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Online survey to collect citizen opinions to shape climate planning

BPS E-News Issue 12 - June

To cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, the Oregon Global Warming Commission needs input from citizens around the state on their priorities.  The Commission is asking Oregonians to take an online survey by June 22 to provide feedback on the state’s work to shrink the state’s greenhouse gas footprint. The survey can be taken here.

Feedback from the survey will be used to inform the Commission’s revisions to its “Roadmap to 2020” report, a series of actions designed to help the state achieve its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal through initiatives in multiple sectors from land use to energy production.

The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member commission created in 2007 by the Oregon legislature. It is charged with helping coordinate state and local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and making sure the state meets its climate goals. In 2007, Oregon adopted greenhouse gas reduction goals which include cutting greenhouse gases 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020; and achieving a 75 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.

For more information on the Oregon Global Warming Commission and the Roadmap to 2020, please visit

You're Invited! N/NE Quadrant Open House Event June 29

Review and provide feedback on draft concepts.

open houseAre you interested in issues affecting the Lower Albina, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District areas of the Central City? Please join us at an open house for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans.

See event details: Calendar | Printable Flyer

Based on ideas gathered at previous meetings and events, the project team has developed preliminary land use and transportation concept alternatives that illustrate how the area could develop over time. At the open house, these concepts will be on display and City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions, receive public feedback and discuss the project.

This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of the N/NE Quadrant of the Central City. We hope you join us! A preview of some of the information that will be presented at the open house is available now:

For more information, please contact Stephanie Beckman (City of Portland) at (503) 823-6042 or or Todd Juhasz (ODOT) at (503) 731-4753 or

Consultant Hiring for Key WHI Project Work

The city is hiring two consultants to work on key elements for planning West Hayden Island

Last summer, City Council requested several additional studies of West Hayden Island as part of the resolution to continue planning efforts on West Hayden Island (WHI). The project team is hiring  the following consultant teams to complete several studies over the next 6-9 months.

ECONorthwest has been hired to complete the following two studies:

  • Harbor Lands Inventory is a feasibility analysis of creating possible sites for a marine terminal by consolidation and/or expansion of existing sites along the Willamette River. This includes a review of our harbor lands inventory and will include the Vancouver waterfront lands.

  • Public Benefit-Costs Analysis will analyze the costs and benefits associated with a potential marine industrial development and related infrastructure on 300 acres and protecting the remaining 500 acres of open space on WHI. This analysis will compare the costs and benefits of development with the costs and benefits of leaving the island in its current condition.

Worley Parsons has been given a notice of intent to lead us through a Concept Plan development process (subject to Council approval on June 22nd). The consultant will use the City Council's parameters of protecting 500 acres as open space and 300 acres for future marine terminal development. They will design a public process for developing the concept plans with the Project Advisory Committee and the public. Four components of the concept panning process will include:

  1. A Rail Analysis to review different rail access scenarios that can be accommodated within a 300-acre footprint.

  2. An Operational Efficiencies Study to review innovations around the world at other ports, including why these strategies would or would not work in Portland.

  3. A Transportation Analysis to develop the street plan alternatives for WHI, including consideration of a bridge.

  4. Preliminary Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy (ESEE) Analysis. The consultant will provide advice to staff on a "as needed" basis to determine the positive, negative, mixed and neutral consequences of allowing, limiting or prohibiting a mix of marine industrial, open space and recreation uses.  

Please see the Phase II Technical Studies for a list of all the studies that are currently being undertaken by the city and consultants.

Environmental Program Update for Hayden Island

Draft Natural Resource Inventory for Hayden Island/Columbia River soon to be available

The City of Portland is currently updating the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory (HINRI) to incorporate comments received from a Technical Review Panel. The inventory is an update of the natural resources around the entirety of Hayden Island, both west and east sides, as well as an update of the resources along the south shore of the Columbia between Kelley Point Park to a point just west of Marine Drive and NE 33rd Avenue. A draft of this inventory will become available on WHI's Environmental Program page the end of June for public review and comment. You can view additional information about the program and view a map of the NRI study area at the WHI Environmental Program Update page as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Brooks at 503-823-7831 or via email

Past, Present, and Future for Historic Resources

The Historic Resources symposiums for CC2035 explore key issues for preservation and planning.

As Central City 2035 (CC2035) moves forward, the Symposium Series is wrapping up with Historic Resources. At the first Historic Resources symposium on May 20, participants had a lively discussion. Cities are always evolving and taking on new meanings and forms. As such preservation and resources are key areas for discussion.

Participants discussed what is feasible, realistic and economical to preserve, and what types of stewardship should take place to protect the physical, social and cultural assets of the Central City. The meeting also touched upon other topics, including:

  • The need for clear design reviews and preservation guidelines
  • Preservation as a strategy for sustainability
  • Seismic upgrades for older historical structures
  • Incorporating historic buildings into places that are becoming increasingly dense

Topics covered at this meeting will be further explored at the second Historic Resources Symposium being held on June 17. The results of these symposiums will be incorporated into the development of a Draft Concept Plan for CC2035.

For questions of comments about the Historic Resources symposiums, contact Nicholas Starin at (503) 823-5837 or by email at

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.