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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.

Proposed Draft West Quadrant Plan at Planning and Sustainability Commission

Public invited to attend and testify at public hearing on September 9

Soccer fans watch events in Pioneer Square during MLS All Star WeekThe future of Downtown, the West End, Goose Hollow, the Pearl, Old Town/Chinatown, South Waterfront and South Downtown/University is before us. And you can testify about the proposed draft of a long-range plan for the Central City’s west side at an upcoming hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Over the last year and a half, the West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff to develop the West Quadrant Plan, which includes goals, policies and key directions for neighborhoods from the North Pearl to South Waterfront and from Goose Hollow to the riverfront. This plan will guide future growth and development in the area and incorporates fresh ideas from the community to help make the Central City an even more vibrant place to live, work and play.

Public Hearing Details

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

September 9, 2014
12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

The West Quadrant Project hearing will begin at 12:30 pm. Instructions on submitting testimony: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906.

Download the Proposed Draft West Quadrant Plan

Next Steps

Following the public hearing on September 9, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a work session to formulate its recommendation on the West Quadrant Plan on October 21. The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution. Specific recommendations in the West Quadrant Plan will go into effect once the entire Central City 2035 Plan (the update of the 1988 Central City Plan) is complete, expected in 2015.

Advisory Committee Endorses Plan for the Future of the Central City’s West Quadrant

Proposed Draft will advance to Planning and Sustainability Commission for public hearing and testimony

Transit Mall at Pioneer SquareThe West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) voted to endorse the Draft West Quadrant Plan at their last meeting on July 21, 2014.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff are making final revisions to the draft and will release a Proposed Draft at a Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) briefing on August 12. The PSC will hold a hearing on September 9 to consider public testimony.

Portlanders are invited to submit testimony to the PSC in person or in writing prior to or at the September 9 hearing. Agendas and tips for testifying are available online. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at a City Council hearing later in the fall.

Next steps: Quadrant plans combined into one Central City 2035 Plan; amendments to the new Comprehensive Plan

After City Council adopts the West Quadrant Plan by resolution, it will provide direction for the next steps in the process but will not yet change City policy or code.  Moreover, there are still a number of topic areas not addressed, or fully addressed, in the West Quadrant Plan.  Work on parking, bonuses, the update of the Willamette Greenway Plan for the Central Reach, scenic resources, and other topics will continue through focused staff and stakeholder discussions over the next year.

Also over the next year, staff will work to combine the recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant Plan (adopted October 2013), West Quadrant Plan and SE Quadrant Plan (currently underway) into a single Central City 2035 Plan, with accompanying Zoning Code amendments.

By mid to late 2015, BPS expects to release the Proposed Central City 2035 Plan. There will be many opportunities for public comment as the Central City 2035 Plan advances through PSC and City Council. The final adopted Central City 2035 Plan will amend the Comprehensive Plan policies and designations for the Central City. 

For questions or comments about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact project staff at westquad@portlandoregon.gov.

 

Take a Walk on the Riverside, the Central Eastside’s that is, on July 22

Join City planners, river enthusiasts and other community members as they stroll along the Willamette’s edge, imagining the future of the Central City’s waterfront

You’re invited to a summer’s eve river walk on July 22. City staff and others interested in improving river habitat, boating and other activities in the Central Reach will tour and discuss key locations along the Central Eastside’s riverfront area.SEQ Walking Tour Map

Meet at the PCC Climb Center Auditorium, 1626 SE Waters Ave, at 5 p.m. for an overview before heading down to the river. Staff will pose specific questions and record comments that will inform development of the Central City 2035 Plan, which includes the Southeast Quadrant Plan and River Plan / Central Reach.

We’ll be stopping at the following locations along the way:

1. Madison Dock (Fire Station) & Plaza area
2. Holman Dock area
3. OMSI area
4. End of Caruthers Street
5. Willamette Greenway Trail connection

Bring a water bottle; light snacks will be provided. Come support the river!

For more information, contact Debbie Bischoff at Debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6946.

