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TAKE ACTION Posted February 10, 2017

1. State of Oregon Ways & Means (follow the $) Committee State Tour: Saturday, February 11, Noon – 2 PM at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland (closer than Salem). This is the biannual budget road show, and it’s the time when the Ways & Means committee tours the state to hear input on budget priorities. It is definitely necessary that housing folks have a strong showing at these hearings across the state. People need to talk about the need: for emergency rent assistance; to preserve existing affordable housing; to invest in new development of affordable housing; to invest in affordable homeownership options; and to address our housing crisis, and invest in opportunity…and don’t forget Powell Blvd. improvements and transportation needs.

2. EPAP Housing Subcommittee: Special Legislator Meeting: February 13th 6 - 8 PM at the East Portland Action Plan office, 1017 NE 117th Ave. (at the foot of the watertower). The Legislative Agenda part of the meeting starts at 7 PM: Discussion with EPAP Housing and Legislators (confirmed to-date: State Representatives Janell Bynum, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Carla Piluso, Barbara Smith Warner staff, Rob Nosse and  State Senator Kathleen Taylor staff Michelle Hansmann) (60 min). Dinner provided, childcare and language interpretation upon request, contact lore: 503.823.4035 or lore.wintergreen@portlandoregon.gov .

3. Growing Transit Communities Proposals and Survey: Click this link: WEIGH-IN ONLINE UNTIL FEB. 13. and scroll to learn about the Plan and planning process. Keep scrolling to get to area maps of the recommendations (where you can zoom in for detail), then scroll to the end to take our short survey. Discover which proposed projects rose to the top and weigh-in before the Plan is complete! Since Fall 2015, the community has been helping to identify and prioritize the most beneficial improvements that would make it safer and more convenient to get to the bus or walk and bike to places nearby sections of bus lines 87 (Airport Way), 77 (Halsey), and 20 (Outer Stark-Burnside).

4. Arts Tax Citizens Oversight Committee Recruitment: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/?c=60027&a=621727. The purpose of the Committee is to review the disbursements and outcomes of the Arts Education & Access Fund, oversee the measures of effectiveness of the funding, and report its findings annually to City Council. Committee members are appointed to two year terms by the City of Portland. The Committee meets 2 to 4 times a year and sub-committees meet more often.

5. Powell-Division Transit and Development Project Outreach Feedback Survey: Taking input until February 15th: Click here to take the 10-minute survey to evaluate our public outreach efforts. Gathering your input and addressing your comments and questions has been a critical component of the collaborative effort to shape this project. Metro wants your feedback on our outreach efforts so that we can continue to improve how we engage with a diverse range of residents, employees, business owners and visitors whose lives are impacted by the work that we do.

6. City of Portland Neighborhood Streets Survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3279969/C...  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. Help us understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new Neighborhood Streets Program. 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. Learn more about the Neighborhood Streets program at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transport.... The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options for improving residential side streets.

7. Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program Amendment Request Comment: The public review period for the amendment ends on Thursday, February 16, at 5 p.m. TriMet has been awarded a federal grant to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses with en-route fast-charging equipment and depot plug-in charging in the Portland area as part of its plans to procure future zero emission buses to create a cleaner, more energy-efficient fleet. This award triggers an amendment to the 2015-18 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program: Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. Learn more about this grant from the Federal Transit Administration

8. City of Portland Bicycle Parking Survey: Please weigh in on the bicycle parking and rack usability of your apartment by taking our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/apartmentbikeparking. The results of the online survey will be used by PBOT and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee during the code update process. Want to know more about bicycle parking in Portland? Click here for more info on all of PBOT's bicycle parking programs and services.

9. Better Housing by Design Workshop Updating the Multi-Dwelling Zoning Code: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. – noon at Portland Community College Southeast, Community Hall Annex (see campus map), SE Division Street and SE 82nd Avenue TriMet: #4, #72. 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.  The Better Housing by Design project will take public to update the rules to ensure new construction in the multi-dwelling zones better meets the needs of current and future residents. The Better Housing by Design team has spent the last few months researching and assessing what and where the problems are in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. This work is summarized in the BHD Assessment Report. For more information about the project, please visit the project website –: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/betterhousing: Main report (summarizes issues the project will be addressing): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/622969: Appendix (includes sections especially relevant to East Portland, including sections on street connectivity, summaries of the East Portland Action Plan and other projects that are informing the project, and demographics and housing market conditions in a number of study areas, including 122nd & E. Burnside, 122nd & Division, Rosewood-Glenfair, and the Jade District area): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/623006

10. City of Portland Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) Project Update Input: Visit the Online Open House  to view the proposed Project List and provide input by February 26th, 2017 and invite your friends and neighbors to weigh in! Projects on the TSDC list are oriented toward accommodating development growth and improving travel for all modes: walking, biking, driving and transit. The current list was last updated in 2007. Some of the projects on that list are now complete, some have received funding from other sources, and some of them may no longer fit the city’s transportation priorities. Every few years, the City engages in an extensive public input process to reaffirm and amend the list of projects to guide spending of TSDC revenues. As part of this process, the project team is also revisiting the criteria that determine whether projects are eligible for TSDC funding.


