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PSC News: February 27, 2018 Meeting Information and Documents

R/W #8351: Unnamed Road east of NE 160th Ave — Hearing / Recommendation; Vision Zero — Briefing; Residential Infill Project: Background — Briefing

Agenda

  • R/W #8351: Unnamed Road east of NE 160th Ave — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Vision Zero — Briefing
  • Residential Infill Project: Background — Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

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Portlanders gather to discuss designation options for Historic Resources Code Project

Participants discussed options for designating and protecting local historic and conservation districts at the last of four initial project roundtables.

On Feb. 6, 2018, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held its fourth public roundtable for the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP). The last of the HRCP’s initial input sessions, this event asked participants to develop and consider options for local historic district designation. Although no local historic or conservation district has been created in Portland since the early 1990s, new guidance from the State now allows cities to develop local alternatives to National Register designation.

Approximately 40 Portlanders gathered at the North Portland Library to discuss options for the designation process and regulatory framework that might characterize a new program for local historic resource designation. Conversations revealed an interest in community-initiated nominations, designation by an affirmative majority vote of property owners, and district-specific design guidelines or standards. A summary of the event, including participants’ transcribed comments, is now available.

North Portland Library

The venue for the Feb. 6 roundtable was the North Portland Library, a 1912 building built in the Jacobethan style. The library was identified in the 1984 Historic Resources Inventory as an architecturally significant building.

Concepts collected at the HRCP’s first four roundtables will inform planning staff in their development of zoning code language for the inventory, designation, and protection of historic resources. While all concept development roundtables have now been completed, comments will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, after which time City staff will begin formulating code concepts. If you were unable to attend a public roundtable or would like to contribute further, please consider completing the project’s online survey. Interested persons are also invited to join the historic resources program email list for regular project updates, including opportunities to provide comment on the discussion draft zoning code when it is released in the spring.

February 6 event

Approximately 40 Portlanders attended the fourth Historic Resources Code Project roundtable. Image courtesy Addam Goard. 

City Council to hold public hearing on Map Refinement Project

Public invited to testify on recommended Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map changes on March 14.

The Map Refinement Project will evaluate and amend the Comprehensive Plan Map and/or Zoning Map on specific sites for consistency with the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Following City Council’s direction to explore additional map changes in December 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability kicked off the Map Refinement Project in April 2017. A Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, followed by public review and comments. Project staff subsequently released a Proposed Draft in September 2017. This was followed by a hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in October 2017, which drew 176 items of testimony. On November 14, 2017, the PSC voted on their recommendation to City Council.

With the release of the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft to City Council, the public will have time to review the PSC’s recommendations and provide testimony to City Council through winter/early spring.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING
Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft
March 14, 2018
2 p.m., time certain
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Council will hear testimony on the Map Refinement Project Comprehensive Plan designation and zoning map changes. Additional hearing dates may be scheduled.

See the Map Refinement Project Recommended Draft.

HOW TO TESTIFY

Individuals will have two minutes to speak and may sign up to testify starting at 1 p.m. on March 14. Sign up is first come, first served. Each person in line can sign up for one 2-minute testimony slot.

You may also testify by:

Map App

Email: cpmaprefinement@portlandoregon.gov; include “Map Refinement Project Testimony” in the subject line

U.S. Mail
Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Attn: Map Refinement Project Testimony

Review Testimony as it comes in
Community members can view all testimony as it comes in via the online Testimony Reader.

Next steps

Following the public hearing, Mayor Ted Wheeler will “close the public record” (i.e., in person and written testimony will no longer be taken). Council will then deliberate on the project at one or more additional sessions. Commissioners may introduce new amendments based on public testimony. A final vote on the Map Refinement Project is anticipated in May 2018. The map changes will become effective potentially in June 2018.

PSC News: Youth position opening on Planning and Sustainability Commission

Commission seeks youth member to fill upcoming vacancy

About the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. The Commission’s main role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability; they do so by holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals. Their recommendations aim to create a more prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable city. As a group, they have a variety of viewpoints, and together they balance a variety of City goals.

The work of the PSC is to:

  • Advise City Council and City bureaus on social, economic and environmental issues as well as long-range development in Portland; and on the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementation measures.
  • Ensure sustainability principles and practices and equity considerations are integrated into policy, planning and development decisions.
  • Advise City Council, as well as City bureaus and other agencies, on projects and proposals that significantly affect the city.

More information about the Commission is available online.

Youth Position

To continue to increase the diversity of the PSC, one position is filled by a younger community member. We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building, sustainability initiatives and efforts to make Portland a thriving, livable city for all.

The PSC reviews numerous long-range planning projects, and a youth perspective is especially important since today’s youth will be those inheriting our efforts. Engaging youth on the PSC provides a new perspective and opinion on issues that will help shape the future of the city.

Applicants should have a true personal interest and commitment to the work the PSC is responsible for overseeing. The position will have the same duties and responsibilities as all PSC members and is a voting position.

Typical time commitment includes two 3-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees.

To Apply

Applicants for this position should:

  • Be able to commit to serve a 2-year term.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the beginning of the term.
  • Understand and support efforts to promote inclusion and equity.
  • Have knowledge of current Portland issues and/or government. (preferred)

To indicate your interest in serving on the Planning and Sustainability Commission please complete an application form and return it to the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 1120 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland OR 97204, by Friday, March 16. Please include a letter of recommendation from a current or recent instructor with your application. The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Applications will be screened and interviewed, and the top candidates will be interviewed prior to the Mayor making a decision and appointment. Applications for those who apply that are not selected will be kept on file for two years for consideration when the position is again open or vacated.