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PSC News: October 13, 2015 Meeting Recap

R/W #7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent; Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing

Agenda

  • R/W ##7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent
  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50

New Map App makes commenting and testifying on land use and zoning changes easier than ever in new mobile-friendly interface

Enhanced design and user interface created to more clearly communicate technical information about zoning and land use proposals.

The all new Comprehensive Plan Map App was launched earlier this month with the release of the Recommended Draft, offering Portlanders an improved interface and design.  

The app has been completely overhauled, with a fresh look and feel and new interface that performs just as well on mobile devices as on desktop. Portlanders can now submit comments on the Comprehensive Plan’s land use designations, Citywide Systems Plan, Transportation System Plan, as well as Mixed Use Zones and Employment Zoning projects. More project maps, including the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Project, will come online later this fall.

More accessible, visual content

Users familiar with the original Map App will notice the new version is more visually appealing than its predecessor. A newly designed user interface presents information on land use and zoning proposals in a quick and succinct manner. Visit the Mixed Use Zones Project map, for instance, click or tap on a proposal, and take a look at how the proposed zones are described. You’ll see new visuals and images that summarize zones to make understanding proposed changes easier. Major improvements have also been made to performance, especially on smartphones and tablets, so users can view and comment on proposals from anywhere.

Better commenting experience

The ability to add and view comments and testimony is now in a single place, which is especially nice for mobile users. The comment form offers a lot more information about what kind of feedback you are providing and where it will go. And email confirmations with details about the proposal, what's next, what we will do with your comments or testimony, and what to do if you have questions, are sent to every person who comments or testifies on the Map App.

Behind the scenes with the back end of the Map App

Like the first versions of the Map App, the newest version was created entirely in house. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Technical Services team used a custom database along with Esri’s ArcGIS platform, ArcGIS JavaScript API, Maxbox Studio, Dojo Toolkit and Dojo Bootstrap. In the brief period of time since it was launched, the app has received 18,500 page views.

Says Tech Services Manager Kevin Martin, “The Map App is just one product of a very complex project, but it’s helped us improve our communication and outreach with the public. This version, more than the two previous ones, was less about building a web app and more about creating information and visuals that help Portlanders understand sometimes confusing planning ideas across several platforms.”

If you would like to learn more about how the Map App was developed or report a bug in the app, please send an email to bpsmapapp@portlandoregon.gov and someone from the web development team will get back to you. Otherwise, enjoy the user experience!

Two Chances to Stock Up on Storage Crops

Grow Portland and Friends of Family Farmers offer bulk-buying in time for winter.

 

Stock your pantry with food that lasts for months, save money, and help strengthen our regional food system with two programs that connect you with area farmers.  

Grow Portland offers 80-pound shares of storage crops — winter squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, and others for $99. The organic produce comes from their community farms in East Portland, with supplemental  products coming from other local farmers. Storage shares are available for pickup on Saturday, October 24th, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Register and pay in advance (SNAP is available) on their website.

Friends of Family Farmers brings their Fill Your Pantry program to Portland on Sunday, November 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rigler Elementary School. The program helps Oregon family farmers sell fall crops by connecting them directly with consumers who want to save money by buying healthful, local food in bulk. Offerings will include dry beans, grains, flours, nuts, honey, root vegetables, garlic, onions, winter squash, and more. Ordering online between October 17th and 31st is the best way to get what you want and more information can be found at the Friends of Family Farmers’ website.

PSC News: October 27, 2015 Meeting Recap

Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — hearing

Agenda

  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_class=uri_7223&count&rows=50.