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The CC2035 Symposium Series continues with a look at Civic and Cultural Life in the Central City.
The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series continues in the month of April with three new sessions focused on Civic and Cultural Life and Public Safety. At the upcoming symposium on April 8th, the vitality of the Central City's arts, culture and civic life will be discussed in-depth by a panel of experts in an effort to help guide CC2035. During the meeting the public can offer ideas and learn more about the topic.
The benefits of a strong cultural and civic life are numerous; increasing tourism, improving the local retail economy and raising educational performance in students. In addition to these, it helps make the Central City a more livable and attractive place that people flock to in order to live, work and shop.
With a diversity of popular destinations the Central City is the rich cultural hub of Portland that attracts visitors from all over the region. There is a great opportunity to improve its artistic and cultural vibrancy to further its role as a regional and national destination. On April 8th, and at a second meeting scheduled for April 28th, the symposiums are chances to learn and provide input about how CC2035 can help the central core of Portland continue to flourish culturally.
These topics are just two of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.
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.
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.)
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.
BPS E-News Issue 11
This year’s Build It Green! Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 24. Yes, that’s several months away, but we’re reminding you now so you can talk it up amongst your friends. Even more important is that we need your help to identify and nominate green-built or –remodeled homes for the tour. Check out the homes from last year here.
Now in it's tenth year, the BPS green building team continues to promote the tour to help encourage community energy towards green building techniques. Along with the Info Fair at EcoHaus, tour-goers can take home a wealth of ideas -- at all prices ranges -- to incorporate into their homes.
New, old, funky, refined, modern — we’re looking for a diverse mix of residential projects. Fill out a nomination form on our website -- it's easy!