The Portland Plan will be the City's roadmap for the next 25 years, guiding our direction as the city grows and changes. We face some real challenges, and our response to those challenges will create the Portland of 2035 — the city of our children and grandchildren.
As we wrap up Phase One of the Portland Plan and prepare for Phase Two, we’re summarizing what we’ve learned so far and taking Portlanders’ input to develop a set of draft 2035 goals that the community can evaluate this spring.
During Phase One, we heard from more than 8,000 Portlanders through our print and online surveys. We spoke with nearly 1,000 people who participated in workshops across the city and another 1,500 Portlanders at smaller community meetings, including one at New Columbia, one with several Latino organizations; another at New Columbia; and, an event with the Connected Communities Coalition.
Here’s what they had to say: Jobs, education, equity, public health and sustainability are important to the people of Portland. Overwhelmingly, people understand that a healthy economy means that more people have access to living wages, and that means more people can afford housing, healthy food and a quality education.
For those interested in business development, the Portland Plan team developed a business survey, which can be filled out online.
In March we held a series of nine work sessions focused on each of the action areas to help staff and the technical action groups refine the goals we’ll be rolling out for public input during the Phase Two workshops. These sessions helped generate valuable feedback. For instance, the Design, Planning and Public Spaces work session attracted more than 80 participants to the Ecotrust building, who joined in discussing future direction with a panel of experts and community members. In this session, popular topics of discussion included possibilities for more "20-minute neighborhoods" where people can walk or bike to meet basic needs, fostering streets as places that unite instead of divide neighborhoods, and the challenge of preserving community character and landmarks in the midst of ongoing change.
Youth have been intensely involved in Portland Plan outreach as well. Youth Planners created the YOUth BOMB survey (pictured below), which is a youth version of the Portland Plan survey. Youth had the opportunity to weigh in about quality of their education, neighborhoods and housing, employment opportunities and training, parks and recreation, and diversity and equity citywide. YPP has enlisted the Library Teen Councils at Rockwood, Holgate and Midland libraries to see which group can get the most surveys filled out. Competition is fierce, and the winning teen council will enjoy an ice cream social to celebrate their victory. Results of the surveys are being compiled now. Check Portland Plan website for results as they come in. Stay tuned for new youth rockin Portland Plan workshops and opportunities for Youth to Build Your Own Portland!
Other outreach efforts have focused on the Diversity and Civic Leadership partner organizations (NAYA, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Latino Network, IRCO and Urban League), faith-based groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, seniors, parent and educator groups, employers, and the disabled through Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC).
Get Ready for Phase Two
The Phase Two workshops kick off on April 26th with the first of six workshops around the city. During this phase we’ll look at some proposed long-range goals to address the issues Portland faces. We’ll discuss what big changes we should aim for and gather practical ideas for how to make them happen. Please save the date, bring your friends and family and invite your neighbors to join us in a conversation about our city’s future.
And look for the Curbsider in your mailbox this week, which includes a new survey with questions about proposed objectives and targets for 2035.
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