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Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to send the plan to City Council; public invited to testify at public hearing on July 8
The OMSI Station Area wedged between the Willamette River and the OR-99 viaduct was a key topic at the recent Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. Photo courtesy of TriMet.
On June 9, 2015, after holding a briefing, public hearing and work session, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted unanimously to recommend that City Council adopt the Southeast Quadrant Plan. During briefings and work sessions from April through early June, commissioners worked with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to revise the draft, including policies and actions to:
Portlanders can testify at a public hearing on this new plan to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st-century employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to the Willamette River.
On July 8, 2015, City Council will hold a public hearing on a non-binding resolution to adopt the Southeast Quadrant Plan. The adopted plan will be integrated with the N/NE and West Quadrant plans and other input into a Central City 2035 Plan, which will then be the subject of public hearings before both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council in 2016.
The public is invited to testify on the SE Quadrant Recommended Draft at the City Council hearing.
July 8, 2015, 3 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
1221 SW 4th Avenue
You can share your feedback on the plan with City Council in several ways:
The plan is provided as a large ~28 MB file and divided into chapters. The same material can be found in both. If you are having trouble downloading the larger file, please try downloading the individual sections.
The SE Quadrant Plan includes goals, policies and actions that will guide growth and development in the Central Eastside over the next 20 years. This area includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, East Portland Grand Ave Historic District, new OMSI and Clinton MAX station areas and the Eastside Riverfront.
The plan proposes changes to land use regulations and the transportation system to strengthen the industrial sanctuary. It will also increase employment densities, encourage investment, protect historic resources, establish more amenities for employees and residents, and help minimize conflicts between industrial and other operations.
The plan has been endorsed by the SE Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee after 14 meetings, multiple subcommittee meetings, tours, neighborhood association meetings and two open house events.
New plan emphasizes equity and includes a new methodology for measuring carbon emissions from consumer choices.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2015
New plan emphasizes equity and includes a new methodology for measuring carbon emissions from consumer choices.
Portland, Ore. — Today, Portland City Council adopted the joint City of Portland and Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan, strengthening local efforts to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. The 2015 Climate Action Plan builds on Portland’s 20+ year legacy of climate action with ambitious new policies and fresh research on consumer choices. Community leaders serving low-income households and communities of color were engaged to help ensure that all Portlanders benefit from the City and County’s climate action efforts.
Portland was the first city in the United States to adopt a local plan to cut carbon, and sustained efforts by businesses, public agencies and individuals are producing results. While total carbon emissions in the US are up 7 percent since 1990, Portland has cut total local emissions by 14 percent, despite adding 170,000 more people and 75,000 more jobs over the same time period.
"Cities are a key part of the solution to climate change,” Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Equity is a key factor. As we reduce carbon, it is imperative that we ensure that the benefits and opportunities that come along are shared with every part of Portland. Especially with people who haven’t benefited in the past. This plan makes important commitments to advancing equity while we address climate change.”
“We all bear the costs of climate change, but seniors, children, the homeless and communities of color are impacted the most.” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “Worsening air quality, flooding and heat waves affect our health and well-being, and making our community climate resilient is a vital part of doing our job.”
“Thanks to the efforts of Portland residents, businesses and organizations who have worked to reduce their carbon footprint, local carbon emissions are down 35 percent per person,” said City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. “This is promising progress, and we need to keep up the momentum to reach Portland’s climate goals.”
As global leaders grapple with the concerns and opportunities the changing climate presents, Portland has become an international destination for planners and decision-makers seeking proven strategies for climate action. Since 2010, more than 160 delegations from around the world have come to Portland to speak with business and government leaders to understand how Portland has lowered emissions while creating jobs, welcoming new residents and creating a more livable community. Portland and Multnomah County now have 12,000 clean tech jobs, an increase of 25 percent in the last 15 years.
Portland is changing. More than half of the students in Portland Public Schools, for example, are people of color. Low-income communities and people of color in Multnomah County are likely to experience the impacts of climate change more acutely, including poor air quality and heat waves.
At the same time, these communities historically have not had the same access to the kinds of services and infrastructure that make low-carbon choices easier and affordable, such as frequent transit service and adequate sidewalks in East Portland or energy efficiency programs that benefit renters. From transportation investments and economic opportunities to tree plantings and policy engagement, the 2015 plan makes those actions that reduce disparities and ensure that under-served and under-represented communities share in the benefits of climate action work a priority.
