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Central City 2035: A new plan for Portland's hub

BPS E-news Issue 7

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is launching Central City 2035 (CC2035) as an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, which is the existing plan and policy for downtown and central areas of Portland. CC2035 will address issues and changes in the Central City to ensure that this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years. As part of CC 2035, the City is also updating the Central City Transportation Management Plan and the Central City’s transportation system plan.  BPS will also complete the River Plan / Central Reach for the land along the Willamette River and integrate it with CC2035.  The River Plan is an update of the 1988 Willamette Greenway Plan.

The Central City is the center of Portland’s economy, arts and cultural activities, retail, entertainment, tourism, higher education, urban living, and the multi-modal transportation network for the region. The Central City is also the historic core of the region nestled in a beautiful natural setting. However, it faces numerous challenges and opportunities not present when the last overall plans and policies were adopted more than 25 years ago.

CC2035 will be a plan created with community, government and other partners. It will guide public and private investment, and land use and development decisions for the Central City over the next two decades. The CC2035 team will ensure that their work synchronizes with that of the Portland Plan so the plan reflects and supports the developing policies of the Portland Plan.

CC2035 was initiated with a series of background reports available at The reports include "Central City 2035: Introduction and Central City 2035 Subdistrict Profiles." Within the next few months the Design Central City document will be ready for review as well.

CC2035 will be guided by a project Advisory Group comprised of 18 members representing the diverse interests and perspectives of the Central City. They are in the preliminary stages of developing a draft policy framework. Meeting announcements, agendas, minutes and a member roster can be found on the project website.

You can use the website to view project updates and other project-related background materials and request to be placed on our mailing and e-mail lists. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to participate in the CC2035 process by attending meetings, open houses and other events, which will be posted on the website as well.

For more information or questions, please contact Steve Iwata, CC2035 project manager, at 503-823-9904 or via e-mail at Send general email questions to

Central City N/NE Quadrant planning to begin in September
In addition to updating the policy framework and concept plan for the Central City, CC2035 will include more detailed planning and implementation efforts for smaller geographic areas; specifically, each of the four quadrants of the Central City. The first quadrant plan — for the Central North/Northeast quadrant — will launch in September 2010. It includes Lower Albina, the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District.

The City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will collaborate on this planning effort to integrate land use and urban design with freeway planning and improvements for the I-5 corridor within the N/NE portion of the Central City. The plan will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation and economic development issues.  It will include  recommendations for new projects and policies to guide future public and private investment and development in Lower Albina and the Lloyd District.

How to get involved with Central City N/NE Quadrant

A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) with representation from a variety of stakeholders and community interests is being formed to assist with the development of the Central N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. The first SAC meeting will be held on September 16, 2010, and is open to the public.

Two “at-large” positions are currently open on the SAC, and interested Portlanders are invited to apply. The project team will also host a series of community walks in September and a public workshop later in the fall. Formore information and/or to apply for a position on the SAC, visit www.portlandonline/bps/cc2035/neq or contact Karl Lisle, N/NE Quadrant project manager, at 503-823-4286.

Youth Planners sweeten Portland Plan chat

BPS E-news Issue 7

The BPS Youth Planning Program, along with the Midland Teen Council, held a Portland Plan Ice Cream Party at the Midland Library in late June. Fifty youth turned out to engage in conversation about the Portland Plan and enjoy some ice cream.

This event was a reward to the Midland Teen Council, who took part in the Portland Plan Youth Bomb survey collection contest, along with five Portland area library teen councils. The Midland Teen Council collected 321 surveys. Youth Planners Sumitra Chhetri, Mustafa Farah, Morgan Polk, Jared Freiermuth and Khalid Osman gave the Portland Plan overview, facilitated small group discussions on housing and transportation, and introduced the Portland Plan game.

Participants raised the following key concerns during the small group discussions: transit on 122nd Avenue; affordable housing; sense of security; and community gathering spaces. While playing the Portland Plan game, a few notable remarks were overheard:

 “We need improvements so we can live up to 70 years old.” (Comment related to the Portland Plan Action Direction – Protect Portlanders from exposure to toxics and pollutants.)
•    “Cultivate streets as places, because streets are dangerous.”
•    “Reinforce police to keep things like tagging in the community and robbery away.”
•    “Want everything accessibility [sic] within 20-minutes in my neighborhood, which would make things convenient.”
•    “More swimming pools and somewhere to go hiking.”
•    “More grass, more trees and less pollution.”

 “The ice cream summit was a fun way for youth to express concerns about city policies,” concluded Youth Planner Sumitra Chhetri.  

See the related story about the Youth Planning program elsewhere in this issue.

Electric vehicles the Portland Way

BPS E-news Issue 7

Electric vehicles are expected to arrive in Portland in just a few short months and Mayor Adams has gotten the wheels turning on making Portland a leading electric vehicle (EV) city in the United States.

To help make that vision a reality, the Mayor's office and Portland Development Commission regularly convene an Electric Vehicle Working Group, including representatives from the City’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Bureau of Development Services (BDS), and CityFleet.

