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February open house at the rail museum reveals new concepts and plans for the future of the Central Eastside

Portlanders are invited to learn about and share their feedback on the latest developments for the SE Quadrant Plan

One of the challenges of the SE Quadrant Plan is balancing the freight function of the district with additional traffic expected over the next 20 years.

Join the SE Quadrant planning team at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) on February 19 to learn about the future of the Central Eastside. View maps, images and diagrams, and read and comment on the goals, policies and actions that have been developed over the last year and a half. Input from the open house, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and other Central Eastside stakeholders will help shape the SE Quadrant Draft Plan to be released in March.

You’ll be able to learn more and share your ideas about how the plan will:

  • Provide greater flexibility for new industrial uses, activate MAX light rail station areas, and enhance and connect areas of the district.
  • Address parking needs and improve key freight, bicycle and pedestrian corridors.
  • Continue to develop the riverfront as a destination and enhance river habitat.
  • Provide park-like spaces and green infrastructure.

Attendees are invited to explore the exhibits of historic train engines, and Rail Heritage Center staff will be on hand to answer questions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

SE Quadrant Open House
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 SE Water Ave
Parking: There is a parking lot available west of SE Water Ave on SE Caruthers Street.

Charting the Path to New Zoning

How the Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map relate to new zoning



Charting the Path to New Zoning HandoutThe proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan is currently under review by the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The draft Comprehensive Plan Map proposes land use changes for a number of properties across the city, and many people are eager to talk about the zoning details for those places — particularly in mixed use zones and around campus institutions.

The Comprehensive Plan establishes goals and policies and maps to guide subsequent land use activities. The Comp Plan Map assigns land use designations to every property — but not zones. That’s a separate step in the process.

The land use map identifies what the land can generally be used for (e.g., residential, employment, open space). Should it be light industrial or manufacturing? Multi-family or single-family? Specific rules about how buildings can look or how tall they can be are developed once these general land uses are defined and mapped. The zoning code addresses the details; height, setbacks, floor-area ratio (FAR) and other design characteristics for each property.

Q. So how can we consider new zoning code while we’re still deciding on general land uses?

A. Land use designations and zoning are under different parts of the State of Oregon’s Periodic Review requirement.

  • Task 4 of Periodic Review (goals, policies and land use map) is currently before the PSC. It lays out the guidelines for long- and short-term land use decisions. If you’re interested in high-level direction about issues such as sustainability, equity, public involvement and general development direction in different areas of the city, this is the process you want to focus on.
  • Task 5 (zoning code and zoning map amendments) will come before the PSC in 2015. Task 5 projects (e.g., Mixed-Use Zones Project, Institutional Zoning Project) will be the first to apply the new Comprehensive Plan to on-the-ground rules. If you’re interested in issues like FAR for mixed use development in neighborhood hubs, this is where you can focus your attention.

To complete the Comprehensive Plan process in the time allotted by the state, staff began working on goals and policies (Task 4) last year and implementation projects (Task 5) this year, while Task 4 was — and still is — underway.

This dual work stream means that some information is available on the general approach to zoning code provisions (Task 5) even as the PSC is still deliberating the policy intent and map designations as part of Task 4. Written comments on the goals, policies and land use map will be taken until March 13, 2015.

The overlapping sequence will help ensure important zoning details are available before City Council votes on the recommended policies and map in June/July 2015, the state-imposed deadline for adoption of Task 4.

Zoning code and zoning map changes to implement the new Comprehensive Plan will be subject to additional public hearings before final action by the PSC and City Council. The state-imposed deadline for completing the related Task 5 is December 2015.

What’s next?

Task 4 Timeline

All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452.

Date/Time Event/Milestone Address Notes

January 27

3:00 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Centers & Corridors, Non-conforming Uses & Split-Zoning and Community Involvement & Implementation (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

February 10

12:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: Economic Goals, West Hayden Island and Consent List #1 (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

February 24

3:00 p.m.

Public Hearing about the financially constrained Transportation System Plan (TSP) and its relationship to the Comprehensive Plan; work session

Topics: Transportation, David Douglas and Consent List #2

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

March 10

12:30 p.m.

PSC Work Session (written comments only)

Topics: TSP, Housing and Residential Down-designations (4 hours)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

March 13

5:00 p.m.

Deadline for written comments

   

March 24

3:00 p.m.

PSC Work Session (no testimony)

Topics: Discussion of other individual map or policy changes of interest to commissioners (Items to be nominated before Feb. 24, 2 hours 30 minutes.).

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This meeting is open to the public. Check PSC calendar to confirm details.

March 30

Tentative release date for Draft Recommended Plan reflecting PSC directions

   

April 14

12:30 p.m.

Public Hearing on Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

This is a state-required report defining employment-related land needs and describing how the plan accommodates projected job growth through 2035.

April 28

3:00 p.m.

