Founding COC Principal Elaine Cogan received rave reviews for a recent workshop on public speaking she conducted for the Center for Women, Politics and Policy at Portland State’s Hatfield School of Government. Forty women from around the state attended the weeklong conference focused on helping them meet the challenges in their communities. Many of them said this National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Oregon 2013 was a life-changing experience. In Elaine’s three-hour workshop, she emphasized the tools they can use to express themselves more effectively in a variety of circumstances.2013, Hatfiel School of Government, National Education for Women, NEW Leadership Oregon, Policy, Politics, Portland State University, Public Speaking, Women, Workshop
On Saturday, June 1, COC Managing Principal Kirstin Greene, Senior Planner Steve Faust and summer Communications Intern Alida Beck supported the City of Oregon City as they hosted an open house at McLoughlin Elementary School. Neighbors gathered to review and comment on the draft Concept Plan map in Part 2 of the “Forum on the Future of South End.” While enjoying strawberries and ice cream with their neighbors, about 100 South End community members were able to discuss which design elements they liked best for the future of South End.
The event was set up to encourage dialogue reviewing concepts from the previous meeting. Participants gathered under tents in the back of McLoughlin Elementary School for neighbors to view updated maps with photos and descriptions. Community members asked questions of COC’s Kirstin and Steve, as well as Laurence Qamar of Qamar Architecture, Pete Walter of the City of Oregon City, and Ginger Redlinger, community advisory team member, McLoughlin Elementary School’s principal and gracious host. Neighbors were able to comment on all designs in a variety of ways: filling out comment forms, voting for their favorite design elements by marking them with stickers, or writing ideas on one of many large notepads. This accessible and friendly atmosphere was a perfect forum for questions and concerns regarding the draft Concept Plan.
At the first event in February, participants created 18 possible future land-use maps used to inform three initial design concepts shown to the community. The final design concept, to be considered by the Planning and City Commissions toward the end of 2013, will guide neighborhood development as rural transitions to more urban uses in a 478-acre Urban Growth Boundary expansion area south of Oregon City. The Concept Plan will establish a long term framework for future based development. You can read more about Part 1 of the Forum on the Future of South End here.
Those who were not able to attend the meeting can still participate by completing this online survey by Friday, June 14.
We look forward to our continued collaboration with the City of Oregon City and the neighbors of the South End!
On Thursday, February 20, COC’s Bob Wise as Director of Team Oregon, LLC and Tim Smith, Team Oregon’s partner at SERA Architects presented their ideas to a high level delegation from Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The delegation included the US Ambassador to Qatar, Susan L. Ziadeh and the Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee of Delegates for the 2022 World Cup, Hassan Al-Thawadi.
The presentation summary is Qatar and Doha – The World Cup 2022. Bob and Tim advocated advanced sustainability principles for the World Cup to support legacy of sustainable urbanism in Doha, Qatar.Sustainability, Team Oregon
Nearly 100 residents from Oregon City attended a design workshop for the South End Concept Plan last week. Many participants may have been nervous, not knowing what to expect and having the fear in their mind of potential change, but any nervous energy quickly turned to enthusiasm once they realized this was an event for collaborative community design.
Residents first walked into the McLoughlin Elementary Gym to a room full of tables covered with maps and other materials. Consultants, City Staff and volunteers were scattered around the room until COC’s Kirstin Greene welcomed everybody and introduced Oregon City Commission President Kathy Roth who gave an overview of the “Concept Plan” and the purpose of that night’s occasion.
The purpose of the gathering was to begin getting design ideas from the community for the future of their neighborhood as this rural area transitions to more urban uses. To achieve the objective, the night included a presentation from Laurence Qamar on designing complete communities. His presentation covered aspects of history, development patterns and best practices.
Laurence’s presentation gave the community ideas what makes great communities and how to think about possible futures for South End. Once citizens began thinking of these different concepts and how they could apply to the South End neighborhood, it was time to put some of those ideas to paper in an activity COC designed that we simply call the Planning Game.
Those maps on the tables, mentioned above, were a part of the Planning Game. Each table was given a map, game pieces to represent land uses (residential, parks, civic buildings), markers, green yarn, felt, tape, glue and a set of instructions. Each table included a trained facilitator. In the game, participants arranged the different zoning pieces into a design they liked. Residential pieces had a “value” of one point. Large lot residential took more space than multifamily and both had one point value.
In order to complete the game, residents were asked to include a mix of parks, trails, civic buildings and residential. They were also instructed to attempt to reach a residential point value of at least 10. Adding all large lot, detached residential would only allow for seven points. The point system was established to reflect the true planning framework for the area. Neighborhood retail was optional.
Some groups jumped right into the process and others took a little while to discuss concerns, but once the evening was over, we had 18 different maps that represented each table’s work. The designs ranged from mostly large lot residential to more complete neighborhoods. One big theme that arose from the night was that most of the maps included a vast network of walking and bicycling trails.
We are pleased with the results and happy that we received many positive comments from the residents. Change is always a difficult thing, but planning ahead helps to ensure that the values of South End are reflected in its future.
The compilation of maps will help establish themes to guide the development of several alternative future land use patterns for South End. The process will continue with an open house in April and continued public engagement. For more information on the South End Concept Plan of Oregon City, please visit www.southendconceptplan.org.Tags:great communities, Oregon City