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Airport community advisory committee meets in April

Agenda includes updates on long range planning, business and construction as well as sustainability efforts

The PDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold its second quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 5 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Chinook Room of the Port of Portland Headquarters.

The creation of this diverse, regional advisory committee was a recommendation of the Airport Futures Plan District and PDX Master Plan adopted jointly by the Portland City Council and the Port of Portland Commissioners in April 2011. The City of Portland is a CAC sponsor, along with the City of Vancouver and the Port of Portland. The agenda for the April 5th meeting will include updates from the Port on business, construction and long range planning; and updates from the Port, Vancouver and Portland on their respective sustainability efforts.

More information available at

People are talking about the future of Barbur Boulevard

Participants at the December 6, 2011, Barbur Concept Plan Community Forum were asked to fill out a brief survey in addition to sharing their thoughts with staff. The survey was also made available online so that others could also submit their thoughts and ideas about the future of this important southwest corridor. We received 124 responses and as many ideas for improving the “Barbur experience.”

The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit.

Open House summary

Perhaps not surprisingly, many people felt that sidewalks and safer crossings would make Barbur a more attractive place for people to be. Additionally, having more restaurants and retail options ranked high, as did additional trees and improved transit service. A number of people stressed the importance of improving safety for all travelers in the corridor, including bikes, pedestrians and drivers.

A difference in priorities began to emerge in the comments, from improving Barbur as an attractive place to work, shop and live to maintaining Barbur's capacity as a traffic reliever for I-5 backups. People suggested that additional art and greenspace, better connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and an overall improved appearance would greatly improve the Barbur experience.

Read more comments here

Thanks to all those who participated. Stay tuned for information about our next open house coming up in the spring. 


Knock, knock: BPS Launches door-to-door education campaign for curbside collection

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

BPS has launched a door-to-door outreach campaign for Curbside Collection Service changes that is running through May 19.

Crews of volunteers provide assistance and resources to residents and answer questions about the curbside changes. Both Master Recycler volunteers and community volunteers are part of the effort to reach 40,000 households in different areas of the city.

Key themes will include:

  • Early indications show that Portlanders are reducing garbage by 30 percent or more! Residents are doing a great job composting food scraps and their efforts are making a difference. It takes time to adapt to a new change and some simple tips can make a big difference as residents refine what works best for them. All food can go in the green roll cart along with yard debris, including meat, bones, seafood, dairy and grains. A full list of what can go in each cart can be found here.

  • Big or small, we want it all! There are three key times to collect food scraps: preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning the fridge of leftovers.

  • Use an optional kitchen pail liner – newspaper, a paper bag or approved compostable bag – and empty your pail, including the liner, into the green roll cart frequently.

  • Line the bottom of the green roll cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.

  • Use soap and water to clean the green roll cart. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

  • Put the green roll cart at the curb every week, even if it’s not full.

We’re here to help!

Hotline: 503-823-7202


Portland Plan heads to City Council for Adoption

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

With a City Council hearing scheduled for April 18 at 6 p.m., adoption of the Portland Plan is within our sights. Over 2+ years, thousands of Portlanders and dozens of partner agencies have been involved in the creation of this once-in-a-generation plan, providing a roadmap for Portland’s future.

The Portland Plan was the focus and the theme of Mayor Sam Adams’ State of the City address this year, and his message was loud and clear: “Portland the Place is flourishing. Portland the People are not. That needs to change,” he stated as he made the case for improving graduation rates, creating jobs and healthier neighborhoods, and reducing racial disparities.

The goal of the Portland Plan is fourfold: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. Unlike past plans, it focuses not just on places but also on people. This broader and more inclusive approach as well as its core principle of equity is what will distinguish the Portland Plan from others of its kind. To that end, the Mayor cited the following efforts:

  • Prosperous: We’ve made strides to create a more resilient economy, by focusing on growth in our targeted sectors, exporting, and investing in our neighborhood business districts.

  • Educated: We’re making progress on halving our high school dropout rate, by engaging the entire community in supporting our youth.

  • Healthy: We’re working toward a healthier, more connected and safer city, where people have access to the essentials in their own neighborhood.

  • Equitable: And we’re taking important steps to become more equitable and address disparities that hold us back as a community.

But this is just the beginning. The Portland Plan proposes ways to work smarter, define our focus, be more practical, work together, and be ready to make difficult decisions. Through the process of creating the plan with residents, businesses and partner organizations, we’ve developed integrated strategies that help prioritize the work to achieve our goals.

So a project like East Portland in Motion, which focuses on making it safer and easier to get around parts of East Portland by walking, biking or rolling a good example of how addressing multiple objectives with one initiative can maximize our investments in infrastructure, education and jobs. These are the kinds of efforts we’ll continue to make under the direction of the Portland Plan so that all Portlanders can enjoy the benefits of living in this city.

Recommended Draft – Portland Plan City Council Hearing

On April 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. the Portland City Council will hold its first hearing on the Recommended Draft - Portland Plan. Partners and community members will be on hand to offer their testimony, and the public is invited to attend or watch the meeting online at or on Channel 30.

This promises to be a watershed moment. It’s been more than 30 years since the City of Portland adopted a plan like this. The new Portland Plan builds on the City’s successes and blazes a new path for the next 25 years. We thank you for your contribution to the creation of this remarkable plan for our community. See My Portland Plan at


WHI draft concept plan and technical studies ready for review

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff, in conjunction with consultant Worley Parsons, recently released the draft Concept Plan report for West Hayden Island. The report incorporates feedback from lengthy discussions with the project advisory committee and several public events, including two open houses and a series of office hours on the island. The report features a “base concept plan,” which is a hybrid of the best ideas from Alternatives A and B that were vetted in October 2011.

Producing a concept plan is one of the steps requested as part of City Council’s resolution to develop a legislative project to annex and plan for up to 300 acres of marine terminal development and at least 500 acres of open space on West Hayden Island.  

The Concept Plan is a “snapshot in time” of what may be feasible for potential future development on the 300 acres, as well as natural resource enhancement and passive recreational opportunities on the 500 acres. It will help staff as they develop the proposed zoning and regulations that will apply on the island. This legislative proposal will be unveiled with a series of open houses and hearings beginning later this spring. Consult the West Hayden Island website for more information about the Concept Plan and upcoming events.

Information from the Concept Plan is also informing several studies that are now ready for review:

  • Land Management Options – Staff memo that analyzes options for restoration, long-term care and financing for the open space area on West Hayden Island.

  • Public Benefit/Cost Analysis - Consultant study that considers the benefits and costs of developing West Hayden Island in accordance with the Concept Plan, compared with leaving the island in its current state.

  • Harbor Lands Inventory - Consultant study reviewing the most recent cargo forecasts to determine the potential need for marine terminal land on the island. It also considers the development potential for certain sites along the Willamette River.

The bureau will hold a Technical Work Session on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 7A at 1900 SW 4th Avenue. The work session will provide an opportunity for consultants and technical experts to discuss the documents with staff. These sessions are open to the public.

Please check the website for further information on the project, or to contact staff.