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BPS E-News: Rezoning SE 122nd Avenue Project heads to City Council

Issue #19, Sept. 2012


Community members along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor should see more amenities and desired retail in their neighborhood thanks to the SE 122nd Avenue Rezoning project. The project is the result of a nearly year-long process to address residents’ concerns about the lack of neighborhood-serving commercial development in the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, the Portland City Council will consider a rezoning proposal to enhance the commercial corridor, which includes changes to support more commercial activity in this historically underserved neighborhood. The public is invited to testify on The SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project – Recommended Draft at this public hearing.

This project implements portions of The SE 122nd Ave Study: a Pilot Project of the Comprehensive Plan, which was endorsed by the City Council in February 2011. The proposed recommendations will change the zoning applied to numerous properties along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor between Powell Boulevard and Foster Road from multi-dwelling residential designations to commercial designations.

Led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, this project will help create a more complete neighborhood as described in the Portland Plan’s Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy and Healthy Connected City Strategy.

It also incorporates zone changes requested by the Portland Parks Bureau. Four parcels of property under their ownership and included within the Leach Botanical Gardens will be rezoned from low-density residential to open space, thus bringing these properties’ zoning into conformance with current and anticipated future use. No new development is proposed.

Comprehensive Plan Map changes will also be made to eight lots with frontage on Powell Boulevard. This intersection has been identified by the Oregon Department of Transportation as a location with a significant number of traffic conflicts. This will require additional consideration when new development is proposed that might further affect traffic and pedestrian safety. Future zone change applications for these properties will be made through a quasi-judicial process, allowing the Portland Bureau of Transportation to outline required traffic safety improvements and allocate the cost of these improvements.

For more information on the SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project, please contact John Cole, senior planner, at (503) 823-3475 or john.cole@portlandoregon.gov.

BPS E-News: Central City Plans emphasize strengths, chart course for local and regional civic center

Issue #19, Sept. 2012


On Sept. 11, 2012, three major plans for Portland’s city center had an audience with the Planning and Sustainability Commission. The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Concept Plan articulates the aspirations and big moves for the future of the Central City, which includes downtown and surrounding districts as well as portions of the Central Eastside. The mutually supportive N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans combine a vision for revitalization of the Lloyd District and preservation of the Lower Albina, with planning for much-needed freeway improvements in the area.

Central City 2035 Concept Plan

Created collaboratively with the CC2035 Steering Committee and BPS staff, the CC2035 Concept Plan is an update of the City’s 1988 Central City Plan and the first step in implementing the Portland Plan. Developed over two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, the concept plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the Central City’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays in the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The Concept Plan sets up the Central City as a Center for Innovation and Exchange. Its draft policies are framed by the economy, housing and neighborhoods, the Willamette River, urban design, and health and the environment.

For more information or to download a copy of the CC2035 Concept Plan, please go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035 or contact project staff via email at cc2035@portlandoregon.gov.

N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans are the result of a unique collaboration between the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Portland to integrate land use, urban design and local transportation planning for Lower Albina and the Lloyd District with planning for freeway improvements that address long-identified safety and operational issues on Interstate 5 near the Rose Quarter.
 
Guided by a diverse Stakeholder Advisory Committee and an extensive public involvement process, these mutually supportive plans provide a vision for an intensely vibrant and urban Lloyd District, growing employment and economic activity in Lower Albina, and a much safer and more efficient freeway interchange at NE Broadway and NE Weidler Streets.

The N/NE Quadrant Plan is a land use, urban design and local transportation plan that will help direct and manage growth for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina over the next 25 years. Key proposals in the plan include:

  • Preserving and enhancing Lower Albina by protecting the working harbor and increasing land use flexibility that promotes a mix of uses on historic Russell Street and greater employment densities.
  • Protecting historic neighborhoods and cultural resources.
  • Concentrating high density development in the Lloyd District, with a focus on new residential development that will add activity and vibrancy to the district.
  • Providing amenities, such as parks, street improvements and green infrastructure to support and encourage new development.
  • Improving regional access and local street safety and connectivity for all modes. Encouraging sustainable development that supports the Lloyd EcoDistrict and goals for improved environmental health.
  • Future changes to zoning and building height regulations that implement the plan goals.

I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan

The I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements that address long-standing safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway-Weidler interchange. Key elements include:

  • Adding auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way) to reduce dangerous traffic weaves and allow disabled vehicles to move out of traffic lanes.
  • Rebuilding structures at Broadway, Weidler, Vancouver and Williams and adding a lid over the freeway that will simplify construction, increase development potential and improve the urban environment.
  • Moving the I-5 southbound on-ramp to Weidler to improve circulation and safety.
    Improving conditions for pedestrian and bicycle travel by adding new connections over the freeway and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the interchange area.

