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Recap of the June 7th N/NE Quadrant SAC Meeting

Meeting overview

At their June 7 meeting, following a presentation discussion and public comment, the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) endorsed the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange Improvements Draft Facility Plan by majority/minority vote. A minority report will be prepared to capture the views of the 3 SAC members opposed to the plan.

The SAC also received updates on ongoing discussions about adjustments to maximum building heights along NE Broadway, and zoning proposals in Lower Albina. Those topics and more will be covered in a draft of the N/NE Quadrant Plan scheduled to be released during the week of June 18. This draft plan will be the subject of discussion at the next SAC meeting on June 28. An extended public comment period will be provided to take comments on the draft, after which the SAC will be asked to endorse or give direction on the goals, policies and actions proposed in the plan.

 

For more information, see the June 7 meeting packet.

A Draft Guide for Bird-friendly Building Design Introduced to Portland Architects, Developers, Building Managers, Planners and Bird Enthusiasts at June 14 Forum

Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop resource guide

BPS News

 

June 8, 2012

 

Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop resource guide

Portland, ORE. – A draft Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design will be introduced at a forum for Portland's architects, developers, building managers, planners and interested Portlanders on June 14 during an evening event featuring a keynote speaker and panel discussion at KEEN Footwear.
 
Built landscapes can pose unique hazards for birds, and collisions are known to be a significant cause of death for birds. Research indicates that up to one billion birds die as a result of window collisions in the United States every year.
 
Bird-friendly building guidelines have already been developed in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Minnesota and San Francisco to guide architects and developers in the innovative incorporation of bird-friendly elements into their design approaches. Bird-friendly designs can meet multiple objectives: emerging trends include synergistic use of patterns on windows to reduce solar heat gain, create branding, provide privacy and mark windows for birds.
 
What: A forum to introduce the new Resource Guide to Bird-Friendly Building Design, with a keynote address by Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE Architects and panel discussion with regional experts
 
Who: Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
 
When: Thursday, June 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Where: KEEN Footwear at 926 NW 13th Avenue, Portland
 
The document is a customization of American Bird Conservancy’s 2011 template guide, and is the culmination of collaborative work between Audubon Society of Portland, the City of Portland and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), with funding from USFWS’s Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds Program.
 
"The resource guide provides creative, practical solutions to help advance and complement City goals for sustainable development design in Portland and ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape," says Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. "The resource guide is not about new regulations. Instead, it is a catalyst for community education, engagement and action."
 
The June 14 forum will feature:
 
Keynote Address
 
Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED
Founding Principal, FXFOWLE Architects
Bruce Fowle is the founding principal of FXFOWLE Architects, an internationally recognized, award-winning architectural, interior design, planning and urban design firm committed to design excellence, social responsibility and sustainability. FXFOWLE is responsible for such innovative projects as the New York Times Headquarters Building and the Center for Global Conservation in the Bronx Zoo, both of which incorporate bird-friendly design elements that meet other design and efficiency goals. 
 
Panel Discussion: Implementing Bird-friendly Design
 
Christine Sheppard, PhD
Bird Collisions Campaign Manager, American Bird Conservancy
Christine Sheppard has been both curator and chair of ornithology at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, and serves as science advisor on the board of the Bird-safe Glass Foundation. In 2009, she joined ABC as bird collisions campaign manager and recently published Bird-friendly Building Design. Dr. Sheppard teaches American Institute of Architect continuing education classes in bird-friendly design and provides bird-friendly design consultation. She is an expert on bird behavior and conducts research into preventing bird collisions. She helped create San Francisco’s Standards for Bird-safe Buildings and led a team in developing LEED Pilot Credit #55 Bird Collision Deterrence.
 
AnMarie Rodgers
Manager of Legislative Affairs, San Francisco Planning Department
AnMarie Rodgers has initiated and shepherded legislative efforts that resulted in new city laws for green landscaping, urban agriculture and bird-safe buildings. She reviews upwards of 50 planning and land use ordinances a year. Ms. Rodgers has more than 10 years experience, including leading an 8-year community planning effort for the Market and Octavia Plan. This project rezoned a neighborhood after the removal of a freeway, promoting transit-oriented growth that increased density while working within the historic fabric of the neighborhood.
 
Alan Osborne AIA, LEED AP
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Alan is a creative designer and problem solver who is responsible for award-winning projects throughout the Northwest. As a principal at Hennebery Eddy, Alan leads all phases of design and ensures that client expectations are met. Alan graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture. He recently led a successful bird-friendly retrofit at Lewis & Clark Law School, which required careful balancing of treatment effectiveness and user acceptability.
 
