Transportation and Growth Management Grant Awarded!

A Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) grant has been awarded to Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)-Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) for comprehensive planning in Mt. Scott-Arleta, east Brentwood-Darlington, and west Lents with connections into adjacent neighborhoods. This area holds special attention due to the potential for rapid development and diverse communities in place today. Planning will also involve the neighborhoods of Woodstock and Foster-Powell.  

The planning effort will have three main streams:  economic development, prevention of displacement, and transportation improvements.  Marty Stockton of BPS will be the local project manager; Zef Wagner of PBOT will work closely with her.

The process will roll out at follows:

  1. Scope of Work. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as TGM grant manager will draft a scope of work (SOW) that will be negotiated by PBOT and BPS until a final draft is agreed upon by January 16, 2020.
  2. Consultants.  Several months will be next spent issuing Requests for Proposals and evaluating consultants.  The selected consultants will form teams of sub-contractors that may include both consultants and community-development organizations.
  3. Further Amendment of SOW, Legal Review, Agreement Preparation.  Project managers and consultants will further refine the SOW.  Legal counsel will provide a “legal sufficiency” review, and an intergovernmental agreement will be prepared and executed.   
  4. Project Begins.  The formal planning effort will most likely begin in the fall of 2020.
  5. Project Ends.  The project is expected to last for 18 months (through April 2022).  It must be completed no later than September 30, 2022.

Proposed Tasks

  1. Develop a community outreach and engagement plan in compliance with contract.
  2. For land-use and transportation analysis, collect data on existing conditions.
  3. Apply Portland Plan’s 20-Minute Neighborhoods Analysis.
  4. Analyze housing and economic development needs; specify opportunities to adjust land use.
  5. Analyze transportation needs (gaps in pedestrian, cyclist, and transit networks; connectivity barriers posed by gravel roads; street safety).  
  6. Develop implementation strategy for land-use and transportation projects.
    • Prioritize center or corridor designations.
    • Develop implementation strategy for land-use and transportation projects.
    • Review displacement risk mitigation, affordable housing, and economic development actions.
    • Prioritize transportation projects; develop top tier projects to concept design level.
    • Develop programs, policies, and action items to support projects.
  7. Prepare Discussion Draft.
  8. Prepare Proposed Draft for public review and hearing by the Planning & Sustainability Commission; schedule hearing.

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