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From our Director, Susan Anderson: New strategic plan will guide our bureau through 2013

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.




Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Help shape Portland’s future at a Portland Plan Fair

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 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.
West Portland    
Sunday, March 6

12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue

North Portland
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!

East Portland
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.

N/NE Quadrant Project Update

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.

Other happenings:


  • The Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets March 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (see calendar for details). The agenda will include outcomes of the February charrette, background information about previous freeway planning efforts, and next steps to begin developing freeway improvement concepts for the area. All SAC meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period.
  • Several new documents that were discussed and finalized by the SAC at its January 20th meeting have been posted on the website, including Project Goals, Scope of Work, SAC Collaboration Principles, and the Preliminary Issues, Opportunities, and Constraints report.


Questions or comments? Email the project team at We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!

Creating new opportunities: Growing and distributing healthy food

BPS E-News Issue 10

The Food Policy Program has a full plate, as you can see by the articles elsewhere in this issue on our Urban Growth Bounty series and food zoning code review. In addition to city planning for better access and educational outreach, we continue to work with residents and businesses to create new opportunities for growing and distributing food. Good health is a cornerstone of sustainability and expanding our options for good food improves personal, environmental and economic health.
One notable project is a partnership with Mercy Corp Northwest's Agriculture Project. Nepalese refugees from Bhutan are growing a wide range of organic vegetable crops on city-owned land that had not been used for more than five years. The families are growing food for personal use and selling their produce to Reed College and farm shares through their own Growers Alliance CSA (community-supported agriculture). If you’re interested in a share (pickups are in Sellwood/Brooklyn and Old Town), contact them at 503-896-5076.

In addition to helping urban residents grow their own food, BPS builds awareness of the importance of supporting local farmers and provides technical assistance farmers markets and CSA farms. Several new farmers markets will open this year and you will find them (and a complete list of CSA farms) at

If your group is interested in hearing more about food’s role in our lives, we’d be happy to schedule a speaker. Call Steve Cohen, 503-823-4225 for details.