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The city will be leading two public tours of the island on May 7th and June 4th.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be leading two public tours of West Hayden Island to provide the public a chance to see the island and learn more about the planning project in preparation for the concept planning process later this summer.
The tour on Saturday June 4th will be a walking tour. Two options of differing lengths will be offered. These tours will also have a limited number of attendees. Click here to find out more information about the walking tours, registering and deadlines.
Tours on both dates will begin at the end of Hayden Island Drive, and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Registration at 9:45 a.m.)
On Wednesday April 6, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. the Portland City Council will vote on specific amendments to the Citywide Tree Project Recommended Draft (dated December 2010)including changes to proposed code, and will decide whether to forward the revised project proposal on to a second reading.
Email your comments to the City Council at: Karla.Moore-Love@portlandoregon.gov
Testify at the City Council hearing - Council Chambers at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Avenue). Metered and pay parking is available in the vicinity. For transit info call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or check their Internet site at http://www.trimet.org/schedule for routes and schedules.
Write to City Council. Send written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.
On Wednesday, April 6th, the Portland City Council approved amendments to the Citywide Tree Project Recommended Draft (December 2010), and passed the project to a second reading and potential final vote next Wednesday April 13, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
During the April 6th hearing, Council considered a number of amendments to the proposed tree code and zoning code revisions. In addition, Commissioner Fritz introduced two clarifying amendments relating to implementation directives. Commissioner Fish also introduced three amendments addressing the private tree removal permit system. After hearing public testimony, the council voted to send the substitute ordinances as amended to second reading.
Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have extended their Solarize registration deadline to encourage greater public participation.
Monday April 11, 2011
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Portland, ORE - The price goes down when more neighbors join in! Neighbors West-Northwest and North Portland Neighborhood Services have already recruited over 285 homeowners in North and Northwest Portland for a bulk purchase of solar electric systems for their homes. Project organizers don't want their neighbors to miss out on this amazing opportunity. The registration deadline for these Solarize Portland campaigns has been extended to May 15, 2011.
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. For more information about the history of the Solarize programs, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/solarize.
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
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
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
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.
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.