Last day to comment on NE 7th Greenway

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Hi everyone,

First of all, thanks so much for your interest in the potential 7th/9th Neighborhood Greenway project. Your feedback is very helpful to us as we plan our transportation system.

We wanted to let you know about some upcoming opportunities to provide public testimony on various elements of the Transportation System Plan (TSP), which sets the policy foundation for PBOT and helps guide our decisions.

First of all, the TSP Stage 2 Proposed Draft is currently being considered by Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC will have an opportunity to amend the Proposed Draft before sending it to City Council. While we encourage you to provide public testimony on all parts of the Proposed Draft, the section that is probably most relevant to the 7th/9th discussion is Section 5: Bicycle Classification Maps. These maps show where we have Local Service Bikeway, City Bikeway, and Major City Bikeway classifications that provide a policy basis for emphasizing bicycle travel compared to other modes of travel. If you want to read the descriptions of these classifications, they can be found in Section 4: Bicycle Classifications and Objectives.

We apologize for the late notice, but the public testimony period for the TSP Stage 2 Proposed Draft ends today, March 22nd, 2016, at 9pm, at the end of the PSC Public Hearing. You can testify in several ways before then:

·        U.S. Mail: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, TSP Testimony, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland OR 97201 (include full name and mailing address)

·        Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “TSP Testimony” (include full name and mailing address)

·        Testify online via the Map App. Bicycle Classifications have been posted to the Map App at www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp. Click on the “comments” form to provide your testimony to the PSC. You can only click on individual street segments to make a comment, but in your comment you can describe the full street section you are commenting on.

·        Testify in person at the PSC public hearing.  You may speak for 2 minutes to the Commission, and your testimony will be added to the public record. The TSP Stage 2 Project Public Hearing is scheduled to be held at: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, OR Tuesday, March 22, 2016; 5:00 – 9:00 PM

The second upcoming opportunity to give public testimony is in regards to the TSP Major Projects List, which is currently before City Council as one element of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Recommended Draft of the TSP Major Projects List contains project #40116, NE 7th/9th Bikeway, with an alignment primarily on NE 9th Ave north of the Lloyd District. In response to public feedback from neighborhood associations and individuals regarding NE 7th Ave, Commissioner Novick has offered an amendment to the TSP Major Projects List that can be found on page 105 of the Council Amendments Report. This amendment would change the project alignment to stay on NE 7th Ave up to Sumner, only then cutting over to NE 9th Ave. If you would like to offer testimony about this proposed amendment (or any other amendments to the TSP or Comp Plan), you can:

·        Testify in person at a City Council public hearing

o   Thursday, April 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

o   Wednesday, April 20th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

·        Testify in writing by mail or email directly to members of City Council before April 20th.

o   Contact information can be found here

o   Please copy tsp@portlandoregon.gov on any TSP-related testimony

Thanks again for your interest and engagement in this issue.

Zef Wagner

Associate Planner

Policy, Planning, & Projects Division

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Zef.Wagner@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-7164

Cevero Gonzalez

Constituent Services Coordinator

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

503.823.5080 Phone

503.823.7609 Fax

Cevero.Gonzalez@portlandoregon.gov

NE Rodney Greenway Project Open House, on April 1st.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation will be hosting an open house event to finalize the design recommendations for the NE Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project on:
Wednesday, April 1, ’15
6 – 8 PM
Immaculate Heart Church/ 2926 N Williams Ave
 
 
This will be the second of two open house events to review and comment on proposed improvements needed to make NE Rodney Ave between Broadway and Killingsworth a safe and convenient neighborhood greenway street for bicycles and pedestrians.  Key issues include crossing safety treatments at major arterial crossings, such as NE Fremont and NE Russell, and traffic calming.  The Rodney Greenway Project is funded through a grant received from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program in conjunction with the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.
 
Questions:  Please contact Rich Newlands, Project Manager
 

 

Portland Traffic and Transportation Class. – learn how planners build a transportation system.

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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation & Portland State University are pleased to announce the 2014 Portland Traffic and Transportation Class.  This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland citizens and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community. Continue reading

Citywide Land Use Group Seeks Input on Apartment Parking Issue

From the Citywide Land Use Group:

Neighborhood Apartment Parking Survey

Dear Neighbors and Community Leaders:

Our Portland community is experiencing unprecedented growth in the development of apartment buildings that include little or no off-street parking. Although a number of these types of older apartments remain along the former trolley lines, the approval of 28 new apartment buildings over the past 18 months has alarmed many of us.

Due to the recent community concern regarding the approval of so many apartment buildings with no parking, the City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is conducting a study of residents and neighbors of eight of these older buildings. As a group of volunteers that participate in the Citywide Land Use Group, we felt it was important to conduct our own, complementary survey. This survey is the result of our Apartment Parking Task Force and Editing Team’s work on the no-parking issue over the past four months. It is our attempt to clarify your concerns and needs.  We want to give neighborhoods the opportunity to provide constructive criticism to the City on this issue.
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Changes to Bus Service this Fall

6-Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Line 6 would run from North Portland to Jantzen Beach via Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Vancouver Way instead of via N Lombard Street and Denver Avenue in Kenton, serving current Line 8 stops north of Dekum Street.
See map of proposed route changes
Learn more about proposed bus route reconfigurations

8-Jackson Park/NE 15th

Line 8 would end around NE Dekum & Durham. Present Line 8 stops north of Dekum Street would be served by Line 6.
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Learn more about proposed bus route reconfigurations