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Barbur Concept Plan getting ready to roll

BPS E-News Issue 13 - September

Have you heard the rumor about light rail coming to Barbur Blvd? It could come true, but there are a lot of decisions to be made beforehand. The City of Portland is working with Metro, ODOT, TriMet and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, King City and Sherwood to plan for some form of high-capacity transit (i.e., light rail, streetcar, rapid bus service) somewhere in the southwest corridor. Before those transit decisions are made, however, the five cities are working with their communities to develop a vision for their respective sections of the corridor to inform the regional transit decisions. A Barbur light rail line is just one possibility among many being considered as part of the Southwest Corridor Plan.

The Southwest Corridor Plan is a comprehensive planning effort led by Metro to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is beginning work on a portion of that planning process, the Barbur Concept Plan, which will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit. This means identifying potential station areas where housing and jobs would be best served by improved transit, and what sorts of amenities and infrastructure improvements are needed to make these areas successful and enjoyable places to live and work.

Portland's Barbur Concept Plan kicks off in September with two planned neighborhood walks and a
community working group meeting. Visit to get on the project mailing list and learn more about this exciting project for the southwest’s major boulevard and corridor.



Join Project Staff on the Barbur Neighborhood Walks

What sort of vision do you have for the future of Barbur Boulevard? One of the best ways to understand the needs of an area is to walk with people who live and work in the community for a first-hand perspective. The Barbur Concept Plan team wants to hear from Portlanders who live and work in neighborhoods along Barbur Blvd. We invite community members to join us as we walk portions of the Barbur study area in late September.

The walks will help us identify community needs and opportunities, while hearing from participants what their issues and concerns are. We've scheduled two walking routes to cover different parts of the study area and will be leading both walks concurrently on two different days to give people scheduling options:

Weekday Afternoon Walks

Thursday, September 22nd

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekday Morning Walks

Saturday, September 24th

10 a.m. to noon

Groups will gather at the meeting locations noted below for Walk A and Walk B for a brief overview and detailed description of the routes. Walks will last about two hours. Notetakers and photographers will be on hand to record your observations. Bus tickets will be provided to participants.

Walk A - Capitol Hill and Hamilton - view detailed map

Meet near the Safeway on the corner of SW Barbur and SW Capitol Hill Road (TriMet stop #170). Walk and discuss the Burlingame area, then after about 50 minutes, board the bus together to visit the Hamilton area.

Walk B - West Portland and Terwilliger - view detailed map

Meet outside Starbucks on the corner of SW Barbur and SW Capitol Hwy (south), TriMet stop #168. Walk around the West Portland Crossroads area. About 60 minutes into the tour, board the bus together to visit the area around SW Terwilliger.

Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!

Also, note that there are several areas along SW Barbur Blvd and adjoining streets that have no sidewalks. Portions of these routes may not be fully accessible by wheelchair.

For more information

Please contact Morgan Tracy at or 503-823-6879 if you have questions, concerns or wish to join us for a portion of the tour or take a modified route.

Staff will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone at 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900

BPS News: Mayor proposes Portland-wide, curbside food scrap composting

Mayor highlights garbage service changes that move city towards Climate Action Plan goals

BPS News



Dan Anderson

Mayor’s Office


Jocelyn Boudreaux

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Mayor proposes Portland-wide, curbside food scrap composting

Mayor highlights garbage service changes that move city towards Climate Action Plan goals

Include the Food!


PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Mayor Sam Adams today proposed the addition of curbside food scrap composting for Portlanders today following a successful, year-long pilot program. The proposal will go to Portland City Council for a first reading next week and vote Wednesday, August 17.

“Portlanders want curbside composting and the City of Portland is ready to deliver. Each year, thousands of pounds of food scraps needlessly go to landfills when they could be turned into nutrient-rich compost. The 2,000-household pilot was an overwhelming success, and it’s time to take action and bring this easy, common sense composting solution to everyone,” Mayor Sam Adams said.

As soon as this fall, residents will be provided a sealable kitchen counter composting pail, which they will be able to empty into their existing green “Portland Composts!” roll cart, which is only used for yard debris right now.  Other proposed changes to the curbside collection service will include the collection schedule for garbage and the green roll cart. In the proposal, compost will be picked up weekly and garbage every-other-week. This change would allow the green roll carts to be removed more frequently without raising collection prices for most residents.

Many Portlanders already compost some food scraps in their backyards. With the new Curbside Collection Service, many items that should not be composted in backyards, such as meat, bones, dairy, grains, seafood, eggshells, cooked foods and pizza delivery boxes, will be accepted in the green roll cart.

