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Summary Meeting Notes: May 1, 2013 Networks PEG meeting

May 1, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m.
PEG Members Attending: Bill Beamer, Aaron Brown, Ivy Dunlap, Mike Faha, Eric Hesse, Denver Igarta, Keith Liden, Linda Nettekoven, Lidwien Rahman, Chris Smith, Jay Sugnet, Pia Welch, Eric Engstrom, Courtney Duke, Patricia Neighbor
PEG Members Absent: Peter Stark, Allan Schmidt, Gavin Prichard, Irene Schwoeffermann
Other Attendees: Roger Averbeck
Facilitator: Jim Owens

Key Points and Outcomes

  • The PEG discussed in detail the work to date to prepare alternative mobility standards (alternatives to existing Level of Service standards).  While there was general support for alternative mobility standards, particularly their more balanced multi-modal approach, the PEG had numerous questions about the application of measures to different modes and geographic areas and identified the need for measures on economic productivity, health and equity.
  • In reviewing draft policies on Public Rights-of-Way, the PEG indicated that policies need to address the coordination of the various functions to be accommodated and suggested that public service/community uses need to be added.
  • A key topic identified for further discussion was clarification of the Green Hierarchy strategy -- what does it mean, how will it be applied.

Introductions (2:30 p.m.)
Presenter: Jim Owens
Summary: PEG members, staff and members of the audience were asked to introduce themselves. 

Review of Meeting Agenda, April 3 Meeting Summary and Next Steps in the Plan Update Process (2:35 p.m.)
Presenters: Jim Owens, Courtney Duke and Eric Engstrom
Description: Jim reviewed the meeting agenda; there were no comments/edits to the April 3 meeting summary.   Eric provided an update on the planning process, indicating that the next step after policy review will be review of spatial tools and the scenarios (report due within the next several weeks).  

Courtney advised that with completion of the policy review, staff will prepare a memo summarizing key PEG recommendations.  A preliminary draft will be reviewed at the May 29 meeting.  BPS has established a June 15 deadline for submittal of recommendations from the PEGs. 

Meetings with neighborhood coalitions are being scheduled to review District Mapping.  Linda suggested that bicycle, pedestrian and freight advisory committees be invited to these meetings. 

Another round of community workshops will likely be scheduled for September/October and include special depiction of how policies would be implemented.  The intent is to review these with the PEGs prior to the community workshops.  An expanded Networks PEG (with membership from other PEGs) is planned for the TSP update and review of other implementation measures. 

Options for integration meetings with other PEGs were discussed, including using a subcommittee of the PEG or joint meetings with other PEGS.  Sessions with the watershed Health and Civic Center PEGS are envisioned.  

It was agreed that Jim will query PEG members as to their interest in participating in integration sessions. 

Related Materials:

  • April 3 meeting summary

Report on Preliminary LOS Analysis and Recommendations (2:40 p.m.)
Presenters: Alan Snook, DKS Consultants, and Rodney Jennings, BPS
Description: Alan and Rodney presented preliminary findings and recommendations for implementation resulting from a draft analysis of Levels of Service (LOS).  Comments included:

  • Changes to mobility standards would likely occur in the Transportation System Plan (TSP) update rather than through the Comprehensive Plan update.
  • Are system development charges (SDCs) being targeted to local improvements?
  • Will standards address emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, and other non-standard vehicles?
  • Economic productivity, health benefits and equity need to be included as measures.
  • How will performance be monitored over time?
  • What is the relationship of SDC funded projects to TSP priority projects?
  • How would SDC funds be divided among modes?
  • Different standards will be needed for different areas, e.g. Loyd area Transportation management Area (TMA).
  • How will changing demographics be integrated?

Courtney noted that Chapter 7 policies are the vehicle to move the concept of alternative mobility standards forward.

Related Materials:

  • PowerPoint presentation on PBOT Alternative Mobility Standards by DKS Consultants

Continued Review of Comprehensive Plan Working Draft (3:05 pm)
Facilitator:  Jim Owens
Description:  The PEG continued its discussion of Working Draft, Part 1, proposed goals and policies:

Public Rights-of-Way

  • Policy 6.22 should acknowledge but not prioritize the various uses allowed within the public rights-of-way.  The policy should address coordination of the various functions.
  • Public service/community uses, e.g. bicycle routes through parks, need to be added as a function.
  • Not all functions are addressed, e.g. sidewalk closures during construction.
  • In Policy 6.24, what is meant by “providers”?
  • Does the Green Hierarchy set policy for prioritizing among uses within the public right-of-way?
  • Policy 6.29b is more definitive than other policies in this section.
  • The question was raised as to whether these policies more properly belong in the Transportation chapter.
  • Consistency in the use of terms is needed, e.g. Greenway versus neighborhood greenway.

Other Topics Identified For Discussion

Keith Liden shared a matrix he had prepared identifying important topics to bring to some type of closure. 

A key topic identified for further discussion was clarification of the Green Hierarchy strategy -- what does it mean, how will it be applied.

Related Materials:

  • Comprehensive Plan Working Draft, Part 1

Public Comment (4:00 p.m.)
Roger Averbeck suggested the Infrastructure PEG’s feedback memo as a model for transmitting this PEG’s input.  He also noted that transportation policies need to spell out the services that all Portlanders should expect and include strategies to address disparities in service provision. 

Wrap Up (4:40 p.m.)
Presenter: Jim Owens
Description: PEG members will be queried prior to the next meeting on their interest in participating in integration sessions.  Staff will assemble a summary of the PEG’s input on draft goals and policies for review at the May 29 meeting; this will be distributed at least one week prior to the meeting. 

Adjourn (4:45 p.m.)