Update 30 Oct 2012: This is a revised draft handed out at the October 16 meeting. Send us your comments per the instructions below.
By Sumner neighborhood land use & transportation chair Jacob Warren & SAN chair Scott Somohano
This month’s Sumner neighborhood meeting (in NE Portland) will be devoted entirely to developing our goals and visions. So be sure you mark October 16 at 7 PM on your calendar and bring your great ideas. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.
Caption: Three views of Sumner neighborhood from the draft Portland Plan. From left, grocery store distance, park distance, and connectors and neighborhood centers.
This next year is going to be a busy year in land use planning for our fair city. Coming off the success of the Cully Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is getting down to business updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is essentially the city’s long term plan for the management of land-use, transportation, education, public health, and natural resources. It provides the vision for what our city will look like in the next twenty to thirty years.
Most importantly, the plan update is an opportunity to get some of the goals and visions of our neighborhood into action.
But wait, what are our goals and visions? That’s where we can really use your help. We need to know what you would like your neighborhood to look like in the next 10-20 years.
As a starting point, here is a rough draft plan (218K PDF) shared at our September 2012 neighborhood meeting. (It has been supercede by the October draft cited in the update above.) What do you think is missing? What do we need more of? What do we need less of? We can’t know unless you tell us. Just about anything is up for grabs: streets, schools, parks, clean air, shopping, dining, you name it.
If you can’t make it to the meeting, but still want to give input, feel free to let me know any time, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Also if you’re interested in following the Comprehensive Plan Update, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll subscribe you to their monthly newsletter.
If you need proof that this kind of input can make a difference, just look at the sidewalks installed on Sandy Blvd this year & the community garden under construction at Helensview. Both projects are the result of priorties set by you — our neighbors — in your responses to our 2009 neighborhood survey (44K PDF).
For more background about the Comp Plan Update, see ‘Citizen slots open on Comp Plan Update Advisory Groups‘ published in March earlier this year.