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The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world's most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change.
News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Friday, December 02, 2016
Portland, ORE. — Portland and Mayor Hales were honored today at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD, the C40 Cities Awards ceremony was held during the C40 Mayors Summit, where more than 40 mayors from around the world gathered to create sustainable and livable cities for their communities.
“Portland has been a world leader in climate action for over two decades. We were the first U.S. city to adopt a climate action plan. We were the first to bring back the modern streetcar. Now with our updated 2015 Climate Action Plan and proposed Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, we’ll be the first to deliberately transition from dirty, dangerous fuels to clean, renewable energy,” said Mayor Hales. “I want to thank the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and my mayoral colleagues for recognizing Portland’s trailblazing efforts to make our city one of the most sustainable in the world."
Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) won this year’s award in “Climate Action Plans & Inventories.” The overarching goal of Portland's CAP is to deliver an integrated set of strategies by 2020 to keep Portland on a path to reduce GHG emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The proportion of citizens travelling primarily by public transport, cycling or walking is expected to rise to 50 percent, and the number of electric vehicles is set to increase four-fold to 8,000. The CAP aims to reduce energy use in existing buildings by 1.7 percent annually, resulting in an annual GHG emissions reduction of 280,000 metric tons in 2020.
"Much of our local efforts to combat climate change is made possible through the outstanding professional and expert staff work in Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Not only will Portland’s bold climate actions make positive benefits to our local community for years to come, it shows the way for many more mayors and national leaders to follow our lead before it’s too late to stave off some of the most catastrophic effects of climate change,” said Hales.
"Cities are a key part of the solution to climate change. Thanks to the efforts of residents, businesses and organizations, Portland’s carbon emissions continue to decline – already 21 percent below 1990 levels," said Susan Anderson, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director. "With direction from the Climate Action Plan, Portland is ready to take the next steps to reach our ambitious goals – like energy scores for residential and commercial buildings, expanding our share of electric vehicles, and investing in infrastructure, such as community solar projects, that advance equitable climate action outcomes."
“On behalf of C40, I want to congratulate all the winning cities for their commitment to their citizens and their dedication to tackling climate change,” said outgoing C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “Throughout my tenure as C40 Chair, I have been increasingly impressed by the caliber of the C40 Cities Award winners, and I look forward to seeing other mayors around the world adapting and implementing these models in their own cities.”
“The C40 Cities Awards recognize the best and boldest work being done by mayors to fight climate change and protect people from risks,” said C40 President of the Board and U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg. “The winning projects show that great progress is being made on every continent, and they serve as an inspiration to other cities. They also show how cities can help the world meet the ambitious goals set a year ago in Paris.”
An expert jury panel comprised of former mayors, climate experts and others, selected ten winning urban sustainability projects based on excellence in urban planning and dedication to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resiliency. The selected cities exemplified the best policies, projects and programs globally, and for the first time included a category recognizing social equity.
Earlier in the day during the C40 Mayors Summit, C40 unveiled a report, Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done, outlining a vision to reduce emissions by 2020 and help meet the Paris Agreement targets.
For more information on the Awards and the winning projects, visit: http://www.c40.org/awards.
For the most up-to-date details about the 2016 C40 Mayors Summit, please refer to the website: http://www.mayorssummit2016.c40.org/.
Follow the C40 Cities Awards on social media with #C40Awards and the C40 Mayors Summit with the hashtag #Cities4Climate.
About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 11th year, connects more than 85 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo is Chair-elect; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.
Since its inception in 1995 in Shenzhen, China, BYD Company Ltd. quickly grew into a green-tech giant and relentless advocate of sustainable development, as well as a pioneer in successfully expanding its New Energy solutions globally. Specializing in battery technologies, its sustainability mission to create a Zero Emission Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made the company an industry leader in the energy and technology sectors. BYD and its shareholders – among them notable American investor Warren Buffett – see sustainable development through technological advancement in products and solutions as the only way into the future. In 2016, the company was granted the Large Corporation Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize for its solid contribution to sustainable development in the energy sector. For more information, please visit us at www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany or http://www.c40.org/custom_pages/c40-cities-awards-partners.
City seeking an intern to assist with public events and outreach
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Community Service Aide to assist with the development of the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan. BPS develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.
The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will develop a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling facilities – such as sustainable trail networks, skill parks and pump tracks – where kids, adults, and families can ride for fun, exercise and to experience the outdoors in the city.
Community Service Aides are typically graduate students or recent graduates seeking entry-level work in the field of urban planning. They work under the guidance of professional planning staff on a variety of assignments.
Responsibilities may include:
Desired skills and experience:
Start date: January 2016
Hours: Approximately 30-40 hours per week
Duration: Through June 2016. This position is classified as a Community Service Aide, and is limited to no more than 1,400 hours per calendar year.
Compensation: $15-$18/hour depending on experience and qualifications
Benefits: Employee will be eligible for limited sick time and paid holidays
Application: Please submit a cover letter and resume describing your qualifications to
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201
Application Deadline: December 20, 2016
Equal Opportunity: The City of Portland (also referred to as the City) is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment.
Veterans: If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, include a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability with your resume and cover letter. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing of this recruitment.
Commissioners consider and make recommendations at work session for Central City 2035 Plan
On November 16, 2016, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held its second work session on the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Plan Proposed Draft. Commissioners worked through a list of topics ranging from requested changes to maximum building heights to regulations for the Willamette River.
