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September 25, 2013 Conference Call Notes

Members Present: Vivian, Claudia, Bill

Members Absent: Demi, Amanda, Les, Duncan, Kristey

Staff: Desiree Williams-Rajee, Taren Evan, Michele Crim, Alex Howard, Tim Lynch

Guests: John MacArthur (CAP Steering Committee)

Welcome and Introductions:

Process update:

There will be a change in the schedule to accommodate the drafting of content and the schedule of the next Steering Committee meeting. Desiree is working on getting a guest speaker about some work done inCaliforniarelated to carbon cap-and-trade – Desiree will forward some more information about this. On October 9 there will be another phone call – which will include the proposed list of actions, follow-up by an in-person meeting on October 16. On October 23 there will be a similar meeting to review the narrative sections (by phone), and then meet in person on October 30. Desiree will send out an updated schedule after the meeting.

Discussion of Urban Form and Mobility:

  • Which actions represent the biggest opportunities for historically disinvested areas?
    • Staff focused on both prioritizing investments inEast Portland, as well as design standards.
    • The youth transit pass is also another opportunity – that is a really big task.
    • The actions around local transportation (e.g. street design and development standards) improvements are also a big opportunity to create flexible design standards for streets that might be more affordable.
    • Until we address the broken street funding source, all options to address transportation disparities will be limited. There is a concern about the youth transit pass – why isn’t this part of the Safe Routes to School? Could this be needs tested (youth pass)?
    • Communities want some criteria to evaluate funding decisions and planning decisions.
    • Street connectivity, especially inEast Portlandis another opportunity area. This includes doing work internally (BPS) to dig deeper to evaluate opportunities to connect streets through private development.
    • Affordable housing and inclusionary zoning would definitely help in the inner neighborhoods.
    • The East Portland Action Plan has already identified this as a problem – the Comp Plan update creates an opportunity to implement many of the next steps to address those problems.
  •  How will adopting orphan highways (e.g. 82ndave, Lombard, Sandy) help communities?
    • OregonDept. of Transportation focuses on moving the highest number of people (throughput). ODOT tends to focus on the Interstate Highways, not these orphan highways.
    • If local agencies were able to manage them, they would be able to bring standards (sidewalks, speeds, crossings) in line with other streets and to improve walkability, safety, etc.
  • Action 5/6 12: Is it worth keeping this action in place? This is a hold over from the 2009 Climate Action Plan. It might be worth keeping in there given that this is an existing mechanism for grant funds for land use and transportation under the current administration.
  • Discuss the relationship between the CAP, the Comprehensive Plan and Transportation System Plan and how these plans relate to community goals?
    • The Transportation System Plan is part of the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the long-range land use and investment plan to accommodate housing and job growth.
    • Creating a community involvement manual is one of the first projects to be implemented for the Comp Plan update.
    • The Comp Plan is looking at ways to identify new industrial land and institutional (hospital, colleges, etc.).
    • The Comp Plan has a goal related to the entire city having walkable access to transit and services. This connects to similar goals in the Climate Action Plan that are more focused on reducing vehicle miles traveled. The Transportation Systems Plan will include, among other things, the street classification system.
  • Discuss Metro policy/decision making around transportation funding criteria, regional mode share targets and Regional Transportation Plan.  
    • 5/6 8: There is a 30% goal for mode share in the CAP, but that doesn’t match the Bike Master Plan. Whatever goals are being set need to be realistic. Don’t be too myopic in our setting of goals (e.g. just be focused on bikes to reach our goals).
    • Do we want to look at mode share goals for each of the Comp Plan pattern areas differently? Where the transit mode share goal is higher in one area, where the bike mode share goal in another.
    • The presentation that Roger Geller with PBOT gave might help inform this – Desiree will scan the PPT and send to the group.
  • Discuss low carbon transportation and access project (Actions 5/6 – 17, 18, 19)
    • One idea for raising revenue is speeding cameras in areas where there is a need to increase safety and raise revenue to be spent in the community where the tickets came from.
    • What are the types of programs being considered to address the funding issues – little less general, more specifics.
    • Through the Comp Plan there is an effort to make decision making more transparent with more clearly articulated criteria and transparency.
    • The County is including an action implementing at least one project applying criteria to a transportation project (STARS).
  • Discuss the concept of master planning and area planning in the Comprehensive Plan and how this can be incorporated into the CAP update.
    • When the Comp Plan is updated, we will have a citywide plan – but there will be a need to do more specific area plans.
    • For the CAP, it may make sense to develop a series of outcomes that would be most ideal to achieve…and then we can figure out the best mechanisms and scales that make the most sense.



Committee members are asked to provide draft worksheet findings on top priority topics/issues/concerns/opportunities by Friday, with the rest of the findings by Wednesday of next week.