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PSC News: March 17, 2015 Meeting Recap and Documents

Terminal 6 Environmental Overlay Zone Boundary and Code Amendment — briefing


  • Terminal 6 Environmental Overlay Zone Boundary and Code Amendment — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

SE Quadrant Virtual Open House – CLOSED

Materials from the recent SE Quadrant Plan virtual open house that ended on March 20th

Following the February 19th open house at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, all materials from the event were posted online along with a comment  form to provide feedback on staff proposals. This “virtual” open house is now closed, and the comment form removed, but you can still access the materials below. If you have comments or questions about the SE Quadrant Plan or planning process in general, please contact email Derek Dauphin or call 503-823-5869.

Picture of physical open house on February 19th

Now you can share the experience of the February 19 open house at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.

Welcome to the SE Quadrant Virtual Open House! We’re glad you came.

Perhaps you’re a business owner in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Maybe you pass through the district on your way to and from downtown. Or just like to visit to enjoy the food, drink and creative energy of the area. Any way you experience it, there’s no denying this part of Portland is bustling with activity: new development and businesses; more bikes, cars and trucks; and increased attention and interest from near and far.

The SE Quadrant planning effort is harnessing all of that energy into a new long-range plan for the area. The plan will help ensure that this unique part of the city evolves the way Portlanders want it to.

So far we’ve heard that people want to preserve the character of the area with its historic warehouses and protect its unique role as an industrial sanctuary and business incubator. But they also recognize that as the area grows and changes, it creates pressure on the streets and transportation system to accommodate more trucks, cars and even bikes. And then there’s its relationship to the river, which provides opportunities for greater access to this beloved natural resource, recreation, and even arts and culture.

So get comfy and explore the proposals below. Then tell us what you think with the comment form.

As you look at the proposals that follow, keep in mind that most of the SE Quadrant is an industrial sanctuary and has long served as an incubator for small businesses. A key goal of the new plan is to maintain this sanctuary while allowing for new industrial businesses and increased employment density.


Land for Jobs

The Central Eastside is experiencing a period of extensive growth and renewal. But without new regulatory tools, the Central City will not be able to keep up with the demand for employment land. Staff land use proposals tweak the existing zoning to allow for more dense employment in the Central Eastside, including the new station areas along the MAX Orange Line due to open in September 2015.

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Staff are also preparing a new industrial disclosure statement that would inform people and businesses moving into the area about the characteristics (noise, fumes, trucks) common to the district. The disclosure would make it clear that the City of Portland would not enforce complaints against lawful activity within the district.

Historic Resources

Proposals also call for recognizing the historic character of much of the Central Eastside, particularly along historic main streets such as Morrison Street.


Urban design

Potential conflicts between different kinds of businesses and uses — particularly residential, retail and industrial areas — are addressed through urban design. These proposals seek to clarify how areas with different zoning can co-exist.


Transportation, parking, freight

Another area of concern is the already limited parking in the district. With more jobs and residents coming to the district, congestion on the streets will affect the ability of businesses to move freight. These proposals address concerns about traffic and congestion by applying a wide set of tools.

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Other proposals would help reduce conflicts between trucks and other types of traveling to and through the district. By making some routes that are less important to freight more attractive for bicycles and pedestrians, trucks and bikes will be less likely to get in each other’s way.


Green Loop

A concept for a bicycle and pedestrian loop is proposed for the Central City. This “Green Loop” would be a key north-south route in the Central Eastside, connecting to the South Waterfront and downtown via the new Tilikum Crossing bridge. The eastside leg would include an I-84 pedestrian/bicycle bridge. What factors should be considered in picking a route, considering some initial data showing how loading and intersections could impact design?

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Open space

Staff responded to concerns about the lack of open space and green infrastructure such as trees. Due to the industrial nature of the district, areas for employees and residents to gather and relax will likely be near the most intense employment or residential development. The exception would be at the waterfront where there may be new park-like areas and enhanced habitat.

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The Willamette River and Riverfront

Staff presented a strategy for the Willamette River and riverfront which includes restoring and enhancing habitat, enlivening key locations with new activities and uses, and improving recreation options such as swimming and boating. This strategy is closely linked with all of the other concepts in the district; open space linkages, economic development and transportation alternatives are important components of the strategy along the riverfront.


