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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!
City of Portland’s goal: Sign up 10,000 more residents by spring 2014
Portland, Ore.— Today, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announced a new contest to promote its garbage collection day email reminders. For every 1,000 Portland residents who go to www.garbagedayreminders.com to sign up for the free email reminders, the City will hold a drawing to select winners to receive a prize of a $100 garbage bill credit.
The contest is open to all single-family and smallplex (two- to four-unit) households and runs from today through March 1, 2014, or until ten winners are selected. To sign up for the reminders and be automatically entered for a chance to win, visit www.garbagedayreminders.com.
The collection day email reminder system was developed by the City of Portland as a resource for residents to help take the guesswork out of which containers to set out on collection day. The free, simple reminders are delivered to the resident’s email the afternoon prior to collection day. To date, over 6,000 households are registered to use the email tool. The goal of the contest is to increase that number to 17,000 registered households.
“It’s one less thing to try to remember every week. I signed up for the weekly reminders because I got tired of going out to the street in my pajamas to see which containers my neighbors set out,” said John Vincent Lovell, a Northeast Portland resident. “Now, I get a short email the afternoon before pickup day, set out my containers and I don’t think about it again until the reminder comes the next week.”
When residents sign up at www.garbagedayreminders.com, they can also find information about what goes into each container, how-to videos on composting and more.
“Congratulations to Portlanders for reaching a 70 percent recycling rate citywide,” said Charlie Hales, mayor of Portland. “These email reminders are one more way to make green choices even easier.”
It has been two years since Portlanders started adding food scraps to yard debris in the green Portland Composts roll cart and switched to every-other-week garbage collection. Almost 80 percent of Portland households are adding their food scraps to the green roll cart, which is converted into nutrient-rich compost that is used by local farmers and community gardens. Since the start of the program, 156,000 tons of food scraps and yard debris have been collected and household garbage headed to the landfill has decreased by 37 percent.
Help make sure that the perspectives of Portland’s many and diverse communities are reflected in the city's new Comprehensive Plan
Get involved in the future of your city! Help ensure that the perspectives of all Portlanders are reflected in the Comprehensive Plan Update by serving on the Community Involvement Committee (CIC).
As a member of the CIC, you will review and provide input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. The advisory committee makes recommendations to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and project staff on ways to maintain and improve its public involvement activities to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Applicants should have an interest in the public process and be able to share ideas for enhancing the City-Community partnership.
Member Qualifications and Skills
Community members who are interested in serving on the CIC should have the following:
Final consideration and appointments will be made by the Mayor and approved by City Council by November 2013.
Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update.