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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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The PEG will focus on review and discussion of the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft