Portland residents and businesses continue to use public right-of-way in new and creative ways. Although the City is flexible in accommodating many innovative uses through community event street closure, block party, and the street seats permit processes, PBOT needed to organize its internal and public-facing processes to smooth the permitting and regulating of a range of program activities. This project established a set of program areas and actions to increase the number and types of events developed in partnership with Portland residents and businesses
Nelson\Nygaard assisted the City with developing a Livable Streets Strategy that is aligned with Portland Progress goals. The project team convened community stakeholders and staff from many bureaus to deconstruct and simplify the planning, permitting, and management processes. One of the key deliverables for this outcome was the convening of “Secret Life of Permits” worksession.
The project concluded with Council adoption of the Livable Streets Strategy, which formalizes supportive Bureau policy on placemaking in the Right-of-way, establishes goals, related objectives, and actions, and introduces a workplan with future actions recommended to achieve Portland in the Streets program goals