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Residential Infill Project recruiting members for Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Portlanders sought to represent their communities and neighborhoods to advise City staff on new development standards in single-dwelling residential areas

In just about every neighborhood in Portland, residents are seeing older homes going down and new –often larger – homes going up in their place.

While not a new phenomenon, demolition and infill have been on the upswing in Portland as the economy improves and builders try to meet the increased demand for all types of housing. In 2014, approximately 300 demolition permits were submitted, or roughly one a day. That’s about a .2-percent annual replacement rate, which is comparable to other cities nationwide. While fewer than half the homes are replaced by two or more houses, the average size of replacement homes is about 2,000 square feet, or nearly twice the size of its predecessor.

What is being done?

In response to community concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales initiated the Residential Infill Project to ensure that new or remodeled houses are well integrated and complement the fabric of neighborhoods. The project will evaluate the city’s single-dwelling development standards and focus on three main topics: scale of houses, narrow lot development and alternative housing options.

How to get involved

In addition to an inclusive public outreach and engagement process, the project will be guided by a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of neighborhood representatives along with other individuals and organization representatives having interests, skills, knowledge and expertise in the areas of residential construction, affordable housing, architecture, urban design, historic preservation, real estate and financing, alternative forms of housing, social and housing services, and sustainable development.

The City is looking for Portlanders to serve on the Residential Infill Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

If you are interested, please visit the SAC webpage for more information about committee member roles, responsibilities, selection process and timeline. A Statement of Interest must be submitted no later than August 7, 2015 to:

Email: Morgan.Tracy@portlandoregon.gov
U.S. Mail: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
c/o Residential Infill SAC
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

The SAC will meet throughout the 18-month long project, starting in September with twice monthly meetings through the end of the year. After that it will meet less frequently as the project transitions to drafting and adopting regulations through a public legislative process. SAC members will be asked to help to share discussions and updates with their respective networks as well as assist at public events.

About the project

By 2035, Portland will be home to 123,000 more households. While most of these new housing units will be in mixed use centers and corridors, approximately 20 percent of these new homes are expected to be single-dwelling attached or detached houses.

The Residential Infill Project will address the scale, size, mass and location of new single-family construction to help protect the unique character of Portland’s treasured neighborhoods. But it will also look at smaller forms of housing (skinny houses, stacked flats, cottages, etc.) to ensure that where they are allowed, these more affordable forms of housing reflect the desired character of the single-dwelling zones.

Southwest Ventilation Project Update: July 31, 2015

Construction has progressed to SW Virginia Avenue from SW Taylors Ferry Road in an Environmental Services project to reduce sewer odors and increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system. The project is designed to accommodate current needs and potential growth. Since February, the contractor has installed about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe and 6 manholes along SW Taylors Ferry Road.

Southwest Ventilation Project Update: July 31, 2015

Construction has progressed to SW Virginia Avenue from SW Taylors Ferry Road in an Environmental Services project to reduce sewer odors and increase the capacity of the Southwest Parallel Interceptor sewer system. The project is designed to accommodate current needs and potential growth. Since February, the contractor has installed about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe and 6 manholes along SW Taylors Ferry Road. Next, the contractor will install 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and a permanent odor control facility to the east of Taylors Ferry Road.

The project website has been updated with a new look, including updated maps and progress photos. More information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/SWVentilation.

DEVELOPMENTS OF NOTE

  • The sewer bypass pipe on SW Virginia Avenue has been trenched and covered with temporary pavement. Crews will return to permanently pave at the end of the project.
  • Open trench excavation and pipe installation begins as soon as Monday, August 3 on SW Virginia Avenue.
  • The majority of the work on SW Taylors Ferry Road is complete. Advanced notification will be issued in email updates if night work is scheduled.

WHAT WE’VE HEARD FROM YOU

  • Several neighbors have complained about noise from backup beepers. Those beepers alert construction workers when a truck begins backing up. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires trucks on construction sites to be equipped with backup beepers as a safety measure.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The contractor will work Fridays and Saturdays as needed.
  • Parking in the construction zone on SW Virginia Avenue (between SW Nevada Street and SW Taylors Ferry Road) will be prohibited at all times.
  • Additional equipment and materials will be stored on nearby streets overnight as work transitions to SW Virginia Avenue. Parking will be limited in the area.
  • Access to driveways will be maintained, but expect delays.
  • Public utilities will not be interrupted during construction.
  • There will be periods of inactivity between phases.
  • Ventilation Facility construction has begun on the property to the east of SW Taylors Ferry Road.
  • A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with an immediate construction need. Inspectors typically wear a City of Portland safety vest and a hard hat.

TRAFFIC CONTROL

  • SW Virginia Avenue is southbound only beginning approximately 200 feet north of SW Miles Place to SW Taylors Ferry Road. Please plan your trip accordingly.
  • For information related to the Sellwood Bridge traffic restrictions which impact Highway 43, see the county’s website: www.SellwoodBridge.Org.

Thank you for your cooperation during this important project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick responses to your concerns, minimal disruption near your residence or business, and open and clear communication with you throughout the project.

