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City Council to consider the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and Central City Potential Swimming Beach Sites Study on June 7, 2017.
The Willamette River is both home and playground to people, fish and wildlife as well a significant feature of our city and regional center. As part of Central City 2035 planning process, City staff partnered with riverfront property owners, other agencies and stakeholders to address diverse community aspirations for activating and improving this beloved natural resource and gathering place.
On June 7, 2017, City Council will discuss and vote to accept a proposal for the Eastbank Crescent area on the Central Eastside and direct staff to seek funding to develop a detailed concept plan. They will also be accepting a swimming beach study and announcing plans for a pilot pop-up beach at Poetry at the Beach, under the Marquam Bridge on river’s west side, just in time for summer. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the Council session and offer their comments to Commissioners at that time.
Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and Central City Potential Beach Sites Study
Acceptance by Portland City Council
Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
Check the Council website for details, to confirm dates/times, submit written testimony, or watch the meeting live.
The Eastbank Crescent between the Hawthorne and Marquam Bridges was chosen as a focus area because it attracts swimmers and boaters, who use the shallow water area heavily during the warmer months. The Willamette Greenway Trail runs through the site, attracting bicyclists and pedestrians. And nonmotorized boaters use the Holman Dock and traverse the busy trail with their boat shells.
It’s also a desirable location to improve fish and wildlife habitat.So in addition accommodating swimmers and boaters, planning efforts for the Eastbank Crescent present opportunities to improve habitat for multiple species of fish, including those threatened or endangered species that rely on shallow water areas during migration.
With multiple activities in the area — including potential new development on the OMSI site — conflicts between uses are a reality. So a collaborative planning process was held to understand existing conditions, opportunities and constraints, and generate concepts that show physical improvements, which address project goals to:
The Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan (March 2017) describes two initial design concepts that incorporate project goals. The first prioritizes habitat improvements, and the other focuses on public access and use. The recommended approach is to use the habitat concept as the general base and include as many recreational and educational uses as possible, contingent on the results of more detailed site condition and feasibility studies.
Swimming Beach Sites Study
With completion of the Big Pipe (combined sewer overflow project), the river’s water quality has improved in recent years. Consequently, more people would like to have safe public swimming access into the Willamette. Since the City of Portland does not have a river swimming program, Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) launched a study to learn about:
The Central City Potential Swimming Beach Sites Study (October 2016) identifies key site and safety criteria for development of a safe and accessible family-friendly public swimming beach. Examples of site and safety criteria, respectively, include beach surface material and river characteristics such as turbidity. It then evaluates and ranks five potential locations along the central Willamette riverfront, including:
This information was used to inform the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and will be used to guide future plans. The study also offers insight into the level of investment and types of amenities that would be necessary to develop a successful public beach.
The Poetry at the Beach site is earmarked in the City’s 2017/18 budget for a pop-up beach and will be open for public swimming in July until September, thanks to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s initiative.
Citywide Green Team asks staff how they help keep trash and recycling out of the landfill. Congratulations are in order for over 15 raffle prize winners.
Mother's Day was Sunday, May 14, so honor mom by listening to what she's been saying for years.
In a recent waste study at one of our buildings, paper towels made up a third of the landfill waste. Switch to cloth! You can prevent waste by bringing a cloth napkin to work with your lunch. There are lots of actions you already do, show us and win a prize!
Over 150 of you came out to meet your Citywide Green Team: On Thursday, May 18, 2017 the Citywide Green Team held events in eight locations around the City. They asked staff what they do to keep waste out of the landfill. In exchange, staff were entered to win one of fifteen gift certificates.
A sample of what staff are doing (remember little things add up!):
And the winners are…
Congratulations to the following staff who won a raffle prize. Lindsey Maser, BPS; Zach Odil, P&D; Tish Leos and Bernadette Landgdon, PBOT; Marianna Lomanto, ONI Crime Prevention; Mary Jaron Kelley and Tom Griffin-Valade, ONI North Portland Neighborhood Services; Sophia Terry and Clayton Amber, BES; Rose Imani, CityFleet; Sue Parsons, Auditor's office; Mary Schneider, ONI; and Ross Jonak, BDS.
And a free lunch goes to:
The Green Team wanted to know if dishtowels were already being used in workplace kitchens instead of paper towels. They asked staff to snap a photo and send a list of coworkers’ names who make it happen. That list was entered into a drawing for a free lunch. Congratulations to Portland Water Bureau Interstate Office staff Karen Scott and Anna DiBenedetto who manage the program for their office.
Another free lunch just because:
Green Team staff received so many nice comments about this person and how she manages the BES dishtowels and women’s restroom at the Portland Building, that they made some money available for a second prize. Congratulations to BES staff, Jennifer Antak, for her commitment to this program.
An extra layer protects you from the cold — and the same rings true for your home and workplace. It’s called insulation and it makes a big difference: About 20 percent of all carbon emissions comes from our homes — on average, more than our cars. Making your home more energy efficient is good for you, too: It makes your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer (and lowers your energy bill). Whether your rent or own your home, there are many low-cost and no-cost options to make your home more energy efficient.
Making, shipping and packaging the “stuff” we buy accounts for about a quarter of our city’s household carbon emissions. Borrowing seldom-used items saves money, cuts clutter and is great for the environment. Portland is filled with opportunities to borrow tools for home and garden projects, kitchen gadgets and kids’ toys from lending libraries.
There are lots of ways to cut waste in City operations. Over the last year, nearly 80 percent of City employees participated in the paperless paystub option. Making this choice has saved nearly 150,000 sheet of paper. That’s nearly 20 trees a year! Thank you OMF Bureau of Human Resources staff for giving us this option.
Several community members file objections after submittal of Task 4 to the Department of Land Conservation and Development.
On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (per state-mandated periodic review) to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and notified participants of their opportunity to object. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in June 2015, including the new land use map, the policy document and an associated list of growth-related capital projects. The deadline for participants to file objections with DLCD was May 19.
The state received nine objections (or appeals) to Task 4, which contested the following issues:
The DLCD will now review each objection to determine if it contains the elements required to be considered valid. For those objections that are deemed valid, they will then review the substantive issues raised. During that time DLCD may ask the City to identify records and testimony related to each issue. DLCD will then issue a staff report and order, probably later this year. There will be an opportunity for the objectors to appeal the initial DLCD order to a Land Conservation and Development Commission hearing.
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to take effect in January of 2018.
Task 3 also final
On April 25, 2017, DLCD approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal and rejected the single objection that was filed against it. Task 3 of the Comprehensive Plan Update was approved by City Council in June 2015. It included the Growth Scenarios Report and a revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA). The April 25 DLCD order was not appealed, so that periodic review task is now considered acknowledged.