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Plans To Revitalize Lower Albina and Lloyd District, Improve Traffic Safety Go Before City Council

Public hearing on N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plans held on October 25; testimony welcome

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2012

Contact
Joe Zehnder
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7815

Andy Johnson
Oregon Department of Transportation
503-731-8356

PORTLAND, Ore. - Taking advantage of simultaneous land-use and transportation planning efforts in the Lower Albina and Lloyd districts, the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation have collaborated on the N/NE Quadrant Project, to prepare for growth in the Central City and address safety issues on I-5 near the Rose Quarter.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission is recommending that City Council adopt the N/NE Quadrant Plan, a long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, and the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan, a concept plan for freeway and local street system improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler interchange. Together the two plans provide a blueprint for integrating land use and local transportation investments with freeway improvements needed for a more vibrant and safe community. The public is invited to testify about the plans at an upcoming City Council hearing.

City Council Public Hearing - Testimony Welcome

  • N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2 p.m.
  • Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
  • 1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Over a nearly two-year period, members of the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and land use and transportation planners to develop the plans. The SAC included representatives from neighborhood groups; local businesses and business groups; the Lloyd Center Mall; the Rose Quarter; and bicycle, pedestrian, freight and environmental advocates.

N/NE Quadrant Plan

The N/NE Quadrant Plan is a land use, urban design and local transportation plan that will help direct and manage growth for theLloydDistrictandLower Albinaover the next 25 years. The plan focuses on preserving the industrial and employment character of Lower Albina and concentrating high-density development in theLloydDistrict, with a focus on new residential development and amenities needed for a complete community. Providing sensitive transitions to historic neighorhoods and protecting the remaining cultural resources in the area is also a key theme of the plan.

I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan

The I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements that address longstanding safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway-Weidler interchange. The recommended improvements would add auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way), which would reduce crashes on this section of I-5 by an estimated 30 to 50 percent. The freeway project would also improve conditions on local streets through lids and new connections over the freeway along with safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the area.

The development of a recommended freeway concept serves as an important first step in the funding process, allowing the City and State to jointly seek funding for the project. In the short term, the City and ODOT will actively work on fixes to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in the interchange area.

The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission on Dec. 19, 2012.

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant project, please visit the project website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035/nneq.

The Council agenda is available after 4 p.m. each Friday for the following week's Council meetings. There will be opportunity for public testimony and comment. Information about the City Council and how to speak to the Council can be found online.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans project is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation to provide detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. It is part of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan. Working jointly with ODOT, this project also addresses safety and operations issues on the I-5 freeway and the local transportation system near the Broadway-Weidler interchange. For more information about the project, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/nneq.

New Plan for the Future of Central City Heads to City Council

Public invited to comment on the CC2035 Concept Plan at public hearing on October 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2012

Contact

Eden Dabbs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

503-823-9908

eden.dabbs@portlandoregon.gov  

Joe Zehnder

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

503-823-7815

joe.zehnder@portlandoregon.gov

PORTLAND,Ore. – Portland's Central City is the region's business, cultural, retail, recreational and education hub – a true civic center for jobs, high-density housing, transit and other services. The Central City 2035 planning project is intended to help preserve the city’s existing assets while creating a livable, sustainable city center.

The CC2035 Concept Plan is the first step to update the 1988 Central City Plan, establishing a 25-year blueprint that strengthens the city center as the regional hub for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission recommended draft of the Central City 2035 Concept Plan will be presented to City Council at a public hearing on October 24.

City Council Hearing:

  • CC2035 Concept Plan – PSC Recommended Draft
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers
  • City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue
  • Public testimony welcome

CC2035 Concept Plan

The result of two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, the Concept Plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the city center’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays for the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans within the Central City (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The quadrant plans will focus on issues unique to their individual geographic areas and recommend district-specific policies to address those issues.

The Concept Plan has two primary parts:

  • A Policy Framework that sets the desired goals to achieve and directions to pursue; and
  • An Urban Design Direction that uses a set of diagrams to illustrate where and how the Central City will grow and change, highlighting key places and connections. This will help guide future decision-making and prioritize public investments.  