Public Hearing on Growth Scenario Report Addendum

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

The 2013 Growth Scenarios Report described different potential growth patterns, and explored how those choices achieve the Portland Plan Measures of Success. This 2015 addendum will evaluate the draft plan against those same metrics. Essentially, this hearing is about determining if the plan will meet the goals we set, such as housing affordability, carbon emissions reduction, transportation mode shifts and tree canopy.   

May 12 12:30 p.m. (Tentative Date)

Final PSC Work Session and Recommendation (vote)

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony on the proposed Zoning Code. Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.

July 2015 or later

City Council public hearings and decision (vote)

 

Check CPU project calendar to confirm details closer to the date.

Task 5 (Implementation) Timelines

Both the Mixed Use and Institutional Campus zoning projects are currently working with advisory committees to digest background research and define the concepts that will ultimately be brought to the PSC. Both of these projects will also inform a Zoning Map Amendment Package that will advance in 2015. All hearings and work sessions are open to the public. Please confirm exact times and topics by checking the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452.

Time Event/Milestone Notes
November 2014 Release of initial Mixed Use Zones Preliminary Concept Proposal Identify/name the palette of proposed new zones, provide some basic parameters like anticipated FAR and height limits, and other key parameters.
Winter 2015 (tentative) Release of Mixed Use Concept Report and Institutional Campus Concept Report  
Spring 2015 (tentative) Release of Proposed Zoning Code for Mixed Use and Institutional Campus Zones  
Summer 2015 (tentative) Release of Draft Zoning Maps, including Institutional Campus and Mixed Use Zones Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony.
June/July 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Institutional Campus Code Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
July/August 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings and Recommendation on Mixed Use Code Notification will be sent to property owners whose property is proposed to change, and notification will be sent to everyone who submitted legal testimony. Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
September/October 2015 (tentative) PSC Public Hearings on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check PSC calendar to confirm details closer to the date.
Fall 2015 (tentative) City Council Public Hearing on the Proposed Zoning Maps Check CPU project calendar to confirm details closer to the date.

Set up a waste collection system that works for your household

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, these tips will help you get the right materials in the right place

Recycling collection systemHere’s a time-tested question: Who’s in charge of taking out the garbage in your household? Does this job also involve the recycling and composting containers inside your home?

Make recycling as easy as throwing away

Much of the activity related to recycling and composting doesn’t happen at the curb. It happens in our kitchens, family rooms, home offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. Strategies that create easy ways to separate waste right where it’s generated in the house will increase the chance that things get to the right container out at the curb.

Walk through your home and ask yourself if it is as easy to recycle in each room as it is to throw things away? Are there certain recyclable items that are getting thrown away in some rooms but not others?

One principal to good recycling is to provide a recycling container everywhere where there is a garbage can.

Even in the most motivated households, if you only have a garbage can in place, items that could be recycled may get tossed in the garbage. If you only have a recycling container in place, garbage might end up in your recycling.

Do a quick system check

It is also important to periodically check the two containers to ensure that waste materials are in the right one. People often make decisions about where to throw things away by looking into the container and seeing what is already there rather than reading signs or asking questions. One person’s mistake can quickly become a household norm.

Composting is easy, too

When it comes to composting, food scraps are mainly in the kitchen, so find and use a kitchen compost container that you like and place it where it works best for your household. When choosing a container, consider where you will keep it, whether you’ll use optional kitchen container liners, how often you fill your container, and how you will keep it fresh and clean. 

It is important to also create a space in your kitchen or another agreed upon area where all materials can be collected before being taken to the curb and emptied into their individual containers outside. If you want to collect non-curbside materials, like miscellaneous plastics (bags, caps, lids, Styrofoam), determine a place to put these items aside to deliver to a recycling depot.

Whether you are new to Portland, a longtime resident or often host out-of-town guests, use the start of the new year to get the right materials in the right place.

Want a detailed list of what goes in – or must stay out – of your curbside containers?
Find information online or download a guide in 10 languages. And remember if an item is not on the “yes” recycling or composting list, the best place for it is in the garbage.

Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

Fix-It Fair connects you to community resources

Join Be Cart Smart and Resourceful PDX at this free event to get tips on using your roll carts, and how to save more and live more at home

Attendee at Fix-It Fair exhibit hall

The next Fix-It Fair of the season is on Saturday, January 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 8960 N Woolsey Ave.

Fix-It Fair offers money-saving solutions and educational opportunities for you and your family, while emphasizing healthy, environmentally friendly homes.

Workshops are offered throughout the day at the top of the hour.

The Resource Guide features many Fix-It Fair partners that are part of the exhibit hall and that offer their expertise on a variety of topics throughout the day:

  • Home and personal health
  • Home repair and utility savings
  • Sound money and safe home
  • Yard and garden

Join Be Cart Smart at this free event to learn tips on what goes in the garbage, recycling and composting roll carts, and what must stay out. And talk to Resourceful PDX to give and get ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices to save more and live more!