland, Oregon. In coordination with the Portland Plan, CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure that this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years.

Call for nominations: BIG! Home Tour

BPS E-News Issue 10

Do you have a new or remodeled home (funky, traditional, high tech, historic – we like it all) with green features you’d like to have considered for the Tenth Annual Build It Green! Home Tour? This tour is Saturday, September 24th. 

Send an e-mail with your contact info to Valerie Garrett, tour coordinator greenhotline@portlandoregon.gov to receive an online nomination form when they are available mid-March.

From your Regional Green Building Hotline: Old buildings work very well, thank you

BPS E-News Issue 10

Old buildings are rich, working reminders of the past that shaped us and also provide unique opportunities for innovative preservation and retrofit.  We can preserve our region’s architectural heritage by adapting and rehabilitating for today’s needs and future uses. Looking through lenses of sustainability, reuse, conservation and historic preservation we find ways of conserving precious resources, preserving our buildings and job creation and retention.

Living wage construction preservation jobs require training and skills and cannot be outsourced.  These job types include deconstruction, restoration, salvage, period reproduction, manufacturing and adaptive reuse as well as the trades like carpentry, plumbing and weatherization.  

Historic homes and commercial structures were often built with materials and detailing that is not economically feasible today, or the construction skills have now been lost.  Building materials include old growth fir, cast iron storefronts, terracotta façade detailing, massive solid wood beams, and wavy window glass.  Respecting and celebrating these materials and craftsmanship ensures diverse streetscapes, creates living architectural laboratories and community livability.

What is Embodied energy?  Why should you care?

Embodied energy is the total of all the energy required to grow, harvest, extract, manufacture, refine, process, package, transport, install and dispose of a product or building material. When a building is demolished with no plans for reclamation, this energy that was paid for by past generations is lost. Reusing an existing building or its components, having a recycling plan in place and educating sub-contractors on the jobsite to recycle and minimize waste all contribute to a high waste reduction and reuse goal.  

Portland is home to several commercial buildings that have been adapted and restored and now garnering high office and event space rents:  Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, Mercy Corps Global Headquarters, The LeftBank Project, Gerding Theater at the Armory, Morgan Building and White Stag Block.  

Healthy, connected neighborhoods, also known as “twenty-minute neighborhoods,” aim for compact communities where amenities like schools, places of worship and retail are located within a walking, biking or wheelchair distance of twenty minutes.  It is a component of smart growth.  Older neighborhoods developed before the popularity of automobiles have diversity and density from varied small local business and community uses.  Retail storefronts in low-scale buildings are interwoven alongside homes, apartments, schools and libraries.  Some old Portland neighborhoods featuring compact development include Hawthorne-Belmont, Alberta Arts, St. Johns, Kenton, Multnomah Village and North Mississippi Avenue.

Want to know more?

Visit the Regional Green Building Hotline’s new Sustainable Preservation page at www.portlandonline.com/bps/historicreuse

The Regional Green Building Hotline provides comprehensive green building resources and technical info for Metro region and is sponsored by the following partners: Metro, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Call 503-823-5431 or visit www.buildgreen411.com for free assistance with your questions about green building.

Enhancing community: Urban Food Zoning Code connects you to local food

BPS E-News Issue 10

It’s no secret that Portlanders love their food. Whether from a farmers market, a community or backyard garden, one of the many established or innovative new restaurants, a neighborhood grocery store or a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, we have many opportunities to enjoy the bounty of our region. This fertile environment for producing and sharing food has raised some questions about the zoning code and whether it still serves the interests and values of the community.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update is the City of Portland’s first comprehensive look at how zoning code regulations affect traditional and emerging ways of producing and distributing food. Through a dynamic community discussion, this project will establish zoning code regulations that support Portlanders’ access to healthy food, at farmers markets and community gardens for example, while ensuring that surrounding neighborhoods are protected from impacts such as noise, traffic and pollutants.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is working collaboratively with the Portland-Multnomah County Food Policy Council, which has studied zoning barriers for food production and distribution for many years. Together, we are leading a Project Advisory Group (PAG) that will help develop project proposals and engage the larger community. The first PAG meetings in January and February have focused on five topic areas:

  • Urban Food Production
  • Community Gardens
  • Farmers Markets
  • Community Food Distribution Sites
  • Animals and Bees


Multnomah County has awarded a Community Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant to BPS and Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI). These funds will help to ensure health and equity are considered in this project and that decisions related to urban food production and distribution maximize public health benefits.

Join us for food code discussions

The next PAG meeting will review the summaries from these topic-area discussions and prepare for a citywide public review of the issues and possible solutions in April and May. PAG meetings are open to the public, and announcements and agendas are posted at: www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode.

 

How to Stay Informed

  • Get on the project mailing list for updates and announcements.

  • Follow our project news RSS feed.

  • Visit the project website for updates and public review opportunities.

  • Participate in or follow the discussions of the Project Advisory Group.

Project Contacts

Julia Gisler, Process Manager/Public Involvement
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503.823.7624

Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503.823.4225

City Council accepting comments on Citywide Tree Project until March 9

BPS E-News Issue 10

A "natural capital asset," Portland's trees provide benefits worth millions of dollars per year, and their replacement value is roughly $5 billion, according to a recent Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau study. Other studies show that neighborhood trees can increase home resale values, lower crime rates and improve physical and mental health.

In response to neighborhood concerns about the state of Portland's tree rules and loss of trees to development, the Portland City Council launched the Citywide Tree Project in 2007.

Working closely with community stakeholders for more than three years, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led a multi-bureau effort to review and revamp the existing rules for trees.

Last year, the Portland Planning Commission and Urban Forestry Commission held a public hearing on an initial draft proposal. The commissions heard broad community support for stronger tree protection and replacement requirements. And developers expressed concern about the potential impact of the rules on project cost and housing affordability.

The two commissions subsequently worked with City bureaus to further hone and streamline the proposal. As a result, the proposal before the City Council:

  • Consolidates the City's tree rules into a single new code title, which makes them easier to find, understand and administer.

  • Strengthens tree preservation and planting requirements the City applies when new development is proposed.

  • Includes specific exemptions and added flexibility to minimize development costs and make it easier to preserve trees on development sites.

  • Standardizes and streamlines the existing tree permit system to encourage retention of large healthy trees where practical, and to ensure that larger trees are replaced when removed anywhere in the city.

  • Provides for enhanced customer service through a single point of contact for public inquiries and permit processing, a 24-hour tree hotline and a community tree manual.

On Feb. 2, 2011, the Portland City Council launched a public hearing on the Citywide Tree Project Recommended Draft (dated December 2010). At the hearing, Council heard extensive testimony from Portland residents, neighborhood representatives, developer representatives, community organizations and public agencies. Mayor Sam Adams, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and City staff introduced a number of amendments to the proposal as well.

City Council is still accepting public testimony on the draft and proposed amendments until Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m., when they will continue the hearing and consider amendments to the proposal.

The draft proposal, proposed amendments, written testimony and instructions for how to testify are posted at www.portlandonline.com/bps/treeproject

If you have questions about the Citywide Tree Project or proposed amendments please contact Roberta Jortner (503) 823-7855, Morgan Tracy (503) 823-6879, or Stephanie Beckman (503) 823-6042.