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West Quadrant Plan City Council Hearing on Proposed Amendments Moved to March 5, 2015

Hearing moved to allow additional time for consideration of testimony

The City Council Hearing originally scheduled for February 25 has been moved to Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2 p.m., time certain.  A great deal of testimony and amendment proposals were received and more time is needed to carefully consider the feedback.

A list of the proposed amendments will be posted to the City Council’s website on Friday, February 27, 2015 and testimony specific to those potential amendments will be taken at the hearing.

The West Quadrant Plan is a long-range plan for Central City districts west of the Willamette River, including Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, the Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University. For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/westquad.

Fix-It Fair deepens community connections

Next Fix-It Fair happens this Saturday at David Douglas High School

The City of Portland is hosting its 28th annual Fix-It Fair season, creating a rich and inclusive community event where Portlanders from various backgrounds can learn new ways to save money, improve their homes and live healthier lives. At the recent January Fix-It Fair, more than 60 community partners provided workshops and resources for attendees who spoke more than five languages.

But making connections with all the communities who enjoy attending the Fix-It Fair event leverages the network of many community partners.

For example, Irene Konev, co-chair of the Slavic Advisory Council to the Chief of Police’s Office, connected BPS to student interpreters from Portland State University’s Russian Flagship Program who were looking for ways to apply their skills and serve community.

Through Portland Public Schools, we connected with Russian-speaking parents interested in attending the fair and in need of interpretation services. The student interpreters helped one parent understand how to address a mold situation at home from the Multnomah County Environmental Health exhibit.

For the upcoming Fix-It Fair this weekend, we offer a Spanish-language workshop track and we spread the word via a partnership with KUNP – Univisión Portland. Watch our commercial!

FIFNot familiar with the Fix-It Fair? It’s a free event where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond. Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, FIF includes an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Volunteers from a variety of community organizations share expertise about water and energy savings, personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!

Details about this Saturday's Fix-It Fair

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the David Douglas Fair this weekend. Free professional childcare and lunch are also provided.

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave​

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif (en español: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif/esp) or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FixItFairPDX.

To receive information and reminders about upcoming fairs, email fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision.

A special thank you goes to those City of Portland bureaus and offices that participate in the fairs:​ ​Auditor's Independent Police Review, Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Transportation, Office of the Ombudsman, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation and Water Bureau.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Deadline nears for new Master Recycler volunteer training in Clackamas County

Applications due March 5, 2015 at noon

What does it take for the metro area to maintain one of the best recycling rates in the country? It takes more than 1,300 dedicated Master Recycler volunteers! 

The Master Recycler program, which serves Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, is seeking new volunteers for its spring training. Though the next class takes place in Clackamas County, residents from any of the three counties may register.

master recycler volunteersAn eight-week course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling. All who complete the course then commit 30 volunteer hours to share what they’ve learned with neighbors, coworkers and their community at events and workshops.

Course details

WHAT: Clackamas County 8-week spring course and 30-hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting on April 1 and two Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 18 and May 9.

WHERE: Clackamas County Bldg., 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 5, 2015 at noon.

Please visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.

About the Master Recycler Program

Serving the Portland metro region, the Master Recycler Program bridges the gap between awareness and action by motivating people to reduce waste in their homes and workplaces. This program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas County,Washington Countythe Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

 

Save the Date: Mixed Use Zones Project Info Sessions

Join us at February events to learn more about the Revised Zoning Concept, including new draft development and design standards

Portlanders can help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland by participating in the Mixed Use Zones Project.

You’re invited to an info session to learn more about the Revised Zoning Concept and share your feedback.

Session #1
February 25, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)
Refined Concept presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Session #2
February 26, 2015, 7:30 – 10 a.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)
Refined Concept presentation at 8 a.m.

These sessions will begin with an informal open house. A presentation on the Mixed Use Zones Revised Zoning Concept will occur at the times noted above. These will be followed by an opportunity for you to talk to staff, ask questions and provide feedback.

The Mixed Use Zones Project will propose new zones and regulations for commercial and mixed use development intended to:

  • Improve height transitions to lower density residential zones.
  • Address building scale and divide the mass of larger buildings.
  • Encourage ground floor activity and commercial uses in key areas.
  • Require more ground floor windows and building entrances.
  • Provide shared or outdoor space for residents.
  • Foster affordable housing and commercial space, historic preservation, plazas and other features.

