Thursday, September 25, 2014

Economic Opportunities and Housing Needs Analysis Meets Today

The EOA-HNA meets today and earlier in the summer it seemed like it was going to ignore transportation.

The "life cycle" abstracts mobility out of the picture!
Transportation and access to goods/services is invisible
(this clip occurs in several docs)
The latest materials from the project were just posted yesterday (whether this is by accident or by design, it sure gives the impression that they aren't interested in folks actually reading and responding thoughtfully to the study and its draft materials), and they've got lots of transportation talk!

(Since the lead-time is so compressed, I want to stress these are nearly totally random bits, the result of quickly skimming, not the result of any meaningful consideration.)

The first two clips are from the draft Employment Implementation Strategy:

Downtown is important!
A robust menu of transportation options!
And the next two are from the draft Residential Implementation Strategy:

Make short trips without driving!
Reduce miles traveled on trips!
So here's a great instance of all this groovy policy language that always remains aspirational and somehow never shapes actual decisions and the actual built environment.

What's it going to take to make City Staff at the nuts-and-bolts level actually implement these policies in a serious way?

Also, going back to the first clip on maintaining downtown as a regional center, we've seen this before:

Vision 2020: "Expand" City Center
by sending Traffic to Keizer Station

If we value downtown as a regional center, why-oh-why are we so intent on planning a giant by-pass?

The Salem River Crossing planning process and our interests in preserving downtown as a regional center are plainly and hugely incoherent.

The docs have lots of "this will be filled in the revised version of the document" so maybe there's not a whole lot more to say just now.

The EOA-HNA Advisory Committee  meets tonight, Thursday the 25th, at 5:30pm in the Pringle Community Hall, 606 Church St SE

1 comment:

Susann Kaltwasser said...

Agree with you about the access for information. i have been trying to follow this group from the beginning and it is very difficult. Not only do the materials come out late, but the meeting noes are brief so as to make it hard to follow the thought processes.

If you want to attend the meetings it is a bit hard too, as the e-mails about the meetings in the past have come with short notice. The first one came the night before, then we got a couple days notice on each, but notes always come right before the meeting, so you can't do any follow up with staff before you might go to the next meeting.

I found out that if you check the webpage, you can see the day of the next meeting sooner, but still the notes are not possed ahead. Makes it hard all round.

I submitted a very lengthy e-mail to Lisa Anderson who is in charge of the process and to a few of the committee members who I know, but not sure any notice was taken or not.

I was sharing my insights as a person who was on the committee that di this same task back in the mid-1990;s and who wrote the multifamily housing design codes.

I thought it would be helpful for them to know how we arrived at the decisions on what was required and how some have worked and others have not.

I also shared some of the problems we encountered when it came time to have Council to adopt and implement our recommendations. At that time we had little input from people outside the committee and we paid the price when it came time to implement. I fear that this error will be repeated.

It is very frustrating for a committee to do a lot of work that they consider to be good and then find that it is tossed during the public hearing and deliberation process, because you have not brought along the general public and the business owners of the community.