Throughout this analysis, Metro has engaged service providers, local elected officials, planning directors and interested citizens to identify the challenges of providing infrastructure and opportunities to work together to meet the region's needs.
Three workshops have been held so far:
About 50 service providers and local government officials met at the Oregon Convention Center to share information on the challenges they face in providing essential public services to new and expanding communities.
An overview presentation was given by Todd Chase of FCS Group describing Metro's Regional Infrastructure Analysis. Other presenters discussed infrastructure challenges in redeveloping existing urban areas, challenges to providing new infrastructure in newly developing areas, and the importance of sustainability considerations in future infrastructure design and delivery.
Download a copy of Todd Chase's presentation
Attendees at the workshop participated in small group discussions and were asked to describe the particular challenges they face in providing infrastructure services to new and existing areas. While challenges vary based on service type and location, some common themes emerged from these discussions:
Information received at this workshop was incorporated into Metro's analysis of the broad scope of infrastructure needs across the region and informed subsequent discussions about which types of infrastructure are most important in building great communities.
More than 55 infrastructure service providers and other interested persons attended the second workshop at Metro Regional Center to discuss national and regional growth trends and their impacts on the development of infrastructure.
Arnold Cogan of Cogan Owens Cogan and Todd Chase of FCS Group delivered a presentation on infrastructure needs and gaps that summarized:
The presentation was followed by two rounds of discussion. In the first round, meeting participants placed themselves groups categorized by infrastructure type (water, transportation and energy, sewer and stormwater, and parks/civic buildings/schools). Groups were asked two questions:
In the second round of discussions, participants formed groups by sub-region. Three questions were posed to these groups:
Some of the main points that arose from those discussions are:
Following the discussions, Ted Kyle of Clackamas County Water Environment Services delivered a presentation that outlined sewer needs in Clackamas County.
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Information from this workshop informed further development of potential strategies to address the region's infrastructure needs.
Download a summary of the second infrastructure workshop
About 90 local elected officials, planning directors, service providers, and private sector leaders met at a forum at the Oregon Convention Center to receive the results of Metro's Regional Infrastructure Analysis, begin a discussion about pursuit of a regional infrastructure funding strategy, and provide guidance on the approach to pursuing regional solutions to infrastructure challenges.
Charlie Hales, a former Portland City Commissioner now with HDR Engineering, provided an overview of how the nature of infrastructure development has changed over time, how the Metro region has been successful in creating walkable communities that have reduced infrastructure costs, and how innovative transportation design can shape development patterns in the future.
Download a copy of Charlie Hales' presentation (4.7M)
Stephan Lashbrook, interim city manager in Lake Oswego, presented the findings of Metro's Regional Infrastructure Analysis up to this point: what we have learned so far, what the estimated costs will be of addressing our infrastructure challenges, and how the region can invest in infrastructure to get the greatest return.
Download a copy of Stephan Lashbrook's presentation
Lane Shetterly, the chair of the State Task Force on Revenue Restructuring, provided an update of the task force's efforts and illustrated the effects of voter-approved initiatives and economic conditions on state and local revenues.
Download a copy of Lane Shetterly's presentation
At this workshop, participants were asked to identify the most urgent infrastructure challenges for the region to address and the approaches to be considered in addressing those challenges. The questions posed to the participants included:
The results of this exercise are illustrated in the document that can be downloaded from the link below. The highlights of this exercise indicated:
From this workshop, Metro will be working with local governments, service providers, and leaders in the private sector to develop a comprehensive and integrated strategy to address the most pressing infrastructure challenges that hinder the growth and development of vibrant communities.
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