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Learn about what is currently happening with the Central City 2035 project. Read meeting announcements and summaries, as well as other recent happenings.


City Council approves long-range plan to guide growth and development in Portland’s Central Eastside

With a supply-side solution to providing land for jobs, the plan ensures this unique industrial district will remain a viable location for manufacturing, industrial services and emerging technologies.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Portland City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the SE Quadrant Plan. Testimony overwhelmingly supported the plan's balance between supporting the growth of the district while reinforcing protections for industrial businesses. Members of the SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee, business owners, land owners and representatives from nonprofits spoke about the plan’s strengths and how it could be improved.

Transportation strategies affirmed

The Portland Freight Committee, Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee testified in support of the plan. In addition, several industrial business owners reaffirmed support for both freight and bicycle circulation enhancements proposed by the plan, especially those that reduce conflicts between modes. Some also expressed enthusiasm for the Central Eastside portion of the Green Loop as a safer route for employees and visitors to bike through and to the district.

Land use tools support small businesses and craft manufacturers

The majority of testimony at City Council supported the expansion of the Employment Opportunity Subarea (EOS) throughout the rest of the district. The EOS, which would be expanded from 48 acres to 248 acres, will allow new and emerging industrial sectors such as digital industrial design, software and web design and maintenance, high tech and bioscience development, as well as traditional industrial sectors to co-exist. Although a few testifiers continued to express concern about how much change the EOS may mean for the district, Mayor Charlie Hales stated he was “cautiously optimistic that this is the right set of strategies” for the district that will help to “create more space and, therefore, maybe a little less competition for what's there now."

Final quadrant plan adopted

The SE Quadrant Plan was the last of three quadrant plans to be adopted (by resolution) by City Council in the City’s multi-year effort to update the Central City Plan. Now Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will begin folding the policies, implementing actions and zoning proposals from all the quadrant plans and other input into a final document that will be called Central City 2035 (CC2035). A CC2035 Discussion Draft will be released for review in late 2015, followed by a Proposed Draft that will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC will hold public hearings before a vote to recommend the plan to City Council. 

City Council Holds First Public Hearing on SE Quadrant Plan

Second hearing on July 29 will allow more people a chance to testify

City Hall

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, City Council held its first public hearing on the SE Quadrant Plan (full video; click on July 8, PM in the left hand navigation bar). Members of the SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee, business owners, land owners and representatives from nonprofits spoke about the plan’s strengths and how it could be improved. There was broad support for the plan's balance between supporting the growth of the district while reinforcing protections for industrial businesses.

Transportation strategies affirmed

Representatives from two of Portland’s three modal advisory committees ― the Portland Freight Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee ― testified in support of the plan. In addition to reaffirming the freight and bicycle designations in the existing Transportation System Plan and Bike Master Plan, the SE Quadrant Plan proposes enhancing separate routes for freight trucks and bikes to improve safety and comfort for each. Their support was echoed by the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC).

Property owners and neighborhood associations expressed enthusiasm for the Central Eastside portion of the Green Loop, if conflicts with freight operations can be addressed. The Green Loop is a signature urban design concept that would provide a safe and comfortable pedestrian and bike route around the Central City and link open spaces, tree canopy and pedestrian amenities.

Land use tools for small businesses and craft manufacturers

As at the Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing, the majority of testimony at City Council supported the expansion of the Employment Opportunity Subarea (EOS) throughout the rest of the district. Staff believe that expanding the EOS will create more locations for industrial businesses currently competing for limited real estate in the Central Eastside. Increasing the supply of this type of land should lower demand and stabilize lease rates for all sectors as a result.

At the hearing, a longtime business and property owner in the Central Eastside asked Council to ensure that traditional industry is a priority in the plan. And two members of the Portland Made group asked commissioners to consider the impacts of the EOS proposal on Portland’s growing craft manufacturing community. Based on this input, Councilors are crafting amendments to the plan that will be discussed at the upcoming hearing (details below).

Second City Council hearing

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Members of the public are invited to propose further amendments for Council’s consideration.

  • Those who signed up but were unable to testify at the July 8 hearing will be invited to speak first at the hearing.
  • Those who testified at the July 8 meeting will only be able to testify on new amendments to the plan, which will be published on this website prior to the hearing.

Recommended Draft Southeast Quadrant Plan Gets Nine Thumbs Up

Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to send the plan to City Council; public invited to testify at public hearing on July 8

OMSI Station Area

The OMSI Station Area wedged between the Willamette River and the OR-99 viaduct was a key topic at the recent Planning and Sustainability Commission work session. Photo courtesy of TriMet.

On June 9, 2015, after holding a briefing, public hearing and work session, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted unanimously to recommend that City Council adopt the Southeast Quadrant Plan. During briefings and work sessions from April through early June, commissioners worked with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to revise the draft, including policies and actions to:

  • Support the growth of existing and new industrial businesses throughout the district.
  • Strengthen Willamette River-related policies that enhance habitat, increase public access and support climate change adaptation goals.
  • Strengthen tree canopy and public open space strategies.
  • Establish a pilot program in response to existing parking needs to allow existing privately owned parking facilities to be “shared” by district businesses and residents.
  • Allow OMSI Station Area property owners to retain their ability to develop housing if stringent conditions are met, such as addressing impacts to adjacent industrial businesses and on the transportation system.

Portlanders can testify at a public hearing on this new plan to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st-century employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to the Willamette River.

On July 8, 2015, City Council will hold a public hearing on a non-binding resolution to adopt the Southeast Quadrant Plan. The adopted plan will be integrated with the N/NE and West Quadrant plans and other input into a Central City 2035 Plan, which will then be the subject of public hearings before both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council in 2016.

The public is invited to testify on the SE Quadrant Recommended Draft at the City Council hearing.

Public Hearing, Southeast Quadrant Plan – Testimony Welcome

July 8, 2015, 3 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor) 
1221 SW 4th Avenue

How to give testimony

You can share your feedback on the plan with City Council in several ways:

  1. Testify in person at the hearing (see details below)

  2. Submit written testimony
    Attn: Council Clerk
    1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140
    Portland, OR 97204

  3. FAX or Email comments to 503-823-4571 or cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Guidance for testifying in person

  • Arrive early to sign up and get instructions on how testimony will be heard.
  • The normal allotted time to testify is 3 minutes, however, it may be necessary to limit the time to 2 minutes or less if there are many people.
  • Testifiers can provide the City Councilors with printed materials. Please provide 8 copies.
  • Testifiers are allowed to show PowerPoint presentations or other slides but they must use the laptop provided at the testimony table, advance their own slides, and it has to be done within their allotted 2-3 minutes. It’s helpful if you submit files before the meeting as there is usually not enough time to load it and get a copy for the record once public testimony begins.

Download council documents

Southeast Quadrant Plan – Recommended Draft

The plan is provided as a large ~28 MB file and divided into chapters. The same material can be found in both. If you are having trouble downloading the larger file, please try downloading the individual sections.

Background

The SE Quadrant Plan includes goals, policies and actions that will guide growth and development in the Central Eastside over the next 20 years. This area includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, East Portland Grand Ave Historic District, new OMSI and Clinton MAX station areas and the Eastside Riverfront.

The plan proposes changes to land use regulations and the transportation system to strengthen the industrial sanctuary. It will also increase employment densities, encourage investment, protect historic resources, establish more amenities for employees and residents, and help minimize conflicts between industrial and other operations.

The plan has been endorsed by the SE Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee after 14 meetings, multiple subcommittee meetings, tours, neighborhood association meetings and two open house events.

SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft Ready for Review; Public Hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission Scheduled for May 26

New long-range plan for the Central Eastside focuses on employment growth, activating new station areas and fostering research and innovation

Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan Cover

Portland’s Central Eastside is a vital part of the Central City. With a combination of large industrial spaces, lower commercial rents than the Central City or South Waterfront, and a soon-to-be unique transportation nexus with the opening of Tilikum Crossing, the district is attracting large and small businesses alike. The area is also becoming a popular place for eating, drinking and recreating.  

The draft SE Quadrant Plan proposes to preserve the industrial sanctuary while expanding the definition of industrial employment and land, activate the new station areas around the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line, and foster an already emerging research and development industry developing on both sides of the river around OHSU and OMSI. The new plan is designed to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st century inner city employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to natural resources like the Willamette River.  

The public is invited to view the Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan and provide testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or at a hearing on May 26.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 3 p.m. (check the PSC calendar one week prior to confirm time)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

To learn how to testify, please read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The SE Quadrant Plan will set direction for changes in regulations that will be developed in the next year. Property owners can review the plan and provide testimony if they want to support or oppose a proposal in the draft plan.

Background

The SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft includes goals, policies and actions that will direct growth in the eastern areas of the Central City over the next 20 years. This area includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, East Portland Grand Ave Historic District, new OMSI and Clinton MAX station areas and the Eastside Riverfront.

The plan proposes changes to land use regulations and the transportation system to strengthen the industrial sanctuary while increasing employment densities, encouraging investment, protecting historic resources, establishing more amenities for employees and residents, and managing conflicts between industrial and other operations.

This proposed draft has been endorsed by the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee following 14 meetings, multiple subcommittee meetings, tours, neighborhood association meetings and two open house events.

Next Steps

Following the public hearing in May, the PSC will hold a work session on June 9 to formulate its recommendation to City Council (remember to check the PSC calendar one week prior to the meeting to confirm). The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution.

This is an interim step in the Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan process. In 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will begin the public hearing process to adopt the final detailed CC2035 plan. Specific recommendations outlined in the SE Quadrant Plan will be integrated with recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant and West Quadrant Plans and adopted by ordinance as part of the CC2035 at that time.

Now through May 31, the public is invited to comment on an inventory of some of Portland’s favorite vistas of the Central City

Take a look at Portland’s iconic views and viewpoints in the updated Central City Scenic Resources Inventory; then tell the City what you think

Where do you take your out-of-town visitors to show off Portland? Up to the Washington Park Rose Garden to take in the sweeping, panoramic views of the skyline and Mt Hood? Maybe you head downtown for a stroll along the waterfront or South Park Blocks. Or take a ride on the Aerial Tram to OHSU for views of the many bridges over the Willamette River, special buildings and scenic landmarks.

Scenic resources like these help define the character of the Central City and shape the image of Portland and the region.

To help preserve these visual treasures, Portland manages an inventory of public views, viewpoints and other scenic resources within and of the Central City. At 25-years-old, the Central City portion of the Scenic Resources Inventory (CCSRI) is getting a refresh as part of the update of the Central City Plan.

Take a Look
The public is invited to review the draft CCSRI to help ensure that all Central City scenic resources are included in the inventory. Did we get them all? Did we miss something? Take a look and tell us what you think.

Public comments on the CCSRI are welcome through May 31, 2015.

How to Comment
Visit the project website for more information about the draft Central City Scenic Resources Inventory and to read or download specific chapters of the draft inventory.

Then share your feedback on the draft inventory using this online form.

Comments are also accepted by …

  • Phone: 503-823-7831
  • Email to: mindy.brooks@portlandoregon.gov
  • Postal mail to:

Mindy Brooks
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

Comments on the draft CCSRI are due by May 31, 2015.

Background and next steps
Last summer we asked the public to nominate their favorite views and viewpoints in the Central City. Those that met a set of criteria were added to the list of existing views and viewpoints from the 1989 inventory as well as new scenic resources identified in the field. Staff then put them in a database and subjected each view and viewpoint to rigorous analysis by a team of independent reviewers.
The resulting draft CCSRI includes a mix of scenic resources, including 152 views from 144 viewpoints, 15 view streets, 6 scenic corridors, 22 visual focal points and 5 scenic sites.

The purpose of the CCSRI is to provide useful information on the location and quality of existing public scenic resources in and around Portland’s Central City. The inventory includes descriptions, evaluations, photos and maps of public views and viewpoints, scenic corridors, view streets, visual focal points and scenic sites located in the Central City inventory area. The inventory does not make recommendations about which scenic resources should be protected.

Scenic resources in Portland have been protected over the past 30 years through various plans and regulations, including the 1983 Terwilliger Parkway Corridor Plan, 1987 Willamette Greenway Plan and 1991 Scenic Resources Protection Plan.