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Central City 2035 Events – Symposium Series Update

Check out information about previous and upcoming symposiums in the Central City 2035 Symposium Series.

After six successful symposiums, Central City 2035 (CC2035) continues its series of issue-specific discussions (symposiums) in March 2011. With these symposiums, you have a chance to learn about and contribute to the future of Portland's Central City.

The two next opportunities to learn more about Portland's Central City include Mobility and Economic Vitality. The symposiums will feature discussion among stakeholders and experts on critical questions regarding these topics in the Central City. The CC2035 Advisory Group will integrate the results of the symposiums into a draft concept plan.

These topics are just two of the integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

From our Director, Susan Anderson: New strategic plan will guide our bureau through 2013

BPS E-News Issue 10

It is my pleasure to present the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s 2011-13 Strategic Plan. The plan provides a clear path forward and a framework for developing innovative approaches and practical solutions on issues as far-ranging as comprehensive, strategic, neighborhood and infrastructure planning to waste reduction, green and historic building, recycling, food, energy efficiency and solar technologies.

The strategy includes a strong mission, goals and objectives, as well as a clear understanding of our values and the “toolbox” we use to deliver on our goals.

Many thanks to those community members who contributed to the strategic planning process for BPS over the course of the last year via surveys, interviews and focus groups. As with all of our work to make Portland a more prosperous, equitable and healthy city, we rely on active collaboration with public and private partners from around the city and across the globe.

I am proud to represent the hard working staff of BPS. They bring tremendous technical expertise, collaboration and problem-solving skills, integrated and long-range thinking, entrepreneurial experience and a passion to make a difference on critical issues. We look forward to working with a community full of partners to implement these many ambitious projects and policies.

Please take a look at our new strategic plan. Let us know what you think, and tell us how you can be a partner to help reach our citywide goals.

Sincerely,

 

 

Susan Anderson
Director
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Help shape Portland’s future at a Portland Plan Fair

BPS E-News Issue 10

Springtime is close, and we’re ringing in the warmer season with a series of family-friendly Portland Plan Fairs. Featuring food, music, performances, games, prizes, booths and exhibitors — and even exotic animals (at the Zoo) — the fairs offer something for everyone.


The Portland Plan provides an opportunity for Portlanders to help define community priorities, guide investments and set the course for the city for the next 25 years. The plan is a multi-year, citywide project to create a strategic plan with short-term actions as well as a long-range plan for the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of the city.
At the Portland Plan Fairs, we’ll be rolling out draft strategies around issues that Portlanders have indicated are their most important priorities: equity, education, economic prosperity and affordability, and healthy connected neighborhoods.

Developed with the community, these integrated strategies combine long-range policies with short-term actions to help get us started on achieving our goal of a thriving and sustainable city, with opportunity for all.


You may have read about the strategies in the latest issue of the Curbsider or at www.pdxplan.com. Now you can take advantage of another opportunity to learn more and provide feedback on this citywide plan for Portland’s future.
Colored Pencils Art Collective will give four performances at each event. Free childcare will be provided at all locations.
 
West Portland    
Sunday, March 6

12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue

North Portland
Thursday, March 10

6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
De La Salle North Catholic High School
7528 N Fenwick Avenue
TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow
En Español, también!

East Portland
Saturday, March 12

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan Street
TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue

Come share your ideas about how to get to the future we want! For more information, call 503-823-2041.

Enhancing community: Urban Food Zoning Code connects you to local food

BPS E-News Issue 10

It’s no secret that Portlanders love their food. Whether from a farmers market, a community or backyard garden, one of the many established or innovative new restaurants, a neighborhood grocery store or a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm, we have many opportunities to enjoy the bounty of our region. This fertile environment for producing and sharing food has raised some questions about the zoning code and whether it still serves the interests and values of the community.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update is the City of Portland’s first comprehensive look at how zoning code regulations affect traditional and emerging ways of producing and distributing food. Through a dynamic community discussion, this project will establish zoning code regulations that support Portlanders’ access to healthy food, at farmers markets and community gardens for example, while ensuring that surrounding neighborhoods are protected from impacts such as noise, traffic and pollutants.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is working collaboratively with the Portland-Multnomah County Food Policy Council, which has studied zoning barriers for food production and distribution for many years. Together, we are leading a Project Advisory Group (PAG) that will help develop project proposals and engage the larger community. The first PAG meetings in January and February have focused on five topic areas:

  • Urban Food Production
  • Community Gardens
  • Farmers Markets
  • Community Food Distribution Sites
  • Animals and Bees


Multnomah County has awarded a Community Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant to BPS and Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI). These funds will help to ensure health and equity are considered in this project and that decisions related to urban food production and distribution maximize public health benefits.

Join us for food code discussions

The next PAG meeting will review the summaries from these topic-area discussions and prepare for a citywide public review of the issues and possible solutions in April and May. PAG meetings are open to the public, and announcements and agendas are posted at: www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode.

 

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  • Visit the project website for updates and public review opportunities.

  • Participate in or follow the discussions of the Project Advisory Group.

Project Contacts

Julia Gisler, Process Manager/Public Involvement
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503.823.7624

Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503.823.4225