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Finalists announced for Loop PDX Design Competition

Five finalists have been announced for the Loop PDX design competition organized by the UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in collaboration with Design Week Portland.

PORTLAND, OR. – (18 March 2016) – The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape and Design Week Portland are pleased to announce the five finalists for the Loop PDX design competition to bring to life the city’s proposed 6-mile “green loop,” a bike/pedestrian greenway linking the east and west side neighborhoods of the central city.

They are:

  1. Alta Planning in collaboration with Greenworks, Portland, Oregon
  2. SWA Group, Sausalito, California
  3. Peter Bednar, Prague, Czech Republic
  4. Untitled Studio, Portland, Oregon
  5. DHM Design, CH2M Hennebery Eddy architects, and Tad Savinar, Carbondale, Colorado and Portland, Oregon.

The finalists will compete for a $20,000 top prize to further develop the winning scheme. They will present their proposals during Design Week Portland on 6 pm, Monday, April 18 at Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10.00.

Proposed by the Portland Planning Bureau in the Central City 2035 Plan, the loop is conceived to connect the Pearl District/Old Town, West End, Cultural District, PSU, South Auditorium, South Waterfront, OMSI, Central Eastside and Lloyd District with a single parkway that would cross the Willamette River at the Broadway Bridge and the Tilikum Crossing.

Loop PDX drew 38 proposals by leading professional firms, upstart shops, activist groups, and students from across the West, along with entries from as far away as Thailand. The competition was sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland Trailblazers/Rose Quarter, Key Development, Beam Development, and Joan Childs and Jerry Zaret.

The finalists offer a wide array of approaches and visions:

Portland-based Alta Planning/Greenworks proposed a series of different types of pathways, from painted tracks to bicycle couplets, all occupying existing streets and linking playgrounds and public spaces.

SWA Group from Sausalito, CA would deploy everything from boldly patterned paintings to festivals to gradually bring to life “enriched streets” of paths connecting pocket parks.

Untitled Studio from Portland proposed a strategy of “rings of ownership” of block-by- block partnerships between the city and private property owners, periodically marked by train-trestle arbors.

Peter Bednar of Prague offered a kit of parts of street furniture, moveable planters, painted walls, and other easily made moves that could incrementally lead to more permanent features like lighting and tree-lined, center-lane parkway.

DHM Design, CH2m, Hennebery Eddy architects, and Tad Savinar envisioned a bold forested greenway that could eventually become a “Park Blocks” for the Central Eastside but could also begin with designated corridors of plantings and green walls.

Loop PDX Design Jury:

  • Paula Scher, designer, Pentagram, New York
  • Gina Ford, director of urban studio, Sasaki, San Francisco
  • Michelle Delk, director of landscape, Snohetta, New York
  • Mike Lydon, Street Plans Collective and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, New York
  • Andrew Howard, cofounder of Better Block and principle with Team Better Block

Loop PDX technical advisory committee:

  • Susan Anderson, director Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Leah Treat, director Bureau of Transportation
  • Mike Abbate, director Parks & Recreation
  • Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
  • Tom Kelly, Portland Development Commission member
  • Brad Malsin, president, Central Eastside Industrial Council
  • Wade Lang, American Assets Trust
  • Sarah Heinecke, director of Lloyd Ecodistrict
  • Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum
  • Jonathan Nicholas, Moda
  • Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum

The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape is devoted to inspiring future acts of visionary design and conservation. A program of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, the Center presents major public programs on design and conservation and more intimate events at two properties designed by John Yeon: the Watzek House, a 1937 modernist masterpiece and Portland’s only National Historic Landmark residence; and The Shire, a unique, 75-acre work of landscape design in the Columbia River Gorge.

Media Contact:
Sabina Poole, UO AAA Communications, 503-412-3729,

Randy Gragg, executive director, John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape,

Share your feedback on City Council's amendments to the draft 2035 Comp Plan

Public testimony accepted in writing and in person at two public hearings

Now that City Council has released its final package of amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Portlanders have one more chance to testify on the new Comp Plan goals, policies and land use map.

You can provide testimony online via the Map App, by email, letter or in person.

Online via the Map App: Add comments to maps of the Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals at: (Click the Land Use Layer)

Email: Send to with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and
mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204

In Person: Attend a public hearing to offer oral testimony directly to the City Council.

April 14, 2016, 6 p.m.
Portland Building Auditorium, 2nd floor
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

April 20, 2016, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Time and date subject to change. Check the Comp Plan calendar to confirm specific dates, times and additional information.

Please include your full name and mailing address in your testimony. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of Council hearing dates or the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal the Council’s final decision.

