Cogan Owens Cogan Associate Planner Ellen Wyoming facilitated an incredibly successful event October 10 in Oregon City for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. We were impressed by the enthusiasm expressed by participants at the community meeting and more than 130 participants shared part of their evening with area leadership and staff to discuss the redevelopment concepts emerging for the former Blue Heron site.
The event opened with a presentation of scenarios the project team is developing. These focused on the four interrelated core values for the site’s redevelopment: Historical and Cultural Interpretation, Public Access, Healthy Habitat, and Economic Redevelopment. Terrific images illustrated possibilities for property redevelopment, restoration and open space at this legacy site. Following the presentation, participants discussed what inspired them most, and reflected key insights to the full gathering.
Many participants expressed enthusiasm for a mix of light industrial and commercial activity. People were also inspired with concepts for greenways and public open space. Others loved the idea of having water flow visibly through the site again as it used to in the past. Integrating new connections like a waterfront trail for bicycles and pedestrians was of keen interest to people as was recognizing the generations of mill workers and their families who have a history tied to the site. Most of all, participants were enthusiastic about new ways to see and experience Willamette Falls, to get up close and personal to see a national asset that the public have not been able to experience in over a century.
Staff also received rich feedback that evening through written comment forms and in conversation recorded at the table discussions. This information is going to help the project team evolve the concepts further so that by December, we will have a final set of recommendations for the Master Framework Plan for community review and comment.
If you are interested, stay tuned as we a new survey will launch next week and is open to all Oregonians. We want to ensure that the voice of Oregonians is clear in what ultimately comes to fruition for the Master Framework Plan and rezoning next spring. You’ll find the survey starting October 23, 2013 at www.rediscoverthefalls.com. Please share this story with friends and be among our more than 1,000 community members connected to the Willamette Falls Legacy Project via Facebook!
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Congratulations to COC’s Bob Wise for being designated as Project Manager by Oregon Solutions
to support development of the Clackamas County Food System ONEStop concept. Governor Kitzhaber has designated the Clackamas County initiative as an Oregon Solutions project to facilitate development of an agreement among several partners to advance the concept. COC recently helped the County develop a comprehensive action plan to advance the regional food economy. The ONEStop is at the heart of the plan’s implementation strategy.
COC also congratulates project partners Clackamas County Parks and Forests/Agriculture Manager Rick Gruen and project Co-Conveners Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader and Shelly Parini “ONEStop is a concept for a virtual platform for small farmers to use in order to maintain and expand footing in the foodshed market,” Bob Wise says, discussing the concept. ”ONEStop will be a great resource to small farmers in looking at the regional food economy.”
Governor Kitzhaber reviewed an assessment conducted by Oregon Solutions staff and determined that this project supported Oregon’s Sustainable Community Objectives, and appointed Schrader and Parini as the project’s Co-Conveners. They will lead a team of community partners to develop the ONEStop and secure agreements from project team members about how best to integrate and leverage resources for implementation.
“The goal is to leverage technical and financial resources among the partners to help growers,” Kitzhaber wrote in his designation letter. ”This will lead to increased production which will help close supply-demand gaps.”
“Clackamas County is among the leaders in Oregon agriculture with the potential to increase the supply of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables needed in the Portland region,” says Rick Gruen. “Currently the region spends $4.8 billion a year outside the Portland region to buy food. The Clackamas County Food System ONEStop will help our small farms access the resources and expertise to help them meet this regional demand. We thank the Governor for the supporting our vision of a vital regional food system economy and look forward to a great Oregon Solutions project.”
“This project will be a long term, readily available, and helpful resource for local farmers,” Bob Wise says, explaining the importance of the project. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our work in Clackamas County on such an exciting development.”
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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.
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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.
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