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.
Category: climate change
Ideas for the future of transportation in the Portland region flew fast and furious last week as community leaders provided feedback on six proposals for Metro's efforts to curb tailpipe emissions in the Portland region. Those ideas came at two workshops used to gather perspectives on transportation in order to shape the region's preferred approach for reducing greenhouse gases.
The Portland region's government was busy on projects stretching across the area, from studying a transit line to Tualatin, to negotiating to build a hotel in Portland's Lloyd District, to helping with the planning process for a site near Willamette Falls, to figuring out how to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.
Representatives of the Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project brought their latest report to the Metro Policy Advisory Committee Wednesday night, and to the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation Thursday morning. Both committees are made up of leaders from around the Portland region.
Metro Councilors waved the green flag on Metro's Climate Smart Communities project Thursday, approving the criteria Metro staff will use to look at ways to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.
Climate Smart project looks toward future in update after governor recognizes 40 years of land use planning
On a day when Oregon's governor and land use commissioners celebrated the 40th anniversary of Senate Bill 100, Metro officials were looking forward, to the coming decades, in a presentation to the Land Conservation and Development Commission.
Under the criteria, to be used as part of evaluating the Climate Smart Communities scenarios, Metro staffers will look at how proposals for curbing tailpipe emissions would affect things like the economy, public health and social equity.
Several representatives to a region-wide advisory committee said Wednesday that Metro's Climate Smart Communities program is about more than tailpipe emissions, saying it's about what citizens want in their communities.
Whatever their motive, the way business owners from across the Portland region have been cutting back driving costs has been a relief to regional planners, who have to address a state mandate to reduce vehicle emissions.
What will your community look like in 2035? How will our choices today shape how we live, work and get around in the future? Metro wants your opinion.