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PSC News: January 24, 2017 Meeting Recap

Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Agenda

  • Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

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Portion of Eastmoreland Neighborhood Nominated as National Register Historic District

Federal designation may occur as early as summer 2017

On December 15, 2016, the Eastmoreland Historic District was officially nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, a federal designation that brings with it local land use protections. The nomination, prepared on behalf of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, will be considered by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, and National Park Service in the months ahead. If listed, the historic district would include approximately 475 acres and 1,300 properties.

Map of proposed Eastmoreland Historic District

What would it mean?

The National Register is a federal historic resource designation reviewed and approved by the National Park Service. New resources listed in the National Register are subject to demolition review protections provided by the City of Portland Zoning Code and eligible to participate in applicable local, state, and federal incentive programs. Design review criteria for new construction and exterior alteration of properties within the historic district may be applied at a later date, subject to hearings and adoption by the Portland City Council.

1931 Women's Realty Board house in Eastmoreland

1931 image of a Women’s Realty Board demonstration house in Eastmoreland. Image courtesy Oregon Daily Journal, February 22, 1931.

Women's Realty Board house as it appears today

Women’s Realty Board demonstration house as it appears today. Image courtesy AECOM. 

How do I testify or provide feedback?

The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission will review the Eastmoreland Historic District nomination at their regular meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017. The Commission’s recommendation is not a final decision, as the City of Portland’s role is advisory to the National Park Service process. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed historic district and to provide comments to the Commission. The February 13 meeting will take place at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Commission’s agenda is available on the Bureau of Development Services’ webpage.

Following the City of Portland’s advisory review of the nomination, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) will hold a formal meeting to consider the nomination on February 17, 2017. This meeting will take place at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Boulevard, beginning at 1:00pm. The SACHP’s agenda is available on the State Historic Preservation Office’s webpage. Testimony on the merits of the National Register nomination will be accepted at the February 17 meeting.

Property owners within the district’s proposed boundary are provided an official opportunity to object to the district’s listing in the National Register by submitting a notarized letter of objection. The district will not be designated if a majority of the owners within the proposed boundary object to the listing between now and July 1, 2017.

Next Steps

Following the February 17 meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, the nomination may be sent to the National Park Service for final review. The National Park Service will review the nomination against applicable criteria for National Register listing, including a review of the physical integrity and historic significance of the proposed district. The National Park Service is not expected to make a decision on the Eastmoreland Historic District before early summer 2017. If listed, the demolition review provisions of the Portland Zoning Code would apply automatically to contributing properties within district.

Copies of the nomination, a project timeline, objection letter templates, and additional information on the proposed historic district can be found on the State Historic Preservation Office’s Eastmoreland webpage.

For more information about the City of Portland’s historic resources program, contact:

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Historic Resources Program Manager, brandon.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-6879

Recycling options for old electronics after the holidays

New gadget? Recycle your old electronics at a collection site. Over 40 Portland collection sites accept your old electronics!

Did you give someone a new gadget this holiday? Or did you receive something shiny and new yourself? Oregon E-Cycles offers options Oregon Ecycles logoto recycle old electronics.

Computers, monitors and TVs are not allowed in curbside garbage and cannot be disposed of at landfills or incinerators. You can recycle your computer “peripherals” – keyboards and mice – as well as desktop printers.

Oregon E-Cycles is a free electronics recycling program for old computers, monitors and TVs you no longer need or want. This includes laptops and tablets.

You can recycle a maximum of seven items at a time. There are 250 collection facilities and recyclers throughout the state and 40 locations in the Portland area.

computer monitorcomputer cable  old cellphone

Reuse and repair is even better

Of course, if your electronics are still in good working order, look for donation options at Find a Recycler. If your gadget needs a repair you might be able to fix with expertise at a local repair café event.

