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Public reviews West Hayden Island Draft Concept Plans

BPS E-News Issue 14

West Hayden Island is home to some of the region's largest tracts of undeveloped open space as well as valuable deep-water terminal capacity. That's why Metro has classified the 800+ acres as both significant environmentally and useful for industrial purposes. In an effort to preserve and enhance both of these assets, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a concept plan for the island that would include both. During October, BPS and its consultant, Worley Parsons, presented a set of alternative concepts to the public for review and comment that would accommodate no more than 300 acres of marine terminal development and no fewer than 500 acres of open space and natural area on West Hayden Island.

Public outreach kicked off with a presentation to a joint meeting of the City Council and Port Commission on October 12 at the Port offices at the Portland Airport. This was followed by two open houses in North Portland and on Hayden Island, which attracted more than 50 people who wanted to review and discuss the concept plan alternatives. The alternatives addressed four main topic areas: operations, transportation, natural resources and recreation.  

The open houses were followed by a series of office hours that staff held on Hayden Island during the second half of October. These informal meetings allowed community members to drop-in and find out more about the project.  During this time, a virtual open house of the concept plans was posted on the project's website, which gave participants a chance answer questions and provide specific comments on the alternatives online. The comment period on the concept plan alternatives closed on November 7.  

However, the draft concepts are still available for viewing on the project website. For more information, please contact the project planners Rachael Hoy at 503-823-9715 / Rachael.hoy@portlandoregon.gov or Phil Nameny at 503-823-7709 / phil.nameny@portlandoregon.gov.

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Open House at Rigler School draws a large crowd for Cully project

BPS E-News Issue 14

In the ongoing effort to create a more thriving neighborhood main street and a safe, accessible local street system to serve the Cully community, neighbors gathered for the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Project open house on Thursday, October 27 at Rigler Elementary School. About 80 community members attended the event, sharing their ideas about the future of their community while they learned about the project to improve the services, amenities, sidewalks and streets in the neighborhood.

Business people, individuals and families joined in, the latter taking advantage of the free childcare provided. Special guests included students from an English for Adult Speakers of Other Languages class that was being held at Rigler School that evening.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted the event, along with our partners at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, to share the results of an existing conditions report and a redevelopment analysis. Staff also sought further clarification about:

  • Where new opportunities for commercial uses along the boulevard area might be.
  • How new development should occur to fit into the neighborhood and support new businesses.
  • What are the most important walking and biking routes in Cully and how streets should be improved.

City staff will incorporate open house and other community comments along with research and analysis to begin developing zoning proposals, new local street designs and funding tools, and other recommendations.

A second public open house for the project will take place in February 2012.

For more information visit the project website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cullymainstreet and/or contact Debbie Bischoff, project manager, at debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6946.

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Solar Now! University team shares best practices with local governments in rural Oregon

BPS E-News Issue 14

In September, Solar Now! University hosted its second annual train-the-trainer conference in Roseburg, Oregon. More than fifty participants from Pendleton to Medford attended, representing local governments, non-profits, solar advocates, solar installers and utilities.
 
The conference was designed to provide guidance on how to develop local solar energy programs and expand market demand throughout the state of Oregon. Educational sessions included The Basics of Going Solar, Financing Solar on Schools and Public Facilities, Navigating Incentives and Tax Credits, Solar Permitting Resources, Site Evaluation and Tools and the USDA's Renewable Energy for America Program Grants (REAP).

"The City of Portland was excited to provide technical assistance to small Oregon communities that are working to grow local clean energy markets. Beyond promoting renewable energy, these efforts can contribute to the creation of local jobs in areas with high unemployment," said Susan Anderson, director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Participating communities received two days of training as well as an electronic toolkit handed out on USB drives.

"The City of Portland and its partners do not want communities to have to reinvent the wheel," said Lee Rahr, with Portlandís solar team. "The resources in the toolkit give them a helping hand to run programs that have been proven successful in Portland and Pendleton."

Support for the conference as well as funding for Solar Now's eight regional statewide partners is a result of the United States Department of Energy's Solar America Communities grant award to the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Funding has helped ensure Solar Now's success and plant the seeds of solar energy independence throughout the state of Oregon.
 
