Category: reporting

Facing a series of legal challenges to hotel project, Metro asks court to hear them all at once

Hotel renderingFaced with the potential of years of litigation about the proposed convention center hotel project, Metro announced Tuesday that it's turning to a somewhat obscure bit of law in hopes of answering all of the legal challenges at once.

Elissa Gertler Q&A: Metro's new planning director discusses her vision

Elissa Gertler has a lot of experience around the Portland region dealing with the different aspects of planning, development and land use, from her time at the Clark County Homebuilder's Association to her position as the economic development manager at the Portland Development Commission. On March 20 Gertler was named the new director of Metro's Planning and Development Department after serving as a deputy director for almost three years.

Metro's proposed 2014-15 budget reflects signs of economic recovery

In her proposed budget, Metro chief operating officer Martha Bennett calls for about $118 million in general fund spending for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Final planning forum scheduled for Thursday night in Beaverton

The forum, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Beaverton, is the final of three scheduled discussions on several of Metro's long-term planning efforts. Metro Councilors Kathryn Harrington and Craig Dirksen are scheduled to attend the forum at the Beaverton Library.

Portland footgolf to kick off at Glendoveer on May 6

Oregon loves soccer. Oregon loves beer. Up to now, the two didn't really cross paths very often, at least in the participatory sense. A couple of pints of brew aren't really the preferred way to prepare for 90 minutes of running around chasing a ball.

Metro revamps Hispanic engagement ahead of trail project outreach

A proposed trail in western Washington County has forced Metro to re-think its public engagement process, and led to the passage of a new Hispanic engagement plan by the Metro Council.

At climate summit, leaders support transportation investments

More buses. Smarter roads. Better sidewalks and bikeways. All gathered support from the morning gathering of dozens of elected officials. That support isn't surprising. The leaders were spending on a currency of moral imperative, guided by a budget they've already laid out in policies that have been adopted from city councils and county commissions from across the region.

Solar-powered cart barn kicks off long-promised improvements to Glendoveer

The electric fleet and the solar powered charging barn are key improvements in a much larger revitalization plan for the property. Other planned upgrades include fixing a leaky roof, improving soil drainage, and rehabilitating the fitness trail.

New ecology corps leaders hope youth 'fall hopelessly in love with nature'

The corps is a new conservation initiative, aimed at providing paid work opportunities for youth to develop conservation skills and environmental literacy. Its launch is part of the roll-out of the Portland region's 2013 parks and natural areas property tax levy.

Willamette Falls, rediscovered: Blueprint calls for new waterfront district in historic Oregon City

Walk down Main Street in historic Oregon City, and you’ll reach a dead-end at a complex of hollow industrial buildings. This former paper mill separates Oregonians from one of the state’s scenic and cultural treasures: Willamette Falls, roaring through the river just out of view.