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Summary Meeting Notes: August 29, 2012 Networks PEG

August 29, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

PEG Attendees: Aaron Brown; Ivy Dunlap; Mike Faha; Eric Hesse; Keith Liden; Linda Nettekoven; Gavin Prichard; Lidwien Rahman; Allan Schmidt; Irene Schwoeffermann; Chris Smith; Peter Stark; Jay Sugnet; Pia Welch; Courtney Duke; Jim Owens

Other Attendees: Radcliffe Decanay, Sara Schooley, Salim Mayberry, Jennifer Moore, Mary Vogel, Bill Beamer, April Bertelsen

Facilitator:  Jim Owens

Key Points and Outcomes:
Presentations were made on local and regional demographics and on a framework for applying health equity criteria to transportation projects.  Addressing service inequities inEast Portland and the placement of schools in relation to transportation services were identified as key issues that could be informed by additional demographic information.  The health equity framework was seen as a model for assessing and prioritizing other network elements.  Topics for consideration by the PEG, including those identified by BPS and by the PEG in prior meetings, were prioritized based upon the recognition that choices need to be made about where to focus the group’s time over the next 8-9 months.

Introductions and June Meeting Summary
Presenter: Jim Owens, Facilitator

Summary: PEG members, staff and members of the audience were asked to introduce themselves.  Other than a name spelling correction, there were no corrections or edits to the July 25 meeting summary.

Review of Schedule and Scope of Work
Presenter: Jim Owens, Facilitator

Summary: No conflicts between the September meeting date and Yom Kippur were identified.  The group was reminded that the October meeting will be convened at 2:00 pm versus 3:00 pm to accommodate Halloween events.  It was agreed to reschedule the December meeting; staff will doodle members for an alternative date.  Jim advised the group to plan for longer meetings (3:00 - 5:30) as it addresses policy issues in more detail.

This is Portland Too – Local and Regional Demographics
Presenter: Radcliffe Decanay, BPS

Summary: Radcliffe provided an overview of the demographic information that the Bureau has been collecting to inform the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Discussion included:

  • Graphical depictions of density differences across the City will be critical.
  • How much of the demographic information is available at the neighborhood scale?  Response:  Some, but not all.
  • How is the lack of transportation services inEast Portlandbeing addressed?  Response:  The Infrastructure Equity PEG is specifically addressing this.  Also addressed in East Portland Action Plan,East Portlandin Motion, and various other City and Metro initiatives.
  • Has median age been mapped; has there been any visual depiction of the aging of the population across the city and region?  Response:  This can be provided.
  • Mapping of the placement of schools in proximity to transportation services is needed.

It was agreed that PEG members will forward requests for additional demographic information to Courtney or Jim.

Meeting Handouts and Presentations:

  • PowerPoint Presentation:  This is Portland Too – Local and Regional Demographics

Health Equity Framework
Presenter:  Sara Schooley, PBOT

Summary: Sara described the process to develop a framework for applying health equity criteria to prioritization of transportation projects as part of the Transportation System Plan update.  PEG members identified the framework as a model to be used in assessing other aspects of their Networks agenda.  Discussion included ensuring that the framework does not directly or indirectly identify freight movement only as a negative factor; the benefits for freight movement from a health perspective need to be recognized.

Meeting Handouts and Presentations:

Prioritization of Major Policy/Work Plan Choices
Presenter:  Jim Owens, Facilitator

Summary:  Jim led the group through an exercise to prioritize among the policy topics identified by BPS staff at the last PEG meeting and those additional topics identified by PEG members in previous meetings.  The two sets of topics were separately prioritized; those topics identified by PEG members that BPS plans to include as part of other discussions were intentionally not prioritized.

Policy Topics Identified by Staff (Votes identifying topic as high priority)

  • Access to nature, building green networks (9)
  • Measuring transportation services (10)
    • Green transportation hierarchy
    • Mode prioritization and mode split targets
    • Level of service policy
  • Integrate Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 (6)
  • Role of streetcar and frequent / enhanced bus (5)
  • Maintaining freight access (7)
  • Local street improvements policy (10)
  • Trails, reconcile Parks and PBOT recreational trail maps and programs (9)
  • Safe Routes to Schools (4)
  • Relationship of growth management plans relate to transportation goals, plans (4)
  • Incorporate “Health Equity” work (7)

Policy Topics Identified by PEG (Votes identifying topic as high priority)

  • Waterway commuter system (1)
  • Off-street parking, recognizing that this is a major topic for Neighborhood Centers PEG (2)
  • Parking generally, recognizing that this is a major topic for Neighborhood Centers PEG (1)
  • Burying or capping I-5 on the eastside (1)
  • High speed rail (2)
  • Future of transportation - how networks might be different in 2035/ designing to meet a future vision now (4)
  • Funding (8)
  • Transparent system for financing improvements, recognizing the linkage to the funding discussion (4)
  • Transportation portals in/out of the City --  controlling how they function through street classifications (3)
  • Number/types of uses authorized within the public right-of-way (12)

Topics to be Addressed as Part of Other Discussions (Primary Topic)

  • Freight mobility (Freight)
  • Given transportation hierarchy, application of different street standards without changing the purpose of the street (Green/Active Hierarchy)
  • Economic prosperity, recognizing that this is more than a freight issue (Freight and Integration)
  • Bike Plan – conflicts with street classifications, parking standards, and loading/offloading (Bike Plan)
  • De-silo the treatment of transportation among agencies (Integration)
  • Water treatment as part of the networks hierarchy (Green Infrastructure)
  • Application of a networks hierarchy needs to the specific situation (Green/Active Hierarchy)
  • Sustainable freight policy (Freight)
  • Avoiding partial improvements (Street Frontage Approach)
  • Options for integrating Bike Plan (Bike Plan)
  • Role of state highways (Integration)
  • LOS – how to address other modes; performance measures that are not mode specific; other policy dimensions (LOS)
  • Role of corridors that go through districts rather than stop at districts; streets that serve wide variety of districts (Green/Active Hierarchy)
  • Project selection criteria (Green/Active Hierarchy)
  • Separation of systems as needed (Green/Active Hierarchy)
  • Transportation equity vis-à-vis specific geographic areas, e.g. employment zones (All Topics)
  • Designing trails based on function (Trails)
  • Illumination, ADA, other features that facilitate use of trails (Trails)
  • Changes in uses of trails over time (Trails)
  • Policies that support well-designed trails vis-à-vis amenities, etc. (Trails)
  • Rail -  Accommodating expanding use; addressing effects (Freight)

Discussion included:

  • Should the Fire Bureau be represented on the PEG?
  • What level of detail will the topics identified for other forms, including by other PEGs, be addressed?
  • Is the PEG limited to policy-level discussions or is it developing the details of the TSP?

Meeting Handouts and Presentations:

  • Handout:  Topics for Consideration

Public Comment
One comment was forwarded through a PEG member by an individual who left before the public comment period:

  • What community input was solicited in development of the Health Equity Framework?


For more information, please contact either Courtney Duke, PBOT at 503-823-7265 or or Jim Owens, Facilitator at 503-278-3452 or