2011 IAP2 Cascade Chapter Best Practices Awards


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2011 IAP2 Cascade Chapter Best Practices Awards

  1. 1. 2011 Public Involvement Best Practice Awards IAP2 Cascade ChapterPublic Involvement Project of the Year – Best Capital ProjectLake Oswego Interceptor Sewer UpgradeCity of Lake Oswego and JLA Public Involvement The Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer (LOIS) Project is a $110 million multi-phased project to replace the 3-mile span of 50-year-old sewer line below the surface of Oswego Lake. In order to have a successful project, the LOIS Team knew it must capture the public’s attention on the importance of this unique and complex improvement, and to ensure all community members knew how the project construction would impact them. Providing timely and accurate information to citizens, groups, and the press; and simplifying the complexity of the project were other top goals. These project goals had to effectively address negative public perceptions regarding cost, assumptions about the project impacts - including some residents who threatened lawsuits, possible disruption of the boating/swimming seasons, and the design of the project being too “innovative.” Info: www.lakeinterceptor.com Jeff Selby, City of Lake Oswego jselby@ci.oswego.or.us, (503) 699-7466Public Involvement Project of the Year – Best Planning ProjectBeaverton Community VisionCity of Beaverton, Oregon Beaverton Community Vision is the product of the most extensive public engagement process ever undertaken in Beaverton, Oregon. After an initial rocky start to develop a community plan, the City started anew, focusing on community engagement at the grassroots level under the guidance of committed city staff and a Visioning Advisory Committee. The result completely transformed how citizens engage with City Hall and expanded opportunities for people to interact with one another. Over 5,000 citizens shared their aspirations for the future in six languages through events, surveys, forums and other venues. Today, 100+ community priorities comprise the plan which 60 community organizations are helping to implement. Info: www.beavertonoregon.gov/departments/visioning Holly Thompson, City of Beaverton hthompson@beavertonoregon.gov, (503) 526-2658
  2. 2. Public Involvement Project of the Year – Best Planning ProjectNorth/Northeast Economic Development InitiativePortland Development Commission Portland Development Commission (PDC) began the N/NE Economic Development Initiative to update plans for the Interstate Corridor and Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Areas. In order to create a successful outcome and avoid old approaches that tended to displace traditional residents, PDC reached out to the N/NE community to understand their concerns and points of view. Over 600 stakeholders were interviewed to provide the basis of the PI plan. Public involvement methods included an advisory committee, community meetings, web tools, and print media. The end result was a series of official recommendations to expand the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area to provide economic assistance to more businesses and residents in the N/NE community. The extensive public participation process helped create support among the community that the process was genuine and would produce real results. Info: www.pdc.us/four/nnestudy John Jackley, Portland Development Commission jackleyj@pdc.us, (503) 823-3315Blue Ribbon Commission for Parks and Recreation, Clark County, Washington In anticipation of budget cuts across Clark County programs and services, six local jurisdictions formed a special blue ribbon commission to examine the future of parks and recreation funding and governance. The commission undertook an ambitious public outreach effort to ensure its recommendations reflected the values, needs and priorities of its citizenry. The commission conducted a series of seven stakeholder summits, several online surveys and a telephone survey. A variety of low-cost public outreach and information sharing tools were used, including online surveys, social media, the Web, email blasts and the local media. More than 1,600 people participated in the outreach effort, which allowed the commission to develop recommendations that had been thoroughly field-tested and, in most cases, had come directly from the discussions with stakeholders and the public. Info: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parks-recreation/whoweare/future.asp Jilayne Jordan, Parks Communications Specialist, Clark County Jilayne.Jordan@clark.wa.gov, (360) 397-6118 x4949Corvallis Wastewater Reuse Public Survey, Water & Environment Solutions The City of Corvallis considered producing reclaimed water to keep effluents from its wastewater treatment plant out of the Willamette River and to provide water to a nearby irrigation district. The City sent a survey to over 1000 residents to assess public knowledge and acceptance of reclaimed water and to identify the best methods for further public outreach. The survey allowed the City to assess public values and design a program the public would support. Info: Karen DuBose, Principal, Water & Environment Solutions Karen@waterenvironmentsolutions.com, (425) 443-6995
