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BPS Calendar Advisory: Home Energy IQ Workshop Schedule for October, November 2011

Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops in Portland

BPS Calendar Advisory

Updated October 27, 2011

Includes address and date corrections in red, below

Home Energy IQ: Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops in Portland

WHAT

Discover easy ways to save energy at home at free workshops brought to you by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Energy Trust of Oregon.


Home Energy IQ educators show you how to:

  • Achieve maximum energy savings and long-term benefits.

  • Identify areas of highest energy use and how energy use changes over time.

  • Offset the cost of qualifying improvements with rebates, tax credits and financing programs, like Clean Energy Works Oregon.

Pre-register for a workshop and receive:

An Energy Saver Kit for qualifying customers, which includes compact fluorescent light bulbs, a high-performance showerhead, faucet aerators and energy-saving tips.

Pre-register at www.energytrust.org/events or call 1-866-368-7878.

WHEN and WHERE

Wednesday, October 12  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rebuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi Avenue

Tuesday, October 25  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sumner Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Boulevard

CANCELLED! Saturday, October 29  |  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Warehouse / Portland Green Parenting, 3434 SE Milwaukie

Thursday, November 3  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Avenue

Tuesday, November 15  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Umpqua Bank, 3606 SW Bond Avenue

Thursday, November 17  |  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sylvan Fire Station #16, 1715 SW Skyline Boulevard

 

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

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

BPS 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.

Overview of the September SAC meeting and next steps

N/NE Quadrant Project update

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) met last Thursday evening, September 29. The meeting was focused on the City's district planning effort and was largely devoted to presentation of a draft proposed Quadrant Concept. The draft proposed concept was developed following extensive outreach over the summer that involved a public open house, online survey and individual meetings with community groups and area stakeholders. View the Concept Alternatives Outreach Summary for an overview of outreach activities, a summary of feedback received, and a detailed report of survey results. See the full meeting packet for the September 29 SAC meeting to view the draft proposed concept and meeting powerpoint presentation.

Staff described the proposed concept as a "70% draft", noting a number of issues where additional SAC discussion and direction were needed. SAC discussion focused on the following topics:

  • Housing emphasis areas
  • Status of industrial areas
  • Street hierarchy
  • Open space and tree canopy
  • Building heights on Broadway

Next steps will include staff making refinements to the draft proposed concept to address issues raised by the SAC and evaluating the concept against the project goals and objectives, which were approved at the September 29 meeting. This work will be presented at the November 17 SAC meeting.

Upcoming meetings in October will focus on the I-5 Freeway Interchange component of the project. At the October 12 Subcommittee meeting and October 27 SAC meeting, staff will report on analysis done over the summer and will seek preliminary direction from the committee on a recommended freeway improvement concept. See the calendar for meeting details.

Neighborhood Walks: Good Turn Out and Great Input!

Barber Neighborhood WalksBarbur Boulevard and surrounding neighborhoods were the focus of two neighborhood walks on September 22nd and 24th to get feedback on what the community would like to see improved along Portland's major southwest corridor. Project staff, residents and business owners walked with Community Working Group (CWG) members to get a first hand perspective of four distinct sections of Barbur Boulevard (Walk A covered sections 1 and 2 and Walk B covered sections 3 and 4). The walking groups explored the areas on both a weekday and weekend to experience the different levels of activity and traffic along the thoroughfare. Participants had a chance to chat with each other and share their unique perspectives and ideas for possible future improvements within the corridor.

Some observations...

We heard again about the incomplete network of sidewalks and how bicyclists do not feel safe on many parts of Barbur. In certain areas - around the Safeway store at Capitol Hill Road and the West Portland Crossroads area near Capitol Highway, for example - the sidewalk network is incomplete and lacks connections to other sections of Barbur Boulevard and the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. Even with these deficiencies, however, there are a number of pedestrians and bicyclists making due with the facilities at hand. People indicated that pedestrian safety could be improved with more clearly defined left turn pockets and driveway entrances.

Barbur Boulevard tends to be noisy and a less inviting place for people to congregate, but participants observed that the noise level decreased significantly not far from the high-traffic boulevard. In these quieter areas, some observed that these could be good areas for additional residents, but also noted concerns with air quality near the freeway. They encouraged staff to strategically think about the role of on-street parking on Barbur as it can act as a buffer from traffic; however, it can also pose additional risks to drivers and cyclists.

Much of the commercial development on Barbur tends to be single or two-story buildings, with large areas of surface parking. But the City's development standards for much of the corridor allow three and four story buildings and no minimum parking requirement - due to the frequent bus service. Some participants envisioned smaller shopping streets that spurred from Barbur, with a variety of local merchants and shopping choices. Others saw potential for additional office buildings that could benefit from being close to high capacity transit while buffering Barbur from the freeway.

Read more about what the groups observed and suggested as improvements by reading the complete summary.

What's next?

The information gathered during these walks will be packaged with transportation, environmental, economic and other analyses as staff develop a complete picture of Barbur as it currently exists. This information will help identify needs for the area, as well as help reveal some of the constraints and opportunities for the future of the Barbur corridor. The CWG will meet next on November 3rd to review the Draft Existing Conditions Report and begin discussing their expectations for the Barbur Concept Plan.

Come to a Virtual Open House for West Hayden Island Concept Plan Alternatives

Couldn't make last night's open house about the West Hayden Island draft concept plans? Can?t make the one on Saturday, October 15? Or the office hours next week? No worries; you can experience the entire thing virtually!

The West Hayden Island Concept Plan Open House is online! You can view the staff presentation to City Council and the Port, see the Power Point, review the concept plan alternatives and give your feedback on the draft concept plan elements all from one page. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

On October 12, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff gave a briefing on the West Hayden Island draft concept plans to a joint meeting of the Portland City Council and the Port Commission. The purpose of the briefing was to share an overview and the status of the WHI project and listen to a presentation by the consultant, WorleyParsons, on the concept plan alternatives. The commissioners had an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the alternatives.

Later that same day, the first of two public open houses was held at the Expo Center to kick off a series of events to solicit public input on the concept plan alternatives. If you couldn't make it last night, there's another open house on Saturday, October 15 at the Oxford Suites. And the following week, staff will be holding office hours on the island to answer questions and take comments.

The virtual open house is just one more opportunity for you to provide input on the concept plan elements. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

Questions? Please email whiproject@portlandoregon.gov.