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The Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Police Bureau, and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability are seeking comment on multiple projects.

What is happening? Three city bureaus are seeking public comments on plans that will be finalized and presented to the City Council for approval and financing. Reviewing and commenting on such proposals is one way that Portlanders can help influence future projects.

What is the Portland Bureau of Transportation doing? The transportation bureau has released a draft of Southwest in Motion, a plan for guiding transportation investments in much of Southwest Portland outside of downtown. It identifies and prioritizes walking, biking and street crossing projects that can be completed in the short term.

"By establishing a basic network for walking and biking, Southwest in Motion charts a course for a future Southwest Portland where residents have a range of safe and reliable transportation choices," PBOT says of the emerging plan.

Public comment is being accepted until May 24. You can learn more and respond at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/729178.

What is the Portland Police Bureau doing? The police bureau is seeking comment on three directives that govern how officers and other employees respond to lawsuits and claims, conduct sexual assault investigations, and interact with members of immigrant communities and individuals with diplomatic immunity. The comments are sought as part of the bureau's process for continuously updating its directives.

"The bureau is guided by more than 100-plus official documents known as directives that serve as the foundation of police operations. These directives not only govern member behavior when interacting with community members, but they also serve as an accountability measure for members' actions," the bureau says.

You can read the directives and respond at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757.

What is the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability doing? The planning and sustainability bureau is updating design guidelines for multifamily buildings in various parts of the city. Public comment on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments is being sought through May 1.

The bureau has posted digital animations to show the proposed standards in East, Southeast and Southwest Portland. They are intended to illustrate how they would affect various types of buildings. The goal is to improve the livability of the buildings for residents, neighbors and others in those parts of town.

You can view the videos and respond at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/729391.

What else can I do? You can learn about other opportunities for comment by signing up for city email notifications at the subscription link at portlandoregon.gov.

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