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Central City 2035 - West Quadrant Plan Virtual Open House Now Available Online

Miss the March 10 open house at City Hall? There’s still time to have your voice heard on the future of Downtown, the West End, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, South Waterfront, South Downtown/University and the Pearl.

Staff discusses district plans with open house attendeesThe West Quadrant Plan Virtual Open House is now available online through 5 p.m. March 24.

The online version of the open house features all of the boards from the March 10 event and the seven draft district plans. It also provides a way for the public to easily submit comments.

Your feedback will be shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee as it considers potential revisions. A proposed West Quadrant Plan, including revised drafts, will be forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for consideration this summer.


PSC News: Apply to be a Member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission is looking to fill vacancy in early Spring

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. As a group, they balance a variety of City goals. We are currently seeking a member to fill a vacant position on the Commission.

The PSC has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code. Their recommendations to City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability aim to create a more prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable city.

The work of the PSC is to:

  • Advise City Council and City bureaus on social, economic and environmental issues as well as long-range development inPortland; and on the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementation measures.
  • Ensure sustainability principles and practices and equity considerations are integrated into policy, planning and development decisions.
  • Advise City Council, as well as City bureaus and other agencies, on projects and proposals that significantly affect the city.

More information about the PSC.

Application Process
As the Zoning Code requires, the membership of the PSC “should include broad representation of Portland’s community and reflect the dynamic nature of this changing city.” To balance and diversify the current composition of the PSC, at this time we are especially interested in adding a member who has experience and knowledge about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building, affordable housing, green building or efforts to makePortlanda thriving, livable city for all.

Typical time commitment for PSC members includes two 3-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees. Because this appointment will fill a position that is mid-term, this position will have approximately nine months of service at the initial confirmation, with the option for the Commissioner to serve an additional two 4-year terms.

To indicate your interest in serving on the Planning and Sustainability Commission, applicants much complete an application form and return it to the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 1120 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland OR 97204.

The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply. Applications for those who apply that are not selected will be kept on file for two years for consideration when a position is again open or vacated.

City Hall Hosts West Quadrant Plan Open House on March 10

Join the discussion about the future of downtown, the West End, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, South Waterfront, the university district and the Pearl

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host an Open House on Monday, March 10 to present draft long-range plans for the seven districts within the quadrant and a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept. Mayor Charlie Hales is scheduled to attend part of the event.

West Quadrant and the Hawthorne Bridge from the Willamette River

Informed by the West Quadrant planning process so far, along with input from the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), the draft district plans include long-range goals, policies and actions for each of the following West Quadrant districts:   

  • The Pearl
  • Old Town/Chinatown
  • Downtown
  • West End
  • Goose Hollow
  • South Downtown/University
  • South Waterfront

Come join in the conversation! Staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be on hand to answer questions. The open house will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the drafts along with a Willamette River Central Reach design concept.

West Quadrant Plan Open House
Monday, March 10, 2014
4 - 7 p.m.
City Hall Atrium
1221 SW 4th Ave
With Mayor Charlie Hales

Feedback will be shared with the SAC as it considers potential revisions. A West Quadrant Plan, including revised drafts, will be forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for consideration this summer.

For those not able to attend the event, a “virtual” open house will go online March 11 and remain open for comments through 5 p.m. on March 24. A future blog post will provide more information on this opportunity as well as a link to the site.


SE Quadrant SAC Continues Discussion of Land Use Scenarios in Central Eastside

Advisory committee will focus on industrial sanctuary, employment opportunities subarea and mixed use corridors

Central Eastside Zoning MapThe Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. At their fourth meeting on March 6, the SAC will continue their discussion about different land use types (e.g., industrial, industrial office, traditional office and retail) and where they should be located within the district. (These meeting topics were originally planned for discussion at the February 6 meeting, which was canceled due to inclement weather.)

Based on input from the SAC meeting in January, the project team will focus the discussion on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunity subarea (EOS), and the mixed use corridors. The EOS is outlined in yellow in the map to the right (click the small version to view the full sized PDF) and runs from E. Burnside and SE Ash Street south to SE Caruthers Street between SE 3rd Avenue and Water Avenue with a few additional blocks west of Water Avenue. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

The April SAC meeting will focus on the Southern Triangle area.

Upcoming SAC meetings

SAC Meeting #4

Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) - Directions

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) - Directions

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents

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