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N/NE Quadrant surveys get a great response!

N/NE Quadrant Survey wrap-up

Thanks to all the community members who took the concept alternatives surveys!

We received a lot of valuable input, with 140 people responding to the quadrant-wide survey and between 50 and 75 responding to each of the eight subarea surveys. The project team is working on summarizing the results and will make them available on the project website soon. The results of the survey are being used to inform development of a proposed land use, urban design and local transportation concept for the quadrant, as well as recommendations on area-specific planning questions.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will begin discussing these proposals at their next meeting on September 29, 2011. See the calendar for more event details.

Portland's Director of Planning and Sustainability plenary address kicks off APA's 2011 statewide conference in California

UC Santa Barbara Alumnus Susan Anderson to talk about sustainable cities and climate change

BPS News


September 9, 2011


Julia Thompson

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson kicks off APA's 2011 statewide conference in California with plenary address

Portland, ORE. - Over the past decade, more and more cities have focused on sustainability and climate change as key issues for long-term planning. Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) for the City of Portland, is at the forefront of that trend.

"Environmental protection and sustainability are among the greatest challenges to our future well-being," Anderson states. "Yet behavioral psychologists tell us that only a small percentage of people will change behavior (what they do, where they live, what they buy, how they travel) because of the fear of climate change or environmental degradation."

On Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, Ms. Anderson will open the California Chapter of the American Planning Association's annual conference in Santa Barbara with a plenary address titled "Let's Not Talk About Climate Change."

Come learn how Portland and other communities are successfully developing more sustainable cities using urban design, technical assistance and financing tools - and are getting results by talking less about climate change and more about quality of life, jobs and prosperity, affordable housing and healthy families.

"By focusing on the benefits of addressing climate change rather than the doomsday messages, we've found that people become more engaged rather than overwhelmed by negative information," observes Anderson. "We are applying the principle of individuals taking small steps to create big changes over time."

Anderson led the development of the Portland Climate Action Plan and works with a community full of public and private partners to implement the plan. Efforts have focused on energy efficiency, solar, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, tree canopy protection, toxics reduction, green procurement, sustainable food, natural resource inventories, and healthy, walkable neighborhoods that reduce the need to travel.

Under her direction, BPS is the lead agency (with 110 staff) for the development and implementation of the Portland Plan - a 25-year strategic plan and five-year action plan to make Portland a thriving and sustainable city that is equitable, prosperous and healthy. A new comprehensive land use plan, river plan, airport plan, neighborhood plans and Central City plan are also under development or recently completed.
Ms. Anderson has held director-level positions in the public and private sector, including the Portland Office of Sustainable Development and Energy Office, and an environmental consulting firm. She also held positions with the Oregon Department of Energy, was a land-use planner and a public relations professional.
She holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, Economics and Environmental Science. In 2008, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management. She was also named 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Environmental Studies Program from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Portlanders help shape the future of N/ NE Quadrant’s Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts

BPS E-News Issue 13 - September

Based on ideas captured at recent events and meetings, the N/NE Quadrant project team prepared draft concepts for how the Lower Albina and Lloyd districts could develop over time. They then presented these concepts for public review and comments through an open house, other meetings and an online survey, which posed questions about land use, urban design and local transportation in the area.
The quadrant-wide survey focused on how the N/NE Quadrant could develop as a whole. The results of eight subarea surveys (e.g., Historic Russell Street, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District) will help the project team work out details of smaller geographic areas.

Comments will be used by the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and project team to inform upcoming decisions this fall. The results of the surveys will be shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee on Sept. 29, 2011, as well as posted on the project website.

More about the land use, urban design and transportation design proposals for N/NE Quadrant

Ideas for the concepts were drawn from a number of sources, including examining existing conditions; identifying issues, opportunities and constraints; Stakeholder Advisory Committee and subcommittee meetings; and the Local Issues Charrette (February 2011). The concept alternatives are described in the Concept Alternatives Workbook.
The quadrant-wide concept alternatives display existing conditions and concepts based broadly on three potential future land use patterns:

  1. Residential

  2. Employment

  3. Residential/employment blend

Each concept alternative is further illustrated with three related infrastructure systems:

  1. Mobility

  2. Open space

  3. Green systems

The subarea choices highlight key land use, urban design and local transportation choices for the N/NE Quadrant subareas. Also included are maps and background information for these smaller geographic areas, with questions specific to each one. The subarea choices and issues will inform the refinement of the quadrant-wide concept alternatives (and vice versa), assist in developing a preferred concept, and provide guidance for more focused plan proposals at the subarea level.
For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project, please contact Stephanie Beckman at 503-823-6042 or For more information about the Central City 2035 plan, please visit

About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation. It is part of Phase II of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan, providing detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. Working jointly with the Oregon Department of Transportation, this pr0ject will also explore options for I-5 freeway and local transportation improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. For more information visit the project website: