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BPS E-News, January 2014
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, the Port of Portland released a statement and letter to Mayor Hales formally withdrawing its Annexation Proposal for West Hayden Island. The proposed agreement was developed by the City of Portland with extensive input from the community, technical experts, the Port and the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), which sent a well-vetted Recommended Draft of the proposal to City Council last summer.
The PSC’s recommendation emphasized that successful implementation would require partnerships and achieving multiple public objectives. Reflecting on their recommendation, Commission Chair Andre Baugh said, “We have put together a very strong package that helps advance prosperity, public health, equity and environmental stewardship. To be done right, annexation of West Hayden Island must be done in active partnership with the Port, local government, Metro and state agencies.”
The Port’s decision to not move forward with the annexation will be factored into the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s work to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and ensure an adequate supply of industrial land to support job growth for the next 25 years. This may include greater public investment in cleanup of brownfield sites in the Portland Harbor and in other types of freight transportation infrastructure. The City can also improve land use plans and zoning to support the vibrant new economy emerging in the Central Eastside Industrial District and the growth of other employment districts in Outer East Portland.
For more information and updates about industrial land, please visit the Comprehensive Plan website.
BPS E-News, January 2014
After a three-year [confirm] hiatus, the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) is back with code amendments to ensure that the City continually adapts to “keep Portland livable.” Changing needs, new laws and court rulings, advanced technology and innovations, and shifting perceptions require that the City’s regulations be updated and improved on an ongoing basis. Short-term rentals (like AirBnB), radio frequency towers and commercial filming in Portland are some of the trends that have shaped the the most recent package, called RICAP 6.
The RICAP 6 work plan was adopted by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a public hearing on Aug. 13, 2013. Many of the RICAP items selected by the PSC for staff to further analyze are not necessarily the ones that will result in code amendments. Staff have released a Discussion Draft or public review, and comments are welcome until Feb. 21, 2014. Staff will incorporate those comments into a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in April.
Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of houses, apartments and condominiums being rented informally on a short-term basis through Internet sites such as AirBnB and Home Away. In Portland, as of September 2013, Airbnb had more than 1,300 listings (up from only 107 in January 2011). The current code includes these types of short-term rentals into the same category as traditional bed and breakfast accommodations, which require a conditional use permit to operate. The draft code amendments create a permit category that will allow renting one to two bedrooms in the house, apartment or condominium where the operator lives as their primary residence.
Speaking of the mobile economy, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are on the rise, driving demand for more wireless sites and services. In 2011, the number of mobile devices in the United States surpassed the population. As wireless service providers continue to expand their networks, cities must update their code to comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations. In addition to ensuring compliance with the FCC, the suggested code amendments address such issues as development standards for wireless facilities as well as landscaping and screening around them.
Over the years, the City of Portland has occasionally been the location for filming movies and TV programs. Films such as Kansas City Bomber (1972), featuring Raquel Welch as a roller derby queen, and Gus Van Sant’s Drug Store Cowboy (1989) take place in Portland’s streets, open spaces and buildings. More recently, the television series Portlandia and Grimm are filming entire episodes in Portland. City policy promotes filming activities as an economic development tool, and the Portland Film Office ─ through the Portland Development Commission ─ coordinates commercial filming activities. The new code amendments will allow commercial filming as a temporary use in all zones. Filming will continue to be subject to the procedures coordinated by the City’s film office, however, for proper permits (i.e., right-of-way, parks use) and notification to affected neighborhood and business associations.
Read the entire RICAP 6 Public Discussion Draft and comment by Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Comments may be submitted by mail: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201; FAX: 503-823-7800; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability received nearly 1,100 comments on the Working Draft – Part 2
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability would like to thank all the Portlanders who shared their feedback on the Citywide Systems Plan and Map App in the Working Draft – Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Nearly 1,100 people provided comments from October 2 to December 31, 2013.
The project team is in the process of reading and organizing all the comments and grouping them by topic. This public feedback will help guide planners as they refine the Comprehensive Plan over the next several months before submitting the Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in the summer. A report summarizing all public comments will be available in the spring.
In addition to comments submitted via the Map App, staff also received feedback through handwritten cards, email correspondence, online submissions through the Comprehensive Plan Update website; in letters from organizations; and at public meetings and workshops.
Map App users made more than 904 comments through the commenting function, where users could “pin” feedback to any area of the interactive map of Portland. The commenting function has been deactivated, but the app’s other features remain accessible and existing comments can still be displayed. Portlanders are encouraged to use the Map App to learn more about their neighborhoods, infrastructure, demographics and other features.
What’s next for the Map App? BPS staff are working to revise and improve the app in preparation for the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft in the summer.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) turns to district-level work in the new year
At its December meeting, the West Quadrant Plan SAC wrapped up the concept development phase of its work with the approval of the remaining revised West Quadrant-wide Concept Layer maps. Revisions to the original set of draft concept maps were guided by the SAC; they incorporated feedback received from the October open house and online feedback form, stakeholder and association meetings, and individuals contacting project staff directly. The concept maps do not constitute a plan for the area; rather, they will be used to lead/steer more detailed district-level work in the new year.
In January, the SAC will begin the plan development phase of its work, reviewing initial discussion drafts for Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University District. The remaining four districts (the Pearl, West End, Downtown and South Waterfront) will be shared with the SAC in February, and a public open house covering all seven districts will be held at City Hall on the evening of March 10.
Developed by pulling from the overall West Quadrant Concept Layer Maps that the SAC spent the last four months refining, these initial drafts are a starting place for discussion, review and revision with the community. The drafts will be revised several times over the next six months as they move through a public process with the SAC, various district groups and associations, and the general public.
Future blog posts will review highlights from each district’s set of draft goals, policies, and actions.
Efforts to plan for and develop the island put on hold
On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the Port of Portland released a statement and letter to Mayor Hales formally withdrawing its West Hayden Island Annexation Proposal. The proposed agreement for annexation was developed by the City of Portland with extensive input from the community, technical experts, the Port and the Planning and Sustainability Commission, which sent a well-vetted Recommended Draft of the proposal to City Council last summer. The Port’s decision to not move forward with the annexation will be factored into the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s work to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and ensure an adequate supply of industrial land for the next 25 years. For more information and updates, please visit the Comprehensive Plan website.