For the first time, the Climate Action Plan includes a consumption-based inventory, tallying carbon emissions associated with all of the goods and services that are produced elsewhere and consumed in Multnomah County. This inventory considers carbon emissions from the full lifecycle of goods and services, including production, transportation, wholesale and retail, use and disposal. Global carbon emissions as a result of local consumer demand are larger than the volume of emissions produced locally.
The addition of the consumption-based inventory offers insight into a wider range of opportunities to reduce carbon. Residents, for example, can shift purchases toward goods that are durable and repairable. Businesses have opportunities throughout their supply chains to choose lower-carbon options, and new business models like car-sharing are emerging to make it easier to borrow, repair and reuse everyday goods.
Tomorrow, June 25, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will vote on adopting the plan. Find a copy of the plan and follow the progress at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/climate.
Learn more about how to take action at www.portlandcan.org.
Proposed plan contains revisions from public comment period, outlines next steps for achieving Portland and Multnomah County's carbon reduction goals.
WHO: Portland City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
WHAT: On behalf of all City of Portland bureaus, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present the proposed draft of the 2015 Climate Action Plan for adoption by Portland City Council on Wednesday, June 24. The plan updates Portland’s roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
WHY: In 1993, Portland was the first city in the United States to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Since then, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have collaborated to produce updated climate plans that help guide the design and implementation of City and County efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Since 1990, total local carbon emissions have declined by 14 percent while 75,000 more jobs were added to the economy and the population grew by 31 percent. The plan being considered for adoption by City Council includes revisions based on comments and feedback from the public and outlines the actions the City and County will take in the next five years to keep Portland on the path of reducing local carbon emissions.
Advancing equity: From transportation investments and economic opportunities to tree plantings and policy engagement, the proposed plan prioritizes actions that reduce disparities and ensure that under-served and under-represented communities share in the benefits of climate action work.
Exploring consumption: For the first time, the proposed plan includes a consumption-based inventory that counts carbon emissions associated with the goods and services that are produced elsewhere and consumed in Multnomah County. This inventory considers carbon emissions from the full lifecycle of goods and services, including production, transportation, wholesale and retail, use and disposal. Global carbon emissions as a result of local consumer demand are larger than the volume of emissions produced locally. The addition of the consumption-based inventory offers insight into a wider range of opportunities to reduce carbon.
Planning and Sustainability Commission scheduled to vote to recommend the new plan on July 14
On June 23, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold its final work session to discuss the draft recommended plan. This draft is based on public testimony from six public hearings and more than 4,000 comments submitted via email and letters, and through the Map App. The Commission is tentatively scheduled to recommend the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council for consideration on July 14.
A final Recommended Draft (including goals, policies and land use map) will be published and sent to City Council in mid-August. Council will then hold a series of work sessions around topics such as employment land, housing, centers and corridors, mixed use zones and the Transportation System Plan. Starting in November, Portlanders will have a chance to testify in person at several public hearings on the Recommended Draft. Council will be accepting written comments from the time the final Recommended Draft is published in mid-August until the public hearings close.
Early Implementation: Zoning Code Updates
In the meantime, the early implementation projects (zoning code updates) for the Comprehensive Plan Update are moving forward. Discussion drafts for employment land, campus institutions, mixed use zones and other zoning updates will be released starting in July and extending into September. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will accept comments on these drafts and use them when developing the project proposed drafts for the PSC.
Portlanders are invited to chat with city planners about how these new rules will affect their neighborhood during Neighborhood Office Hours throughout the city. Times and locations are posted on the Comprehensive Plan Update calendar.
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan
(Land use map, policies, project list)
Early Implementation Projects
(Zoning code and zoning map updates)
Employment zoning – July 2015
Campus institutions – July 2015
Mixed use zones – August 2015
Other zoning – September 2015
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While the draft Comprehensive Plan keeps moving forward, there is still a ways to go before the new plan goes into effect in the summer of 2017. So stay tuned and look for opportunities to engage in the process. Sign up to receive updates on the Comprehensive Plan Update.
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