Interested in finding a collection site near you?
Call1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-800-532-9253) or find a location online.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

 

Central City 2035 Update: Preview of January 10 PSC Work Session on the Central City 2035 Plan

Commissioners to discuss street classifications and transportation projects; green building regulations; zoning and FAR requests; and Willamette River and environment amendments

On January 10, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), will hold its third work session for the Central City 2035 (CC2035) Plan. The agenda includes:

  • Proposed street classifications and transportation projects
  • Green building items (ecoroofs, bird safe standards)
  • Specific zoning and FAR requests
  • Willamette River related amendments
  • And other miscellaneous amendments 

The meeting materials for these topics are available here and briefly introduced below. Check the PSC CC2035 work session overview for more information about future work sessions.

 

Proposed street classifications and transportation projects

SW 4th Avenue in Portland

The CC2035 Plan includes Central City-specific amendments to update the Transportation System Plan (TSP), the long-range plan guiding transportation investments in the city. The TSP provides transportation options for residents, employees, visitors and firms doing business in Portland, making it more convenient to walk, bike, take transit — and drive less — while meeting their daily needs.

At their January 10 meeting, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff will present  amendments to the Proposed Draft street classifications, transportation studies and transportation projects. A brief primer on each of these TSP elements is included below:

  • “Street classifications” describe what kinds of traffic and trips are expected on a street and what types of land uses the street should serve. Classifications can influence street design elements such as lane widths.
  • “Transportation studies” are intended to address issues that have a transportation component identified by the community or other entities.
  • The “transportation projects” are the City’s 20-year list of major transportation system improvements, including the general location and timing of implementation, the responsible agency and approximate cost. Projects may or may not have any funding “committed” to them, and many projects will require PBOT to undertake analyses before the design of any improvement.

 

Green buildings and ecoroofs

Multnomah County Ecoroof

Portland has been a national leader in designing buildings that reduce impacts on the natural environment — both in their construction and their operation. The CC2035 Plan requires developers of new buildings over 50,000 square feet to register for green building certification and submit a checklist of potential green building features as a part of the building review process. By requiring registration, the City seeks to increase the share of new construction that pursues full certification (full certification is not required at this time).

One green building technology that has gained national acceptance by the construction industry is the “green roof” or “ecoroof.” These roofs include soil and plants that help a building handle its stormwater during rainy seasons and reduce the costs of heating and cooling the building throughout the year by insulating the building’s roof. The CC2035 Plan requires new buildings over 20,000 square feet in size to include ecoroofs.

Finally, in 2013 City Council directed staff to establish bird-safe design standards with the goal of reducing the number of bird fatalities due to window strikes. Since the publication of the Proposed Draft on June 20, which included a bird-safe design standard for the Central City, staff have worked with experts to refine the proposal and will present an update to the PSC at their meeting on January 10.

Specific zoning and floor area ratio (FAR) requests

zoning graphic

At the July and August PSC hearings, some community groups and property owners advocated for specific changes to the zoning and FAR in the Central City. The zoning requests typically centered around areas such as Providence Park or the Central Eastside riverfront or — in a few cases — focused on specific properties. The FAR requests are primarily requests for increases along the transit mall and station areas. Staff will walk the PSC through these zoning and FAR requests and discuss any potential adjustments to the CC2035 Plan.

 

Willamette River amendments

Dragon boats on Willamette River

The CC2035 Plan includes a number of proposed changes to how the Zoning Code regulates the Willamette Riverfront. First covered at the PSC’s November 16 work session, this topic will continue in January.

 

What’s up next?

The PSC will hold their fourth work session on January 24. The agenda will be posted once it is finalized.

Please check the PSC calendar to confirm dates, times and other details prior to the event. You can also view the work session on the BPS YouTube channel.

For more information about the work sessions, please visit the PSC work sessions and hearing page.

PSC News: January 10, 2017 Meeting Recap

PSC Vote for Officers — decision; Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Agenda

  • PSC Vote for Officers — decision
  • Central City 2035 Plan — work session

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.

For background information, see the PSC website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc, call 503-823-7700 or email psc@portlandoregon.gov.

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube.

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

503-823-7700: Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письменный или устный перевод | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | 翻訳または通訳 | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701