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N/NE Quadrant Open House June 29 and Upcoming July Meetings

This upcoming Wednesday, June 29, an open house is being held to present the concept alternatives under consideration for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans project. Anyone with interest in planning issues regarding the Lloyd District, Lower Albina and Rose Quarter areas is encouraged to attend, learn about the exciting work being done and provide feedback to project staff. See the calendar or event flyer for further details about the open house, and bring your thoughts, inputs and ideas to help shape the future of the N/NE Quadrant area.

Meanwhile, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) met on June 16 to discuss some of these concept alternatives under consideration. The themes of open spaces, green systems, transportation, housing and employment and the role that they play in guiding the future growth of the N/NE Quadrant were discussed. These themes will also be presented and discussed at the upcoming open house.

Some of the background documents discussed at the SAC meeting, and a preview of the information to be presented at the open house are currently available online.

Stay involved by attending these upcoming meetings (see calendar for details):

  • Joint Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee Meeting on Wednesday, July 13 where the concept evaluation process and criteria will be discussed.
  • SAC Meeting #8 on Thursday, July 28 where feedback from the open house will be discussed, as well as a recommendation to reduce the number of freeway/local transportation concepts that continue to be studied.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Beckman (City of Portland) at (503) 823-6042 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov or Todd Juhasz (ODOT) at (503) 731-4753 or todd.juhasz@odot.state.or.us.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Draft Central City Natural Resources Inventory Update

Draft NRI coming soon!

eastbank esplanadeAs part of the River Plan / Central Reach and Central City 2035 projects, the City is updating existing environmental information and management tools to help meet watershed health goals and advance the City's compliance with local, regional, state and federal regulations. The first step in this update is to produce an inventory of existing natural resources. The inventory is a technical document that provides information about existing resources and evaluates the functions and values they provide; it does not propose any new programs or regulations.

Stage one of the inventory provides maps, data and descriptions of the Willamette River, river banks and upland resources in the Central City, and more detailed descriptions of the natural resources in the N/NE Quadrant. Stage two will follow-up with detailed information for the NW, SW and SE quadrants. A draft of the Stage 1 material will be available for public review soon - look for it on the CC2035 website by June 23rd. Comments on the draft may be emailed to BPSWNRI@portlandoregon.gov. Contact Mindy Brooks at (503) 823-7831 for more information.

Portland Plan Update: The Draft Plan is coming!

BPS E-News Issue 12 - June

Thanks for all the input you’ve given as we develop the Portland Plan, a long range plan for Portland’s growth and development for the next 25 years. Next steps? The finish line is almost in sight. Staff are refining the strategies rolled out during the Phase 3 fairs, incorporating public comments, expert advice and partner feedback.

The draft Portland Plan will be published in July, so you can check it out and share your comments at www.pdxplan.com. BPS staff will present the draft plan to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) this fall. In early 2012, the plan will move to City Council for adoption. With integrated strategies focused on improving jobs, education, equity and our neighborhoods, this strategic plan will become the City’s roadmap for 2035, and will set priorities for the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Portland Plan team to present background information to Planning and Sustainability Commission
But before the plan goes to the PSC for review, there are important technical steps to take. Recently, an updated version of the Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI) was posted on the Portland Plan website. The data in the BLI is critical to understanding where Portland has capacity for more housing, industrial and institutional development. Coupled with regional forecasts for job and population growth from Metro, the BLI helps us determine where we should plan for growth. The BLI and other background information on housing, urban form, public schools, human health and historic resources will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on June 28 at 6 p.m. (see sidebar ad).