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Photo-simulations highlight Barbur Concept Plan Community Forum

an update from the Barbur Concept Plan May 3rd Community Forum

Sometimes it’s hard to visualize future changes based on land use concepts. But at a May 3rd community forum about the future of Barbur Boulevard, nearly 50 community members were able to see photo simulations of different possible development scenarios along the southwest corridor. These are not proposals for development, rather concepts to generate community discussion.

City staff and the Barbur Community Working Group hosted an engaging event at the Cedarwood Waldorf School near Lair Hill Park. The audience was presented with background and history of the boulevard, a summary of the corridor's opportunities and limitations, and photo-simulations or visualizations of possible building forms and arrangements for a few areas in the corridor. Participants were able to vote on different scenarios for future development, and the results will be used to help shape the concept plan.

All Portlanders are welcome to make their voice heard about the future of Barbur Boulevard by taking a survey similar to the one used at the community forum. The presentation from the community forum is available for reference.

The survey is open until June 15th.

SW 13th Ave today between Barbur and Bertha               

 barbur today

One scenario showing a moderate level of mixed use

One scenario showing a moderate level of mixed use along SW 13th Ave between Barbur and Bertha

Help transform Barbur into a more vibrant, walkable and enjoyable place to work, live and shop

Changes to Barbur Boulevard will the subject of a community forum on May 3, 2012 in southwest Portland. Hosted by City of Portland staff, the public meeting is designed to get input and feedback on where and what kinds of changes along Barbur people would like to see. Staff and consultants will share visualizations of areas along Barbur of current conditions and future alternatives, but we want to hear from the community about what is appropriate and desired.

Participants will also be asked to provide input on desired connections to and from Barbur into the neighborhoods (or institutions like OHSU and PCC) by paths, sidewalks, roads or transit. In addition to providing feedback on the development alternatives, the community forum will be an opportunity to learn more about work done to date on the Barbur Concept Plan, its connection to the larger regional Southwest Corridor Plan, and how you can stay involved and informed.

Staff from the Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT and Metro will be on hand to talk about other transportation projects underway in the corridor, such as the I-5 Iowa Viaduct replacement project, pedestrian and bike improvements to SW Kelly, and other projects.

This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the Barbur corridor. Come and share your ideas for transforming Barbur into a more vibrant, walkable and enjoyable place to work, live and shop.

The City of Portland is working with Metro, ODOT, Trimet and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Durham, King City, Sherwood, Beaverton and Lake Oswego to plan for some form of high capacity transit somewhere in the I-5/99W corridor. Light rail on Barbur is just one potential possibility among many being considered as part of the larger Southwest Corridor Plan.

Community Forum

Cedarwood mapThursday, May 3, 2012

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cedarwood Waldorf School

3030 SW 2nd Ave, Portland

Community Forum Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Review Information, chat with staff, enjoy refreshments

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Brief project overview and interactive discussion

6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Small group discussions

For more information

Contact Jay Sugnet at 503-823-5869

People are talking about the future of Barbur Boulevard

Participants at the December 6, 2011, Barbur Concept Plan Community Forum were asked to fill out a brief survey in addition to sharing their thoughts with staff. The survey was also made available online so that others could also submit their thoughts and ideas about the future of this important southwest corridor. We received 124 responses and as many ideas for improving the “Barbur experience.”

The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit.

Open House summary

Perhaps not surprisingly, many people felt that sidewalks and safer crossings would make Barbur a more attractive place for people to be. Additionally, having more restaurants and retail options ranked high, as did additional trees and improved transit service. A number of people stressed the importance of improving safety for all travelers in the corridor, including bikes, pedestrians and drivers.

A difference in priorities began to emerge in the comments, from improving Barbur as an attractive place to work, shop and live to maintaining Barbur's capacity as a traffic reliever for I-5 backups. People suggested that additional art and greenspace, better connections to the adjacent neighborhoods, and an overall improved appearance would greatly improve the Barbur experience.

Read more comments here

Thanks to all those who participated. Stay tuned for information about our next open house coming up in the spring. 


Barbur Concept Plan Open House Materials and Survey Questions

If you missed the Barbur Concept Plan Open House on December 5 at Markham Elementary School, you can still view the information that was presented and share your thoughts and comments about the future of Barbur Boulevard.

The open house featured various "stations" with information boards and posters. City staff were on hand to discuss the findings from staff and consultant research and record community members' comments. Participants were encouraged to fill out a short survey.

The information gathered at the open house and from the survey will help guide the Community Working Group over the next few months in developing a long term vision as well as alternative land use concepts for the six miles of Barbur Boulevard within the City limits. The final plan, expected to be completed in December 2012, will recommend key future transportation investments, stormwater solutions, and changes to City policy and zoning for this major southwest corridor.

Now you can weigh in online by reviewing the information provided at the open house and taking a brief online survey.

Information from the open house

Take the Barbur Concept Plan survey

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The comment period is open until Jan. 20th, 2012.

Thanks for your input!

Join Us at the Barbur Concept Plan Open House

Barbur Boulevard Then and Now

Community members invited to help create a vision for Barbur Boulevard

Open House

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Markham Elementary

School Cafeteria

10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland

What's the future of Barbur Boulevard? Help decide how this major southwest arterial will evolve.

  • City staff and members of the Community Working Group will host an open house to talk about the work done to date, answer questions and share information about the Barbur Concept Plan.


  • The open house will be an opportunity to learn about the recently launched Barbur Concept Plan project, its connection to the larger regional Southwest Corridor Plan*, and how you can stay involved and informed.


*The City of Portland is working with Metro, ODOT, Trimet and the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, King City and Sherwood to plan for some form of high-capacity transit somewhere in the southwest corridor as part of the Southwest Corridor Plan.

For more information, contact:

Jay Sugnet at 503-823-5869

All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.