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Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project approved 5-0 by City Council

Community development plan focuses on creating affordable housing and supporting local businesses and residents

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On July 27, 2016, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division corridor.

This plan is the City’s community development component of the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. It focuses on getting more and better affordable housing along the corridor, especially in and around East Portland, and making sure the project benefits current businesses and residents. The intent is to address housing and economic development issues in the corridor, while synchronizing investments with construction of the transit project.

Over the next five years, the plan aims to generate 300 affordable housing units, improve multi-dwelling standards and strengthen tenant protections. On the economic development side, the goal is to provide business assistance and retention services (i.e., prevent displacement of local businesses) and improve access to jobs for residents along the corridor from outer Southeast Portland to the Gresham border.

Council discussion
Before voting to approve the Local Action Plan, City Council had a lengthy discussion. Some commissioners were concerned about the funding gap noted in the plan — $27M for housing and more than $4M for economic development activities. Kurt Creager, housing director for the City, indicated that the funding gap for housing could be filled over the next five years with new resources that weren’t available at the time the plan was prepared.

Funding for the economic development activities for the first year of the plan will come from a variety of grants and other funding sources. In subsequent years, the economic development activities may require some general fund appropriations. But Commissioners agreed the plan was a good first step in getting ahead of rising costs before the transit project is built.

Council expressed appreciation for staff ingenuity to fund economic development activities in the first year and will re-evaluate the need each year.

Watch the discussion and vote

Next steps
Fall 2016 – Locally Preferred Alternative decided.
Winter 2016 – City Council public hearing about the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
2017-19 – Design and engineering.
2018-21 – Construction.

The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022.

For more information, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/64377, or contact Radcliffe Dacanay at radcliffe.dacanay@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9713.

City Council to vote on Portland 2016-21 Powell-Division Transit and Development Project “Local Action Plan”

New action plan focuses on ways to support community development for both housing and economic development in the Powell-Division corridor

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:
Radcliffe Dacanay
radcliffe.dacanay@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-9713

WHO: Portland City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

WHAT: On behalf of partner bureaus at the City of Portland, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present a proposed draft of the 2016–21 Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project to the City Council for adoption by resolution. The Portland Local Action Plan focuses on ways to support community development (housing and economic development) as part of the broader Powell-Division Transit and Development project. (A separate “Transit Action Plan” was adopted by Metro in June 2015.)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland

WHY: In Spring 2013, the City of Portland accepted a Community Planning and Development Grant from Metro to participate in the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. This broad planning process is intended to bring high capacity transit to the Powell-Division corridor by the early 2020s. 

The City of Portland and its fellow grantee, the City of Gresham, were awarded the grant to engage the community and prepare a “local action plan” that focused on the placemaking and community development aspects of the broader plan. The Local Action Plan suggests a set of actions over the next five years to create housing and economic development opportunities that align with future transportation investments. The plan also helps ensure that these actions and investments focus on equity and that accrued benefits are shared with existing residents and businesses in the corridor.

The Local Action Plan includes revisions based on comments and feedback from community stakeholders, the project steering committee and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Highlights of the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

HOUSING: Provide more and better affordable housing along the corridor

  • Produce 300+ affordable housing units by 2021.
  • Include better multi-dwelling development standards in the Zoning Code.
  • Advocate for and adopt stronger tenant protections.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Provide benefits to existing businesses and residents 

  • Retain businesses with technical assistance.
  • Connect residents to jobs through workforce navigation opportunities.
  • Support new development and catalyst projects.
  • Perform ongoing community outreach.

PLACEMAKING: Improve walking and biking connectivity and safety in neighborhoods and places near transit investment, including the Jade District and Division-Midway.

  • Create high quality station environments that reflect local culture.
  • Improve access and active transportation opportunities in the corridor.

Future of the Powell-Division Corridor is Taking Shape

Powell-Division Transit and Development Project gathers community feedback in the Jade District and Midway; interactive mapping tool allows for virtual commenting

Community OutreachEvery day tens of thousands of people ride TriMet bus lines 4 and 9 between Portland and Gresham to connect to Portland’s Central City, Downtown Gresham, Portland Community College’s Southeast Center and many places in between. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is collaborating with Metro, TriMet, the City of Gresham, ODOT and Multnomah County on the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project to provide faster, more reliable high capacity transit to more Portlanders, especially those living, working or going to school in East Portland.

