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Issue 21, February 2013
Starting in February, BPS will launch a limited-time rebate program to help small businesses make energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings. This rebate will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of eligible energy-efficiency improvements made to Portland buildings up to 50,000 square feet in total size. Non-profit organizations will be eligible for a rebate of up to 75 percent of project costs. Eligible improvements include insulation, heating and cooling equipment, lighting and controls, and food service equipment. A fund of $300,000 will be available for these rebates, which will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 503-823-3919 or visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/bucks.
Not sure what upgrades your building might need, or what will be the most cost effective investment? We can help with that too. For a limited time BPS is also offering a free energy assessment to buildings 10,000 square feet and under. From this assessment you’ll receive a report that prioritizes energy upgrades, estimates savings and identifies relevant tax credits and financial incentives. For eligibility and enrollment information please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/assess.
The PEG will discuss two infrastructure policy clusters from the Working Draft.
Issue 21, February 2013
On Feb. 26, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on the proposed Barbur Concept Plan. This plan identifies seven catalytic focus areas — places where there is a community desire for change — and establishes a unifying vision for this historic transportation corridor as a more walkable, vibrant place.
The vision takes advantage of existing strengths in each area, situated in four unique segments (Lair Hill, The Woods,Historic Highway and Far Southwest) and proposes several big ideas to correct current deficiencies and promote public and private investment.
The vision is supported by an economic analysis of what the market would support and when. The report’s key finding is that future high capacity transit (HCT) is a necessary ingredient to making the vision real. Attracting substantial private investment will likely require a significant change to the look and feel of Barbur that only an investment in HCT can deliver.
Barbur was first a railroad route that was converted to an auto boulevard in the 1920s, linking downtown to other parts of the southwest. When Barbur became part of the state highway system (99W), early commercial development was tailored to the automobile and traveler services. When I‑5 was built in the 1950s, Barbur continued to serve regional traffic, but without the funding and attention that a standalone highway might receive. Consequently, the southwest neighborhoods continue to advocate for basic pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. With Metro's SW Corridor Plan, the time is right to consider how to complete this roadway’s transformation from a rail line, to a highway, and now to a civic corridor that offers an enjoyable place for people to live, work, play and learn.
After the hearing, the PSC will make their recommendation to City Council, which will adopt the plan by resolution and direct City staff to craft coordinated amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and capital improvement plans. These legislative actions will need to correspond to future regional decisions related to high capacity transit and other major infrastructure investment in the southwest corridor over the next 2-5 years. This will ensure that Barbur, the adjoining neighborhoods and the City can take advantage of opportunities when they arise to move the community's shared vision forward.
A copy of the proposed concept plan will be available on the project website in early February.
The Southwest Corridor Plan is a multi-jurisdictional effort focusing on the corridor between Southwest Portland and Sherwood. This effort examines land use, transportation improvements and strategies for improving the built environment. Priorities are to increase prosperity, health and mobility within and through the corridor. The Barbur Concept plan is a subset of the Southwest Corridor Plan, providing land use analysis and identifying key transportation and other infrastructure improvements.
For more information on the Southwest Corridor Plan, please visit the website at www.swcorridorplan.org.
West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session on tribal and environmental components
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.
Packet provides background information for February 12th worksession
Today BPS forwarded a packet of material for the February 12 West Hayden Island (WHI) Work Session to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The session is estimated to be held between 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. as part of the regular PSC meeting that begins at 12:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500.
Discussion topics at the session include: a Health Report follow-up and Stage 2 Heath Impact Analysis, Housing fund, Construction and Best Management Practices, and Transportation issues. The PSC packet is available for review.
More information on this work session and future sessions is available on the BPS WHI Calendar.
You can also review the draft minutes from the January 29 natural resources work session.