Once Council adopts the Comprehensive Plan, it must got to the state for acknowledgement, likely early 2018. For more information, visit


Portlanders get familiar with the draft Central City 2035 Plan at open houses and drop-in hours

Community members learn about bike improvements, the Green Loop, new height limits, parking, the river and more

Portlanders got a chance to talk to city planners about the future of the city’s urban core during open houses and drop-in sessions in early March, coinciding with the release of the Central City 2035 Discussion Draft.

More than 70 people attended open houses on both sides of the river, and even more had the opportunity to learn about the plan during drop-in hours over the course of two weeks. Project staff also attended more than 40 meetings with neighborhood associations, property owners, and others throughout the Central City. They shared information and answered questions about the CC2035 Plan, gathering input on the Discussion Draft. Public feedback will inform the development of a Proposed Draft, which will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission on June 14, 2016.

What we’ve heard so far…

At drop-ins, meetings and open houses, staff heard about a wide variety of topics. Some of these are summarized below.

  • Questions about how maximum building heights are determined and how the City is protecting important public views. Height comments also supported both taller and shorter buildings in different parts of the Central City.
  • Interest in how the plan proposes to improve parking, particularly in the Central Eastside.
  • Strong interest in the transportation elements of the plan, particularly in improving specific streets for bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Excitement about the “big ideas” such as the Green Loop concept, a small version of which was on display at the events.
  • Support for goals and policies that would result in more trees, particularly on the east side of the Willamette River.
  • Interest in learning more about sustainable building elements of the plan, such as requiring ecoroofs and more flexibility with the green building standards.

Tell us what you think! Join the conversation.

Experience the open house with our Online Open House. Review and comment on the CC2035 Discussion Draft before March 31, 2016 by:

Updates to Residential and Open Space zones ready for public review

Hearing on Proposed Draft with the Planning and Sustainability Commission on April 12

If you’ve been following the Comprehensive Plan Update, you know there are a lot of maps involved. Some maps convey background information. Some display a picture of the future. For instance, the Comprehensive Plan Map shows how and where the city will grow and change to accommodate our children, grandchildren and newcomers over the next 20 years. The City’s Zoning Map, on the other hand, has a regulatory role: It tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today.

New maps out for public review

The recently released Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update proposal is the newest set of maps available for public review. Most proposed Zoning Map changes correspond to changes on Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map. These include more than 1,700 additional acres of Open Space zoning on publicly owned lands. They also synchronize with changes in residential density that have been proposed to acknowledge areas of natural hazard risk, infrastructure constraints or limitations to urban services.

Zoning Review Areas

In addition, the proposed Zoning Map update addresses areas where the existing Comprehensive Plan Map (drawn in 1980) anticipated greater residential density than the zoning currently allows. Staff evaluated each area (called Zoning Review Areas) against criteria to determine whether it is now timely and appropriate to match the zoning with the previously established Comp Plan designations. For most of the ZRAs, this would mean a change from R5 to R2.5. Criteria included factors such as infrastructure (e.g., sidewalks), proximity to transit and amenities, what’s already built, and whether individual applications for Zoning Map amendments have been approved.

Read the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Proposed Draft

View proposed Zoning Map changes in the Map App

Testify on the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update at a Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hearing on: 

Tuesday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC calendar to confirm the date, time and location one week prior to the scheduled hearing.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal in writing through April 12, 2016, via:

  • Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App
  • Email:
  • U.S. Mail: Planning and Sustainability Commission, c/o City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: Res/OS testimony

How does the Proposed Draft of the Zoning Map relate to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map, which is still being reviewed by City Council?

Cities in Oregon are required to base their zoning maps (which indicate which development standards are applied to a property) off of a long-term Comprehensive Plan land use map (or Comp Plan Map). The PSC approved a Recommended Draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map (with new land use designations) in August 2015, and that draft is currently being reviewed by City Council after several months of public testimony and hearings.

Next Steps

After the April 12 PSC hearing on the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update, Commissioners will make a tentative recommendation on April 26. Then all the proposed zoning update projects (Mixed Use, Institutional, Employment, and Residential and Open Space) will be combined into one zoning map (or "composite"). The PSC is scheduled to consider this composite map in Summer 2016. Please consult the PSC calendar for upcoming date(s) to provide additional testimony on the “Composite Zoning Map.”

Composite Zoning Map

If there are changes to Residential zoning to reflect City Council amendments to Comp Plan designations, these will be incorporated into the Composite Zoning Map. And there will subsequently be another chance for property owners and the general public to provide testimony to the PSC about it.

For more information, visit the project website at or call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

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