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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

Request for Community Partnership in Hosting a Solar Electric (PV) System

Responses due no later than March 21, 2014

solar forward logoThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is now seeking expressions of interest from qualified parties that want to host the next PV system as part of the Solar Forward program. This will be the third--and very likely the final--PV system installed under the Solar Forward program. BPS is seeking prospective site hosts with the interest in and capability to host, own, and operate a PV array on their property. Qualified parties are limited to public and non‐profit sector organizations and entities. It is not expected that prospective site hosts will contribute financial resources to the installation of the PV system.

BPS established the Solar Forward program as a pilot to test interest in community-based development and funding of solar electric systems (i.e., “community solar”). Solar Forward uses a combination of grants, crowdfunded community donations and an electric utility incentive program to pay for construction and
development of PV projects on publicly-owned buildings such as community centers, schools or other important community structures. 

Solar Forward has already successfully completed one project, a 10-kilowatt array at  Southwest Community Center, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation. A second project at Oliver P.Lent Elementary School is under development, in partnership with Portland Public Schools. Construction is anticipated for summer 2014. 

BPS will coordinate the application of relevant incentives for the project, with the intention of submitting an application for the Oregon Volumetric Incentive Rate (VIR) program.   

Responses to this Request for Community Partnership (RFCP) are due no later than March 21, 2014. 


Read full details of the request.


Download the response form.


Urban Land Institute visits, redefines Portland’s Central Eastside

BPS E-News, February 2014

central eastside PortlandCruise along any street in the Central Eastside industrial area, and the energy and change is palpable. Husks of old warehouses are being rehabbed across the street from new commercial buildings. Pedestrians and cyclists are just as likely to travel the streets as a variety of freight vehicles. And the new light rail line taking shape across the river and south to Milwaukie will soon connect with the streetcar loop and provide additional opportunities for development around new station areas.

And as more businesses seek office, industrial and flexible work space in this dynamic and close-in area, development pressures could jeopardize the still-reasonable lease rates and the district’s unique character and urban form.

The land use challenges in this unique part of Portland have caught the eye of planners around the nation. The Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use recently chose Portland as one of four cities to study this year, with Mayor Charlie Hales, and directors Susan Anderson (BPS), Leah Treat (PBOT) and Patrick Quinton (PDC) named as Rose Center Fellows.

During the week of February 10, ULI staff and Rose Center fellows toured the Central Eastside, talked with project staff, interviewed stakeholders and presented their findings and recommendations to a crowd of about 70 people at the Eastside Exchange building at the end of the four-day investigation.

According to the ULI, their “goal is to initiate the creation of a strategy to position the Central Eastside … as a 21st century business district offering sufficient flexibility to serve longtime industrial employers as well as new, emerging industries.”

At the final presentation on Thursday, February 13 at the Eastside Exchange building, ULI staff and fellows emphasized the need to redefine the notion of an industrial sanctuary and create a “haven for doers and makers” in the Central Eastside. They called on the City of Portland to create an employment strategy, not a regulatory strategy, through infrastructure and access improvements, land use flexibility, work force training, programming and partnerships.

The presentation ended with some “homework” assignments, which will be reviewed when the teams reconvene in April in Vancouver, Wash. For more information about ULI and the Daniel Rose Center, please visit

Introduction to Central Eastside illustrates the historical and present-day dynamics in the district

To address the changing dynamics in the SE Quadrant and ensure that the industrial sanctuary in the Central Eastside preserves and enhances new employment growth, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is leading the SE Quadrant planning effort and recently released a dynamic introduction to the area. Titled Portland’s Central Eastside, the document covers the history and background of the district, its role as a regional employment center, types of businesses, urban character, transportation issues, the riverfront and future of the industrial sanctuary. The book includes bold illustrations by a local artist, fascinating historic photographs and compelling stories about the people and places in the Central Eastside.

Through narrative, images and case studies, the book paints a picture of a place transformed from farmland to loading docks to train tracks and freeways. It shows how the district went from Produce Row to industrial sanctuary, and describes the various business sectors thriving in the area today. It describes an evolving industrial “ecosystem,” where metal fabricators and other craftspeople form a “colony” of mutually supportive services that are accessible by foot or bike. And it identifies the issues around urban form and character, transportation and the riverfront, and offers discussion questions to start conversations with the community that will be necessary to chart the path ahead.

Read Portland’s Central Eastside.


What should the City’s top transportation priorities be? Tell us in an online survey

BPS E-News, February 2014

Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have started a community conversation about how to improve funding for transportation. You can have your say by attending an upcoming meeting or taking an online survey now at

Please join Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, staff from the City of Portland, and your neighbors on to review specific transportation needs and comment on possible solutions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

The first meeting on needs was held last night, Feb. 20.

The February meetings focus on transportation needs.  A second series of meetings will be scheduled in April to review specific funding proposals.

Portland is facing these same challenges as many local governments:

Last year, 35 people in Portland were killed in traffic crashes and the overall condition of our streets and bridges continues to deteriorate.  Many of our streets are unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists because they lack sidewalks for people to walk on and/or features like rapid flash beacons that make intersections safer to cross.

Our maintenance backlog gets worse on a daily basis, because roads are like teeth: If you don’t brush, floss and have annual cleanings, you end up having much more expensive root canals and extractions.

For more information, visit the project web site or contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or


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