Regional Trails Fair at Metro

Second annual Regional Trails Fair explores The Intertwine

Willamette Greenway Trail

If you’re a trails fanatic, make the trek to Metro from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 for the second annual Regional Trails Fair. You’ll learn the latest news about projects across the region, with more than 25 booths staffed by local trails partners. Intrigued by the North Portland Greenway? Want the scoop on the upcoming opening of the Trolley Trail, which will chug along from Milwaukie to Gladstone? Looking for a sneek peak at Boring Station Trailhead Park, the gateway to the new Cazadero Trail? This is the place to be. The trails fair is free and open to the public.

Learn more at


or stop by Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 25. Flier is available here.

Urban Food Code Zoning Changes, hearing at Planning and Sustainability Commission

An update on the project from staff at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, project website:


The Urban Food Zoning Code Update project promotes appropriate neighborhood-scaled food production that builds community and increases access to healthful, affordable food for all residents, especially those who have limited access. The following proposed zoning code changes explicitly allow these types of progressive food systems to flourish, while protecting neighborhood livability.

  • Market Gardens (for-profit). Currently, market gardens are only allowed in a few zones (employment, open space and very low density residential zones). The proposed amendments allow them in all zones (with size limits in residential zones) and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Community Gardens. Currently, community gardens are allowed in all zones. The proposed amendments continue to allow them in all zones and add regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Food Membership Distribution Sites. Currently, the zoning code is unclear how to regulate the pick-up sites for food buying clubs and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations. The proposed amendments allow food membership distribution sites in all zones and include regulations that address neighborhood livability.

  • Farmers Markets. Currently, farmers markets are regulated as temporary uses, which can be confusing and expensive. The proposed amendments address farmers market location, frequency, number of “non-farmer” vendors, and when markets may set up on parking lots.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you. Before they make a recommendation to City Council, they are soliciting public input on the Urban Food Zoning Code Update  Proposed Draft.


Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)

Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

6 p.m. (Please call 503-823-7700 one week prior to the hearing for the exact time on the agenda or check times at


You may submit your comments on the Proposed Draft to the PSC by testifying at the public hearing on April 24 and/or sending your written comments to:

  • Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Rm. 7100, Portland, OR 97201


  • Fax number 503-823-7800, Attn: Planning and Sustainability Commission

How do I get a copy of the Proposed Draft?
You can download the Urban Food Zoning Code Update – Proposed Draft or get a hard copy from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offices at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or call 503-823-7700 to receive a copy. 

Terra Firma Planning: On Solid Ground. How prepared is your community for a major disaster? NECN is engaging in a community-based effort to increase disaster preparedness and resiliency.



We live in a region of fault lines and volcanoes, but most of us don’t think about natural disaster risks
often enough.


If a major earthquake were to rattle Portland, topple bridges and block roads, emergency responders
would not be able to reach all neighborhoods immediately; residents would be their own responders
for at least the first 72 hours, as a general rule. Where would you seek help? How would you help
your neighbors? Which hazardous areas of your neighborhood would you avoid? These are important
questions with major physical and economic implications.

A recent University of Oregon study notes that every dollar spent on hazard mitigation can save a
society $4 in response and recovery costs. For such preparedness planning to be effective, however, it
must be institutionalized in the local decision-making process, the study underscores.

This spring, a team of Portland State University students studying urban planning is working with
the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to develop a community disaster-preparedness plan. This
collaborative planning effort, called On Solid Ground, aims to improve the resiliency and sustainability
of North and Northeast Portland citizens by increasing awareness about community assets and
vulnerabilities, as well as laying the foundation for durable trust, coordination, and communication.

The graduate student team, called Terra Firma Planning, is conducting interviews with experts in
the fields of disaster preparedness and response, as well as eliciting feedback from community
stakeholders at focus groups and neighborhood association meetings. In late May, the PSU team,
composed of Andrew Parish, Jacob Nitchals, John Boren and myself, will present to NECN a plan with
recommendations and multimedia tools for bolstering community coordination, education, and
communication. Our deliverables will include maps of community assets and vulnerabilities; criteria for
selecting neighborhood disaster communications hubs; and, ideas for how NECN and its constituent
neighborhood associations could engage and educate citizens about preparedness.

There are plenty of ways North and Northeast Portland stakeholders can weigh in. We are eliciting
feedback via a disaster-preparedness survey at We are also inviting
residents, workers, and other local folks to attend open houses we’re hosting in early May. The first
open house will be on Friday, May 4, from 4-7 p.m., at the Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N. Mississippi
Ave. The second open house will be on Tuesday, May 8, from 4-7 p.m., at the Oregon Red Cross Trail
Chapter headquarters, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.

