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SE Uplift wishes you a Happy New Year. This new year brings new changes, including an overhaul of our newsletter. Our aim is to enhance your experience and continue to keep you informed of district updates on land use and transportation matters. We encourage you to share your thoughts on the changes and what else you would like to see. Simply reply to this email with your feedback.

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We hope you will join us for a presentation by Burnside Earthquake Ready Bridge and the release of the Environmental Impact Statement on Tuesday, February 21st at the next meeting. The committee is open to everyone in the community and the agenda will be posted a week prior on the Land Use & Transportation Committee webpage.
Mayor Ted Wheeler assigns the Portland Bureau of Transportation to Commissioner Mingus Mapps and groups bureau assignments by service areas. A City Administrator will take over management of bureaus in 2025 due to the voter-approved charter reform. The groupings are stated to facilitate the transition. Sign up for transition updates and submit questions online.
The City Council dissolves the Planning and Sustainability Commission and creates the Planning Commission. The amendments to Title 33 of the city code clarify the commission’s relationship within the legislative land use process established by Oregon law. The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability will create another commission by December 2023 to address sustainability and advance the city’s climate equity goals. Read the adopted amendments to the planning commission code.
A deal has been reached with more than 600 city of Portland workers that went on strike after talks stalled over stagnant wages and cost of living adjustments that do not address record inflation. Staff included Portland Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and PBOT Maintenance. Laborers’ Local 483 and the City of Portland announced that work would resume after a tentative deal had been reached on Sunday.

PBOT is searching for a new director after former Director Chris Warner accepts a lead position within the Governor’s Office of Public Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff. Tara Wasiak is now the Interim Director of PBOT.
Governor Kotek sets an annual housing production target of 36,000 homes statewide and declares a homelessness state of emergency in first executive order. The housing target considers both anticipated growth and a housing shortage of almost 140,000 homes estimated by the Oregon Housing Needs Analysis. Currently, the state produces an average of 20,000 homes per year and short of the 361,781 new homes required in the next decade.
The recommended state budget includes $770 million for affordable housing, $130 million to reduce unsheltered homelessness, and creation of the Housing Production and Accountability Office (HPAO) to help developers and governments reduce land use and permitting barriers to housing production.

The Governor’s budget for ODOT increases 9.2% with continued plans for the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, transitioning OReGO from voluntary to mandatory pay-by-the-mile road usage, funding for the Urban Mobility Strategy to introduce congestion pricing in the Portland-metro, and renewed efforts to transition the department to a multimodal system and reduce transportation emissions.

PBOT calls for additional work on the I-5 Rose Quarter Project by the Oregon Department of Transportation, to meet the terms agreed upon by the City, Governor, and local stakeholders. Last week PBOT published the letter on the supplemental environmental analysis along with letters from city advisory committees and staff comments. Sign up for Rose Quarter Project updates.
Metro Council approves urban growth boundary exchange in historic first application of Oregon land use law. Every Oregon city has an urban growth boundary to accommodate city growth 20-years and limit development of forest and agricultural lands. The exchange will allow for increased housing production in the Portland-metro.
Join Word is Bond in celebrating Black History Month with In My Shoes, a walking tour project through eight Portland neighborhoods. All are invited to listen to youth Community Ambassadors share unique stories and address topics about race, class, community investment, gentrification, community safety, and equity. Every tour is different. Listen, learn, and take action to celebrate the diversity of Black stories and experiences in our community. Volunteer on the tours or bring your photographer talent by signing up online using the volunteer form.
TriMet proposes fare increases and route changes to advance the Revised Forward Together Service Concept. Additional route changes will be announced during the next several years. Public input and comment are invited by February 10, 2023. TriMet’s online survey is another way to provide feedback on the proposed fare increases. Open-ended comments are allowed on the survey.
PBOT is installing the first round of critical fixes to 82nd Avenue, following the jurisdictional transfer from ODOT. You can expect to see new speed readers, traffic signal controllers, and pedestrian head starts signals in the next three years. The 82nd Avenue Transit Project by Metro is also underway, aimed at improving transit travel time and safe access. This spring, ODOT will pave 82nd Ave between Foster and Johnson Creek and provide sidewalk infill, ADA compliant curb ramps, and enhanced pedestrian crossings.
Celebrate winter with the 8th annual Portland's Winter Lights Festival featuring a wide range of activities and events for all ages. The festival will take place February 3rd to February 11th and feature incredible light displays throughout the city. Portland Streetcars will be illuminated as a rolling installation during the festival and offer free rides after 5 PM.
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The hollywoodHUB is a transit-oriented development of mixed-use, mixed-income providing 224 units of housing to replace the Hollywood Transit Center and improve safe access to and from the light rail station. The project is led by TriMet and BRIDGE Housing and will deliver up to 200 permanently affordable homes at 4110 NE Halsey Ave. Hacienda CDC will provide on site services. The transit hub integrates shared micro mobility, pedestrian and bicycle access, bike storage, bus and light rail services. Review the project and share your feedback with the team.

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Portland Bureau of Transportation Project Updates

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Construction is delayed to 2027 for the Willamette River Crossing. The project will deliver water to the westside after earthquakes via a water line underneath the Willamette River. Sign up to receive news about the project.

Submit comment for HB 2571 (the E-Bike Rebate) to establish rebates for electric bikes in Oregon. Hearing is scheduled for February 8, 2023 3 PM. Testimony must be received within 48 hours of the meeting start time.
Submit your proposals for the Oregon Active Transportation Summit by Friday, February 10th at 5 PM. The summit will take place from April 23-26, 2023 and features a mix of in-person, livestreamed, and virtual sessions. Take advantage of early bridge pricing and visit The Street Trust for full details.
Join the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee for a bike ride along Inner S Portland (SW, S and SE) facilities this Saturday, February 11th 10:30 AM. Meet at Salmon Street Springs at SW Salmon and Naito.
Contribute your thoughts about how to achieve a climate-resilient Portland with PCEF community visioning survey. Closes February 12, 2023.
Volunteer with the Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee. Closes February 13, 2023.
Volunteer with Statewide Housing Production Advisory Council. Closes February 15, 2023.
Volunteer with the ODOT Great Streets Program Advisory Committee. Closes February 17, 2023.
Volunteer with Portland Clean Energy Fund Benefits Fund Committee. Closes February 19, 2023 11:59 PM.
Volunteer with the Boise Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Closes February 28, 2023 11:59 PM.
Volunteer with the Process Improvement and Technology Subcommittee. Closes March 6, 2023 11:59 PM.
Take this survey on the future of outdoor dining and PBOT’s Healthy Business program.

Take this survey on transportation and parking in the Central Eastside.
Volunteer with the Historic Landmarks Commission. Opening is ongoing until filled.

Join the Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC)

Join your neighbors for the SE Uplift LUTC. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21 7 PM. Learn more here.
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