A commenter pointed out yesterday that we totally missed the Planning Commission's look at the proposed TSP amendments on the 18th. Today at noon the Public Art Commission meets to look at the Minto Bridge and a few other public art projects. Tonight Council meets to update Council Goals, a discussion postponed from the 10th.
And tomorrow the Downtown Advisory Board meets to look at the Boise Project in a meeting postponed from last week, and the Council Bridges and Bond Subcomittee meets.
(Buried at the end is a longer discussion of the TSP amendments at the Planning Commission.)
Public Art Commission
|Where would the art go?|
Via City of Salem and Greenworks
There will also be talk about a sculpture project downtown (see discussion here from last month at Council) and a mural.
The Public Art Commission meets today, March 19th, from noon - 2pm in Council Chambers, Salem Civic Center (City Hall), 555 Liberty St. SE.
Council Goals - postponed
|Council Goals on Transportation (January 2014)|
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See the post on Gil Penalosa for one idea on transportation in Council Goals.
Downtown Advisory Board
|Proposed Marquis Care Facility on Boise Site|
The board meets Thursday the 20th from noon to 1:30pm in the offices of CB|Two Architects, at Waterplace, 500 Liberty Street SE, Ste 100.
Council Streets and Bridges Subcommittee
|Proposed bike park with Marine Drive (on left) and bridge alignment|
The committee meets Thursday, March 20, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Public Works Conference Room 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325.
The Oregon Transportation Commission and Historic Landmarks Commission also meet Thursday the 20th (links go to discussions from earlier this week).
Yesterday the Planning Commission met to talk about the proposed amendments to the Transportation System Plan, and we just totally missed that.
As far as the substance of the amendments go, they have been circulating for a while, and so there are no high-level surprises there, and some of them, like the findings of the Downtown Mobility Study, are unambiguously good moves in the right direction. (Adoption will also require a hearing at Council, so there will be another opportunity for comment.)
|Overview of TSP amendments|
Here, for example, buried way at the end of hundreds of pages of documentation (there are seven separate documents!), is the analysis of the way these amendments meet Statewide Planning Goals:
|Proposed amendments meet Statewide Planning Goal 6|
The provision of enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities, such as the path connection between Bill Frey Drive NE and Hyacinth Street NE and increased access via new sidewalk and bike facilities, supports trips using modes of travel other than the automobile.But "supports" here is something of a weasel word. Does the path connection meaningfully "improve" things? Not without a better connection across the parkway! There's plenty of window dressing that "supports" non-auto travel, but they are often more ornamental than substantive. They don't really "aim" at reducing energy consumption. They're options, not guides - and there's no assessment loop to ensure our "aim" gets closer to its goal. This is an "aim" only in the sense that when I shoot an arrow into the sky, I have "aimed" at the heavens.
|Statewide Planning Goal 13|
If we just did what our plans say we should do, we would be making much better progress. This is why celebrating plan language is too often an empty gesture.
There's also some new policy language about redundancy and natural disaster.
|New Policy Language on Redundancy and Disaster|
|New Language on "Critical Routes"|
|Deleting Language on Vacating Right-of-Way|
This is an issue to watch.
Again, there are seven long documents in the staff report and there will certainly be other things to comment on. There's no way to review the materials briefly before a meeting.