Ashley Tjaden

Community Outreach

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204-3713

Phone: 503-823-5281

Email: ashley.tjaden@portlandoregon.gov

Working for clean rivers

Over one-third of Portland’s 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are more than 80 years old. Projects to replace or repair aging sewers are important for protecting water quality, public health and the environment. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes.

ü To receive email updates for this project, send an email to ashley.tjaden@portlandoregon.gov with “SW Ventilation” in the subject line.

ü If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please email with “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Thank you.

Traffic changes at SE Tacoma and SE 6th August 3 - 7

Construction at the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and SE 6th Avenue from August 3 – 7 will lead to temporary traffic changes for drivers that week. From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection, due to grading and paving work in the middle of the intersection. Traffic on 6th Ave. will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Release: July 31, 2015

Contact: Mike Pullen, Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Traffic changes at SE Tacoma and SE 6th August 3 - 7

Construction at the intersection of SE Tacoma Street and SE 6th Avenue from August 3 – 7 will lead to temporary traffic changes for drivers that week. From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the intersection, due to grading and paving work in the middle of the intersection. Traffic on 6th Ave. will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week.

Left turns and north/south movements can be made at intersections east of 6th Ave.

The intersection is being rebuilt as part of the Sellwood Bridge replacement project to line up with the new bridge. The intersection will include a traffic signal and left turn lanes for Tacoma traffic.

On Monday, August 3, crews will move concrete barriers near the intersection starting at 3 am to prepare for asphalt grinding starting at 7 am.

Multnomah County is the lead agency for the Sellwood Bridge project. The City of Portland, which is a project partner, will maintain the new intersection and signal. For more information, visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

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Note: An architect's rendering of the completed 6th & Tacoma intersection is attached.

Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Save the date: East Portland Represent!

Date(s): Thursday August 13, 2015 7:00-8:30pm, Location: Community Hall, PCC Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, Cost: Free and open to all (Attendees who drive to the event will need to pay for parking. PCC-SE is also very accessible by public transportation.) Site: http://www.pdxcityclub.org/calendar_day.asp?date=8/13/2015&event=313

It is no secret that East Portlanders often feel as though they’re getting the short end of the stick. From streets and sidewalks, to school funding, to public transportation the eastern portion of the City shows wide disparities from the rest of Portland. These differences in service levels and the fact that only one city councilor in the council’s 102 year history was initially elected while living East of 82nd Avenue leave the impression with many East Portland residents that they are not being well represented.

On Thursday August 13th, join Martha Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of Metro, East Portland community activist Arlene Kimura, PSU doctoral candidate Jamaal Green, and the City Club’s Government and Public Policy Committee in a lively discussion as we explore what should be done to bring representational equity to East Portland.

Event details

Date(s): Thursday August 13, 2015 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Community Hall, PCC Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave., Portland

Cost: Free and open to all (Attendees who drive to the event will need to pay for parking. PCC-SE is also very accessible by public transportation.)

Site: http://www.pdxcityclub.org/calendar_day.asp?date=8/13/2015&event=313

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/884131751669997/

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes

James

PS: Here’s some additional background reading if you’re interested.

Associated Press article on restructuring Portland’s City Council: http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/07/27/east-portland-seeks-greater-representation/30741827/Portland City Council: Where they lived when first elected = http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/08/portlands_axis_of_power_city_c.html

East Portland Art and Culture Festival looking for artists, performers and vendors!

East Portland Community Center; Portland Parks and Recreation, Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council, Iraqi Society of Oregon, Instituto Inxocitl Incuicatl, Somali American Council of Oregon, Hmong American Community of Oregon, joining hands to create the very first East Portland Art and Culture Festival Aug. 22, 2015, 11am-3pm at East Portland Community Center.

East Portland Community Center; Portland Parks and Recreation, Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council, Iraqi Society of Oregon, Instituto Inxocitl Incuicatl, Somali American Council of Oregon, Hmong American Community of Oregon, joining hands to create the very first East Portland Art and Culture Festival Aug. 22, 2015, 11am-3pm at East Portland Community Center.

Contact info@coloredpencilsart.org or Nim Xuto at 503-91489170 if you would like to be part of this fun event!

Multi-culture Art Exhbit : Showing your small-medum sizes of your paintings at EPCC Art Wall. Setting up is this Sat. at 10a.m. so please contact Nim before Friday.

Culture Performance : MC. by Ronault "Polo" Catalani. We are looking for culture performance group, ritual, elders blessing, Youth spoken words. The program is filling up so please email us!!!

Craft Venders : Selling and showcasing your hand craft and business to our loving community. Networking and getting yourself out there.

Organization tables : let our neighbors know about your organizations and spread the words about your work or business. This is how we integrate and get to know one another!

The event will take place at EPCC big gym where we will have stage performance surrounded by craft vendors ~

EPCC is a very busy center and we hope you get to learn more of it's services with this event. So please bring your art and craft to sell at this event!!! No fee or comission for either vendors or art show!

Colored Pencils Art and Culture is 501c3 grass root non-profit organization which mission is to facilitate inter-cultural learning among diverse communities through artistic expression and seek to overcome racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination.

For more information about our organization or donate funding to continue this project please visit the Colored Pencils website at www.coloredpencilsart.org. or our Facebook page.

A Colored Pencils evening is a journey into our reassuring human experience, and into our shared eclectically wild Portland story.

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