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SE Quadrant Plan SAC Discusses Potential Land Use Patterns for the Southern Triangle

Advisory committee to discuss new OMSI and Clinton Station Areas as well as surrounding land on April 3rd

The Southern Triangle's locationThe Southern Triangle of the SE Quadrant is enclosed by the Union Pacific rail line to the north and east, SE Powell Blvd to the south and the Willamette River to the west. During a recent visit by the Urban Land Institute Rose Fellows, the area’s unique combination of large blocks, new transit infrastructure and close proximity to downtown and the South Waterfront were highlighted as opportunities for new development in addition to existing cultural attractions, such as OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will discuss potential land use patterns for this area and will suggest to staff the types of analysis to include in the land use scenarios.

Project staff will also present an update on market feasibility analyses of selected strategic sites, and there will be an update on the activities of the Transportation Working Group (TWG) at their first two meetings in February and March.

See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

Upcoming Meetings

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

TWG Meeting #3

Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
ADX Portland
417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6

Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

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

Next Steps for Comprehensive Plan Update

Milestones and events include more opportunities to learn and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has been guiding the city’s growth and development for more than 30 years. City planners have been working hard to update this long-range plan to ensure the community is prepared to manage expected population and employment growth over the next 25 years.

CPU timelineSomething this important requires robust community participation and plenty of opportunities for all Portlanders’ voices to be heard. Over the past couple of years, City staff have been soliciting public feedback at neighborhood association meetings, open houses, workshops, summer tabling events, community meetings and other events. Public comments have also been received through online surveys and the Map App as well as comment cards, letters and emails.

As we move into the final phases of the project, public input will now be considered through the legislative process — in the form of testimony given at Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and City Council hearings.

See the timeline and process chart for the remaining phases of the project.

Currently, staff are busy preparing the Proposed Plan, incorporating feedback gathered in the latter half of 2013, which is summarized in the What We Heard memo). The Proposed Plan will be released in July, and Portlanders will be able to submit testimony to the PSC at public hearings held throughout the city, beginning in late September. There will be informational open houses scheduled in July and in early September. After considering public testimony, the PSC will forward a Recommended Plan to City Council for consideration in early 2015.

Included in the Comprehensive Plan update process, some Early Implementation projects have begun. These projects represent the last phase of the state-mandated periodic review work plan. Technical experts and dedicated volunteers have been forming committees to discuss revisions to the zoning code, oversee community involvement processes, refine the Transportation Systems Plan, and more.  The July and September 2014 open houses will include information about Early Implementation projects. Additional outreach for these projects will occur in early 2015, before the PSC and City Council hold hearings on those projects.

Stay tuned for announcements of specific open house dates, as well as information about how you can submit formal testimony to the PSC and City Council. 

Curbside Collection Tip #2: Right-size your garbage container

You have options! Garbage collection service is offered in a variety of sizes or pickup frequencies to fit your household.

35, 60 and 90 gallon garbage containers

If your garbage container is often full or close to the weight limit, consider a larger size for an additional $5-7 per month. If it’s half or three-quarters full, consider a smaller size or less frequent pick-up and save on your monthly bill.

Container sizes

Garbage roll cart size options and weight limits are:

  • 20 gallon: 60 pounds (not pictured above)
  • 35 gallon: 85 pounds
  • 60 gallon: 135 pounds
  • 90 gallon: 175 pounds

Collection frequency

Standard service includes every other week garbage pickup, along with weekly pickup of recycling and compost.

You can choose to decrease garbage service to every four weeks, or sign up for on-call garbage collection. Both of these options still include weekly pickup of recycling and compost. (Note: the 20 gallon container is not available for every four week collection.)

If you occasionally have extra garbage, you may set out an extra bag or can of garbage on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.

Read more about preparing your garbage or contact your garbage and recycling company to make changes to your service level. 

Note: Renters in a single family house and smallplex (2-4 units) should contact the landlord to request service changes. 

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Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?

Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Solar Now! announces funding and training opportunity

Application deadline: April 15, 2014

Solar Oregon has announced the Solar Now! Funding and Training Opportunity for Oregon communities and is now soliciting applications. Local governments and nonprofits are eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant, training at Solar Now! University and project support from Solar Oregon.  Please help us spread the word to interested communities.

View the official announcement and application instructions. The application deadline is April 15. 

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon and Oregon Department of Energy partnered to create a statewide campaign to deliver the Solar Now! education and outreach model to other communities around Oregon. The objective is to encourage local municipalities and community leaders throughout the state to learn from and join the Solar Now! network.

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