Announcements from the City of Portland 

 

Apply for the PedPDX Advisory Committee

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is excited to announce PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan. The plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. It will identify the key strategies and tools we will use to make Portland a truly great walking city.

To help guide development of the plan, PBOT is now recruiting Portlanders to apply to serve on the PedPDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC). PedPDX CAC members will serve as public officials for the duration of the planning process and provide feedback that will be considered for integration into the plan, which will go before City Council for adoption in approximately Fall/Winter 2018.

PBOT will select approximately 15 applicants for membership on the committee who represent as much of Portland’s geographic diversity as possible while also fulfilling additional preference criteria. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  1. live, work, or go to school in the City of Portland
  2. express willingness to take a holistic systems perspective for the benefit of all Portlanders
  3. exhibit a passion for/commitment to improving walking conditions in Portland
  4. contribute to a diversity of pedestrian-related perspectives on the committee, such as any combination of the following demonstrated interests/perspectives:
  • commercial/ business/ economic development knowledge
  • disability experience/ awareness of the different ways people “walk”
  • safety advocacy
  • social or racial justice experience
  • recreational user (such as leisure walking, running/ jogging, dog walking)
  • transit (bus, MAX, etc.) ridership/advocacy
  • children/ education/ youth engagement
  • service to vulnerable communities/ underserved Portlanders

Click to learn more about PedPDX and application requirements.
Applications are open until April 16th. 


E-Commerce Export Platform

On Friday, March 31, The Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council and Tianjin Economic & Technological Development Area will sponsor the 7th Oregon-China Economic Forum.

If you want to learn more about connecting with the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce market in the world, don’t miss this opportunity. Experts from both China and Oregon will share “must have” information to help Oregon businesses sell their products and services to China directly via e-commerce.

Oregon-China Sister State Relations Council is a local organization and is working with state agencies such as Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and with the Tianjin municipal government in China. These groups are teaming-up to launch the first Public Private Partnership e-Commerce Export Platform to help Oregon small to medium-size companies market their products to Chinese consumers. The forum will provide you with first-hand knowledge about how to set up your e-commerce store, promote on China social media, work with logistics companies in both Oregon and China, and display your product samples in Oregon’s window at the Tianjin International Sister City Pavilion in China.

There is limited space available. Make your reservation today:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-oregon-china-economic-forum-tickets-477944545

DATE: Friday, March 31, 2017
TIME: 3-6 p.m.
WHERE: Abernethy Center, 606 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045

The forum is being co-sponsored by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Business Oregon, Port of Portland, Association of Oregon Counties, and NW Regional China Council.


residential permit night!

City staff will be available to answer general questions about the permitting and land use processes, help homeowners and tenants understand what plans and documents will be required for review, and identify the necessary permits and inspections for a successful project.

Beginning April 6, 2017, the DSC will be open on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to help homeowners and tenants with their residential 1 & 2 family dwelling projects. The DSC is located at 1900 SW 4th Ave at Harrison Street on the first floor.


improving street safety in north portland

Are you interested in creating awareness, changing policy, and finding $$ to improve safety on your neighborhood streets? Come with an idea about a traffic safety problem you want to solve and we’ll help you develop a plan for taking action. We’ve invited transportation experts, we’ve invited neighbors who can share stories about what worked in their own neighborhoods, and we’re inviting you to plan next steps for your own traffic safety solution.

Hosted by North Portland Neighborhood Services, Thursday, March 30th, 6:30 pm at the Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave. RSVP today! https://goo.gl/forms/NfNNwB3HwiDEVvkx2


Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee

As directed by Portland City Council, the Portland Housing Bureau is convening a Mandatory Relocation Assistance Technical Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting this Friday, March 24 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Portland Housing Bureau (421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500)

The Technical Advisory Committee will be asked to identify technical issues with the Mandatory Relocation Assistance Policy that was adopted by City Council on February 2, 2017.

Technical issues are those issues that warrant immediate legislative changes to the policy to ensure its effective implementation. The Technical Advisory Committee membership is comprised of City Council invited representatives of landlords and renters. These meetings are open to the public and public testimony is invited.

The agenda and meeting materials are available online here. Sign up here to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related updates.


PBOT Survey

At the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) we are committed to increasing access to bicycles for people of all ages and abilities. Currently, we’re working to develop a pilot project for the rental of adaptive bicycles as part of our recently launched BIKETOWN bike share program. The pilot project concept is focused on bicycle rentals (1-3 hours) for people with disabilities and/or folks unable to use two-wheeled BIKETOWN bicycles.

At this time, the intent is to focus on adaptive bicycle rentals through existing rental businesses located on or in close proximity to multi-use trails; like the Eastbank Esplanade and the Springwater Corridor Trail. Types of adaptive bicycles include, hand cycles, three-wheeled trikes and side-by-side tandems, which are all currently being considered for the pilot project.

But before we develop the program further, we need to hear from you! It is very important to PBOT that the project be developed with the users in mind, and therefore we want you to have an active role in the project development. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and input: Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project Survey.


2035 Comprehensive Plan -
Code Reconciliation Project

The recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package included many changes (amendments) to Portland’s Zoning Code, including the Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutional Zoning, and Employment Zoning projects. The City has also adopted new Inclusionary Housing Zoning provisions. Because of the connections and relationships between code sections, some items in the existing code will need further amendments in order to function properly. The Code Reconciliation Project will amend the Zoning Code and other City regulations to ensure compatibility with Zoning Code amendments adopted by Portland City Council in December 2016.

In addition to minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code, the project will include code changes with possible policy implications. These include code changes to ensure consistency with the new Inclusionary Housing program, alignment of floor area and bonus allowances in some plan districts, and potential revisions to the neighborhood contact requirements, among others. 

For more information about the Code Reconciliation Project, please visit the project website. The website includes a brief project description, a tentative timeline, a calendar of events, and staff contact information, should you have questions. 


Take PBOT's Neighborhood Streets Program Community Survey

The condition of streets and sidewalks in front of our homes and throughout our neighborhoods affects how we get around. We want to hear about how you use residential side streets, problems you experience as you try to get around in your neighborhood, and your input about your expectations for residential street improvements in the City of Portland.

Take our survey to tell us how the Neighborhood Streets Program can best serve you. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and is available in English, Español, Việt Ngữ, 中文, and Русский.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options for improving residential side streets. Your input on this survey will help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new program.

The goals for the City of Portland Neighborhood Streets Program are to develop:

  • A sustainable funding strategy to fix unimproved streets
  • A process to prioritize residential street projects
  • A process to determine what street standards to apply for each project
  • An inclusive, effective, and equitable public engagement process that is built upon community values and priorities

If you have questions or require additional information on the program or survey, please contact Anne Hill at anne.hill@portlandoregon.gov. 


Better Housing by Design Project

As Portland grows, more people will be living in multi-family housing in and around bustling centers and corridors; in places like apartments, condominiums, courtyard housing, rowhouses and more.  A large portion of this new housing will be located in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones (R3, R2, R1, RH and RX).

Many City goals and policies encourage better housing development that provides quality living environments, connected to schools, shopping and transit. The Better Housing by Design project will build on these goals and policies as well as public input from past projects to update the rules to ensure new construction in the multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents.


updates from BPS

Residential Infill Project
Following City Council’s adoption of the project Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have started the process of honing the recommended concepts into specific code and mapping changes. Mayor Ted Wheeler directed BPS to draft a Housing Opportunity overlay zone boundary for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider. This fall, the public will have an opportunity to review code changes and zoning map amendments, prior to the PSC hearings in Winter 2018. In the meantime, there will be a community check-in later this spring.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project. The City Council’s approved concepts can be found here https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/623488. Visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.

Central City 2035 Plan
The CC2035 Plan is an update to the 1980 Central City Plan, including new policies, zoning and code for Portland’s urban core. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has been holding work sessions about specific elements of the Proposed Draft.  For more information, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035.

Code Reconciliation Project
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Code Reconciliation Project will amend the Zoning Code and other City rules to ensure compatibility with recently adopted Zoning Code amendments. These were adopted by Portland City Council in December 2016 to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and theInclusionary Housing Program. The Code Reconciliation Project will include minor technical amendments to correct code references and other provisions in the Zoning Code. The project will also include code changes to align zoning regulations that have more significant policy implications. The Code Reconciliation Project will be underway throughout 2017, and will include public meetings and hearings later this year. For more information, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/72600.    

Design Overlay Assessment Project
The City is working to improve the design overlay system for all stakeholders and address the design goals outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Design Overlay Zone Assessment (DOZA) project consultant team has prepared Draft Recommendations for review. These recommendations offer detailed improvements to the processes and tools associated with the design overlay (d-overlay). They also provide guidance on which of these should be prioritized for short-term implementation. A Recommendation summary sheet is also available.