Next Steps

Input from the open house, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and other Central Eastside stakeholders will help shape the Public Review Draft of the SE Quadrant Plan to be released in late April. In late May/June, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold public hearings on the Proposed Draft, followed by City Council hearings on the plan in summer/early fall of 2015.

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You're Invited: Mixed Use Zones Project Open House at Cleveland High School on March 10

City planners to share Revised Zoning Concept for mixed use Centers and Corridors

mixed use buildingThe future of Portland’s neighborhoods is taking shape. The Mixed Use Zones Project is developing new rules for the size, shape and location of new buildings in Portland’s bustling commercial main streets and busy corridors.

Join us at an open house to learn about the Revised Zoning Concept, including new draft development and design standards. This open house is being held jointly with the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project.

Mixed Use Zones Project Open House

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cleveland High School Cafeteria
3400 Southeast 26th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

  • Cleveland High School is at the corner of SE Powell Blvd and SE 26th Ave.
  • TriMet lines 10-Harold and 9-Powell directly serve Cleveland High School.
  • The cafeteria can be accessed from the main entrance on SE 26th Ave or from Franklin St, which is on the north side of the high school.

Light refreshments will be provided.

What will the project do?

The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment zoning codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City. Attend the open house to join the conversation and learn about concepts for zoning code regulations intended to:

  • Improve height transitions to lower density residential zones.
  • Address building scale and divide the mass of larger buildings.
  • Encourage ground-floor activity and commercial uses in key areas.
  • Promote more ground-floor windows and building entrances.
  • Provide shared or outdoor space for residents.
  • Foster affordable housing and commercial space, historic preservation, plazas and other features.

Timeline & Next Steps

A Preliminary Zoning Concept was released last fall. The Revised Zoning Concept will lead to proposed zoning codes this spring, with public hearings beginning in Summer 2015.

Why are we doing this?

Portland is expected to grow over the next 20 years. Where new households and jobs locate is key to supporting and enhancing the qualities that help make Portland an attractive place. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus neighborhood businesses and much of new household growth in mixed use Centers and Corridors that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods, helping Portland meet its vision for becoming a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

For more information about the Mixed Use Zones Project:



Phone:  503-823-7700

Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR, 97201

Help Make Decisions About Transportation, Services and Housing Along the Powell-Division Corridor in East Portland

Share your thoughts at March 10 open house at Cleveland High School; learn more about bus rapid transit and new Mixed Use Zones

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Portlanders can help shape the future of their community by being a part of the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project. In partnership with Metro and TriMet, the City of Portland is working to improve transit service along this busy mixed use corridor in Portland. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is also working on refining mixed use zoning in Portland’s centers and corridors.

Please join us at an open house on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Come to share your feedback or just listen and learn. Either way, we hope to see you there!

Powell-Division bus rapid transit is taking shape. Be a part of what it becomes.

  • Weigh in on the route for the new bus rapid transit project in the Powell-Division corridor.
  • Which bridge should the new bus line use to cross the Willamette River?
  • Where should the transit route transition between Powell and Division in Portland?
  • Share your ideas for what should happen at key station areas at the intersections of Cesar Chavez Blvd and Powell Blvd, 82nd Ave and Division St, and 122nd Ave and Division St.

Mixed Use Zones are being refined and updated. See how these vibrant commercial and residential areas could evolve.

  • Learn about the Revised Zoning Concept, including new draft development and design standards for Portland’s centers and corridors.
  • Talk to staff about how these hubs and streets can serve and complement nearby neighborhoods. 

Powell-Division Open House
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cleveland High School Cafeteria
3400 Southeast 26th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

  • Cleveland High School is at the corner of SE Powell Blvd and SE 26th Ave.
  • TriMet lines 10-Harold and 9-Powell directly serve Cleveland High School.
  • The cafeteria can be accessed from the main entrance on SE 26th Ave or from Franklin St, which is on the north side of the high school.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Can’t make it? Go online!

And if you can’t make it or would rather learn more and give your input online, please visit the project Metro website, where you can answer survey questions — and see other comments — within an interactive map. It’s pretty cool!

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information, meetings and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.