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BPS E-News, December 2013
Since the October 3 release of the Working Draft Part 2, project staff have presented the Comprehensive Plan Map App and Citywide Systems Plan to a variety of groups at more than 90 meetings, community events and college classes. Close to 1,600 people, ranging from curious walk-ins to technical experts and community leaders, attended presentations or workshops to learn about the Comprehensive Plan, provide their feedback and input, see demonstrations of the Map App and get hands-on experience playing with it.
The Map App allows users who can’t attend meetings to participate by commenting on the Comprehensive Plan online. It has also been a useful tool for staff to engage participants in discussions about neighborhood-specific issues. At three Mapping Conversation events that took place in November in East, North and Southwest Portland, the Map App helped contextualize issues of concern for attendees, such as transportation infrastructure improvements, watershed health and zoning changes.
Portlanders have made about 500 comments on the Map App. Comments about the Working Draft Part 2 may also be submitted by email , web form, telephone or letter. But there’s not much time left — the deadline for feedback on Working Draft - Part 2 is December 31. Public comments will help guide refinement of all components of the Comprehensive Plan: Goals and Policies, Transportation System Plan, Citywide Systems Plan (Infrastructure), Land Use Map and Urban Design Framework. The entire revised package — the Proposed Draft — will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in Summer 2014. After public hearings and deliberations, the PSC will submit a Recommended Draft to City Council for consideration and adoption.
Note: Adults aren't the only ones telling us what they think. Over the summer, youth all over the city used blank "Wish you were here!" postcards to show us what they love about their neighborhoods. See more on Twitter @portlandbps.
Cardboard and gift boxes, paper shopping bags, wrapping paper, cards and envelopes all go in the blue recycling roll cart.
The holiday season stretches over many weeks, from party planning, decorating, shopping and gift wrapping through post-holiday cleanup. During the season, you may find yourself managing more packaging and other waste. Here is a refresher on options for the additional “stuff” the holidays generate.
Recycling during and after the holidays
You can recycle many holiday items at home, including wrapping paper, cards, envelopes, catalogs, gift boxes and cardboard packing boxes. These and other holiday materials are accepted in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.
Do not include metallic wrapping paper and foiled-lined greeting cards. Also, save bows and ribbons for another use – they don’t belong in the blue roll cart.
To include more in the blue roll cart, break down cardboard boxes or bundle single pieces together with twine or tape and set to the side of your containers. Bundles are limited to 36 inches in any direction.
Note: Are you getting new electronics and gadgets for the holidays? Remember TVs, computers and monitors must be recycled in Oregon and cannot be put out at the curb.
Bring your bag to reduce your waste
Portland retailers and food providers no longer provide plastic check-out bags. If you forget your reusable bags, they will provide paper shopping bags that can be reused or included for recycling in the City of Portland curbside system.
You have garbage options
Get your stuff in the right spot! Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/carts for a detailed list of what goes in each container. Materials not accepted in the blue recycling cart belong in the garbage container, or you can contact Metro’s Recycling Information hotline (503-234-3000) for the most up-to-date information for other items.
Metro offers options for recycling spent batteries, strings of lights, electronics, Styrofoam™, packing peanuts, non-curbside plastics and other items not accepted in your blue Portland Recycles! roll cart.
Which plastics are allowed in curbside recycling? It depends on size and shape!
Find out what goes in, why size and shape matter, and other recycling tips at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/carts.
Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders and a chance to win a $100 credit on your garbage bill at www.garbagedayreminders.com.
Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.
Climate Action Plan and Preparation Plan — briefing; Comprehensive Plan Implementation Projects — briefing
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An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50.
Participants discussed how to ensure a robust river economy, environmentally healthy river and vibrant waterfront districts along the Willamette River in the Central City.
More than 70 people participated in a two-day open workshop focused on improving the Willamette riverfront area in the Central City on Dec. 4 and 5. The results of the facilitated discussions and open houses will help staff develop a Central Reach Urban Design Concept, which will be incorporated into the Central City 2035 planning effort and the update to the Willamette Greenway Plan.
If you weren’t able to attend the workshop and would like to learn more or provide comments, the presentation, maps and workshop questionnaires are available on the Workshop Summary Page. Community comments are welcome through December 20.
Based on feedback from each session, it’s clear that Portlanders want to see more activities, uses and people engaged in the riverfront area. An overarching theme is to increase human access to the water for recreation, transportation and enjoyment. People view Tom McCall Waterfront Park as a major place for transformation. Think small commercial uses, cultural and historical attractions, and recreation, including an urban beach for swimming. On the east side, the OMSI area has great potential to be an emerging waterfront district with the new light rail station and pedestrian/bike bridge over the river. Expanding this area with new cafes, cultural and historical attractions like a maritime museum, a boat school and increased boat access could make this a popular destination for the region.
Participants also talked about making the Downtown riverfront area more recognizable as the city’s primary gathering place. As such the area could bring people together through a variety of land- and water-based activities that reflect the history, culture and natural environment. Commercial boating would become more prolific with cruise, excursion and river transit opportunities converging downtown. Clusters of uses such as retail, recreation, entertainment and other businesses could form destination points that add vibrancy to the waterfront. Key focus areas include the Rose Quarter/Convention Center, OMSI and the light rail station under construction, and Waterfront Park.
Maintaining and improving habitat areas for fish, birds and other wildlife by enhancing river banks with native vegetation and maintaining in-water shallow habitat is a priority, especially in key areas in the Central Reach. The Hawthorne Bowl riverfront area could be reconfigured to support both swimming and fish migration habitat because these activities occur at different times of the year. Also, creating habitat wildlife corridors throughout the Central City will allow birds and other species to safely move through downtown and benefit humans. Finally, Waterfront Park could be a place where part of the seawall is replaced with a steps lined with native vegetation down to the river for easy access to swim, paddle or simply splash in the water.
The Willamette River’s Central Reach is poised to become much more of a playground for all Portlanders and visitors to the Central City. Find out more by visiting the project website or contact Debbie Bischoff for more information.
Take an eight-week course on waste prevention and recycling, then share what you learned with the community
Become a Master Recycler
Learn from the experts. Share with your neighbors. Save our natural resources.
Take an eight-week course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling, including classroom instruction and site tours. Then, volunteer 30 hours to share what you learned with neighbors, coworkers and community.
Class begins January 8, 2014 and includes eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., plus two Saturdays -- January 11 and February 15, 2014 -- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.)
Washington Street Conference Center, 225 S. First Ave. (in downtown Hillsboro)
$50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 18, 2013 at noon.
Please visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.
About the Master Recycler Class
The popular eight-week course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others make choices to conserve natural resources. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and co-workers.
Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours is required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification.