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BPS E-News, October 2013
At an open house in the 1900 Building last week, the West Quadrant Project Team shared with the public new urban design principles and draft concepts for the Central City’s west side. Spanning distinct districts from Goose Hollow to China Town, the maps were developed from the week-long June Charrette, direction from the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), and input from numerous meetings, workshops, interviews, a public survey and public testimony. Roughly 50 people attended the event, chatted with staff and filled out feedback forms.
The eight urban design principles -— or organizing ideas — for urban form are rendered in elegant, simple hand drawn maps and describe ways to strengthen and connect places, embrace the river, design with nature, expand housing, grow employment, extend the retail core, and shape the skyline along the Central City’s west side.
As Project Manager Karl Lisle told The Oregonian at the open house, planners, stakeholders, business people and the community would like to see more people living along the waterfront, creating neighborhoods at the river’s edge. “We've got [Waterfront] park," Lisle said. "But couldn't it be more?"
But how exactly does the City do that? The tools that planners use can help determine land use emphases, attractions and special places, maximum building heights, street and development character, open space and parks, and green systems — all of which are shown in the draft concept layers.
These layers — along with four modal concept layers (transit, pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicycles) from the Portland Bureau of Transportation - were discussed at the September and October SAC meetings. Project staff are seeking input from a wider audience to further refine and develop a preferred approach.
BPS E-News, October 2013
This year some Portlanders might take advantage of an online mapping tool that allows neighbors to say whether or not they will hand out Halloween treats. A new feature provided by the social media platform for neighborhoods and their associations, Nextdoor.com, the “Halloween Treat Map” takes trick-or-treating to a new level of community awareness.
The Map App is an interactive series of maps showing the geography and location of various policy proposals. Visitors to the Map App can view a variety of maps, overlay multiple map layers, see areas of concern or change, make comments and view comments from others.
For example, at a meeting in mid-October of Comprehensive Plan Policy Expert Group (PEG) members where the Map App was unveiled, participants used the tool to help answer questions about new town centers in East Portland and Southwest. With the Map App, they were able to see how transit and infrastructure improvements in East Portland need to be coordinated, and cautioned against putting all the right things in an area (sewer, parks, sidewalks, etc.) without providing access to transit. For Southwest, they were able to confirm with the demographic map layer that many residents are aging in place and recommended providing services that address their changing needs.
A new Urban Design Framework is also visible in the Map App and shows Portland’s future proposed physical form. The draft framework focuses growth in neighborhood centers and along travel corridors, identifies key transportation connections, and fosters a system of habitat corridors — all while being sensitive to the unique geographies and characteristics of different parts of the city.
The Map App is designed to solicit answers to questions, such as:
Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Update also includes the Citywide Systems Plan (CSP), a 20-year coordinated infrastructure plan that updates the City of Portland’s 1989 Public Facilities Plan.
Staff have been sharing the Map App and the CSP with the community through information and brownbag sessions. But to get at more locally specific issues, the District Liaisons and other staff members will be holding Mapping Conversations in East, West and North Portland in November, where they will be using the Map App.
“This is really the most transparent we can be,” said Marty Stockton, community outreach coordinator. “Giving the community the same information, the same overload of information we struggle with, and saying, ‘This is your story too. You can work with it and interact with it as well.’”
Sunday, November 3
1 – 4 p.m.
Conversation to cover proposed town centers and dispersed industrial lands.
Saturday, November 16
9 a.m. – noon
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy [Google map link]
Conversation to cover proposed town centers and where growth is appropriate given infrastructure constraints.
Wednesday, November 20
6:30 – 9 p.m.
University of Portland
Chiles Center, Hall of Fame Room
6605 N Portsmouth
Conversation to cover proposed centers and potential key land use changes.
Since its inception, public involvement for the Comprehensive Plan Update (CPU) has been guided, monitored and evaluated by an advisory committee of dedicated community members. Convened during the early days of the Portland Plan, the Community Involvement Committee (CIC) is in need of new members, particularly youth, older adults and people of color.
“The Community Involvement Committee is Portland being Portland,” said CIC member Peter Stark, a local architect. “No other metropolitan city would spend as much effort working directly with its community members and businesses to ensure they have a voice in planning their own future. We are not a watchdog committee; we collaborate directly with city staff, creating effective positive changes.”
The CIC reviews and provides input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. This advisory committee also makes recommendations to project staff and to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Learn more about the committee and application process.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 1, 2013. Final consideration and appointments will be made by the Mayor and approved by City Council by November 2013.
Don’t miss the chance to weigh in on how you’d like to see the west side of Portland’s Central City develop over the next 20 years
Nearly 50 people attended the West Quadrant Plan Concept Development Open House last Thursday, October 24, and we received some great feedback. Staff will summarize the results of the open house in a future post.
If you missed the event last week, it’s not too late to have your voice heard! The online feedback form is available through 5 p.m. on November 1, here. The form should take about 20 minutes to complete.
As the project moves from concept development to plan development, there will be additional opportunities to get involved early next year. As a reminder, you can always email comments or questions about the project to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portlanders are invited to help guide public involvement, transportation planning, and mixed use/institutional zoning for the City’s long-range plan for growth and development
October 25, 2013
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Portland, Ore. — The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is currently recruiting Portlanders to fill vacancies on an existing Community Involvement Committee for the Comprehensive Plan and three new advisory committees as the project moves into Task 5: Implementation. Community members and technical experts are needed for the Transportation System Plan, Mixed Use Zoning Code Project and Campus Institution Zoning Update advisory committees. More information about these projects, applications and key contacts are included below.
Community Involvement Committee (CIC): This is an existing committee with vacancies. Members will review and provide input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. The CIC makes recommendations to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and project staff on ways to maintain and improve public involvement activities to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2013. Please contact Marty Stockton (503-823-2041, email@example.com) for more information about this committee.
Transportation System Plan (TSP): The Bureaus of Transportation and Planning and Sustainability are establishing a TSP Expert Group as part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Interested community members should formally apply to be part of the committee. Application deadline is Nov. 8, 2013. Please contact Courtney Duke (503-823-7265, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rachael Hoy (503-823-9715, email@example.com) with questions.
Institutional Zoning Project: This project will develop new campus institution zoning procedures and standards, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth. Application deadline is Nov. 22, 2013. Please contact John Cole (503-823-3475, firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Mixed Use Zones Project: The Mixed Use Zones Project will develop new mixed use planning and zoning designations that can be used to implement the Centers and Corridors concepts that emerged with the Portland Plan and are being proposed with the Comprehensive Plan Update. The project will focus on the city’s commercial and central employment zones, and the places outside the Central City where these zones are applied. The online application will be available by October 28. Application deadline is Dec. 6, 2013. Please contact Barry Manning (503-823-7965, email@example.com) with questions.
The City of Portland has started the process for developing state and federal legislative agendas for next year and we want to hear from you!