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Take the Policy Survey for the Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan Update
We are looking for your help as we work through sticky policy issues in the Working Draft Part 1. Fill out the survey to give us your advice on:
Your answers will help refine and amend many of the goals and policies in the Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan. It will also inform next steps, including developing a map, a list of significant projects and implementation measures, like Zoning Code updates.
The survey will close on May 1, 2013. Please keep an eye out for future surveys, workshops and events where you can help define how the Comprehensive Plan addresses these and many other important topics.
Check out the upcoming events and project info for the West Quadrant Plan!
The West Quadrant Plan will provide detailed planning for Central City areas on the west side of the Willamette River. The effort is part of the broader Central City 2035 project to update the 1988 Central City Plan.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee
The West Quadrant Plan work has started and the first meeting of the newly formed Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) is coming up on March 11th. All meetings are open to the public and will have time for public comments. Meeting materials will posted approximately 7-10 days in advance on the project website.
Also coming up in March are two public events for the Old Town/Chinatown area of the Central City. The Community Planning Forum will present perspectives on the future of the area, include a public discussion on issues and opportunities, and generate ideas for the Charrette. The Charrette will follow a week later and will develop land use and urban design alternatives for the area and will inform the larger West Quadrant Plan process.
The West Quadrant Plan will be guided by the SAC. A range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues will be discussed – resulting in policy recommendations to guide future investment and development in the River District (including the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown), Downtown, Goose Hollow, University District and South Waterfront areas of the Central City.
Other public events during the West Quadrant Plan will include open houses, community meetings, working groups, and specific efforts targeted at smaller subareas – each of these presents an opportunity for community members to get involved, ask questions, provide feedback, and contribute to shaping the future of the area. To learn more about upcoming events, check out the West Quadrant Plan calendar. We hope to see you in the coming months!
The PEG will provide feedback to staff on the first Comprehensive Plan workshop, learn about the growth scenarios report, and compare and contrast industrial land and watershed health policies.
Six more workshops throughout the city give people a chance to discuss Portland’s long-range plan for the future
About 50 people attended last week’s Comprehensive Plan Update workshop in Southwest Portland’s Multnomah Village, where they learned about proposed goals and policies for transportation, housing, urban design, economic development and the environment, among others. Breakout sessions allowed participants to give feedback on how to spend our limited infrastructure dollars, where population and employment growth should go, how to accommodate industry and environmentally sensitive areas, and what Portland’s future neighborhoods and business districts should look like.
The Infrastructure Investments breakout session allowed participants to spend a hypothetical $100 among five areas – both before and after a group discussion.
More Workshops Ahead
If you missed the Southwest workshop or you’re waiting for one closer to home, here are six more opportunities to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update – including one tonight in North Portland:
Portlanders can also fill out a survey at the workshops or online. Give us your advice on five sticky policy issues in the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft.
With your feedback on the Working Draft Part 1, the Comprehensive Plan Update team will revise the goals and policies and develop draft maps and a capital project list to share with the public in the fall.
Only 45 percent of Portlanders have easy, safe access to amenities, housing and transportation
A “complete neighborhood” is an area where residents have safe and convenient access to goods and services they need on a daily or regular basis. This includes a range of housing options, grocery stores and other neighborhood-serving commercial services; quality public schools; public open spaces and recreational facilities; and access to frequent transit. In a complete neighborhood, the network of streets and sidewalks is interconnected, which makes walking and bicycling to these places safe and relatively easy for people of all ages and abilities.
Why measure complete neighborhoods? Having safe, convenient and walkable access to schools, parks, grocery stores and transit can help Portlanders save money and stay healthy. For example, lower transportation costs help reduce overall household costs and increase housing affordability. And incorporating daily exercise is a lot easier with a safe network of sidewalks outside your door.
Today, fewer than half of Portlanders live in complete neighborhoods. By 2035, the City aims for 80 percent of Portlanders to be living in complete neighborhoods. The “heat map” below shows Portland’s neighborhoods in varying stages of “completeness”; the cooler colors in purple and blue (note outer East Portland, Southwest and the West Hills) have fewer amenities and safe streets, whereas the inner eastside neighborhoods in warm reds, oranges and yellows offer greater access to both.
The “20-minute neighborhood” index measures access to everyday goods, services and amenities. The “heat map” shows the range of accessibility.