  3. 3. Damascus Comprehensive Plan Public Involvement, City of Damascus The City of Damascus, the first new city in Oregon in over 22 years, has undertaken a tremendous effort to involve the community in the Comprehensive Planning effort. Led by Community Development Director, Anita Yap, the City has received numerous awards for innovative and cutting edge programs and community engagement. The key to public engagement in this new city included holding meetings at people’s homes, leading tours of the community and engaging new leaders in community involvement. Info: Anita Yap, Community Development Director, City of Damascus ayap@ci.damascus.or.us, (503) 658-8545Envision Eugene, City of Eugene In 2007, the state legislature asked the City of Eugene to complete a buildable lands inventory and adopt a new Urban Growth Boundary, separate from the City of Springfield. The Envision Eugene project sought to avoid the familiar winner-takes-all outcome of the typical land use process and create a true public involvement process. A large, broad-based Community Resource Group was established and spent many hours working to overcome entrenched positions on growth and discuss future outcomes. Youth art contests, social media, an interactive website, and videos were used to raise community awareness and involve people who may not typically participate in land use discussions. Info: www.eugene-or.gov Laura Hammond, Community Outreach Coordinator, City of Eugene Laura.A.Hammond@ci.eugene.or.us, (541) 682-6021EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, Eugene Water & Electric Board Designed with input from more than 1,000 community members over a 12- month period, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan creates the framework for redeveloping a 27-acre brownfield site in the heart of Eugene into an active, vibrant, riverfront district. The community-developed design balances and integrates the natural and built environments, with 8 acres of new riverfront open space, re-use of historic structures, and several acres of mixed use, green development. Extensive public engagement led to a vision that gained consensus approval from decision-makers and broad public support. Info: http://www.eweb.org/riverfront Jeannine Parisi, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Jeannine.Parisi@eweb.org, (541) 685-7451Horizons, City of Vancouver The City of Vancouver began the Horizons process to refocus and realign the city’s services and programs based upon community values in the midst of financial challenges. A variety of opportunities were provided for citizens, businesses and employees to get detailed information about budgeting challenges ahead, explore and discuss values, and identify priorities for what programs and services were needed to meet the city’s six Strategic Commitments. Outreach included an online survey completed by more than 1,000 citizens, eight focus groups, and stakeholder and community meetings. Info: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/horizons.asp Loretta Callahan, PIO/Community Relations, City of Vancouver Loretta.Callahan@cityofvancouver.us, (360) 759-4479
  4. 4. Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge Rehabilitation Project, ODOT Region 1 The Oregon Department of Transportation’s planned two-year closure of the Oregon City/West Linn Bridge caused alarm and anger among local business owners, commuters, residents and elected officials. The closure of the main route into downtown Oregon City was a blow to downtown’s struggling businesses. ODOT turned the community’s anger to acceptance by involving the public in developing solutions for bicyclists and pedestrians and communication strategies for the community. ODOT staff took to the streets and talked with every downtown business to address their questions and concerns. In addition, ODOT assisted the City in securing funds for downtown street improvements. The success of these efforts was clear when the bridge closure event was attended by more than 750 people on a cold January day. Media coverage has been positive and ridership on the detour shuttle continues to exceed expectations. Info: www.archrehab.com Susan Hanson, Community Affairs Coordinator, ODOT Susan.C.Hanson@odot.state.or.us, (503) 731-3490PDX Airport Futures: Charting a Course for PDX, Institute for Conflict Management Airport Futures was a collaborative process to create a long-range (through 2035) master plan for Portland International Airport (PDX) and a city land use plan governing the Airport and its environs. It involved a diverse 30-member Planning Advisory Group (PAG) and other stakeholders. 231 public meetings were held with 3,732 stakeholder contacts, creating a comprehensive community discussion about sustainable development. This discussion resulted in the identification of the community’s vision and values, the integration of sustainability principles into the Airport’s long-range development plan, and the commitment to develop Portland International Airport in a manner that contributes to the long-term economic, environmental, and social health of the region. The open discussions and exchange of ideas led to increased mutual respect and a shared understanding among stakeholders. Info: www.pdxairportfutures.com Lisa Glancy, Port of Portland Public Engagement Manager Lise.Glancy@PortofPortland.com, (503) 415-6519Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project, Portland Water Bureau This project successfully engaged the public in determining the architecture of three public facilities and an enhanced trail plan at Powell Butte Nature Park in Portland. Powell Butte Nature Park is considered a "jewel" in Portlands park system and due to this popularity, it was important that the park improvements reflect the special relationship that visitors have with the trail systems and facilities. The project team convened a Project Advisory Committee, held public meetings and used various public engagement tools to create design concepts. The design concepts generated by the PAC and public have been described as "exceptional" and meet the goals and objectives set forth by both the PAC, public, and City bureaus. Park interest groups like the Audubon Society, Northwest Trail Alliance and Johnson Creek Watershed Council are enthusiastic project supporters. Info: www.portlandonline.com/water/index.cfm?c=53622 Tim Hall, Senior Public Outreach Coordinator tim.hall@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-6926