Support River Plan at City Council Meeting

Update 1/25/2010
City Council Meeting Rescheduled


1. City Council Public Hearing Rescheduled for February 17
The City Council public hearing on the River Plan / North Reach Recommended Draft that was scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm has been postponed. The hearing has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm. The hearing will be held at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, in Council Chambers. Please submit written testimony to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140
Portland, OR 97204
Fax: (503) 823-4571

Written testimony on the document and the Mayor’s proposed amendments must be received by the hearing date.

Copies of the Draft Plan are available at no charge at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave 7th Floor. The documents can also be viewed at the river plan website on the Recommended Draft webpage. The Mayor’s proposed amendment package is expected to be available two weeks before the public hearing.

Where can I get more information? For more assistance or additional information, please contact the River Team at (503) 823-2281 or

2. December Town Hall with Mayor Adams and Commissioner Fritz
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Fritz hosted a Town Hall on December 16, 2009 to hear community feedback about the River Plan / North Reach Recommended Draft. Over 150 people attended the town hall expressing both support and concern about the recommended draft. Click here to review the written and oral comments submitted for the Town Hall.


An important City Council Meeting is coming up at the end of this month. Support is needed from trail advocates across the city. We urge you to attend the meeting at City Hall, testify or send a support letter. In the link below, you will find a ‘model’ letter for your use in writing to City Council for the Thursday 28 January 2010 2pm Hearing on the River Plan.

The following is an excerpt from the word document linked below:

Dear Mayor and City Commissioners,
We request that the Portland City Council adopt the Willamette River Greenway Tail alignment as envisioned in the River Plan North Reach Recommended Draft November 2009 now. It will become a vital and necessary link in the regional trail and transportation system (that includes the 40-Mile Loop Trail, the Eastbank Esplanade, Springwater Trail and others). To date, the North Portland segment represents a major gap in the Regional network. The Willamette River Greenway Trail is a piece of infrastructure connecting residents with jobs on the working waterfront while also affording a connection to the rest of the city.

We would also request that no mitigation sites be designated in areas where the trail is to be located as it is my/our understanding that mitigation sites would not permit any conflicting uses such as a trail.[…]

Please attend the meeting at City Hall, testify, or send a support letter.

Download this editable ‘Model’ Support Letter (30kb Word doc)

Your partnership is very much appreciated!

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