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West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey Results Are In

More than 100 people answered questions about the future of the West Quadrant to help guide the development of the plan

The future of the Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, the West End, Downtown, South Downtown and/or South Waterfront was the subject of an issues and opportunities survey for the West Quadrant Plan, which will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues in the area. Available online March 5 - May 10, 2013, the survey allowed people to share their ideas and preferences for West Quadrant areas, as well as input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. Some big takeaways from the survey include:

  1. The desire for more neighborhood services and grocery stores (especially outside the Pearl District) in almost every neighborhood
  2. The need for housing diversity of both type and affordability, especially 2-bedroom units in Goose Hollow, the Pearl District and South Waterfront, and 1-bedroom units in other areas
  3. Support for pedestrian and bicycle system and safety improvements
  4. The desire for a full-range of parks and open space amenities, especially kid-friendly features
  5. Better access and amenities along the Willamette River

Here are some sample responses from the survey:

Question 3: Improved access to destinations through (select 2):


Answer Choices Responses
Signage to available parking spaces 25%
Signage to retail stores 11.46%
Reduced conflicts between freight delivery and auto circulation 27.08%
Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements 75%
Automobile and truck safety improvements 10.42%
Streetscape amenity improvements such as benches or lights 50%
Total Respondents: 96   


Question 7: As the West Quadrant grows and diversifies, what services should be a priority for development? Select the three 


  Community Center Daycare Facilities Grocery Stores Health Clinics Neighborhood Services
(e.g. dry cleaners, florists)
Recreation Opportunities Schools Total Respondents
Pearl District

39.02%

32

34.15%

28

18.29%

15

19.51%

22

26.83%

22

42.68%

35

62.20%

51

82
Old Town / Chinatown

43.84%

32

5.48%

4

67.12%

49

39.73%

29

47.95%

35

26.03%

19

10.96%

8

73
Goose Hollow

31.25%

20

26.56%

17

53.13%

34

12.50%

8

59.38%

38

39.06%

25

26.56%

17

64
West End

36.36%

24

 

19.70%

13

34.85%

23

21.21%

14

43.94%

29

36.36%

24

30.30%

20

66
Downtown

30.88%

21

27.94%

19

51.47%

35

27.94%

19

36.76%

25

30.88%

21

13.24%

9

68
South Downtown

20.59%

14

20.59%

14

72.06%

49

23.53%

16

57.35%

39

27.94%

19

16.18%

11

68
South Waterfront

32.91%

26

12.66%

10

83.54%

66

7.59%

6

54.43%

43

27.85%

22

32.91%

26

79

Question 8: While there are many parks in the West Quadrant, most of them cater to visitors or office workers. What recreational amenities would you like to see more of in the West Quadrant to meet the needs of many different types of users? Select the three you feel are most important.

 

Answer Choices Responses
Off-road bike course 22.09%
Athletic fields 29.07%

Group exercise plaza

33.72%

Public exercise equipment 33.72%
Skate park 17.44%
Rock climbing feature 17.44%
Children's play area 66.28%
Interactive water features 43.02%
Total Respondents: 86  

 

Question 13: What kinds of green system improvements would you like to see in the West Quadrant? Select the two you feel are most important.

 

Answer Choices Responses
Construction of green streets or stormwater infrastructure 53.85%
Increased tree canopy 55.13%
Integration of living / green walls into buildings 38.46%
Wider use of district energy or utility sharing 32.05%
Additional ecoroofs 19.23%
Total Respondents: 78  

 

The survey results will be included in a summary of issues available online before the West Quadrant Charrette, June 10 – 14. If you would like to see the full survey results, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.govor Elisa Hamblin (contact info below). 

The survey and West Quadrant Reader, a short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, are part of the first phase of the West Quadrant planning process. For more information about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.

