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PSC News: December 10, 2013 meeting recap and documents

Climate Action Plan and Preparation Plan — briefing; Comprehensive Plan Implementation Projects — briefing

Agenda

  • Climate Action Plan and Preparation Plan briefing
  • Comprehensive Plan Implementation Projects briefing

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.

Portlanders give feedback on the Comprehensive Plan

BPS E-News, December 2013

Since the October 3 release of the Working Draft Part 2, project staff have presented the Comprehensive Plan Map App  and Citywide Systems Plan  to a variety of groups at more than 90 meetings, community events and college classes. Close to 1,600 people, ranging from curious walk-ins to technical experts and community leaders, attended presentations or workshops to learn about the Comprehensive Plan, provide their feedback and input, see demonstrations of the Map App and get hands-on experience playing with it.

The Map App allows users who can’t attend meetings to participate by commenting on the Comprehensive Plan online. It has also been a useful tool for staff to engage participants in discussions about neighborhood-specific issues. At three Mapping Conversation events that took place in November in East, North and Southwest Portland, the Map App helped contextualize issues of concern for attendees, such as transportation infrastructure improvements, watershed health and zoning changes.

Portlanders have made about 500 comments on the Map App. Comments about the Working Draft Part 2 may also be submitted by email , web form, telephone or letter. But there’s not much time left — the deadline for feedback on Working Draft - Part 2 is December 31. Public comments will help guide refinement of all components of the Comprehensive Plan: Goals and Policies, Transportation System Plan, Citywide Systems Plan (Infrastructure), Land Use Map and Urban Design Framework. The entire revised package — the Proposed Draft — will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in Summer 2014. After public hearings and deliberations, the PSC will submit a Recommended Draft to City Council for consideration and adoption.

Note: Adults aren't the only ones telling us what they think. Over the summer, youth all over the city used blank "Wish you were here!" postcards to show us what they love about their neighborhoods. See more on Twitter @portlandbps.

 

River planners and advocates come together around the Willamette’s Central Reach

BPS E-News, December 2013

Question: What do a robust river economy, a healthy river and vibrant waterfront districts have in common?

Answer: The Willamette River’s Central Reach.

All three ideas were topics of discussion at a two-day open workshop on December 4 and 5. More than 70 people participated in a series of facilitated sessions devoted to improving the Willamette riverfront area in the Central City. The results of the workshop will help staff develop a Central Reach Urban Design Concept, which will be incorporated into the Central City 2035 planning effort and the update to the Willamette Greenway Plan.

Based on feedback from each session, it’s clear that Portlanders want to see more activities, uses and people engaged in the riverfront area. An overarching theme is to increase human access to the water for recreation, transportation and enjoyment. People view Tom McCall Waterfront Park as a major place for transformation. Think small commercial uses, recreation, cultural and historical attractions, including an urban beach for swimming. On the east side, the OMSI area has great potential to be an emerging waterfront district with the new light rail station and pedestrian/bike bridge over the river, which will draw many more people to the riverfront. Expanding this area with new shops, cafes, cultural and historical attractions like a maritime museum, a boat school and increased boat access could make this a popular destination for the region.

Participants also talked about the Downtown riverfront area as having an identity and sense of place that brings people together through a variety of land- and water-based activities that reflect the history, culture and natural environment. Commercial boating could become more prolific with cruise, excursion and river transit opportunities converging downtown. Clusters of uses such as retail, recreation, entertainment and other businesses could form destination points that add vibrancy to the waterfront. Acknowledging that new uses and associated development need to mitigate for environmental impacts, key focus areas indentified include the Rose Quarter/Convention Center, OMSI and the light rail station under construction, andWaterfrontPark.

Maintaining and improving habitat areas for fish, birds and other wildlife by enhancing river banks with native vegetation and maintaining in-water shallow habitat is a priority, especially in key areas in the Central Reach. The Hawthorne Bowl riverfront area could be reconfigured to support both swimming and fish migration habitat because these activities occur at different times of the year. Also, creating habitat wildlife corridors throughout the Central City will allow birds and other species to safely move through downtown and benefit humans. Finally, Waterfront Park could be a place where part of the seawall is replaced with a steps lined with native vegetation down to the river for easy access to swim, paddle or simply splash in the water.

So the area in and around the Willamette River in the Central City is poised to become much more of a playground for all Portlanders, regional residents and visitors. Find out more by visiting the project website or contact Debbie Bischoff at debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov .

Solar Forward campaign announces Founders Circle, new site

BPS E-News, December 2013

Mayor Charlie Hales hosted representatives from Portfolio 21 InvestmentsPortland Development CommissionSolarWorldUmpqua Bank and Wells Fargo to celebrate their early financial support of the City of Portland’s Solar Forward Fund, a crowdsourcing campaign designed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

As founding members of the Solar Forward Fund, these organizations have together provided more than $20,000 to lead the way on a tax-free, crowdsourced green energy fund to support the installation of solar infrastructure at some of Portland’s most beloved public sites, including community centers, libraries and schools.

The Solar Forward Fund offers community members a new way to support clean, local renewable energy systems that benefit the community. The City of Portland continues to raise money for the fund from individuals and organizations. Once $50,000 is reached, the City will install photovoltaic (PV) panels at Portland Public School’s Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in Portland’s Lents neighborhood.

Additional sites in Portland will be announced prior to future fundraising cycles.

“Portland Public Schools is proud to partner with the City of Portland’s Solar Forward campaign. We welcome the opportunity to work together within this innovative framework to continue maximizing operational and energy efficiencies while also promoting renewable energy development. We believe this demonstrates to our students and community our commitment to being both good citizens and environmental stewards,” said C.J. Sylvester, chief operating officer of Portland Public Schools.

“In Portland we have chance for the first time to join as an entire community and put solar on some of our most beloved public spaces,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Joining us in this community solar campaign is both a simple gesture and a powerful expression of our shared future. It's a way for all of us to show that there are still places in the world that value community above self.”

Renewable energy provides benefits to the community, from maintaining healthy air to the economic opportunity created for Portland’s small businesses and workers. All contributors to the Solar Forward Fund receive permanent recognition at the host site and reduce carbon emissions while proving a new model for community energy production.

“It's a way to support the places we love and invest in the future,” said Susan Anderson, director of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “And, it's a point of pride. Solar is one of the world’s most visible markers of innovation, sustainability and progress.”

Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarforward to learn more about the project and to make a tax-deductible gift.

Project history

BPS was awarded grant funds from the Oregon Community Foundation's Penstemon Fund in the amount of $100,000. This generous grant funded the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar electric system on Portland Parks & Recreation's Southwest Community Center and helped establish Solar Forward, Portland’s first revolving community solar fund.

Project partners include Portland Parks & RecreationPortland Public Schools and Solar Oregon.