The project team has been conducting extensive outreach, focusing on the needs and interests of East and Southeast Portland and Gresham residents as well as the many immigrant and refugee and limited English proficiency (LEP) populations in the area. In addition to focus groups and youth outreach, the City of Portland and Metro recently partnered with the Jade District and Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement to host community workshops at local businesses at East Garden restaurant on SE Division and 124th and at Fubonn on SE 82nd Ave. Successful and lively events, the Jade District workshop on February 28 included live translation services for Cantonese and Vietnamese speakers provided by community leaders Rosaline Hui and Thao Tran, respectively. A joint Powell-Division and Mixed Use Zones Project open house was also held at Cleveland High School on March 10.

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Community outreach has also been supported by Metro’s new interactive map tool, which asked participants to share their preferences for alignments and station area planning. Metro received more than 1,500 comments between February 13 and March 4, 2015, which were shared with the project's Steering Committee in advance of their March 16 meeting. Representatives from the Tongan community, the Russian Speaking Network and the Latino Network all spoke at the meeting, and youth organizers shared insights they gained while canvassing businesses in the City of Gresham. The project team is looking forward to them continuing their work as they move west into the City of Portland. Additional focus groups are slated for April and May, and staff will schedule presentations and discussions with Neighborhood Associations during that time as well.

At the same meeting the Steering Committee, which includes community and government agency representatives, reached consensus on the most promising route options for the new high-capacity transit services slated for the Powell-Division corridor. The new bus rapid transit service will travel from the Central City across the Tilikum Crossing, up Powell Blvd to either 50th, 52nd or 82nd Avenues, where it will head north to Division St. It will then travel on Division to Gresham, where it will connect to Mount Hood Community College. The Steering Committee expressed strong support for 82nd Ave as the north-south crossing, but some cautioned that additional engineering, design and traffic studies need to be completed to better understand the opportunities and challenges. Further refinements to the design will take place as the team moves into project development and completes additional engineering and traffic studies.

Help Make Decisions About Transportation, Services and Housing Along the Powell-Division Corridor in East Portland

Share your thoughts at March 10 open house at Cleveland High School; learn more about bus rapid transit and new Mixed Use Zones

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Portlanders can help shape the future of their community by being a part of the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project. In partnership with Metro and TriMet, the City of Portland is working to improve transit service along this busy mixed use corridor in Portland. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is also working on refining mixed use zoning in Portland’s centers and corridors.

Please join us at an open house on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Come to share your feedback or just listen and learn. Either way, we hope to see you there!

Powell-Division bus rapid transit is taking shape. Be a part of what it becomes.

  • Weigh in on the route for the new bus rapid transit project in the Powell-Division corridor.
  • Which bridge should the new bus line use to cross the Willamette River?
  • Where should the transit route transition between Powell and Division in Portland?
  • Share your ideas for what should happen at key station areas at the intersections of Cesar Chavez Blvd and Powell Blvd, 82nd Ave and Division St, and 122nd Ave and Division St.

Mixed Use Zones are being refined and updated. See how these vibrant commercial and residential areas could evolve.

  • Learn about the Revised Zoning Concept, including new draft development and design standards for Portland’s centers and corridors.
  • Talk to staff about how these hubs and streets can serve and complement nearby neighborhoods. 

Powell-Division Open House
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cleveland High School Cafeteria
3400 Southeast 26th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

  • Cleveland High School is at the corner of SE Powell Blvd and SE 26th Ave.
  • TriMet lines 10-Harold and 9-Powell directly serve Cleveland High School.
  • The cafeteria can be accessed from the main entrance on SE 26th Ave or from Franklin St, which is on the north side of the high school.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Can’t make it? Go online!

And if you can’t make it or would rather learn more and give your input online, please visit the project Metro website, where you can answer survey questions — and see other comments — within an interactive map. It’s pretty cool!

http://powelldivision.oregonmetro.gov/

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