The following is a review of the PSC discussion and actions; read the meeting materials to see additional comments/requests.
This topic was a continuation from the PSC’s first work session in September.
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PSC Action: Supported the proposed reduced heights
The PSC received comments on maximum building heights throughout the Central City during their July and August 2016 hearings.
PSC Action: Supported retaining the maximum heights included in the Proposed Draft CC2035 Plan
PSC Action: Supported retaining the proposals in the Proposed Draft CC2035 Plan
PSC Action: Supported this proposal
PSC Action: Supported retaining the parking maximum ratios in the Proposed Draft and did not ask staff to establish parking minimums. PSC requested that staff develop an action in the Plan to monitor the maximum parking ratios in seven years to see if adjustments are needed.
PSC Action: Accepted staff’s proposed amendments
PSC Action: Supported this new action
PSC Action: None at this time
Based on comments received from the Bureau of Development Services, staff proposed a small number of amendments to Volume 2A1 of the CC2035 Plan. These did not result in significant discussions with the PSC, but they can be reviewed in the decision packet.
PSC Action: Supported most of the proposal but asked staff to come back to discuss ground floor windows and ground floor active uses.
An updated list of expected work session topics and meeting dates can be found here.
PSC Work Session 3 on CC2035 Plan
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, afternoon meeting
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
PSC Work Session 4 on CC2035 Plan
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, evening meeting
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
Please check the PSC calendar to confirm time and location prior to each work session.
City Council will consider adopting an Inclusionary Housing Program as one of the many tools to increase Portland’s affordable housing supply.
City Council will consider a recommendation from the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to amend the Zoning Code and the Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing program. A work session is scheduled for November 29, followed by a public hearing on December 8.
The Inclusionary Housing zoning code changes create a new mandate for the production of affordable housing. New development with more than 20 units in one building will be required to have a share or portion that is affordable as defined by proposed regulations.
Specifically, the program requires residential development projects to provide housing affordable to households below 80 percent of median family income (MFI) with an alternative option for projects that choose to produce housing for households at 60 percent MFI and below.
The proposed amendments set the percent of all units in a development that must be affordable to meet the terms of the program. Referred to as the “inclusion rate” that must be provided in one of the following ways:
The other zoning code amendments change the base zones of the Central City and Gateway Plan Districts to develop a base Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and bonus FAR to offset some of the cost of compliance with the IH program. The proposed amendments also eliminate the parking minimums for residential development projects close to transit. The other parts of the Inclusionary Housing Program will be implemented through amendments to Title 30, the Housing Code. These provisions include the incentive packages offered to offset the costs to development and a fee schedule for the in-lieu fee option.
If approved by City Council, all new multi-family or mixed use development with more than 20 units will be subject to these requirements effective as of February 1, 2017.
For more information, read the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project Recommended Draft.
City Council Briefing and Public Hearing(s):
The public is invited to testify on the Recommended Draft at the upcoming City Council hearing.
Staff will start the process by providing a briefing to City Council on the Recommended Draft. Council will then hold a public hearing, followed by a vote to adopt the code changes.
November 29, 9:00 a.m. (time certain)
Briefing (no public testimony)
December 8, 2:00 p.m. (time certain)
All public hearings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. Meetings will be broadcast live at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/28258.
How do I testify at City Council?
You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. Check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled.
You may also testify on the Recommended Draft in writing:
Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
Via email: CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.
Note: Written testimony must be received by the end of the hearing(s) and must include your name and address. All testimony to City Council is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.
After the briefing and public hearing, City Council will vote to adopt the new regulations. Changes to the Zoning Code are anticipated to become effective on February 1, 2017.
Consultant’s research affirms community support for thoughtful building design but says d-overlay system needs improvement
In May of this year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services, hired consultant Walker Macy to lead an independent and comprehensive review of the City’s design (d) overlay zone, including the design review process, tools and results.
By August the consultant team had published the results of their analysis of Portland’s regulations and processes for the d-overlay and how they fit together. They also looked at best practices from other cities, including discretionary design review and the application of nondiscretionary design standards.
Last week, the Walker Macy team shared an Interim Report on the Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) during a briefing with the Portland Design Commission. The report outlines their findings, based on a review of peer cities, interviews with stakeholders, a public questionnaire and evaluations of example projects. The report also offers preliminary recommendations for improving the processes and tools that implement the d-overlay in the city of Portland.
What did the consultants learn about design review in Portland?
The consultant team found strong community support for thoughtful design and that Portland is recognized as a national model for creating a livable urban environment through design. However, the current d-overlay system could be improved to make the process more efficient and better align the regulatory tools with today’s design objectives.
What are the recommendations for improvement?
Walker Macy made several preliminary recommendations for improving the design review process, including the following:
At the briefing, the Design Commission engaged in a robust discussion about the report, expressing support for recommendations such as those to consolidate and update the tools and offering the consultants directions for further investigation. Commissioners identified the need to incorporate community voices into the design review process as well as balance the goals of ensuring design quality with serving applicants effectively.
The DOZA team will release a detailed set of recommendations in early 2017. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in during an open house tentatively planned for February 2017.
The consultant team will then refine and produce a final report of findings and recommendations and present their work to Design Commission, Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council in spring 2017.