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BPS E-news Issue 9
In early October, the new Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held their first retreat. The group discussed how the new Commission will work together and their workplan priorities. They met with various City bureau directors, as well as with Mayor Sam Adams. One key topic of conversation was defining “sustainability” and how the PSC will integrate the components of equity, environmental and human health, and economic factors into their work.
The Commissioners agreed on a shared definition of sustainability and to adhere to two main concepts to guide their work and recommendations: 1) That everything is connected; and 2) That whatever we do today affects tomorrow.
Commissioners also noted the importance of engaging people who think of sustainability as a barrier, emphasizing the need for urgency and the time dimension of “borrowing from the future” and including cultural sustainability (the ability to remain connected to one’s cultural identity, values and beliefs) and creating space in the city that is inclusive of the range of cultures.
The primary functions of the 11-member Commission include ensuring sustainability principles and practices are incorporated into policy, planning and development decisions. The PSC will serve as an advocate for community concerns and robust public involvement. It will advise City Council and bureaus on social, economic and environmental topics and act as the stewards of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Climate Action Plan.
Looking ahead, the PSC will remain focused on integrating all aspects of sustainability into its recommendations and will advocate for projects from which all Portlanders can benefit.
BPS E-news Issue 9
Did you know Metro area businesses throw away more than 20 tons of paper, bottles and cans every 30 minutes? Any Portland business or not-for-profit organization may collect free resources such as desk-side recycling boxes, break-room recycling boxes, posters and stickers from Recycle at Work Distribution Centers.
Located throughout the City, Distribution Centers are businesses, community centers and non-profit organizations that have partnered with Recycle at Work to make recycling easy. The following organizations have resources available to local businesses who want to do their part by recycling in the workplace. See a map view of the Distribution Centers here.
University Park Community Center
9009 N Foss Ave
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
721 NW 9th Avenue Suite 350
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue
*Please call first - Janette 503-823-7018 or Chris 503-823-7105
Portland Business Alliance
200 SW Market St., Suite L150
Southwest Community Center & Pool
6820 SW 45th Ave
2100 NE Broadway, Suite 109
Columbia Corridor Association
6015 NE 80th, Suite 125
*Please call first – (503) 287-8686
Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
4415 NE 87th Ave
2915 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
*please call first - 503-294-0769 x1
3534 SE Main Street
BPS E-news Issue 9
Portland just released the Year One Progress Report for Portland and Multnomah County's Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan is a three-year plan to put Portland on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
The report finds that Portland and Multnomah County have made substantial progress in carrying out the actions identified in the plan. Local emissions have dropped 15 percent since 2000, sharply countering the national trend. Despite rapid population growth, local greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 were two percent below 1990 levels, the baseline year referenced in the Kyoto Protocol. On a per-capita basis, emissions in Multnomah County have fallen by 20 percent since 1990.
Adopted in October 2009, the Climate Action Plan contains over 100 specific actions to be completed by 2012. These actions include efforts ranging from building bicycle infrastructure to collecting food-scraps from homes for composting and from weatherizing homes to planting trees and restoring natural areas. In general, meaningful progress has been made on the majority of the actions in the plan. Just over half the actions are on track for completion; another one-third percent are underway, but face obstacles or are just getting started; four percent of the actions have been completed; and the remaining 10 percent have not yet been initiated.
Highlights outlined in the report include:
The City and County have made considerable progress in the first year of implementing the Climate Action Plan. Nevertheless, a number of key actions require attention in the coming years.
Major next steps include:
BPS E-news Issue 9
On December 1, 2010, the Portland City Council took the next steps toward making the River Plan a reality for the North Reach of the Willamette River. The River Plan is the first update to the Willamette Greenway Plan in over 20 years.
The River Plan / North Reach provides certainty for industrial development in the working harbor. It also helps ensure that the location and design of development has the least impact on natural resources and the applicant first avoids, then minimizes and finally mitigates for impacts that occur as a result of the project.
Industrial stakeholders requested that the River Plan include an option of paying a fee in lieu of environmental mitigation to allow them to maximize on-site development potential. On December 1 City Council accepted a report that outlined how these in-lieu fees would be calculated.
The Bureau of Environmental Services is currently in the process of developing detailed pre-design cost estimates for two river restoration sites (Swan Island beaches and Doane Creek). The final in-lieu fees will be based on these sites and will be the subject of another City Council hearing in spring 2011.
These optional in-lieu fees will be in place for two years or until a mitigation bank is developed. A mitigation bank manages land for natural resource values and sells credits created by resource enhancement.
At their meeting City Council also approved a conservation easement with the Siltronic Corporation, a mitigation plan for a portion of the University of Portland property and a new effective date of July 1, 2011 for the River Plan / North Reach.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is also beginning the update of the River Plan / Central Reach as part of the update of the Central City Plan. For more information on either of these projects please contact Sallie Edmunds: email@example.com.
BPS E-news Issue 9
This fall, the Urban Design Studio worked closely with BPS’s Central City team to release Design Central City, Volume I. Prepared as part of a trio of documents for phase one of the Central City 2035 Plan, this report is a starting point to discuss some of the key urban design issues facing Portland’s central city today. Highlights include connections to the Willamette River, opportunities for places on the east and west sides of the river, and more diversity within streets and public spaces.
The vibrancy and financial success of Portland’s Central City can be attributed to coordinated and intentional urban design, land use and transportation planning. Future urban design efforts in the central city must be built on the solid structure of this past work while embracing new approaches to address a series of new challenges and pportunities, like climate change and an aging population.
Design Central City is intended to:
Key findings from Design Central City:
To learn more about the report, visit the Urban Design Studio’s website. You can weigh in on these and other urban design issues for Portland’s Central City in March, 2011 as part of the CC2035 Symposium Series (see article in this issue of e-news). For event updates, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035.