Collection of the blue “Portland Recycles!” roll cart and yellow bin will remain weekly. Changes would affect all single-family households and residents living in buildings with four or fewer units and begin on October 31, pending council approval.

Since May 2010, two thousand Portland households from across four geographically diverse neighborhoods participated in the “Food Scrap Curbside Collection Pilot.” Pilot residents said that including food scraps in the green roll cart with weekly pick up made every-other-week garbage collection manageable. Eighty-seven percent of the pilot households reported being satisfied with the new system and garbage generated in the pilot area dropped by almost a third. What’s more, only seven percent of pilot residents upgraded to a bigger garbage can, and only 60 percent of garbage cans were full on collection day.

“Composting was new to us and at first my family was skeptical that we could make the change to every-other-week garbage collection work,” said Val Thorpe, a pilot resident from the Centennial neighborhood in East Portland. “We were surprised how much of our garbage really was compostable in the green roll cart and we quickly learned to make composting part of our family’s day to day routine. We feel great about turning what was garbage into something valuable that can be used again.”

Composting food scraps reduces waste and creates nutrient-rich compost for fertilizing yards and gardens.  The food scraps and yard debris will be sent to local commercial composting facilities with specialized processes that break down even bones and dairy. The compost is then sold to landscapers and other agricultural users to fertilize the soil, prevent erosion, block weeds, retain water and prevent plant disease.

More than 90 towns and cities in the U.S., including Seattle and San Francisco, have been offering their residents curbside collection of food scraps for several years with great success. In addition, every-other-week garbage collection has been successful for other cities, including Olympia and Renton, Wash., and Nanaimo, British Columbia.

This proposed curbside collection service changes are in line with the City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan goals. City Council adopted it in 2007, challenging Portlanders to recycle 75 percent of their waste by 2015. The addition of food scraps to the green compost roll cart and every-other-week garbage collection are the next steps in implementing the plan. Portland’s current recycling rate is 67 percent.

A small rate increase will take effect for residents with 60-gallon and 90-gallon garbage containers, and customers with monthly garbage pickup will need to select from other service options. With new changes expected to take effect October 31, the City and garbage and recycling companies are planning outreach efforts to inform households of tips for food composting. Additionally, every household will get a kitchen pail delivered to make food scrap composting as easy as possible.

For more information about the proposed service model, please visit


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


Central City's Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts subject of

Public feedback sought for land use, urban design and local transportation concept alternatives

BPS News

August 18, 2011


Stephanie Beckman
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Karl Lisle

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Central City's Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts subject of survey

Public feedback sought for land use, urban design and local transportation concept alternatives

Portland, ORE. - Portland's Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts have been the subject of intense planning and analysis as well as work with the community for many months now. Based on ideas captured at previous events and meetings, the N/NE Quadrant project team has prepared draft concepts for how the quadrant area could develop over time.
Portlanders now have an opportunity to provide more detailed feedback on the direction of the N/ NE Quadrant and eight subareas (e.g., Historic Russell Street, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District) through a series of surveys. The quadrant-wide survey seeks feedback on how the N/NE Quadrant could develop as a whole, and the subarea surveys will help the project team work out details of smaller geographic areas.

The public is invited to review the Concept Alternatives Workbook, then take the online surveys to comment. It may be helpful to reference the workbook while taking the surveys. Comments will be used by the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and project team to inform upcoming decisions this fall. 

Take the Surveys  

More about the land use, urban design and transportation design proposals for N/NE Quadrant

Ideas for the concepts were drawn from a number of sources, including examining existing conditions; identifying issues, opportunities and constraints; Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Subcommittee meetings; and the Local Issues Charrette (February 2011).
The quadrant-wide concept alternatives display existing conditions and concepts based broadly on three potential future land use patterns: 

  1. Residential;
  2. Employment; and
  3. Residential/employment blend.

Each concept alternative is further illustrated with three related infrastructure systems: 

  1. Mobility;
  2. Open space; and
  3. Green systems.

The subarea choices highlight key land use, urban design and local transportation choices for the N/NE Quadrant subareas. Also included are maps and background information for these smaller geographic areas, with questions specific to each one. The subarea choices and issues will inform the refinement of the quadrant-wide concept alternatives (and vice versa), assist in developing a preferred concept, and provide guidance for more focused plan proposals at the subarea level.
For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project or the survey, please contact Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042 or For more information about the Central City 2035 plan, please visit
About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation. It is part of Phase II of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan, providing detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. Working jointly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, this pr0ject will also explore options for I-5 freeway and local transportation improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. For more information visit the project website: