May Meeting Agenda and Updates

Land Use and Transportation Update
May 2018

Land Use & Transportation Committee Agenda 
Monday, May 21, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM
3534 SE Main Street, Portland OR

Please join us. All are welcome!
7:00 - Welcome, Introductions, Announcements (Facilitator: Leah Fisher, Neighborhood Planning Program Manager)
  • Announcements 
  • Project updates 
  • Training opportunities
7:15 - Design Overlay Zone Amendments (Kathryn Hartinger, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)

Overview:  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Development Services (BDS) are working together on a Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package of proposals to update and improve both the process and the tools used in design review. For information on ongoing process improvements, visit both the BDS’ DOZA project page here and BPS’s project page here

Purpose: The DOZA Tools Concept Report came out early May. This is an opportunity to ask questions, get clarification and provide feedback to the project team.

Applicability: Land Use Representatives/ All Neighborhoods
8:00 - Oregon Department of Transportation Updates: Summer construction on I-5 and I-84 (ODOT)  (Bridger Wineman, EnviroIssues (Outreach consultant for ODOT)

Overview: ODOT has two major projects planned this summer to maintain current interstate facilities in Portland on I-5 and I-84 (I-5 Paving Project – Interstate Bridge to Moda Center and I-5 at I-84 Rehabilitation Project).

Purpose: Give neighborhoods advance notice of construction work happening in the community. Help travelers plan ahead for traffic impacts related to closures on I-5 and at the I-5/84 interchange. ODOT will provide reminders and more detailed information throughout spring and summer.

Applicability: Transportation Representatives/ All Neighborhoods
8:20 - Advocacy Request: Jurisdictional Transfer of 82nd Avenue (Terry Dublinski-Milton & Matchu WIlliams (standing in for Brian Wong))

Overview: Brian Wong, Chair of the 82nd Avenue Improvement Coalition has requested that SE Uplift support their Coalition’s effort to push the jurisdictional transfer of 82nd Avenue from ODOT to the City of Portland. Their rational is that 82nd Avenue has been severely neglected and under-maintained, and is currently one of the most dangerous roads in the State of Oregon. Portlanders deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. The coalition has reached out to city, county, and state decision-makers who have supported the request and are continuing to do so.
Purpose: The Coalition is asking for support (via an advocacy letter) of a transfer of 82nd Avenue now before ODOT spends funds to make improvements that are not aligned with the community’s vision.

8:40 - Open Networking or 2035 Comprehensive Plan Questions (All Participants & Leah Fisher)

Overview:  There is a lot going on across the city and most of the LUTC meetings are dedicated to information sharing from sources like City Bureaus, agencies, etc.. LUTC participants have asked for more time to discuss projects, advocacy approaches, and other land use/transportation (LU/T) role-related topics as a group.

Additionally, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan will go into effect in a few short days, having a large impact on planning and zoning in Southeast Portland. This major plan, is hopefully not secure to residents, however, SE Uplift wanted to create some time on our agenda to answer specific questions about this project.

Purpose: This is a time for neighbors to bring specific questions they have about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to Leah Fisher (and other volunteers), she will have her computer available to look up and answer questions about specific properties or answer general questions about the Comprehensive Plan. Additionally, this is a time for general networking with the purpose of asking colleagues questions and strategizing in small groups for neighborhoods with similar issues and challenges.

Applicability: General public and Neighborhood Land Use and Transportation Representatives 

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) project updates are available now, go to our SE Uplift web page here.

2035 Comprehensive Plan goes live May 24th!

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan will go into effect in a few short days;  learn more about how it will shape and grow our city. See full article here. 

Safe Routes to School - Weigh in on infrastructure projects

In 2017, the Oregon State Legislature dedicated $10 million annually for Safe Routes to School infrastructure. The Oregon Department of Transportation just released the final rules that will allow communities in Oregon access to tens of millions of dollars to spend on needed street safety improvements within a mile of schools- including sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. Find out more here, and submit comments by May 31st. 

Need $$ for projects that promote walking, biking, and transit?

Could your school use covered bike parking, bike locks, or fix-it stations?  Metro's Regional Travel Options program has grant funding available for programs promoting walking, biking, taking transit, and rideshare. The maximum sponsorship is $5,000, apply before June 30!

Residential Infill Project - Proposed Draft at the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) - Extended Deadline, now May 18th!

The Residential Infill Project (RIP) Proposed Draft Report is available for review and comment to the PSC. The PSC heard from over 50 residents on May 8th, and will continue hearing testimony at a second hearing on May 15th. The deadline for written comments has been extended to Friday, May 18th at 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted online or you can submit testimony in person at a public hearing. All PSC meetings are lived streamed on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability YouTube site along with past PSC meetings.

Better Housing By Design - Proposed Draft out!

The Better Housing by Design Proposed Draft report is now available! The project impacts development in multifamily zones (R2, R1, RH) and proposes to regulate the size of buildings by floor area ratio (FAR) rather than by the number of units allowed. It also provides size bonuses for affordable housing. The report, summary, and more information to understand this project, is available here.  The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a hearing on the report June 12th, and written testimony can be submitted until then. 

Help TriMet prioritize new funds!

The passage of Oregon House Bill 2017 means more funding for transit expansion and improvements! TriMet needs your help to prioritize these new funds and will be hosting a series of collaborative workshops - the next Portland session is May 17th. Come by and speak with TriMet planning staff and share your vision. Learn more and RSVP at here. 

Development Services Center (DSC) pilot launched to reduce wait times. 

As of May 14, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) staff will be piloting a change to reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC) as part of a larger-scale effort. Questions about changes, or ideas on how BDS can improve services in the DSC should be emailed to Christy Pierce. For more, go here.

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