On February 8 project staff and the consultant team held an open house to discuss the recommendations and gather input from the public. The final recommendations will be published in April. For more information, go to: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/doza.

Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan
This project will provide a vision for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities where kids, adults and families can ride for fun and exercise while experiencing nature in the city. The plan will make recommendations for the future improvement and management of these trails and facilities, based on community needs and input, site opportunities and constraints, as well as best practices in design, development and management. Find out more about the project here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/70151.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working on this project in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Water Bureau and other local government and community partners.

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) 8
Regulatory improvement projects provide an ongoing and rapid way to address technical and minor policy amendments to land use regulations, thus improving clarity and supporting desirable development. A new proposal, RICAP 8, addresses 44 items: 27 propose amendments to the Zoning Code and 17 propose amendments to the Tree Code. Public hearings on the Proposed Draft were held in December 2016 before the Urban Forestry Commission and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. Find more information and the latest updates on the website at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/62882. Or contact Kathryn Hartinger at 503-823-9714, or Kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.

82nd Avenue: Development and Transportation Planning:

  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan
  • City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) -- The 82nd Ave Study: Understanding Barriers to Development

Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are evaluating opportunity areas along 82ndAvenue between NE Killingsworth Street and SE Johnson Creek Boulevard to improve quality of life for residents and businesses along the corridor. ODOT is creating a list of feasible projects to improve safety, mobility and access for people using 82nd Avenue, while the BPS’ efforts focus on understanding and addressing barriers to redevelopment/adaptive reuse, mixed use and employment opportunities in key areas.

To learn more about ODOT’s plan and projects visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/82ndAve.aspx
www.82ndAveProjects.org

ODOT contact: Terra Lingley, Project Manager, 503-731-8232, terra.m.lingley@odot.state.or.us

To learn more about City of Portland’s project visit: 
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/index.cfm?&c=72125

City of Portland contact: Radcliffe Dacanay, Project Manager, 503-522-8446, radliffe_dacanay@portlandoregon.gov.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Agenda
View Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882. All PSC meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A (2nd floor). All PSC meetings are streamed live on the BPS YouTube channel and tape delayed on Channel 30.

City Council Agenda
View City Council agenda items for the upcoming weeks here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/378315. All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. 


Portland Harbor superfund site

The EPA released the final cleanup plan, called the Record of Decision, for approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River within the Portland Harbor Superfund Site which runs through the economic heart of Portland, Oregon.

The Record of Decision addresses contaminated sediments through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. The ROD also addresses contaminated groundwater that could re-contaminate the river and river banks. About 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time. Active cleanup work at the site is now expected to take as much as 13 years and cost about $1 billion.

At the request of community groups and stakeholders, the EPA plans to host community information sessions to present the details of the final remedy on March 8th from 6:30-8:30pm at the BES Water Lab (6543 N. Burlington). 


Comprehensive Plan Update

Wednesday, December 21, City Council will consider Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan for the very last time, as they vote on the new Zoning Code and Map. Built on a solid foundation from the 2012 Portland Plan, the Climate Action Plan and Portland’s 1980 Comprehensive Plan, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan represents the input of tens of thousands of Portlanders to make Portland more prosperous, healthy, educated and equitable, as well as, continuing the commitment to linking land use and transportation decisions.

Final Steps
In early 2017, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will organize the legislative record and transmit City Council’s decision to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for “acknowledgment.” Once transmitted, a “Notice of Adoption” will be mailed to all who testified on the Recommended Early Implementation Package.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan will tentatively take effect on January 1, 2018, following state acknowledgement.


Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Click here for the the draft proposed list of transportation projects for the 2018-21 year. Multnomah County projects are on pages 459-526.


St. Johns Air Quality

Recent attention to our city’s shockingly poor air quality has sparked new research here in our neighborhood. Recent projections show some of the highest concentrations of harmful gasses here, in our community. There are a few reports and presentations that illustrate the state of the air in St. Johns and N. Portland. 

Our neighboring industries in North Portland must be held accountable. Many companies are believed to be operating beyond the limits of their air-release permits, or operating without any of the required permits. Volunteer advocates are essential - if you're interested in volunteering, email Jen Levy at sjnacomms@gmail.com.


The Union @ St. Johns

In response to several questions that we at PBOT have received with respect to the Union at St. Johns, we have put together the following FAQ document. Please feel free to share this with anyone who you think may be concerned or have questions about the happenings at the intersection of Richmond and Lombard. This is a living document, and it will be revised if anything changes.