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Preliminary Concept Alternatives to be Presented at Upcoming SAC Meetings

Since the completion of two successful charrettes held this spring, the N/NE Quadrant Project team has been sorting and screening the ideas gathered and incorporating them into concept alternatives that illustrate different ways the N/NE Quadrant could develop over time, including:

  • Land Use, Urban Design and Local Transportation Concept Alternatives for the full N/NE Quadrant area

  • More specific Planning Choices for 8 Subareas within the Quadrant

  • Freeway and Related Local Transportation Concept Alternatives for the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange area

The preliminary screening process and concepts will be presented at upcoming Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings on May 26 and June 16 and the SAC will be asked to confirm the direction of the work thus far. Materials for the May 26 meeting are currently available on the project website. Look for materials for the June meeting, approximately one week prior to that meeting. Pending discussion with the SAC, these materials will be the subject of a public open house in late June/early July. Feedback received on the various concepts will be brought back to the SAC in late July.

Background on ideas that came out of the charrette processes can be found in the Summaries of the Land Use, Urban Design and Local Transportation Charrette and the Freeway/Local Transportation Interface Charrette.

Planning Creatively for the next 25 Years

The second symposium on Civic and Cultural Life covers four topics to move forward.

On April 28th at the second symposium on Civic and Cultural Life participants explored some key topics and discussed ways in which CC2035 could enable a vibrant artistic and cultural scene within the Central City over the next 25 years. The conversation was centered on four topics, including:

  • Access and Public Places
  • Identity, Diversity and Place
  • Economic Development
  • Affordability and Art Space

Panelists agreed that all of Portland stands to benefit from the vibrancy and increased cultural activity of the Central City. For a complete picture of what was discussed, check out the meeting minutes.

Moving forward, CC2035 will develop potential policies addressing the issues discussed by symposium participants. The policies will be incorporated into the development of the draft Concept Plan for CC2035. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums (when available) can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

For any questions or comments contact Elisa Hamblin at 503-823-9714 or by email at

The Once and Future Central City

The first symposium on Historic Resources in the Central City covers diverse topics.

Among the unique qualities of a city is its mix of old and new and ever-changing urban form. Part of the challenge is seeking a balance in deciding what is preserved and what isn't and finding ways to accommodate growth and change while preserving what is best about the historic urban fabric. On May 20, as part of the ongoing Central City 2035 (CC2035) Symposium Series, CC2035 will hold a symposium on historic resources. The focus of this discussion will be on identifying the most important historic resource issues facing the Central City and how they might be addressed in the CC2035 plan.

There is a history behind every place in Portland; it speaks to who we are as a city and where we would like to go. CC2035 is an exciting opportunity to determine what the Central City will become in the future while also recognizing its unique history. From the alleys of Old-Town to the mid-rises of the Pearl, the history of Russell Street in the NE and the mix of entrepreneurship and industry in the Central Eastside, the Central City has a rich cultural history to acknowledge as it evolves and takes on new residents, buildings, places and forms.

This Historic Resources Symposium on May 20 will feature representatives from public and private interests, and provides a chance for the public to learn and provide feedback regarding this issue.

For more information, please review the meeting packet and background report or contact Nicholas Starin at 503-823-5837 or by e-mail at

This topic is one of many integrated themes under discussion about the Central City. Materials from previous and upcoming symposiums can be found in the Current Documents section of the website.

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation 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.