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Guide to the StreetsPDX framework

Guide
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The Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) StreetsPDX project, in partnership with other city bureaus, supports policy implementation and decision-making in the right-of-way consistent with the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
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Introduction

The StreetsPDX project, formerly called Streets 2035, aims to create a framework to support policy implementation and decision-making in the right-of-way consistent with the city's 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The outcome of this work is a new website tool called StreetsPDX. Link below:

 StreetsPDX

The StreetsPDX design framework brings together the various policies and corresponding design standards that influence space in the right-of-way as part of private development and with city-led capital projects. Because individual sites and projects in constrained urban environments can vary in their challenges and opportunities, the framework also identifies the deviation processes that provide flexibility when it is not possible to meet all applicable standards.

For an overview of the new StreetsPDX website, watch these explainer videos.

Graphic illustrating agencies responsible for different items in the right of way
Screen capture from the website tool StreetsPDX.

Background

Once called Streets 2035, StreetsPDX is the culmination of a four-year process to clarify policies and demands on the right-of-way. The new tools created by the project provide clearer guidance to inform decision-making for the right-of-way.

The project put right-of-way policy and process into action, and includes:

  • Guidelines for allocating space on different street types
  • Graphics that show options for balancing multiple uses of the right-of-way
  • New tools and processes for City staff who review development applications and plan city projects
  • Updates to city administrative rules
  • A project website that brings together multi-bureau resources for city staff and those wishing to develop in and adjacent to the right-of-way

Visit the new StreetsPDX website.


Process: Who was involved? 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) manages the right-of-way and led this project in consultation with partner bureaus and advisory committees. These included:

  • Bureaus and partner agencies that influence transportation access and movement, stormwater management, water distribution, private utilities, tree canopy and community use.
  • Advisory Committees who focus on citywide needs related to trees, bicycles, pedestrians, development and more.

Technical Advisory Group

A technical advisory group advised on the project throughout the process. These conversations ensured that the guidance provided with the StreetsPDX website follows city policies as intended. The group met nine times. Members included:

  • Matt Berkow (Project Manager, PBOT)
  • Denver Igarta (Policy, Planning & Projects, PBOT)
  • Kurt Krueger (Development, Permitting & Transit, PBOT)
  • Wendy Cawley (Traffic Design, PBOT)
  • Eva Huntsinger (Civil Design, PBOT)
  • Gena Gastaldi (Pedestrian Coordinator, PBOT)
  • Roger Geller (Bicycle Coordinator, PBOT)
  • April Bertelsen (Transit Coordinator, PBOT)
  • Gabriela Giron (Freight Coordinator, PBOT)
  • Kathryn Doherty-Chapman (Parking Services, PBOT)
  • Ryan Mace (Utilities, Construction & Inspection, PBOT)
  • Adrienne Aiona  (Bureau of Environmental Services)
  • Jenn Cairo (PP&R Urban Forestry)
  • Barry Manning (Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)
  • David O'Longaigh (Portland Water Bureau)
  • Tim Heron (Bureau of Developmental Services)

PBOT also consulted with City bureau directors, managers and subject-matter experts, both within and outside of Technical Advisory Group meetings.