Jobs, education and walkability are the top priorities identified by Portland Plan workshop participants and respondents to the paper and online surveys. From November to February, we received 8,000 surveys — 3,000 online and 5,000 through the mail. We are still accepting survey responses through March 31, and copies are available at neighborhood association offices as well as online at www.pdxplan.com.
Nearly 1,000 participants attended the seven workshops held in November and December, and BPS staff provided presentations about the Portland Plan to 40 additional community groups and organizations in the past few months. These smaller group presentations are part of our ongoing outreach efforts to include underrepresented groups and others who typically don’t show up to big public workshops. BPS is working with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Diversity and Civic Leadership program and Portland’s neighborhood coalitions. In addition, the Portland Plan Community Involvement Committee is helping us build stronger connections with the business community and develop a more robust outreach program with the schools.
Now that the Phase 1 workshops have wrapped up, the bureau is gathering, sorting and analyzing the feedback we received from the workshops, group discussions and surveys. We’re comparing that information with what we learned from visionPDX and earlier outreach efforts for the Portland Plan, as well as the findings from the background reports, to provide the starting material for Phase II workshops .
So what’s next?
Phase II workshops will begin in late April and extend into May (check the Web site for dates, times and locations soon). During this next phase, we’ll look to set a course for Portland’s future by focusing on objectives for each of the nine action areas and establishing targets to achieve our goals. We’ll also ask Portlanders to weigh in on the barriers to success and drivers (or strategies) that will help us achieve our objectives.
Stay tuned for final survey results, and get ready as we tee up for Phase II. Your voice counts.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Portland Plan background reports as part of the state periodic review process. The meeting is scheduled for March 3, 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500A. Portlanders are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to present public testimony before the Commission on information related to the background reports. This testimony becomes part of the public record.