TAKE ACTION (7) Posted October 25, 2016

 1. East Portland Regional Flexible Fund Projects – Vote Now: Now through November 7th Comment now: $33 million for walking, biking and moving freight. East Portland needs the following that YOU can influence with a few clicks, an email, or by attending a meeting: David Douglas Safe Routes To School and Outer Stark/Halsey Complete Streets. Click around an online map to explore proposed projects and share your thoughts. Go to the map; Send an email to transportation@oregonmetro.gov; Send a letter to Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland OR 97232; Share comments by phone at 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804; or Attend a public hearing at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave. in Portland. Help decide how to make the best use of federal funds for transportation projects in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

¿Qué opina? | Periodo de comentarios es de 30 días: Ayude a decidir cómo se invertirán $33 millones en proyectos para mejorar las vías para peatones, ciclistas y transporte de carga. Varias ciudades alrededor de la región de Portland presentaron proyectos para competir por este financiamiento federal. 7 de octubre al 7 de noviembre, 2016 oregonmetro.gov/33mil. El Consejo de Metro tiene programada una audiencia pública el jueves 20 de octubre a las 5 p.m. y, después, realizará otra audiencia pública y adoptará medidas legislativas el jueves 26 de enero de 2017, a las 2 p.m., en Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Si necesita asistencia con el idioma, llame al 503-797-1890 (de 8:00 a. m. a 5:00 p. m. los días de semana) 5 días laborales antes de la asamblea. Envíe sus comentarios del 7 de octubre al 7 de noviembre de 2016. Puede hacerlo: en línea | por correo electrónico a trans@oregonmetro.gov | por teléfono al 503-797-1888 | por correo a Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232. David Douglas Safe Routes To School and Outer Stark/Halsey Complete Streets.

2. Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Policy Development Proposed Draft Review: Here is the latest: Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project ). The Portland Housing Bureau's Panel of Experts that was formed as a non-decision making body to inform the policy proposal, and the process over the past few months has been a space in which the technical nitty-gritty of the proposal has been poked, prodded, refined and turned over numerous times. While it may be endlessly debated if the current proposal is feasible in the current and projected housing market, we need to organize - and quickly - to hold the line on a policy that was hard fought in the 2015 session that resulted in unlocking IZ and the construction excise tax via SB1533. Here's the schedule for IZ as it moves through the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC):

November 8: 12:30 - 4:30pm, PSC work session

December: City Council

3. Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) Recruitment:  Applications will start review in October. You'll find more information about how to apply to the county website, or you can email Anna Allen in Chair Kafoury's office, or Mary-Margaret Wheeler-Weber, the Board's liaison to the CIC, or call 503-988-3958. The CIC was formed to lead the County's community involvement programs and processes. Member provide the Board with advice and feedback on priorities, programs and procedures, including the County budget. Members also will be doing important work that will shape the future of the CIC, including hiring a new Executive Director and reviewing the CIC's bylaws to remove barriers to engagement and community participation. There are currently ten openings on the committee and we would like to fill them quickly. The CIC is always seeking to diversify its membership to reflect the communities impact by County decisions.

4. Residential Infill Project: Residential Infill Project Concept Report now available; http://www.portlandonline.com/?c=67729&a=594922. City Council will review the recommendations with a work session on November 1 at 9:30 AM (no testimony) Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. City Council public hearings scheduled for November 9 at 2 PM time certain and 16. Proposals are supposed to reduce the scale of houses and help create more housing choices. City Council will give staff direction to develop zoning code amendments through a legislative process that will occur through 2017. See the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill for project updates; you can sign up to receive E-Updates roughly every month. https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1790310/1362558/?v=a. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will be briefed on the project, but will not take testimony or vote.

5. Gateway Park HumanSolutions Mixed Use Development Project Focus Group Invitation: November 10th 6 – 7 PM at IRCO small meeting room, 10301 NE Glisan St.. Space is limited– Please RSVP to: Mary-Rain O’Meara: momeara@humansolutions.org  or 503-548-0284. November 16th, 2016: Project Open House , 6:00-7:30 PM, IRCO large meeting room, 10301 NE Glisan St. Please check the project website for updates: http://humansolutions.org/gateway-park/

6. Public Hearing on Amendments to the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package: November 17, 2 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.

7. Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board Needs New Members:   Apply online. Currently, the Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-6:00pm. Are you passionate about the health of everyone in our county? Do you want to be part of community efforts to improve public health and achieve health equity? If so, we’re looking for you!  The Board advises Health Department leaders on strategic priorities and emerging issues in public health.