West Quadrant Plan SAC Wrapping Up

Final West Quadrant SAC Meeting July 21; revised SAC Review Draft Available July 11

Revised SAC Review Draft CoverThe West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) will meet for the 16th and final time on Monday, July 21, 2014. The 33-member committee has been meeting since March 2013, providing guidance through all phases of the planning process — from identification of issues and opportunities and concept development to plan development.

Proposed Draft goes to Planning and Sustainability Commission

An initial draft of the full West Quadrant Plan was discussed at the June 16 SAC meeting. Comments are being used to guide revisions, which will result in a Revised Stakeholder Advisory Committee Review Draft, to be discussed at the final July 21 SAC meeting. This draft will be available for review on the project website July 11.

Comments on the Revised SAC Review Draft will be taken at the July 21 meeting. Staff will make revisions as needed and produce a Proposed Draft, which will be shared with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) prior to a public hearing on September 9. The public is invited to submit testimony to the PSC in person or in writing. Agendas and tips for testifying are available online. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at a City Council hearing, yet to be scheduled.

Recommended Draft to City Council in the fall

When City Council adopts the West Quadrant Plan this fall, it will by resolution. Over the next year, staff will work to combine the recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant Plan (adopted October 2013), West Quadrant Plan and SE Quadrant Plan (currently underway) into a single Central City 2035 Plan with accompanying Zoning Code amendments.

By mid-to-late 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability expects to begin the public hearing process to adopt the final Central City 2035 Plan. This will happen concurrently with the updated Comprehensive Plan and Map, the Zoning Code and maps by ordinance in conformance with the plan. Specific changes outlined in the West Quadrant Plan would not take effect until this time. There will be additional opportunities for public comment as the Central City 2035 Plan advances through PSC and City Council.

For questions or comments about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact project staff at westquad@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland's Central Eastside: 2035

A look towards what the future may hold

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

— Niels Bohr

What will the Central Eastside look like in the year 2035? Will it continue to be a home to industrial services, warehousing and distribution companies? Will the district still contain businesses started three generations ago? Will it include manufacturers making products commonplace in our lives today as well as products we cannot yet imagine?

Answering these questions is difficult. Imagine predicting 35 years ago — when Oregon’s economy was dominated by resource industries and the car culture shaped our urban form — that within three decades our economy would be shaped by the silicon chip and entrepreneurs, and employees who prefer to commute to work by foot, bike and streetcar.

Although we can’t predict the future, we can chart a course to the future we hope to realize. This journey will require some bold decisions and diligence to implement new strategies that take us where we collectively want to go. It will also require patience and the ability to creatively respond to the inevitable threats, opportunities and mid-course corrections that will deliver us to our desired destination.

Relationship to Central City 2035

The SE Quadrant Plan is an element of the broader Central City 2035 (CC2035) project to update the 1988 Central City Plan. The CC2035 Concept Plan, adopted in 2012, includes goals, policies and an urban design direction that provide high level guidance for the entire Central City. The Concept Plan established a framework from which the more detailed quadrant plans are being developed.

The SE Quadrant Plan will focus on building the next generation of industrial/employment sanctuaries, with higher employment densities to enhance and strengthen the Central Eastside’s role as a major employment center in the Central City. The planning effort will follow through on the CC2035 concept of southern “bookends” to the Central City, which could provide a new employment and education hub at OMSI and South Waterfront across the river.

The Concept Plan also articulates a vision for a Green Loop around the entire Central City, circling both sides of the river and providing people of all ages and abilities a way of walking, biking, strolling or rolling on a continuous, safe route. A community amenity such as this would further enhance the Central Eastside as a destination point for recreation, cultural attractions, restaurants, tourism and other amenities that enliven an area and create a sense of place.

You can help shape the future of the Central Eastside

Share your thoughts and input at the SE Quadrant Open House on July 8, where staff will present concepts that have emerged through the planning process so far.

Tuesday, July 8, 4 p.m – 7 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Avenue

This is the final installment of a blog series aimed at exploring the past, present, and future of the Central Eastside.