|Agenda and packet|
Trying to read the "tea leaves" here might be a stretch, and yet it's a little odd that the City published "minutes" like this on a meeting that had to be abandoned. This is out of the ordinary enough to constitute "a message" perhaps.
In any case, this might be a sign of a lack of enthusiasm for the Committee's recommendations, alas. It looks a little careless and it's something to watch.
So this meeting on the 23rd is substantially a do-over for the agenda on the 9th. (See previous notes here.)
Over at SCV, they posted a link to an interesting report, "Housing Underproduction in Oregon: Economic, Fiscal and Environmental Impacts of Enabling Transit-Oriented Smart Growth to Address Oregon's Housing Affordability Challenge." It is partially authored by ECONorthwest, the same consultant who wrote our Housing Needs Analysis and Economic Opportunities Analysis.
The City Transit Committee and those interested in "Our Salem," the update to the Comprehensive Plan, should read that report together with these recommendations from the Transit Committee:
- Locate low-income housing with good access to transit service.
- Establish a Transit Oriented Development Strategy (focus on ¼ mile buffer to core network) including mix ed use and higher density residential development.
- Prioritize bicycle and pedestrian connections within ¼ mile of core network.
- Create incentives for redevelopment along core network.
- Develop land use mechanisms to guide new multi-family and job centers to areas served by transit.
- Incorporate pedestrian oriented design considerations during development review.
- Update the goals, objectives, and policies included in the Salem Transportation System Plan, Transit Element, and consider implementable actions with goals and benchmarks.
- Conduct a city-wide review of parking minimums and maximums.
As long as we silo them, our efforts on both will necessarily be incomplete and incoherent.