About the Eliot Parking Task Force
The Eliot Neighborhood Association asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to study parking in Eliot. That study kicks off with a community survey and the convening of a Parking Task Force. Our goal: come up with solutions to manage on-street parking better. PBOT needs local experts to help determine the best way forward, including a possible parking permit program for Eliot. Whether you're an Eliot resident, employee, frequent visitor, or business owner or manager, we want your input. Apply to join our Task Force by Sept. 25, 2022. Details below.
Who are we seeking?
PBOT wants to fully understood parking and transportation issues in Eliot so we can come up with equitable and effective solutions. We are seeking 9-13 people to advise us on a plan which could include a new kind of parking permit program, with new tools and techniques to try out. Members do not need parking expertise but should be familiar with their local area parking patterns and issues.
PBOT is looking for diverse perspectives, interests, and lived experience with parking and transportation in Eliot such as residents, employees, regular visitors to the Eliot neighborhood, property and business owners, as well as those who fit the descriptions below. It is critical to the success of the project that we hear from everyone directly affected:
- Long-term residents who drive and own vehicles
- Small business owners or managers
- Black residents and others displaced from North and Northeast Portland who regularly visit Eliot and Albina neighborhoods
- Employees who live outside the neighborhood
- Residents with young children
- Residents and employees with disabilities or who have mobility challenges
- Renters and residents of multifamily buildings
What's required of members?
Members will help advise on every aspect of the plan, including the process for outreach, planning, and decision-making; the boundaries of the study area; the boundaries, hours, and rules of a possible permit program; as well as ways to make any changes to parking more equitable and sustainable.
Members will attend regular Task Force meetings, roughly 6-8 meetings between October 2022 and May 2023, about 2-3 hours per month. Meetings will be open to the public and be held virtually or in a hybrid in-person/virtual format. Members may also attend optional open houses, focus groups, or surveys, but will not be required to do so.
How are members selected?
Applications are due Sept 25, 2022 (see link below). A selection committee made up of volunteers of two existing parking committees, along with a member of PBOT's Transportation Justice committee, will review applications. All personal identifying information will be removed before applications are reviewed. The selection committee is seeking to fill 9-13 seats on the Task Force representing a diverse group of perspectives. Staff from PBOT's Parking Operations team and Equity & Inclusion team will approve the final list of members.