Inner SE Station Area Planning Kicks Off June 6

Help shape the future of the new inner SE Portland light rail station areas at OMSI, Clinton Rhine and Holgate

The Portland-Milwaukie light rail line is under construction and will open in 2015. Next month, the City of Portland will begin the process of updating the vision and long-range plan for the new station areas at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate. This effort will explore potential land use, urban design and transportation concepts for these four station areas, with a focus on:

  • Increasing employment opportunities.
  • Supporting and complementing existing residential neighborhoods, commercial/retail corridors and institutional centers.

A series of public work sessions, neighborhood walks and a 2-day design charrette will be held over the summer to get community input about the future character of the station areas. All interested community members and stakeholders are invited to participate.

Upcoming June events are listed below. See the flyer for a full schedule of summer events.

Inner SE Station Area Planning Events – June 2013

For more information about the project or these events contact:
Troy Doss: 503-823-5857 or troy.doss@portlandoregon.gov
Stephanie Beckman: 503-823-6042 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov

Portlanders’ Garbage and Recycling Rates To Go Down July 1, 2013

City’s compost collection helps to drive down costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2013

CONTACT

Jocelyn Boudreaux
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-3660
jocelyn.boudreaux@portlandoregon.gov

Portland, Ore. -- Today, Portland City Council approved a rate decrease for Portland’s residential garbage and recycling customers. Beginning July 1, 2013, residents will see an average decrease of about one percent on their monthly garbage bill. The addition of weekly food scrap and yard debris collection and the switch to every-other-week garbage has resulted in lower rates due to:

  • A 37 percent reduction in garbage going to the landfill.
  • Increased composting and recycling by Portlanders.
  • Decreased cost of food scrap and yard debris collection (composting these materials costs less than landfill disposal).

The monthly rate decrease also comes despite investments by garbage and recycling companies in safer, less-polluting trucks and other increases in disposal costs. The new rates are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates.

Roughly a year and half after the food scrap composting program went into effect, Mayor Charlie Hales said, “Change is never easy, but Portlanders have demonstrated the program is working. In addition to reducing their monthly garbage and recycling bills,Portlandhouseholds have taken materials that would have gone to the landfill and helped to turn them into a valuable, nutrient-rich product.”

Compost by the numbers

Since the start of the new program, Portlanders have collected close to 120,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps for composting. That’s enough compost to fill over 100 Olympic-size swimming pools. By composting their food scraps, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability estimates thatPortlandresidents have kept over 13,000 tons of food out of the landfill.

In an effort to “close the loop” and make the finished product available for use, compost produced from the citywide program is showing up in community gardens in 33 neighborhoods around town, helping residents to grow healthy and nutritious food.

Information on rates for the 2013-14 fiscal year and program information including service level options can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/rates.

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PSC News: May 28, 2013 Recap and Documents

West Hayden Island Amended Draft Plan — work session

Agenda:

  • West Hayden Island Amended Draft Plan work session

Meeting files:

** If you receive an error message, click the icon to the right of "Contained Records" to open the document listing.

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50.

Planning Charrette for the West Quadrant Includes Two Open Houses

Urban design and planning exercise from June 10 – 14 brings together diverse stakeholders to generate ideas for the future of Central City’s west side

The West Quadrant Charrette is coming up next week! The charrette will be an intense period of design and planning, led by the project team and featuring invited speakers. Often used to bring together multiple stakeholders during one timeframe, a successful charrette will generate many ideas and promote joint ownership of solutions.

There are several times during the week for participation, and the general public is invited to attend two open houses.

All events will take place at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 7A (7th floor):

  • Open House #1: Tuesday, June 11, 5 – 7 p.m., informal review and Q&A
  • Open House #2: Friday, June 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., formal presentation at 12 p.m.

Roughly at mid-point in the planning process, the West Quadrant Plan team is holding the charrette to synthesize the research and ideas gathered so far with stakeholders and the public in order to move into the next phase of the planning process ― concept planning. The West Quadrant Plan will ultimately guide growth, development and investments in the western part of Portland’s Central City. For more details and other times to participate, check out the West Quadrant Charrette news posting.

For questions or comments regarding the West Quadrant Charrette or the planning process, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.