The freeway concept will help guide future development in the interchange area and serves as an important step in the funding process, allowing the City and State to jointly seek funding for the project. In the short term, the City and ODOT will actively work on fixes to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in the interchange area.

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/nneq or contact project staff at nnequadrant@portlandoregon.gov.

Next Steps


The Central City 2035 Concept Plan and N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans were presented to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a hearing on Sept. 11, 2012. The PSC will hold a work session and make recommendations on Sept. 25. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at City Council hearings, scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25.

BPS E-News: BPS helps launch OMSI’s new 'Local Voices, Clever Choices' stories

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

What do a tool librarian, a baby-toting bus rider, and an eco-savvy cleaning lady have in common? 

They’re all part of OMSI’s Local Voices, Clever Choices, which are two-minute stories focusing on the real-life challenges and unexpected benefits of making community-minded choices. 

The City of Portland and 25 other local organizations worked with OMSI to make this project happen.

Hear a story told by Kristi about her journey to becoming a bike lover
Call 503.797.4686, story 22
Visit http://choices.omsi.edu/stories/22

Or, how about a story from Yolanda, a crosswalk cheerleader
Call 503.797.4686, story 30
Visit http://choices.omsi.edu/stories/30

To hear other clever stories and learn more about the project, visit www.omsi.edu/choices.

Want to get in on the action?
The OMSI Sustainability Team invites you to make Clever Choices to win badges, save money, help the environment, support your community, and have fun, all at the same time! Visit http://choices.omsi.edu/badges and start earning your stripes today!

BPS E-News: West Hayden Island – Proposed Draft Plan released for public review

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

From more than two years of public outreach, research and technical work, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has produced the Proposed Draft Plan for West Hayden Island, at the direction of City Council. This draft incorporates feedback from the community and the WHI Advisory Committee gathered during 4 open houses, 16 hours of office hours, 5 technical work sessions, numerous neighborhood meetings and 21 Advisory Committee meetings. In response to community input, many extra meetings were scheduled during the past several months to accommodate in-depth discussions about a previous iteration of the proposed draft plan.

The WHI Proposed Draft responds to City Council Resolution #36805 to develop a legislative proposal for the possible annexation of West Hayden Island, including a concept plan for no more than 300 acres of marine industrial development and no fewer than 500 acres of protected open and recreational space. The Proposed Draft package includes:

  • Revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps to assign land use designations to the island;
  • Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan policies and zoning regulations, including the creation of a plan district to regulate uses and development on WHI;
  • A proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and the Port of Portland outlining the timeline and responsibility for future improvements on the island; and
  • The Proposed Draft of the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory and the Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy Analysis (ESEE), which provide the basis for the environmental portions of the zoning code. Due to their size, they are posted separately.

The release of the proposed draft plan kicked off three months of public outreach and discussion. Staff have been reviewing the draft with the project advisory committee and are holding several work sessions in September and October with the committee and subject experts. The public will be able to review and comment on the Proposed Draft at two open houses on Sept. 12 and Nov. 7.

On Oct. 23, 2012, BPS staff will give the Planning and Sustainability Commission a briefing on the Proposed Draft, as well as the recently completed Health Report. The PSC will host a public hearing on Nov. 15 on the Proposed Draft and any proposed amendments or changes to the draft. The public is invited to testify in person at this hearing or in writing. Please check the project calendar to confirm the dates, times and locations of these and other meetings.

For more information, check the project website at www.portlandoregong.gov/bps/whi or call 503-823-6042.

BPS E-News: Sustainability at Work Silver Certified Business makes green a breeze for employees

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

MIG is a multidisciplinary firm that specializes in inclusive urban planning and design, consensus building and facilitation, communications and technology tools. They recently achieved Sustainability at Work's Silver Certification and have implemented several practices that make it easy for their employees to go green at work.

MIG provides employees with pre-tax transit passes, a bicycle incentive program, an on-site bike room with pump and repair kit, showers and lockers for employees. As a result, an astounding 98 percent of MIG employees commute by bike or transit.

MIG also cuts back on waste by providing reusable glasses, coffee mugs, plates and silverware, as well as reusable containers for employees to use in picking up lunch from local food carts and restaurants. MIG composts food scraps, safely recycles all computer equipment, toners, batteries and other hazardous materials, along with paper, glass and aluminum.

If you would like to learn simple steps to implementing green practices at your workplace, Sustainability at Work can help. To learn more or contact an advisor, visit www.sustainabilityatworkpdx.com.

Learn more about MIG here.