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BPS E-News: Barbur Concept Plan almost ready to roll

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 Boulevard’s Past

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.

What’s Next?

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.

Relationship Between the Barbur Concept Plan and the Southwest Corridor Plan

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


PSC News: January 29, 2013 meeting recap and documents

West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session on tribal and environmental components


  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

BPS News: New rebate opportunity to pay 50 to 75 percent of energy upgrade costs

Portland’s small businesses will benefit from today’s launch of “Bucks for Buildings”

Media Contact:
Christine Llobregat
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


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.”

Details of Rebate Opportunity

  • 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:

Rebate Eligibility Criteria

  • Available to owners and tenants of commercial buildings that are located withinPortlandcity limits and are 50,000 square feet or less in total size.
  • Rebates will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.
  • Rebates available from $1,000 to $30,000 per project.
  • Improvements must meet Energy Star® or Energy Trust of Oregon efficiency standards.
  • Work must be performed by an approved contractor.
  • Additional restrictions apply.

Not Sure What Upgrades are Needed?

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


Interested business owners or property managers may contact the Bucks for Buildings Project Coordinator, Marlowe Kulley, at 503-823-3919 or

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

PSC News: February 12, 2013 meeting recap and documents

PSC Officer vote — decision; Brownfields study — briefing; Scenarios Report — briefing; West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session on tribal and environmental components


  • PSC Officer vote decision
  • Brownfields study briefing
  • Scenarios Report briefing
  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan work session

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

CC2035: West Quadrant Plan March Events

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.

Old Town/Chinatflyer imageown Sub-area Work

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.

Project Info

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!

For questions regarding the West Quadrant Plan or any upcoming events, please contact Elisa Hamblin at or check out other ways to get involved.