The CC2035 Concept Plan is available on the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035 or contact project staff via email at cc2035@portlandoregon.gov.

The Council agenda is available after 4 p.m. each Friday for the following week's Council meetings. There will be opportunity for public testimony and comment. Information about the City Council and how to speak to the Council can be found online.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

About Central City 2035

Central City 2035 (CC2035) will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of Portland, Oregon. CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps

Central City 2035: West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee Being Formed

Information about the WQP Stakeholder Advisory Committee and link to application survey

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is accepting applications through Thursday, November 15, 2012, for positions on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Central City 2035 West Quadrant Plan (WQP).

The West Quadrant Plan will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development Quadrant Mapissues, which will result in recommendations for policies to guide future public and private investment and development in the River District (including the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown), Downtown, Goose Hollow, University District and South Waterfront areas of the Central City. This effort is an element of the broader Central City 2035 (CC2035) project to update the 1988 Central City Plan. View the project website at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035. Information about the West Quadrant Plan will be posted soon.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)
The City is forming an advisory committee of approximately 30 members with stakeholders representing a variety of community interests. Neighborhoods within the project area will have a guaranteed space for one of their representatives on the committee. In order to broaden the diversity of perspectives on the SAC, all other members will be placed on the committee through an application and evaluation process.

The project is expected to take approximately 14 months to complete; the SAC will meet approximately 12 times during that period. The committee will advise project staff and make recommendations on policy and project proposals resulting from the planning process.

SAC Member Expectations
SAC members will be expected to:

  • Work collaboratively with City staff and other SAC members;
  • Review background materials to understand issues to be addressed in the WQP;
  • Attend monthly SAC meetings, beginning January 2013, for a period of about one year;
  • Be able to commit 4-6 hours every month, which includes preparing for and attending monthly meetings (typically held in the evening), and attend workshops, charrettes and community involvement events; and
  • Attend other meetings as necessary to represent or offer comment on the project.

SAC Member Qualifications and Skills
Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have volunteer/community experience or professional experience that corresponds to the West Quadrant;
  • Have a commitment to equity* and the ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience; and
  • Live, work, own a property or business or are enrolled in school within the Central City.

*For more information about what equity means, please view the Portland Plan Equity Framework, which was adopted by the Portland City Council on April 25, 2012, at www.pdxplan.com.

Selection Process

Interested applicants must fill out the Application by November 15, 2012.

Applications will be reviewed by BPS, in consultation with additional public agency staff. Final appointment to the SAC will be made in December 2012.

The project team will work to ensure a diversity of members, including but not limited to, field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color and interest groups.

Please note that information provided in this document is public information, with the exception of the Optional Information section. (Information in the optional section will only be disclosed as required by law.) If you have a recently prepared biography or résumé, please email it to Elisa Hamblin, AICP, at the email address below. Thank you for your interest.

Fill out the application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WQPSAC.

If you have further questions, please contact:

Elisa Hamblin, AICP
City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov
fax: (503) 823-7800
phone: (503) 823-9714

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2030 or 503-823-4000 with such requests.

City of Portland Solid Waste Franchise Review

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is responsible for managing solid waste and recycling programs in Portland. BPS oversees a residential franchise system where private haulers provide residential garbage, recycling and yard debris collection services. On July 25, 2012, City Council directed BPS to begin a review of the residential solid waste and recycling franchise. As part of this review, BPS is proposing changes to the existing (2008) Franchise Agreement between the City and the waste haulers who serve households living in single-family homes through four-unit complexes.

Report on 2012 Franchise Review

For a copy of the proposed Franchise Agreement, you may view or print it here, or you may phone or email your request to:

Background
The residential system was first franchised in 1992. The 10-year agreements have been renewed at 5-year increments since then. On July 25, 2012, City Council directed BPS to begin the residential franchise review. The system review is guided by the following principles:

  • Advance recovery rates and waste reduction goals.
  • Ensure cost-effective and safe operations.
  • Provide exemplary customer service.
  • Implement environmental best practices.
  • Maintain a robust and flexible system.

City Council will vote on the proposed Franchise Agreement on November 14. Public notice for the City Council date will be published in the Daily Journal of Commerce and posted on the City Auditor’s website.