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Central City looks to the future

BPS E-News Issue 14

It's been decades since the plan for Portland's central city has been updated, and so much has changed. MAX and streetcar lines criss-cross downtown streets, which bustle with retail activity and cultural events. The inner eastside is emerging as an attractive area for businesses that need the open floor plans and industrial amenities the district has to offer. And the Lloyd District presents challenges and opportunities for positive growth and change for residents all over the region. These are just a few of the many areas within the Central City with unique characteristics and needs.  

Central City 2035 (CC2035) is embarking on the last phase in developing a concept plan for Portland's Central City that will guide development and decision-making over the next 25 years.

During the past year, BPS held a series of policy symposiums and urban design workshops to gather input on new policy direction for the Central City. The project team used this input to create a draft set of goals and develop a new framework of policies and objectives to guide Central City development and investment in the future. The emerging policy framework is organized around five topics:

  1. Maintaining the Central City's role as a regional center for employment and other activities.

  2. Building healthy, connected urban neighborhoods in the Central City.

  3. Improving the design and civic vitality of the Central City.

  4. Providing for mobility and access.

  5. Improving the Central City's green and natural systems.

The new CC2035 Steering Committee will be meeting between November 2011 and February 2012 to provide feedback on the policy framework and help prepare a draft concept plan for review by the Planning and Sustainability Commission and eventually City Council, tentatively scheduled for spring 2012. The public will be invited to comment on the draft concept plan in early 2012.

You can find background materials on the CC2035 project, as well as news on recent and upcoming events at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035.

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From turkey bones to trees, toss your holiday trimmings in your green roll cart

BPS E-News Issue 14

The holidays often bring more food, fun and festivities — and all of the waste that can go along with those things. This year, you have a new place to scrape your holiday plates. Now you can add food scraps — from meat to bones to dairy — along with yard debris to your green roll cart for weekly pickup.


Not only will putting leftovers in your green roll cart keep your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday ham scraps out of the landfill, it will turn them into nutrient-rich compost to nourish yards and gardens. Compost helps plants grow, prevents erosion, helps soil retain water and blocks disease and weeds. Locally, food scraps account for almost 30,000 tons of unnecessary garbage every year, which can now be put to better use as compost to improve the health of our soils and gardens.


Did you know that even your holiday tree can be composted? You can put a whole tree on the curb on your collection day for a fee, or you can cut the trunk and branches into pieces less than 36 inches long and four inches in diameter and include them in your green cart for no additional charge.

"Our family was surprised to learn how much of our holiday waste is actually compostable," said Meg Matsushima, resident of the Roseway neighborhood and participant in the pilot program. "Leftover cookies, fruitcake and even the gingerbread house can go right into the green roll cart along with napkins and paper towels used while cooking."  

As you plan your holiday meals and family gatherings, consider these easy ways to reduce waste and make composting food scraps easy for your guests:

  • Put recycling and food scrap containers in plain sight to help guests easily see and use them.

  • Invite your friends and family to bring along food containers so they can take home leftovers.

  • Buy inexpensive, durable dishes that you can load into the dishwasher and box up until your next party instead of using throwaway plastic or paper platters, plates and cups.

  • Reduce garbage by preparing a dish with fresh, local ingredients that you can buy without packaging, like apples, pears or hazelnuts.

If you still find that you have more garbage than usual this holiday season, you have the option to set out an extra bag or can of garbage on your pickup day for a one-time fee of $5.

Some bulky packaging materials — like Styrofoam or packing peanuts — can't be recycled in your blue cart, but they can be recycled through Metro. Call 503-234-3000 or visit www.oregonmetro.gov/findarecycler to find out where you can take these items to keep them out of your garbage container and out of the landfill.

No changes to collection schedule during winter holidays

Finally, there will be no changes to your collection schedule due to holidays this season. If you have questions about your schedule, you can find it online anytime at www.portlandonline.com/bps/eschedule.


Still have questions? Here are three easy ways to get help:

  1. Online: www.portlandcomposts.com

  2. Hotline: 503-823-7202

  3. E-mail: wasteinfo@portlandoregon.gov


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