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Planning & Sustainability Commission will hold hearing on staff's proposed workplan
BPS staff have released the next workplan for the group of issues to be analyzed under the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Pacakage or RICAP for short. The RICAP 7 workplan is a list of 44 issues that staff will research over the next several months. Simlar to past RICAPs, the subject matter of the items in RICAP 7 is diverse and covers a wide variety of sections in the City's zoning code. While most items are technical fixes to the code to improve clarity and readability, some items may have a minor effect on exisiting policy. These include issues involving processes for minor changes following design review approval, restricting concurrent pre-application with land use submittals, clarifying the definition of household living uses as related to disabled individuals, evaluating height measurement methodologies, and clarifying the Ladd's Addition District Street Tree Guidelines
The workplan will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainabilty Commission at their public hearing on August 26 at 6:00PM.
If the research determines that a code amendment is needed, these amendments will be sent out for public review and hearings during the first half of 2015.
View the RICAP 7 Workplan
View the RICAP 7 Workplan Hearing Notice
8-week Washington County course begins Sept 10
This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. Instruction includes topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling markets and processes, hazardous household products, composting, green building and deconstruction. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.
WHAT: Washington County 8-week fall course and 30 hour volunteer program.
WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting September 10), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (September 20 and October 18), 8 am – 2 pm. A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.
WHERE: Washington Street Center 225 S. First Avenue, Hillsboro.
COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.
APPLY: Deadline for applications is August 27, 2014 at 12 p.m. This is a popular course. To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people. Applications will all be received up to the deadline and then 30 people will be select by a weighted lottery.
Visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.
The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.
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.
Proposed Draft will advance to Planning and Sustainability Commission for public hearing and testimony
The West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) voted to endorse the Draft West Quadrant Plan at their last meeting on July 21, 2014.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff are making final revisions to the draft and will release a Proposed Draft at a Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) briefing on August 12. The PSC will hold a hearing on September 9 to consider public testimony.
Portlanders are invited to submit testimony to the PSC in person or in writing prior to or at the September 9 hearing. Agendas and tips for testifying are available online. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at a City Council hearing later in the fall.
Next steps: Quadrant plans combined into one Central City 2035 Plan; amendments to the new Comprehensive Plan
After City Council adopts the West Quadrant Plan by resolution, it will provide direction for the next steps in the process but will not yet change City policy or code. Moreover, there are still a number of topic areas not addressed, or fully addressed, in the West Quadrant Plan. Work on parking, bonuses, the update of the Willamette Greenway Plan for the Central Reach, scenic resources, and other topics will continue through focused staff and stakeholder discussions over the next year.
Also over the next year, staff will work to combine the recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant Plan (adopted October 2013), West Quadrant Plan and SE Quadrant Plan (currently underway) into a single Central City 2035 Plan, with accompanying Zoning Code amendments.
By mid to late 2015, BPS expects to release the Proposed Central City 2035 Plan. There will be many opportunities for public comment as the Central City 2035 Plan advances through PSC and City Council. The final adopted Central City 2035 Plan will amend the Comprehensive Plan policies and designations for the Central City.
For questions or comments about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact project staff at email@example.com.
BPS E-News July 2014
The interactive Map App is an essential tool for sharing, learning about and commenting on the proposed Comprehensive Plan maps. Under the leadership of Kevin Martin, BPS Technical Services Manager, Carmen Piekarski and Derek Miller have been working to collect, organize and visualize data, while developing a user-friendly web interface.
Data can be complex and messy, and Carmen says it’s her job to “keep it clean.” Working with geographic databases in Esri ArcGIS and SQL Server software, she coordinates with BPS District Liaisons and staff in other City bureaus to collect, maintain and track changes to the data for the Comprehensive Plan. With this information she creates maps on themes like land use changes, transportation and infrastructure projects, urban design concepts and environmental issues.
Carmen studied geography at Portland State University, then joined Washington County’s planning department before a career detour working at an Alaskan fishing lodge. Lured back to Portland by an offer at BPS, she has been with the bureau since 1997. She says the work is "always interesting” and enjoys that her job involves finding creative ways to solve problems. Outside the office, she stays busy training Gracie, her 4-year-old thoroughbred horse.
Originally from Kentucky, Derek joined BPS after a stint in Nashville with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He studied cartography and data analysis with University of Oregon’s Infographics Lab while getting his master’s in geography. His hobbies take him outdoors, where he bikes, plays soccer and hikes the Columbia Gorge with his wife.