To learn more about the event: http://bit.ly/bird-friendly
 
To see the draft Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design: http://audubonportland.org/issues/metro/bsafe/bfbdd
 
To register: http://portlandbirdsafe.eventbrite.com
 
The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information. If you need accommodation, please contact us by phone 503-823-7700, by the city’s TTY at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900. 
 
 
About Audubon Society of Portland 
For more than a century, the Audubon Society of Portland has been protecting Oregon’s wildlife and wild places. The goal of Audubon’s work is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Through conservation and environmental learning programs, Audubon Society of Portland educates 25,000 children and 5,000 adults each year. The 150-acre wildlife sanctuary, nature store and Wildlife Care Center in Northwest Portland attract 40,000 visitors annually. Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility treats over 3,000 injured or orphaned animals each year. The Audubon Society of Portland plays a key role in securing some of Oregon’s most significant environmental achievements. For more information, visit www.audubonportland.org.
 
About U.S. Fish & Wildlife  
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov
 
About the City of Portland  
The City of Portland was among the first U.S. cities to sign on to the Urban Migratory Bird Conservation Treaty in 2003.  Since then, numerous other cities have entered into the treaty with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These cities are taking action to raise awareness, improve habitat and reduce risks to migratory birds that travel through their communities each year. Currently, the City of Portland Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability, Parks and Recreation, and Environmental Services are collaborating with agency and community partners to develop and build awareness of the Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design. 
 

CC2035 Steering Committee to Discuss Urban Design Concept

The Central City 2035 Steering Committee will discuss the urban design concept on June 12.

During their meeting on Tuesday, June 12 the Central City 2035 Steering Committee will discuss the Urban Design Concept for the Central City. They will also review a modified version of the draft policy framework, which they have been revising for the past several months. A packet of materials for the upcoming meeting can be found on the Central City 2035 Steering Committee website two days prior to the meeting.

The Steering Committee has been meeting since November 2011 to provide City staff with guidance on the policy framework and the draft Concept Plan. You can find CC2035 background materials, updates, and upcoming events at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035. For questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at troy.doss@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

CC2035 Steering Committee Revises Housing, River, and Green Goals

The Central City 2035 Steering Committee discussed three areas of the policy framework in its sixth meeting on 5/17/12

During its sixth meeting, the Central City 2035 Steering Committee reviewed the Housing & Neighborhoods, Willamette River, and Green Central City sections of the draft policy framework for the Central City 2035 Concept Plan. In their conversation about housing and neighborhoods, the committee discussed livability, historic preservation, mixed-use development, and seismic upgrades. They discussed the challenges of providing public and commercial access to the Willamette River while protecting natural resources. Their Green Central City discussion revolved around energy efficiency, resource conservation, climate change, and human and environmental health.

Read the meeting minutes to catch up on the conversation. The Steering Committee will meet again on June 12 to discuss the Urban Design plan and review a revised version of the draft policy framework.

For questions or comments about the meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at troy.doss@portlandoregon.gov.

 

Proposed changes to city's food regulations unanimously approved by PSC

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

Portlanders are one step closer to gaining greater access to healthful, locally-grown food in their neighborhoods. On April 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) unanimously approved the proposed zoning code changes in the Urban Food Zoning Code Proposed Draft.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project recognizes the connections between food and the community’s environmental, economic and physical health and promotes traditional and emerging ways of producing and distributing food.

The recommended changes support community gardens, farmers markets and small scale market gardens. Alternative distribution methods such as community sponsored agriculture (CSA) and food buying clubs were also promoted at a scale that is appropriate to neighborhoods and helps build community. Project staff was aided by a Code Development Advisory Group, which helped sift through the existing code regulations and develop recommended changes that support these activities, while also protecting the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Urban Food Zoning Code Recommended Draft, which is the PSC recommendation to City Council, will be published by May 21. The City Council public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012, 2 p.m. time certain in the Portland Building, 2nd floor auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Avenue (across from City Hall).

If you operate a market garden, food membership distribution site and/or farmers market, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/foodcode to learn more about "grandfathered rights” and fill out a short questionnaire to be included in the inventory. This will establish your right to continue to operate at your current level — even if you don’t meet new regulations approved by City Council. Project staff is offering this inventory as a service; after June 6, 2012, you will be required to go through a more rigorous process to document that you existed and are eligible for “grandfathered rights.”

For more information, please contact Julia Gisler at Julia.gisler@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7624.