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The public right-of-way (ROW) is the space between private parcels of lane: the street and the area along the street including sidewalks and curbs, both above and below the ground. It is increasingly crowded since it includes:
Current policies are clear for individual uses of the ROW (e.g. transit, trees, or water lines). For example, transit network classifications in the Transportation System Plan designate the highest priority streets for transit. And spacing requirements aim to ensure trees, water lines, and other infrastructure are not located too close to each other.
Limited space in the ROW, however, can make it difficult to adhere to all applicable policies in all situations. Case-by-case decisions to balance competing demands on the ROW can at times result in inconsistent application and missed opportunities for achieving citywide objectives - be they for moving people, moving goods, or for delivering essential utility services. We need a citywide framework that binds these various policies and guides decision-making for the ROW.
Streets 2035 aims to develop context-sensitive decision-making framework that guides space allocation in the right-of-way to:
The project will put ROW policy and process into action, including:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) manages the ROW and is leading the Streets 2035 project, but it is not working alone. As established in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, public rights-of-way provide multiple public services. This includes multimodal transportation access and movement, stormwater management, water distribution, private utilities, tree canopy, and community use. Throughout this effort, PBOT will consult with:
A wide group of the management team and subject matter experts will be consulted throughout the process in and outside of TAG meetings to ensure tradeoffs and project considerations are well vetted. Directors of impacted bureaus will be consulted and regularly kept up to date.
The Streets 2035 project team will report to and seek feedback from City Advisory Bodies such as the Urban Forestry Commission, the Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Development Review Advisory Committee. These stakeholder groups will be consulted to raise community considerations and needs and help make sure project considerations match with everyday reality on our streets.
Matt Berkow | Project Manager