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Proposed Draft West Quadrant Plan at Planning and Sustainability Commission

Public invited to attend and testify at public hearing on September 9

Soccer fans watch events in Pioneer Square during MLS All Star WeekThe future of Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, the Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University is before us. And you can testify about the proposed draft of a long-range plan for the Central City’s west side at an upcoming hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Over the last year and a half, the West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to develop the West Quadrant Plan, which includes goals, policies and key directions for neighborhoods from the North Pearl to South Waterfront and from Goose Hollow to the riverfront. This plan will guide future growth and development in the area and incorporates fresh ideas from the community to help make the Central City an even more vibrant place to live, work and play.

Public Hearing Details

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

September 9, 2014
12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

The West Quadrant Project hearing will begin at 12:30 pm. Instructions on submitting testimony: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906.

Download the Proposed Draft West Quadrant Plan

Next Steps

Following the public hearing on September 9, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a work session to formulate its recommendation on the West Quadrant Plan on October 21. The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution. Specific recommendations in the West Quadrant Plan will go into effect once the entire Central City 2035 Plan (the update of the 1988 Central City Plan) is complete, expected in 2015.

RICAP 7 Workplan of Issues Released

Planning & Sustainability Commission will hold hearing on staff's proposed workplan

BPS staff have released the next workplan for the group of issues to be analyzed under the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Pacakage or RICAP for short. The RICAP 7 workplan is a list of 44 issues that staff will research over the next several months. Simlar to past RICAPs, the subject matter of the items in RICAP 7 is diverse and covers a wide variety of sections in the City's zoning code.  While most items are technical fixes to the code to improve clarity and readability, some items may have a minor effect on exisiting policy. These include issues involving processes for minor changes following design review approval, restricting concurrent pre-application with land use submittals, clarifying the definition of household living uses as related to disabled individuals, evaluating height measurement methodologies, and clarifying the Ladd's Addition District Street Tree Guidelines

The workplan will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainabilty Commission at their public hearing on August 26 at 6:00PM. 

If the research determines that a code amendment is needed, these amendments will be sent out for public review and hearings during the first half of 2015. 

View the RICAP 7 Workplan

View the RICAP 7 Workplan - Appendix of eligible items

View the RICAP 7 Workplan Hearing Notice

Register for Master Recycler Class by August 27

8-week Washington County course begins Sept 10

Master Recycler class tour of recycling center

This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. Instruction includes topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling markets and processes, hazardous household products, composting, green building and deconstruction. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.

WHAT: Washington County 8-week fall course and 30 hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting September 10), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (September 20 and October 18), 8 am – 2 pm. A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.

WHERE: Washington Street Center 225 S. First Avenue, Hillsboro. 

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.

APPLY: Deadline for applications is August 27, 2014 at 12 p.m. This is a popular course. To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people. Applications will all be received up to the deadline and then 30 people will be select by a weighted lottery.

Visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.

The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

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About the Master Recycler Class

Course structure
The popular eight-week course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.

Participant responsibilities
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others make choices to conserve natural resources. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and co-workers.

Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours is required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification. 

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

Advisory Committee Endorses Plan for the Future of the Central City’s West Quadrant

Proposed Draft will advance to Planning and Sustainability Commission for public hearing and testimony

Transit Mall at Pioneer SquareThe West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) voted to endorse the Draft West Quadrant Plan at their last meeting on July 21, 2014.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff are making final revisions to the draft and will release a Proposed Draft at a Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) briefing on August 12. The PSC will hold a hearing on September 9 to consider public testimony.

Portlanders are invited to submit testimony to the PSC in person or in writing prior to or at the September 9 hearing. Agendas and tips for testifying are available online. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at a City Council hearing later in the fall.

Next steps: Quadrant plans combined into one Central City 2035 Plan; amendments to the new Comprehensive Plan

After City Council adopts the West Quadrant Plan by resolution, it will provide direction for the next steps in the process but will not yet change City policy or code.  Moreover, there are still a number of topic areas not addressed, or fully addressed, in the West Quadrant Plan.  Work on parking, bonuses, the update of the Willamette Greenway Plan for the Central Reach, scenic resources, and other topics will continue through focused staff and stakeholder discussions over the next year.

Also over the next year, staff will work to combine the recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant Plan (adopted October 2013), West Quadrant Plan and SE Quadrant Plan (currently underway) into a single Central City 2035 Plan, with accompanying Zoning Code amendments.

By mid to late 2015, BPS expects to release the Proposed Central City 2035 Plan. There will be many opportunities for public comment as the Central City 2035 Plan advances through PSC and City Council. The final adopted Central City 2035 Plan will amend the Comprehensive Plan policies and designations for the Central City. 

For questions or comments about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact project staff at westquad@portlandoregon.gov.