PSU alumnus and Humanitarian Resources International principal Arif Khan, who is advising us on our
planning effort, is also hosting a disaster-preparedness exposition on Saturday, June 2, at the King
School, 4906 NE 6th Ave. For more information about this event, please visit


Using the feedback we gather, we hope to create a durable and replicable model for helping
neighborhoods prepare for a wide range of emergencies. Planning scholars define a “resilient”
or “sustainable” community as one that can weather sudden or slow change and emerge closely
resembling its former state and functionality. Anyone whose life has been upended by an earthquake,

volcanic eruption or other major disaster might call it simply, getting back to normal.

We hope you’ll agree preparedness is something worth thinking about early and often.

Michael Burnham is a veteran journalist and graduate student studying environmental
planning at Portland State University. To learn more about On Solid Ground, please visit http://

Written by Michael Burnham

NE Sunday Parkways is May 13th, 2012, get involved now!

Safe Route

Opening our Streets

Portland Sunday Parkways -

You’re Invited! 

Join the fun in 2012.  Streets are opened 11am-4pm for people to walk, bike, run, and roll.  


May 13 - Northeast Portland - Celebrate mom at Sunday Parkways

June 24 - North Portland - Enjoy the open space of Willamette Blvd.

July 22 - Southwest Portland - YES!  Explore the area’s beauty

August 26 - Southeast Portland - Climb up Mt. Tabor

September 30 - East Portland - Discover Neighborhood Greenways


Volunteering is FUN!



Last year, 650 Sunday Parkways volunteers worked 1,000 shifts and over 3,500 hours. That equals 145 DAYS of volunteering!  Join us this year and support Sunday Parkways where we need it most.

Registration for the Northeast Sunday Parkways is open! Help us kick off the 2012 season with a bang.  We have over 330 volunteer shifts just waiting for you! 






Marketplace Vendors

Marketplace Vendors!


One of the great aspects of Sunday Parkways is the Marketplace.  Be part of the buzz: the aroma of delicious food, the squeal of joy as a child finds that special something from one of the vendors, the  conversations as people come together with community groups.   Registration is open.


Questions about becoming a Marketplace Vendor?  Contact Ronna Seavey, 503-823-4414.


Kaiser Pemanente



Let’s hear it for our Sunday Parkways Sponsors!  (Major applause!)  Presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente is back, and Universal Cycles has joined on as a Champion.  Their vision and Sunday Parkways’ mission is to promote healthy active living for residents through a series of free events.  These partnerships foster civic pride, stimulate economic development, and represent community, business and government investments in Portland’s vitality, livability and diversity.



Donation Station

Every Dollar Counts!


Portland Sunday Parkways is FREE for people to be active and have fun in their parks and on their streets.  However, in order to create the space that screams Sunday Parkways, it takes money.  While we have amazing sponsors, every dollar counts.  Your donation helps pay for opening our streets for people, local bands, children activities, and so much more!


We make it easy - donate now or look for the Every Dollar Countsbuckets at each event.  





Backyard Habitat Certification Program- NE Portland Site Visit Day!

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Backyard Habitat Certification Logo

Create Habitat in Your Own Backyard!

Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Land Trust, and Friends of Tryon Creek have teamed up to create a unique Backyard Habitat Certification Program. 

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides assistance and incentives to residents on lots less than one acre, within the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego, to restore native wildlife habitat in their backyards.  There are four program elements: removal of aggressive weedsnaturescaping with native plants, stormwater management and wildlife stewardship.


How does the Program Work?

Get started by filling out our online Introduction Application.

- We will contact you within one week of receiving your application with more information about scheduling a site visit with a Backyard Habitat Technician. 


- The Site Visit will provide technical assistance to help you identify ways to enhance habitat in your yard. Following the visit, the technician will send a personalized Site Report which outlines the steps to certification discussed during your visit. A fee of $25 is due at  your site visit.

- You’ll receive discounts and incentives for native plants and other materials to help you on your way. A monthly e-newsletter will keep you informed of local events, workshops, plant sales and other great resources.


- When your yard meets the criteria, we’ll send a certification technician back  to give you the Certified Backyard Habitat sign! It generally takes homeowners 3 months to 1 year to get certified.


Featured Event: Community Site Visit Day in NE Portland 

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program will be holding a Community Site Visit Day in NE Portland on Saturday, April 21st. Our trained Backyard Habitat Technicians will spend the day conducting 1-1.5hr Site Visits across the neighborhood. Through this effort, were hoping to boost our ecological impact in NE Portland. There are only about 12 available time slots, so CLICK HERE to sign up for your special April 21stsite visit today! Once we receive your application, we will work with you directly to schedule the exact time of your visit. During your Site Visit you will receive technical resources to assist you in invasive weed identification and control, naturescaping, stormwater management and wildlife stewardship. The partially subsidized program fee of $25 is due during the visit.

We will end the Community Site Visit Day with a fun and information evening gathering at Laurelwood Public House where participants can share ideas, discuss their upcoming yard projects, and connect with neighbors.

For more information about the program or the Community Site Visit Day, please contact Nikkie West at or 503-292-6855.

This program is generously funded by Metro, East Multnomah Soil Water Conservation District, West Multnomah Soil Water Conservation District and the City of Lake Oswego.