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First post in a series about the West Quadrant Concept Development Phase
Planning efforts for the Central City’s West Quadrant have shifted to developing a high-level concept for the study area, which is summarized in the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook. This document contains a series of quadrant-wide principles and concept layer maps that will help shape the policies and goals to come.
These eight organizing ideas for quadrant-wide urban form are based on key themes from the West Quadrant Charrette.
West Quadrant Guiding Principles
The maps at right help to illustrate some of these guiding principles.
Through upcoming Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings and an Open House on October 24, these preliminary principles and maps will be refined to reflect the views of the committee and the public. Save the date for the Open House and share your thoughts about these new concepts for the West Quadrant.
Next: Draft concept layers (maps) for land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space, and green systems.
Online map and tools available for public review and comment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2013
Online map and tools available for public review and comment
PORTLAND, Ore. — The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Comprehensive Plan - Working Draft Part 2, launching a round of public outreach to share this large body of work with the community and solicit public feedback.
Working Draft Part 2: Maps and Infrastructure includes:
The Map App is designed to solicit answers to questions, such as:
“Hundreds of community members, City staff, business owners and other stakeholders contributed to the development of these products,” said BPS Director Susan Anderson. “Now public comments with these new tools will help the City make quality decisions to better manage and leverage population growth to create a more livable community for all Portland residents and businesses.”
Part 2 also includes a new Urban Design Framework (visible in the Map App), which shows Portland’s future intended physical form. The draft framework focuses growth in neighborhood centers and along travel corridors, identifies key transportation connections, and fosters a system of habitat corridors ─ all while being sensitive to the unique geographies and characteristics of different parts of the city.
Three public information sessions are being held later this month to share more information about the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft, the Map App and the CSP. All sessions will include a 30-minute presentation and time for questions and answers.
Comprehensive Plan Information Brownbag
Tuesday, October 22, noon – 1 p.m.
Portland Building Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street, Student Center
In addition, BPS is hosting a series of mapping conversations ─ open house-style events that will focus on area-specific questions. Staff are also available for neighborhood, community or interest group meetings. To schedule a meeting, please contact Marty Stockton at 503-823-2041. For more information about the mapping conversations, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan.
The Comprehensive Plan Update is a long-range plan for the city’s growth and development for the next 25 years. The Portland Plan directed the City to complete a new Comprehensive Plan that explicitly supports a prosperous economy for all, recognizes the relationship between the built environment and youth success, creates healthy connected neighborhoods, and addresses equity. The public review draft of the Comprehensive Plan is being published in two parts. Working Draft Part 1 was published in January 2013 and contained draft goals and policies. With the publication of Working Draft Part 2: Maps and Infrastructure, the City will begin gathering feedback to shape the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, due out in 2014. For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gob/bps/pdxcompplan.
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Promoting Health Through Multi-Family Housing — briefing; Age-Friendly City Action Plan — briefing
** If you receive an error message, click the icon to the right of "Contained Records" to open the document listing.
An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50.
September Meeting Notes, SE Station Area Working Group
On September 18, the final Inner SE Station Area Working Group meeting was held. At the meeting, the results from the charrette held in August were presented and participants were asked to respond to a series of questions to solicit additional feedback on the the various alternatives that were developed during the charrette. Information was also presented on potential transportation projects that came out of the charrette and how they could be prioritized.
Staff will now refine the concepts based on the feedback heard from the meeting. Preliminary concept alternatives for the OMSI and Clinton station areas will be forwarded for consideration as part of the SE Quadrant Plan process. A Stakeholder Advisory Committee is currently being formed for the SE Quadrant Plan and the first meeting is expected to be in November.
Ideas for the Rhine and Holgate station areas will be further developed based on community input and then forwarded into the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update process. A station area working group focused on theBrooklynstations will be convened with a meeting expected in November.
Background materials from the working group meeting, including the presentations, agenda, and question and answer session results, are found here:
Active transportation, street and development character offer more big ideas for the West Quadrant Plan
This is the final post in a series about the West Quadrant Plan Charrette.
The City of Portland is renowned for innovative transportation solutions. With progressive traffic signal systems, inventive bicycle facilities, light rail, buses and streetcar all built within a tight grid of small blocks with complete sidewalks in the Downtown area, this reputation is well-earned. However, there is still work to be done to make it a more complete and safe system for all modes of transportation.
During the West Quadrant Charrette in June, participants brainstormed how to improve options for people to get around. The existing bicycle network isn’t contiguous or clear and often fast moving cyclists create pedestrian safety issues, particularly in Waterfront Park. In addition to accommodating higher speed bicycle commuters, there is a growing desire to provide more safe and quiet pedestrian and bicycle routes located off busy streets. Many charrette participants felt the City should provide develop travel options for both the recreating and commuting cyclist.
One idea is to create an active transportation loop all the way around the Central City, on both the east and west sides of the river. This loop would have many access points, allowing people to easily get to any part of the West Quadrant by walking or cycling. A designated recreation oriented “low-traffic” route could create a greater sense of safety for concerned cyclists and pedestrians, provide for easier access to many areas, and potentially act as an economic and tourism stimulus. This facility would help address a large untapped pool of potential bicycle riders who would like to ride in and around the Central City, but are uncomfortable mixing with the heavy vehicle and cycling traffic common in some parts of the area.
Street and Development Character
Enhancing the actual street development type and character can also help create safer, more welcoming streets in the West Quadrant. High quality streets that support existing and future development uses of major corridors in the Central City fall into three categories:
Being more deliberate about our streets both from a transportation and development perspective are just some of the big ideas that came out of the West Quadrant Charrette. Check out previous posts on the Willamette River and Housing and Neighborhoods for other big ideas.
View the complete set of maps and a summary report from the West Quadrant Charrette.