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Presentation to the PSC 02/22/2011
BPS E-News Issue 10
It is my pleasure to present the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s 2011-13 Strategic Plan. The plan provides a clear path forward and a framework for developing innovative approaches and practical solutions on issues as far-ranging as comprehensive, strategic, neighborhood and infrastructure planning to waste reduction, green and historic building, recycling, food, energy efficiency and solar technologies.
The strategy includes a strong mission, goals and objectives, as well as a clear understanding of our values and the “toolbox” we use to deliver on our goals.
Many thanks to those community members who contributed to the strategic planning process for BPS over the course of the last year via surveys, interviews and focus groups. As with all of our work to make Portland a more prosperous, equitable and healthy city, we rely on active collaboration with public and private partners from around the city and across the globe.
I am proud to represent the hard working staff of BPS. They bring tremendous technical expertise, collaboration and problem-solving skills, integrated and long-range thinking, entrepreneurial experience and a passion to make a difference on critical issues. We look forward to working with a community full of partners to implement these many ambitious projects and policies.
Please take a look at our new strategic plan. Let us know what you think, and tell us how you can be a partner to help reach our citywide goals.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
BPS E-News Issue 10
Springtime is close, and we’re ringing in the warmer season with a series of family-friendly Portland Plan Fairs. Featuring food, music, performances, games, prizes, booths and exhibitors — and even exotic animals (at the Zoo) — the fairs offer something for everyone.
The Portland Plan provides an opportunity for Portlanders to help define community priorities, guide investments and set the course for the city for the next 25 years. The plan is a multi-year, citywide project to create a strategic plan with short-term actions as well as a long-range plan for the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of the city.
At the Portland Plan Fairs, we’ll be rolling out draft strategies around issues that Portlanders have indicated are their most important priorities: equity, education, economic prosperity and affordability, and healthy connected neighborhoods.
Developed with the community, these integrated strategies combine long-range policies with short-term actions to help get us started on achieving our goal of a thriving and sustainable city, with opportunity for all.
You may have read about the strategies in the latest issue of the Curbsider or at www.pdxplan.com. Now you can take advantage of another opportunity to learn more and provide feedback on this citywide plan for Portland’s future.
Colored Pencils Art Collective will give four performances at each event. Free childcare will be provided at all locations.
Sunday, March 6
12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue
Thursday, March 10
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
De La Salle North Catholic High School
7528 N Fenwick Avenue
TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow
En Español, también!
Saturday, March 12
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan Street
TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue
Come share your ideas about how to get to the future we want! For more information, call 503-823-2041.
Recent happenings in the N/NE Quadrant Project.
A lot has been happening on the N/NE Quadrant Project lately! The process of developing preliminary concept alternatives for the quadrant kicked off with a series of meetings in February and early March, including two joint land use and transportation subcommittee meetings and a two-day charrette. At these meetings, we captured ideas about how the quadrant should develop over the next 25 years, focusing on land use patterns, urban form, open space, sustainability and the local transportation system. Ideas for specific areas, such as Central Lloyd, the Russell Street Conservation District and transition to adjacent neighborhoods, were also discussed. Look for a summary of the of the February charrette in the coming weeks.
Questions or comments? Email the project team at NNEQuadrant@portlandoregon.gov. We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!
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:
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.
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.
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