Task 5 Updates
Transportation Expert Group
The purpose of the Transportation System Plan Update Policy Expert Group (TEG) is to help develop, review and provide comments to City staff on proposed policy recommendations for the Transportation System Plan
, an Early Implementation project. At its March 27 meeting, the TEG reviewed a list of potential issues that will need to be prioritized for discussion. They also talked about how to make the TSP document more accessible, relevant and usable.
Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff briefed the group on a new process to evaluate and prioritize projects. Seven criteria have been identified, and the group was asked to review two of them: access and safety. Comments included the need to define each of the criteria and how to apply these to areas without transportation access and with perceived — but perhaps unmeasured — safety issues. The overarching concern is how to equitably apply measurements intended for areas where access already exists to areas where it does not exist. Similarly, safety data is only available for areas with documented problems. PBOT will be sharing proposed revised access and safety criteria measurements based upon the input received, as well as soliciting input on other proposed criteria and measurements at future meetings.
Mixed Use Zones Project
Mixed Use Zones Project
(MUZ) staff are selecting a consulting team to assist the project, beginning with the first phase of researching best practices for mixed use zoning locally, nationally and beyond. On April 15 the Mixed Use Zones Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met for the first time. The TAG will provide technical assistance from multiple City bureaus and other agencies. Staff gave the group an overview of project goals and discussed fire safety, affordable housing and neighborhood compatibility. The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) met on April 16, with a discussion that included trade-offs between simplicity and flexibility in the zoning code, parking supply in business districts, housing affordability, and planning for rapidly changing demographics.
The public is invited to learn more about the areas under consideration by MUZ and contribute to the discussion. City planners will lead several “walkabout” tours to explore zoning and development issues in Portland neighborhoods. Portlanders may participate and share ideas for how zoning regulations can better help support desired mixed use development outcomes. Stay tuned for more information on walkabout locations and dates as well as other opportunities to get involved