Hello West Portland Town Center Plan followers –
It’s been a while since we shared a project update with you. In fact, it was mid-March just before stay-at-home directives started. Little did we know then what the next six months would bring.
We hope this finds you well, but also want to acknowledge and share our deep concern for community members who are experiencing the painful and stressful impacts of the COVID pandemic, quarantine, economic hardship and social unrest. And our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones or who are grappling with ill health this year.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the West Portland Town Center (WPTC) Plan effort. This type of project is how opportunities to shape a more resilient and inclusive future take root.
Good news is that we just published the WPTC Plan Discussion Draft. Over the past months, while adjusting for COVID reality, the project team has been working on developing a plan that considers the issues and feedback heard during community meetings in 2019, as well as the responses to the March 2020 online open house survey.
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This work has involved close collaboration with City infrastructure bureaus and other partners to figure out how the desired outcomes might be achieved. The draft Plan outlines the vision and goals for creating both strong communities and people, and a great place with equitable access. It also includes detailed actions for community development, land use, transportation and infrastructure to achieve those goals.
Now the Plan is out and we would like to hear what you think, what could be improved or strengthened, what’s missing, and where we hit or missed the mark.
We invite you visit the website and view the online open house - which shares some of the key elements of the plan, read a little or a lot of the Discussion Draft, and share your thoughts in a questionnaire.
Comments on the draft Plan are welcome through Thursday, December 3. We will be reviewing and considering your feedback as we refine the Plan and prepare a Proposed Draft for a Winter 2021 release.
In addition, to visiting the website, we also invite you to participate in an online information session to hear from staff about the proposals. We have three sessions scheduled in mid-November (more information below). We’ll be adding staff virtual office hours during those weeks to answer specific questions. We’ll keep the project events calendar updated with other public meetings - to which all are welcome to attend.
November WPTC Plan online information sessions (dial-in details can be found on the events page):
Thursday, November 12, 4:30 – 6 p.m. – zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97710527141?
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97723890133?
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97023031427?
There’s a lot in this plan. So if you have questions or other feedback (beyond the questionnaire), or would like to share other thoughts, please email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to respond to clarifying questions as quickly as possible.
What’s comes next?
This Discussion Draft of the WPTC Plan is the first draft. The online open house and survey will be open through December 3 and comments, emails and calls are welcome through this date.
Staff will consider all community feedback as we prepare the next version of the Plan (the Proposed Draft), which is currently estimated for release in Winter 2021. The Planning and Sustainability Commission will review and take testimony (verbal and written) on the Proposed Draft possibly as early as March 2021. City Council is expected to review the plan and take testimony (verbal and written) starting in early Fall 2021.
Thank you again for your interest. Please don’t hesitate to connect with us if you have questions or want to learn more. And feel free to share project and information session links with others interested.
Wishing you and your families good health in the weeks ahead.
Joan and WPTC team