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West Quadrant: Project Up and Running!

Events in March and upcoming events in April are setting the foundation for the West Quadrant Plan.

The West Quadrant Plan team held three major public events in March. The West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its first meeting on March 11 and set the foundation for their work, identifying issues and directions for the West Quadrant. Upcoming meetings in April and May will continue these discussions at the system wide and neighborhood scale. A planning forum and charrette for the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, held on two consecutive Fridays in the White Stag Building, attracted full houses. Staff is working on a summary of key ideas and concepts from the events which should be available in early May. Similar efforts for Goose Hollow are helping staff to get a running start at the quadrant planning process. Feedback has been enthusiastic and informative.

To kick off the West Quadrant Plan, the project team developed the West Quadrant Reader and an accompanying online survey. A short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, the Reader is a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people give feedback via the online survey. The West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. It is available online through May 10, 2013.

Upcoming April Events

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #2 (link includes meeting materials): Monday, April 1, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Neighborhood Workshop: Tuesday, April 8, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #3: Monday, April 22, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For print copies of the West Quadrant Reader or to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups — or if you have any questions about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.

Barbur Concept Plan Heads to City Council for Adoption

City Council hearing date set for April 24, 2013 for the recommended Barbur Concept Plan

On April 24, 2013, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on the Barbur Concept Plan. The Concept Plan identifies seven catalytic focus areas along the six-mile-long boulevard — places where there is a community desire for change — and establishes a unifying vision for this historic transportation corridor as a more accessible, vibrant place.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted unanimously on Feb. 26 to forward the recommended Concept Plan to City Council after hearing from the community. The commission also heard a compelling story about the vision for this important corridor.

That 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 Southwest Portland. 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?

A week after the hearing, the City Council will vote to adopt the plan by resolution as non-binding city policy. The plan identifies future actions that will need to correspond to future regional decisions about high capacity transit and other major infrastructure investments in the corridor. 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 recommended concept plan is now available for the public to review.

Your comments for the April 24th hearing are appreciated in person or via:

Email: karla.moore-love@portlandoregon.gov

Fax: (503) 823-4571 (attn Council Clerk)

Mail:1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 140, Portland,OR 97204.

SW Corridor Plan

Metro is leading a comprehensive planning effort to create livable and sustainable communities along the corridor between Portland, Tigard and Sherwood through integrated community investments in land use and transportation. A major component of this effort is to determine the mode of transit (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit) and alignment (e.g. Barbur or I-5). Metro is in the early stages of evaluating alternatives and is expecting to narrow the wide range of alternatives into a handful by this summer. For more information, please visit www.swcorridorplan.org

The Southwest Corridor Plan is working to schedule the following events and public involvement tools. Once confirmed, the events will be added to the project calendar on the SW Corridor website.

  • SW Corridor Open House, Thursday, April 25, 5:30-7:30pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30. Come help Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) develop priorities for future roadway and active transportation investments. As part of Metro's SW Corridor Plan and planning for high capacity transit, a series of roadway and other projects will soon be identified for regional investment in the next 15 years.
  • April online open house If you're not able to make it to the April 25th open house, you can catch up with the Southwest Corridor Plan by working though the online open house, to be posted in mid April.
  • Project bundle evaluation results Evaluation results of the project bundles will be released by mid-May.
  • Opt In survey, May 20 through 28 (unconfirmed) Using Metro's OptIn program, participants will be able to respond to the evaluation results and how they connect to regional and local values. Learn about and join the OptIn panel
  • Community Planning Forum, Thursday, May 23, 6:00-8:00 at the Tualatin library (18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue) Learn more about the evaluation results and offer your thoughts on what priorities should be included in the plan's investment package.
  • June online open house Beginning mid-June, review the initial concepts for the final investment package and offer your comments for the steering committee's decisions on how to move forward.

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking Minimums

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2013

CONTACT

Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-9908
eden.dabbs@portlandoregon.gov

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.

WHEN: April 4, 2013, 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

HOW: Portlanders may testify in person at the event. Written testimony can also be submitted to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Emailed testimony can be sent to karla.moore-love@portlandoregon.gov. Testimony must be received by April 4. Those who send a letter or email must include their name and address, and the letter or email must be received by the time of the hearing.

Background

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing regarding new apartments and parking on March 12, 2013. The commissioners heard testimony from a variety of stakeholders and community members on a proposal presented by City staff. Following public testimony and deliberations, the PSC recommended minor changes to the proposal.

In the last year, there has been an increase in new multi-dwelling buildings along commercial streets in Portland's close-in neighborhoods, including projects that do not include off-street parking. These projects are being built under current City policies and Zoning Code provisions. Some community members have reacted with concern about the number of these projects and lack of parking, while others have expressed support for current policy. At the direction of City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have put together the recommended code amendments, which are focused on creating minimum parking standards for new large multi-unit buildings.

For more information or to read the FAQ, please visit the project web page at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/59974.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), www.portlandoregon.gov/bps develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

 

PSC News: March 26, 2013 meeting recap and documents

West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session

Agenda:

  • West Hayden Island work session

Meeting Files:

An archive of meeting minutes and documents from 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.

BPS releases WHI Economic and Finance Packet to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Packet provides background information for their March 26th work session

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for their March 26th work session.  This session will be held from 2-5 p.m. (note new time) at the 1900 SW 4th Ave building, 2500A. Materials in the packet include: 1) responses to PSC questions on the topics of economics, finance, and recreation, 2) technical reviewer comments and 3) supplemental letters and memos. The packet is available for public review here.   BPS will provide a second memo that ties together project and mitigation costs at this same link in the next few days.

More information on this work session and future sessions is available on the BPS WHI Calendar.

You can also review the notes from past Planning and Sustainability Commission work sessions.