The working group will track developments in the electric vehicle industry and planning around charging station deployment.  Understanding of the industry will assist  the working group to identify ways to successfully position Portland as an early adopter market and to seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into our city.  

The result of much of this work is contained in an electric vehicle strategy report recently adopted by Portland’s City Council entitled "Electric Vehicles: The Portland Way."  Portland’s strategy reflects that electric vehicle adoption is as much about meeting Portland's sustainability goals and addressing anticipated transportation issues, as it is about economic development.  Adoption of this strategy lays the foundation of good public policy as a key step toward economic development in this area. 

An exciting effort called The EV Project will install a network of over 1,000 publicly accessible charging stations in Oregon at no or low cost to the property owner.  The EV Project will provide a free home or fleet-based charger to about 900 Oregon drivers of the Nissan LEAF zero-emissions electric car who qualify.  The program will cover installation costs.  

Government entities, utilities and organizations interested in participating can visit and sign up to receive regular updates. If you wish to host a publicly available electric vehicle charging site in the Portland area, please contact David Mayfield at or call (503) 919-0304.

Portland Plan game sparks big ideas

BPS E-news Issue 7

This summer we’ve been asking Portlanders: What’s your big idea? Through an interactive game using hexagonal shapes representing the 32 proposed directions for the Portland Plan, the public can choose their most important priorities and build a "mini-strategy” around them that charts a path for Portland’s future.

Staff is taking the Portland Plan “game” out to 35 street fairs and summertime events and over 40 hosted presentations to share the plan and get Portlanders’ big ideas. Each mini-strategy is documented on paper and photographed, and some participants have been willing to share their thoughts. See the video here.

Attending street fairs around town has been a great way to get the word out about the Portland Plan. The game is helping people understand how the plan will be composed of strategic efforts bundled together in the most effective, cost efficient and impactful clusters — or big ideas.

We’re also sharing the game at other venues and with targeted groups. BPS youth interns are playing an especially significant role in this effort, staffing the street fairs and reaching out to their peers:

> Youth interns and staff spoke with students from Self Enhancement Inc (SEI) in four different classes. They presented an overview of the Portland Plan and played the game. SEI takes the best and the brightest from N/NE Portland for this “leadership forum.”

> Youth presented at the Margaret Carter Skill Center, working with adult students (some of whom come from correctional institutions) who are learning new job skills.

> The interns also helped staff with outreach for the 122nd Ave. Pilot Study project in East Portland, surveying residents and businesses about their needs and concerns.

Visit for more on the Portland Plan game in action.

Community groups help recruit Cully neighbors for Clean Energy Works Portland

BPS E-news Issue 7

Over 300 residents from Portland’s Cully neighborhood gathered at Rigler School in early August to learn about the “Changing the Climate in Cully” initiative. As part of the Clean Energy Works Portland (CEWP) residential weatherization retrofit program, homeowners who choose to participate in the Cully neighborhood project will improve the comfort and value of their homes, save energy and create family-supporting jobs in the community.

Sponsored by Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) and a coalition of other community partners, the event — which also featured free ice cream, music, games and family entertainment — marked the kick-off of the neighborhood-led initiative. Homeowners in attendance learned more about home weatherization and many signed up on-the-spot for an energy audit assessment. Through outreach and volunteer activities such as door-knocking and house parties, MACG’s “Changing the Climate in Cully” effort will retrofit 100 Cully homes by the end of the year.

"Portland is known for our dynamic and livable neighborhoods. Thanks to the organizing efforts of groups like MACG, homeowners in neighborhoods like Cully, Lents and Interstate are getting involved and taking advantage of programs like Clean Energy Works Portland,” said Mayor Sam Adams. “This program helps homeowners reduce their energy use and costs, puts Portlanders to work at clean-tech jobs, and helps our city meet our climate action goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. This kind of grassroots activism exemplifies the best spirit of Portland."

To begin with, the program will create 17 new jobs, while sustaining another 16. In order to provide the highest quality work for Cully customers while ensuring the most valuable job creation, six small local construction contractors and workers from LIUNA (Laborers International Union of North America) have teamed up to perform the weatherization retrofit work. This guarantees living wage jobs and healthcare benefits for all workers employed on the project. With a new breakthrough weatherization training program, LIUNA is providing training and credentials in highly skilled jobs as weatherization installers and supervisors. In addition, subcontractors representing three trade union locals (Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, Electrical Workers Local 48 and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 290) will be performing specialty work on the project.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability a $20 million “Retrofit Ramp-Up” award to weatherize thousands of homes and commercial buildings statewide through an expansion of the pilot program Clean Energy Works Portland. “Changing the Climate in Cully” is part of that larger CEWP Program, which has already retrofitted 158 homes in other neighborhoods and has another 228 homes in progress.

In the coming weeks, MACG’s Cully neighborhood volunteers will talk to their neighbors about the project, organizing house parties and community events to bring Cully residents together around this exciting opportunity. Outreach activities will wind down at the end of September, with the 100 home retrofit goal to be reached by December 2010.

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