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PSC News: January 28, 2014 meeting recap and documents

Vote for 2014 PSC Officer Slate — decision; Transportation Systems Plan — briefing; RICAP 6 — briefing


  • Vote for 2014 PSC Officer Slate decision
  • Transportation Systems Plan briefing
  • RICAP 6 briefing

Meeting files

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An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

SE Quadrant SAC Continues Discussion of Land Use Scenarios in the District

Advisory committee will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunities subarea, mixed use corridors and the Southern Triangle

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. At their fourth meeting on February 6, the SAC will continue their discussion about land uses and where they should be located within the district. Building on the input from last month, the discussion will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunity subarea (EOS), mixed use corridors, and the Southern Triangle area. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda. The March SAC meeting will discuss additional land use issues, the river, open space and green systems.

Upcoming SAC meetings

SAC Meeting #4: Postponed Due to Weather; New Meeting Details To Be Announced
Thursday, February 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Multnomah County Offices
501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315 (3rd Floor)

SAC Meeting #5
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location TBD

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page.

PSC News: Youth Position Open on Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commission seeks youth member to fill vacancy

About the Planning and Sustainability Commission
Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. The commission’s main role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability; they do so by holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals. Their recommendations aim to create a more prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable city. As a group, they have a variety of viewpoints, and together they balance a variety of City goals.

Proposed Youth Position

To continue to increase the diversity of the PSC, one position will be filled by a younger community member. We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building and efforts to make Portland a thriving, livable city for all.

The PSC reviews numerous long-range planning projects, and a youth perspective is especially important since today’s youth will be those inheriting our efforts. Engaging youth on the PSC provides a new perspective and opinion on issues that will help shape the future of the city.

Applicants should have a true personal interest and commitment to the work the PSC is responsible for overseeing. The position will have the same duties and responsibilities as all PSC members and is a voting position.

Typical time commitment includes two 3-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees.

Applicants for this position should:

  • Be able to serve a 2-year term.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the beginning of the term.
  • Understand and support efforts to promote inclusion and equity.
  • Have knowledge of current Portland issues and/or government. (preferred)

To indicate your interest in serving on the Planning and Sustainability Commission please complete an application form and return it to the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 1120 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland OR 97204. Please include a letter of recommendation from a personal or professional reference with your application. The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by BPS and Mayor's office staff beginning in March 2014. A final selection and appointment will be made by the Mayor. Applications for those who apply that are not selected will be kept on file for two years for consideration when the position is again open or vacated.


View New Ideas for Improving and Activating the Willamette River’s Central Reach

Urban Design Concept captures the work of planners and the community to make the river in the Central City a healthier, livelier place for all Portlanders

Willamette River Central Reach UDCA first draft of a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept is available for public review and comment. The concept reflects public input previously received as part of the West Quadrant planning process and a Central Reach workshop held in December 2013.

The illustration will provide general policy guidance. Public comments received on this concept will be used by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability River Planning team to:

  • Update the Central Reach design concept.
  • Inform development of the West Quadrant and Southeast Quadrant and Central City 2035 (CC2035) plans’ goals, policies and actions for the Willamette River.
  • Inform development of the overall CC2035 Plan, which will include an update to the Willamette Greenway Plan and zoning regulations.

The Central Reach Urban Design Concept illustrates on-the-ground ideas for the future of the Central Reach. City staff, stakeholders and organizations, as well as the general public, can use to identify policies, actions and partnerships needed to realize community aspirations for the riverfront. Some ideas are not specifically mapped due to a lack of clarity on location; they may be included in a final draft of the design concept.

Review the Urban Design Concept and give your feedback.

You can share your thoughts about the new concept and how to improve it by filling out the online feedback form. It should take 15-30 minutes of your time to review the design concept and respond to the questions depending on your interests. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31.

For more information, please contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946, or go to the River Plan Central Reach web page.

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