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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.
Portland’s small businesses will benefit from today’s launch of “Bucks for Buildings”
Portland City Council is slated to vote on a new energy rebate offering, Bucks for Buildings, that will help Portland’s small businesses save energy and money. Starting today, owners can apply to be considered for this limited-time rebate, pending Council consideration on February 13, that will reduce the cost of making energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings by as much as 75 percent.
“Small businesses make up 92 percent of the businesses in Portland,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Bucks for Buildings will help us build stronger, more resilient neighborhood businesses by lowering their operating costs.”
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability created the new project with funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood program.
“Partners in the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program are leading by example, showing firsthand how energy efficiency improvements can save money by saving energy,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy. “The investments they’ve made through this program are helping to cut energy waste while saving American businesses millions in energy costs, creating jobs nationwide and helping to position the United States to lead in the global economy.”
There’s even more help on the way to determine the most cost-effective investment: For a limited time, BPS is offering a free energy assessment for buildings 10,000 square feet and under. From this assessment businesses will receive a report that prioritizes energy upgrades, estimates savings and identifies relevant tax credits and financial incentives. For eligibility and enrollment information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/assess.
Interested business owners or property managers may contact the Bucks for Buildings Project Coordinator, Marlowe Kulley, at 503-823-3919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland’s businesses of all sizes can continue to save money, use greener products and technologies, cut costs and gain efficiencies through the Sustainability at Work program at BPS. Visit www.sustainabilityatworkpdx.com.
With the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation, the Historic Resource Code Improvement Project moves on to City Council.
The recommended code amendments will be considered by City Council at a public hearing on Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave). Your comments are appreciated in person or via:
Fax: (503) 823-4571 (attn Council Clerk)
Mail: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204.
Read the Recommended Historic Resources Code Amendments
The goal of the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project is to streamline the regulatory process around historic resource review. The project team has been looking at ways to create a quicker, easier-to-understand and more predictable review process for projects with minor impacts on historic resources, as well as clarifying code definitions and other code clean-up measures.
On Jan. 22, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission held a public hearing to consider the Proposed Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Zoning Code Amendments and voted to forward a package of recommended Zoning Code Amendments to City Council.
The code amendments will be effective 37 days after the final City Council hearing. The code amendments may also allow the Bureau of Development Services to reduce historic review fees for smaller projects in the near future.
For more information about the project and how to get involved, please visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58976 or call (503) 823-5869.
The PEG will focus on review and discussion of the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft
The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has completed two work sessions on WHI, discussing environmental impacts, and community health and transportation concerns. The PSC has requested additional time to discuss a number of topics from these initial work sessions. This will occur on Feb. 26, 2013. The topics to be discussed include: the proposed truck cap; open space ownership; the timing of the proposed manufactured home park fund; the Port’s proposed sustainability policy; and floodplain mitigation.
On March 26, the PSC will have the final work session to discuss economics and finance. Staff will release a new draft plan and IGA in early April, with hearings at the PSC moving to May.
The updates to the WHI schedule look like this:
Please check the PSC calendar for meeting agendas and times for WHI discussions.