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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.

SE Quadrant Plan SAC Discusses Potential Land Use Patterns for the Southern Triangle

Advisory committee to discuss new OMSI and Clinton Station Areas as well as surrounding land on April 3rd

The Southern Triangle's locationThe Southern Triangle of the SE Quadrant is enclosed by the Union Pacific rail line to the north and east, SE Powell Blvd to the south and the Willamette River to the west. During a recent visit by the Urban Land Institute Rose Fellows, the area’s unique combination of large blocks, new transit infrastructure and close proximity to downtown and the South Waterfront were highlighted as opportunities for new development in addition to existing cultural attractions, such as OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will discuss potential land use patterns for this area and will suggest to staff the types of analysis to include in the land use scenarios.

Project staff will also present an update on market feasibility analyses of selected strategic sites, and there will be an update on the activities of the Transportation Working Group (TWG) at their first two meetings in February and March.

See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

Upcoming Meetings

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

TWG Meeting #3

Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
ADX Portland
417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6

Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8:30 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

Central City 2035 - West Quadrant Plan Virtual Open House Now Available Online

Miss the March 10 open house at City Hall? There’s still time to have your voice heard on the future of Downtown, the West End, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, South Waterfront, South Downtown/University and the Pearl.

Staff discusses district plans with open house attendeesThe West Quadrant Plan Virtual Open House is now available online through 5 p.m. March 24.

The online version of the open house features all of the boards from the March 10 event and the seven draft district plans. It also provides a way for the public to easily submit comments.

Your feedback will be shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee as it considers potential revisions. A proposed West Quadrant Plan, including revised drafts, will be forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for consideration this summer.

 

City Hall Hosts West Quadrant Plan Open House on March 10

Join the discussion about the future of downtown, the West End, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, South Waterfront, the university district and the Pearl

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host an Open House on Monday, March 10 to present draft long-range plans for the seven districts within the quadrant and a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept. Mayor Charlie Hales is scheduled to attend part of the event.

West Quadrant and the Hawthorne Bridge from the Willamette River

Informed by the West Quadrant planning process so far, along with input from the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), the draft district plans include long-range goals, policies and actions for each of the following West Quadrant districts:   

  • The Pearl
  • Old Town/Chinatown
  • Downtown
  • West End
  • Goose Hollow
  • South Downtown/University
  • South Waterfront

Come join in the conversation! Staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be on hand to answer questions. The open house will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the drafts along with a Willamette River Central Reach design concept.

West Quadrant Plan Open House
Monday, March 10, 2014
4 - 7 p.m.
City Hall Atrium
1221 SW 4th Ave
With Mayor Charlie Hales

Feedback will be shared with the SAC as it considers potential revisions. A West Quadrant Plan, including revised drafts, will be forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for consideration this summer.

For those not able to attend the event, a “virtual” open house will go online March 11 and remain open for comments through 5 p.m. on March 24. A future blog post will provide more information on this opportunity as well as a link to the site.

 

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

Portland’s Central Eastside Poses Interesting Questions About the Future of Employment Land

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases introduction to 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

Portland’s Central Eastside (CES) is an economic development success story, and a variety of businesses make the area one of the city’s largest employment districts. Over the past decade, while the rest of the city and the region’s job growth stagnated, the CES now includes more than 1,100 businesses with more than 17,000 employees. Reflecting the changing nature of industry and technology, industrial uses and creative enterprises are neighbors in an area that is emerging as an attractive location for cross-industry exchange, from film and digital enterprises to food, creative services and craft industries.

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 includes bold illustrations by a local comic artist, fascinating historic photographs and compelling stories about the people and places in the Central Eastside.

Portland's Central Eastside  Illustration
Read Portland’s Central Eastside
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Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Fellows Offer Recommendations for Future Planning Efforts

Through narrative and images, 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 presents a case study of the Ranchers and Gardners Building, which was once a place for local immigrant farmers to sell and distribute their produce and is now home to a variety of small, mostly manufacturing enterprises. The book 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.

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 on Thursday morning.

According to a ULI media release, their “goal is to initiate the creation of 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 presentation on Thursday, February 13, held 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 to create an employment strategy, not a regulatory strategy, through:

  • Infrastructure and access improvements.
  • Land use flexibility.
  • Programming and partnerships.

The presentation ended with some “homework” assignments for City staff, 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 http://uli.org

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