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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.

 

Pivotal Leaders group honors Susan Anderson

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

The Pivotal Leaders network recently named BPS Director Susan Anderson to their list of 2012's top Northwest cleantech leaders. Every year, Pivotal Leaders honors and connects the Northwest’s most innovative and talented cleantech executives.

This peer-selected list of leaders helps the Northwest region build on its strong ethos of innovation around resources and sustainability, creating more jobs and new companies. The end goal is to make this region an international leader in the rapidly growing cleantech economy. Cleantech includes a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and waste.

Other 2012 leaders include Margi Hoffmann, Office of Governor John Kitzhaber, Sam Pardue, Indow Windows and Rachel Shimshak, Renewable Northwest Project. Please join us in congratulating Susan Anderson for this recognition.  See the complete 2012 list of honorees and read more details about the Pivotal Leaders effort at http://pivotal-leaders.com .

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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.

Planning and Sustainability Commission visits Cully to hear testimony on draft neighborhood plan

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

Residents of the Cully neighborhood didn’t have to go far to comment on the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project on May 22. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held their bimonthly meeting in the heart of the Cully neighborhood at Rigler School and will hear public testimony on a draft plan for the community.
 
Over the past year, BPS and the Bureau of Transportation have been working with Cully residents, property owners, bike and pedestrian advocates, and the business community, among others, to collect and analyze data, and hear public opinion on the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans project. Project staff subsequently developed a Proposed Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Implementation Report to respond to the community’s desire for a neighborhood-serving main street and an improved street system.
 
The recommendations in the implementation report include select zoning changes along Cully Boulevard and Killingworth Street area to allow more commercial, residential, mixed-use and employment in the area. The report also includes a local street plan for the Cully neighborhood to increase street connectivity, develop new designs and funding options for implementing local street improvements, as well as prioritizing Cully community street improvements.
 
The PSC reviewed the proposed draft and invited public comment. Testimony generally supported main street proposals. However, questions were raised about how the local diverse population could benefit from the plan, specifically through local job development. Testifiers also commented on the local street plan design options and street improvement priorities.
 
Subsequently, the PSC unanimously voted to endorse the plan and asked that staff revise the report to include more discussion about the impact of potential gentrification and displacement. The report will then be forwarded to City Council for final action at a public hearing in summer 2012. Stay tuned to www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cully for exact dates and times or for more information about the project.
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New curbside collection service: A six-month report

BPS E-News Issue 17-June 2012

Portlanders have been using their new curbside collection service (weekly food scraps/yard debris, weekly recycling and every-other-week garbage collection) for just over six months. During this time, the City has been evaluating progress and gathering data. Adapting to new changes takes time but the efforts residents are making are already paying off.

Here’s what we’ve learned

Portland households are throwing away 44 percent less garbage from this same period last year. By composting food scraps, recycling more and making careful purchasing decisions to avoid items with bulky packaging, nearly 1,800
truckloads of garbage have been diverted from the landfill since the beginning of the program. If those trucks were lined up end-to-end, they’d stretch over eight miles!

Portlanders are turning food scraps into valuable compost. Almost 40,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps has been collected since the new service began. That’s enough compost to fill more than seven Olympic-size pools!

Residents are “right-sizing” their garbage. Portlanders are still finding the right size garbage container to meet their household needs. Some have requested larger garbage containers while others have requested smaller ones. Call your garbage and recycling company about options or to make a change.

We still have room for improvement. Though Portlanders are doing a great job composting their food scraps, a lot of food is still left in the garbage. Don’t forget that every little bit of food makes a big difference.

Community involvement

This spring, community volunteers hit the streets of Portland in a 12-week door-to-door outreach campaign as part of the City’s efforts to offer residents technical assistance. More than 100 volunteers participated in this canvassing effort, including neighborhood associations, churches, ethnic organizations, school groups and volunteers with the Master Recycler program. They answered questions about what can go into the green roll cart and shared tips with thousands of households across Portland.

A big thank you to all the volunteers for helping their neighbors and boosting Portland’s curbside savvy!

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