Staff will present information and ideas on the zoning concepts and use public input to help create the Revised Zoning Concept document.

Project goals and next steps

Over the next 25 years, roughly half of Portland's new housing development is expected to occur in mixed use Centers and Corridors. The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment zoning codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City to address issues that arise with newer more intensive mixed use building forms.

A Mixed Use Zones Preliminary Zoning Concept was released last fall. The Revised Zoning Concept is expected to be finalized in March 2015. After completion of the zoning concept, proposed zoning codes will be developed, with public hearings anticipated in Summer/Fall 2015.

For more information about the Mixed Use Zones Project, please visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse

 

Enough Land for Jobs in Portland? Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis says "Yes"!

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearing on new EOA on April 14

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan ensures the City has enough land for housing and jobs based on projections for population growth and business development. Through the Centers and Corridors growth management strategy, the City can accommodate the need for more housing.

But it’s the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) that helps us determine how much land we need for future employment and then posits ways to meet that goal.

The good news is that the recently revised EOA shows that the policies, infrastructure investments and land use map changes in the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft will support Portland’s economic growth into the middle of the 21st century.

Portland has room to accommodate 142,000 new jobs on 3,000 acres of employment land by 2035. This is in addition to the city’s existing 370,000 jobs.

Meeting Goal 9

Under Statewide Planning Goal 9, Oregon cities must provide enough employment sites of suitable sizes, types and locations to accommodate forecast job growth for the next 20 years. The 2035 Comprehensive Plan will support job growth by creating:

  • An additional 450 acres of development capacity in existing industrial areas through land use changes, public infrastructure investments and brownfield redevelopment.
  • An additional 375 acres of development capacity for major campus institutions, the Central Eastside and Lower Albina industrial districts, and town centers throughout the city.
  • Capacity to expand marine terminals, rail yards and airport facilities.

Industrial Lands and Watershed Health Strategies

Industrial lands are sites that typically allow light and heavy manufacturing, warehousing, marine cargo and other industrial uses. These sites play a key role in supporting and growing middle-skill, family-wage jobs, which generally do not require an advanced degree. They help provide opportunity and income self-sufficiency to the 30 percent of Portland students who do not graduate from high school, as well as the 30 – 40 percent of high school graduates who do not go on to college. This, in turn, helps the City reach it equitable prosperity goals and support a balanced economy.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan accommodates 31,600 new jobs, 22 million square feet of new building area, and 1,700 acres of land development in our industrial districts by 2035.

But much of the industrially zoned land in Portland is located in or near environmentally sensitive areas along the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The proposed plan includes a balanced strategy of goals, policies, infrastructure investments and map changes to both promote economic prosperity and improve watershed health through:

  • Retention and protection of prime industrial land.
  • Intensification of land use and reinvestment in freight infrastructure.
  • Brownfield redevelopment.
  • Private golf course conversion to allow for industrial land and open space.

Maximizing the use of industrial land reduces the pressure to create more sites in environmentally sensitive areas, particularly in the Portland Harbor.

Other Job Growth Capacity Strategies

Other areas of the city are also targeted for job growth, including:

  • Central City Industrial – The SE Quadrant Plan will designate additional capacity in the Central Eastside Industrial District, primarily by expanding industrial office development and limiting retail sales and services. 90 more acres and 10,000 new jobs
  • Campus Institutions – Hospitals, colleges and universities are projected to have the highest job growth over the next 20 years. The new Comprehensive Plan designates these campus institutions as employment districts rather than conditional uses in residential areas to help them expand without encroaching on nearby neighborhoods. 370 more acres and 23,000 new jobs
  • Central City Commercial and Neighborhood Commercial areas have more than enough capacity to accommodate the forecast job growth. 840 more acres and 69,000 new jobs

Read the entire revised EOA.

Public Hearing on the EOA

Portlanders are invited to comment on the revised EOA to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), which will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (please check the PSC calendar to confirm details). Written comments are also welcome by April 14, either by mail or in writing. See Tips for Testifying for more information.

After the hearing, the PSC will vote to recommend the EOA, which will move onto to City Council for adoption with other parts of the new Comprehensive Plan.