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Imagine … 20 years from now, what would Portland look like guided by our new long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city?
A little more than 35 years ago, Portland welcomed its first Comprehensive Plan, a blue print for the city that would be admired around the world in the decades to come. In 1980, the population of Portland was 366,000, a little more than half of what it is today.
Back then, Mt St Helens had just erupted, and Supertramp and Donna Summers were all the rage. Smart phones were only on Star Trek, Microsoft had just 11 employees, and a kid could ride a bike without a helmet and get away with it.
Portlanders banded together into neighborhood associations to block the Mt Hood Freeway and ensured those transportation dollars would go toward the construction of the MAX blue line. A downtown parking lot was transformed into Pioneer Square, and the Harbor Freeway into Tom McCall Waterfront Park. And Portland’s 1980 Comp Plan directed population and employment growth into a series of “nodes and noodles.”
The rest is history.
Fast forward to 2035 ... Nodes and noodles have become “centers and corridors,” and Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan has helped a mid-sized city grow up. Portland has become a place where most people can live healthy lives, with access to good jobs, safe streets and bikeways, affordable housing, clean air and water, walkable neighborhoods, quality transit service and beautiful parks.
The 2035 Comp Plan built upon the best of Portland’s strong planning heritage, advanced a more equitable approach to neighborhood development and leveraged Portland’s rapid growth to balance prosperity, human and environmental health, equity and resilience.
Imagine 20 years from now …
… a Portland that has nearly a quarter of million new people living here. Places like Hollywood, the Jade District, North Pearl, and Barbur and Powell Boulevards will be high-functioning mixed use areas with easy access to transit and a range of housing types to meet the needs of smaller households, Portlanders who want to age in place, and an increasingly diverse population.
… a city with 140,000 more jobs. More middle-wage jobs and a balanced economy fueled by the preservation of industrial land, expansion of our colleges and hospitals, a robust Central City, and flourishing smaller businesses in centers and corridors.
… better transit with new routes throughout East Portland, connecting more residents with their jobs; and fewer cars on the road, creating more room for freight, bikes and pedestrians.
… healthier people who have easy, safe and pleasant routes to walk, bike or take transit.
… and a safer and more resilient Portland with well-maintained infrastructure.
Most of Portland’s diverse population would live in complete, healthy and safe neighborhoods, close to the amenities they need. Tens of thousands more well-paying jobs would offer residents financial security and a pathway to wealth. Increased housing options would make it possible for individuals and families to create households to their liking. And a robust transit system and greenway network would offer multiple transportation options for Portlanders to get to and from work, as well as other places they want to go.
Sound crazy? It’s not. If the 1980 Comp Plan could transform a city suffering from suburban flight and crumbling infrastructure into a destination city for tourists as well as newcomers looking for a place to call home … it’s entirely possible that the 2035 Comp Plan — built on the success of previous planning efforts and created with the benefit of more data and public involvement, and inspired by so many other forward-thinking cities — could successfully guide Portland well into the mid-21st century.
With the adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan by City Council on June 15, 2016, Portland's long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland is on its way to the state for acknowledgement. And, thus, a reality.
Many thanks to the tens of thousands of community members who contributed to the plan. Just as with the 1980 Comp Plan, your contributions will be appreciated for generations to come.
Free online tools and resources to help you find a new home for practically anything you want to toss.
Portland has many creative ways to donate usable items to neighbors and organizations. These online tools make it easy for you to reuse, borrow and share stuff you longer want or need.
Many groups and organizations are free and offer Portland-area residents simple ways to move useful materials through the community and into the hands of others who need them.
Here are a few other resources to get you started:
Freecycle is a grassroots movement committed to a sharing economy and helping people give and gain cool free stuff. It promotes reuse and keeping usable items out of landfills.
Paying it Forward Store
The Paying it Forward Store helps those in immediate need of clothing, coats and shoes and connects to other like-minded organizations by collecting and distributing donated items.
PDX Free Store
The PDX Free Store is like a rummage sale except everything is free—clothes, housewares, music, toys and games. Bring clean, working items to donate—take home items you need.
Nextdoor is a tool for getting helpful recommendations and resources from neighbors in addition to borrowing, donating or selling items.
Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project members post anything you’d like to give away, lend or share. It is neighborhood- and Facebook-based, focused on items you’d like to borrow or acquire, at no cost, from neighbors.
Have unusable bulky items?
Your garbage and recycling company can remove large items that are not reusable or recyclable for an extra charge. Call your company a week in advance and they will give you a cost estimate. For a reasonable charge, they will pick up appliances, furniture, large branches, stumps and other big items. For curbside pickup, set bulky items at your curb on the day your garbage and recycling company has agreed to pick them up.
For discarded items abandoned in your neighborhood contact the Metro Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Patrol or call 503-234-3000.
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Mayor and commissioners unanimously approve new land use plan to guide growth and development for the next 20 years; acknowledge contributions of community members
Use this guide for weekly composting and recycling and every-other-week garbage collection for residents living in a single family home, duplex, triplex or fourplex.
Garbage: Computers, monitors, TVs, compact florescent lights bulbs (CFLs), hazardous waste and chemicals.
Green Portland Composts! cart: “Compostable” containers, pet waste, plastic bags, lumber, dirt, ashes and branches larger than 4” thick and 36” long.
Blue Portland Recycles! cart: Plastic bags, diapers, propane cylinders, coffee pods, plastic clam shells, coffee cups/lids and plastic containers under 6oz.
Yellow glass recycling bin: Light bulbs, vases, broken glass, ceramics, lids and drinking glasses.
For items that don’t belong in curbside recycling or compost; and that are not hazardous, electronics, CFLs or chemical; dispose of them in the garbage.
Choose the garbage container size that fits your household needs.
Find more resources to help you dispose of items not accepted at the curb.
In addition to open houses, an online open house and questionnaire will offer community members another chance to learn about the project and give staff feedback
The Residential Infill Project is exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. From June 15 to August 15, the public is invited to review draft proposals that will influence proposals delivered to City Council in fall 2016.
In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, RIP project staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) have developed proposals that address three topics:
Open Houses: In Person and Online
Staff will hold a series of open houses around the city. The presentations and format at all locations will be the same. Please come to learn about the project, review the proposals, ask questions and share your feedback.
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #44
5441 SE Belmont St., Copeland Commons
Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #15 and 71
Historic Kenton Firehouse
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #4 and MAX Yellow Line
East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #25, 71 and 77
German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St. (at Sandy Blvd)
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Tri-met: Bus #12 and 71
8210 SE 13th Avenue
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
*Tri-Met: Bus #70
This open house is hosted by United Neighborhoods for Reform.
*Visit TriMet’s Trip Planner at http://trimet.org/#/planner to plan your route.
An online open house and questionnaire will also offer Portlanders a chance to learn about the project and provide comments on the proposals.
(subject to change; check website closer to date)
|June 15 – August 15||Public review of draft proposals|
|August/September||Summarize public comment and revise proposals|
|October 3||Publish staff recommendations to City Council|
|October 25||Planning and Sustainability Commission briefing (tentative)|
|November 9||City Council hearing(s) (tentative); provide direction for code language|
|Winter 2016||Begin working on code language|
|Summer 2017||Publish draft code language; public review|
|Fall 2017||PSC and City Council hearings; adopt code language|
For more information, visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
Julia Gisler, Public Involvement
Morgan Tracy, Project Manager
Or email project staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org