There is now a survey to provide feedback on the draft-in-progress for the rewrite of City Code 3.96 directed by City Council last July regarding Office of Civic and Community Life. Please take the survey and share widely with your networks. After May 23 an official draft will be published for additional feedback. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7NF2CP
We cordially invite all neighbors and business owners to join us at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center on Thursday, September 6th, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM, for our monthly meeting, featuring special guest Mayor Ted Wheeler. The Mayor will be addressing the top five questions from the neighborhood, so submit your questions here! You may submit as many questions as you like. RSVP to our event on Facebook to stay up to date!
From Portland Bureau of Transportation:
Portland City Council will consider a proposal on January 17, 2018, to reduce the speed limit on all residential streets to 20 miles per hour. If the ordinance passes, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin updating speed limit signs in February and expects to complete the process by April 1, 2018.
Residential streets make up around 70 percent of Portland’s street network and a large proportion of the city’s total public space. Reducing residential speeds is part of a broader citywide effort to support safe driving speeds on many types of streets.
20 mph speed limit would support safety
Most residential streets in Portland are narrow, have few marked crosswalks, and no bike lanes; given the tight space and lack of protection for people walking, using mobility devices, and biking, it is important that people drive slowly on residential streets.
The proposed 20 mph speed limit is part of Portland’s Vision Zero work to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Slower driving speeds help prevent crashes and, when crashes occur, reduce the harm that results. A pedestrian hit by a driver at 25 mph is nearly twice as likely to die compared to someone hit at 20 mph (AAA, 2011/2013, Impact Speed and a Pedestrian’s Risk of Severe Injury or Death).
Sign installation would start in February
If Portland City Council approves the new residential speed limit, PBOT will adjust speed limit signage beginning in February 2018 and continue through March. PBOT would double the number of residential speed limit signs, installing approximately 2,000 across the city. At some locations, existing signs would be relocated to maximize their effectiveness.
As is the case today, not every residential street would have a speed limit sign, but the 20 mph speed limit would be in effect on all residential streets.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking three volunteer members to represent the community at large who are affected by towing services throughout the City. This is a unique opportunity to influence towing operations to better serve Portland residents. Your input and insight into Portland’s towing industry will help ensure that Portland’s evolving market operates safely, fairly, and efficiently.
The Towing and Private Property Impound (PPI) Program promotes public safety and convenience by ensuring that municipal and private property contract towers are providing vehicle towing and storage services in a timely, courteous, safe, and professional manner. Established in City Code Chapter 3.98, the Towing Board of Review oversees and monitors the performance of Tow Contractors and the Tow Desk (tow truck dispatch service).
Members are confirmed by the City Council and serve for a period of two years.
Upcoming issues include renewal of the City’s Towing Contract and the implementation of a new towing dispatch software system.
Apply to become a member of the Towing Board of Review! Completed applications are due by Friday, December 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to meet with the tow program contact prior to the next Board meeting.
Click here to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/R9oWGQRFG1Mg2FJJ2
Want more information? Learn more at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/29980.Contact Patrick Kramer at Patrick.Kramer@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-2489.
From Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:
Attached is the agenda for the October 24, 2017 Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting. The meeting will be live-streamed and then archived on the BPS YouTube Channel.
NOTE: This meeting will be held at the CH2M Building: 2020 SW 4th Ave, Lincoln Room (1st floor).
Public testimony will be taken for both the Map Refinement and Code Reconciliation projects. Testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person and may be changed at the chair’s discretion.
A frequently-updated tentative schedule of upcoming PSC meetings is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/312882.