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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 SAC Continues Discussion of Land Use Scenarios in the District

Advisory committee will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunities subarea, mixed use corridors and the Southern Triangle

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. At their fourth meeting on February 6, the SAC will continue their discussion about land uses and where they should be located within the district. Building on the input from last month, the discussion will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunity subarea (EOS), mixed use corridors, and the Southern Triangle area. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda. The March SAC meeting will discuss additional land use issues, the river, open space and green systems.

Upcoming SAC meetings

SAC Meeting #4: Postponed Due to Weather; New Meeting Details To Be Announced
Thursday, February 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Multnomah County Offices
501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315 (3rd Floor)

SAC Meeting #5
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location TBD

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page.

View New Ideas for Improving and Activating the Willamette River’s Central Reach

Urban Design Concept captures the work of planners and the community to make the river in the Central City a healthier, livelier place for all Portlanders

Willamette River Central Reach UDCA first draft of a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept is available for public review and comment. The concept reflects public input previously received as part of the West Quadrant planning process and a Central Reach workshop held in December 2013.

The illustration will provide general policy guidance. Public comments received on this concept will be used by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability River Planning team to:

  • Update the Central Reach design concept.
  • Inform development of the West Quadrant and Southeast Quadrant and Central City 2035 (CC2035) plans’ goals, policies and actions for the Willamette River.
  • Inform development of the overall CC2035 Plan, which will include an update to the Willamette Greenway Plan and zoning regulations.

The Central Reach Urban Design Concept illustrates on-the-ground ideas for the future of the Central Reach. City staff, stakeholders and organizations, as well as the general public, can use to identify policies, actions and partnerships needed to realize community aspirations for the riverfront. Some ideas are not specifically mapped due to a lack of clarity on location; they may be included in a final draft of the design concept.

Review the Urban Design Concept and give your feedback.

You can share your thoughts about the new concept and how to improve it by filling out the online feedback form. It should take 15-30 minutes of your time to review the design concept and respond to the questions depending on your interests. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31.

For more information, please contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946, or go to the River Plan Central Reach web page.

West Quadrant Plan Wraps Up Concept Development Phase

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) turns to district-level work in the new year

At its December meeting, the West Quadrant Plan SAC wrapped up the concept development phase of its work with the approval of the remaining revised West Quadrant-wide Concept Layer maps. Revisions to the original set of draft concept maps were guided by the SAC; they incorporated feedback received from the October open house and online feedback form, stakeholder and association meetings, and individuals contacting project staff directly. The concept maps do not constitute a plan for the area; rather, they will be used to lead/steer more detailed district-level work in the new year.    

The West Quadrant Plan SAC includes more than 30 members of the community whose representation includes residents, developers, business owners, and social service providers. At their December meeting (pictured above), they signed off on draft concept layers for the West Quadrant Plan.  In January, the SAC will begin the plan development phase of its work, reviewing initial discussion drafts for Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University District. The remaining four districts (the Pearl, West End, Downtown and South Waterfront) will be shared with the SAC in February, and a public open house covering all seven districts will be held at City Hall on the evening of March 10.  

Developed by pulling from the overall West Quadrant Concept Layer Maps that the SAC spent the last four months refining, these initial drafts are a starting place for discussion, review and revision with the community. The drafts will be revised several times over the next six months as they move through a public process with the SAC, various district groups and associations, and the general public.

Future blog posts will review highlights from each district’s set of draft goals, policies, and actions.

SE Quadrant SAC Discusses Land Use Direction for the Central Eastside

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meets on January 16

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. Discussion regarding industrial lands, the mix of uses, and desired character of subareas will all be a part of the 3rd SAC meeting on January 16th. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda and background materials. The 4th SAC meeting will be a continuation of the land use discussion, as well as an introduction to transportation issues.

The next two SAC meetings have been scheduled:

  • SAC Meeting #3: Thurs, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315
  • SAC Meeting #4: Thurs, Feb. 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page. Stay tuned for more information about other topics being discussed by the SAC and other public events as the process moves forward.


Central Reach Workshop Summary now available

Report captures ideas from Willamette River Central Reach public workshop

In December, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability solicited public input on how to improve and enhance the Willamette River area in downtown Portland. Staff summarized the ideas generated over the two-day workshop in a report, which includes several concept maps.

Download the Willamette River Central Reach Workshop Summary Report

At the workshop, more than 70 participants discussed how to ensure a robust river economy, environmentally healthy river and vibrant waterfront districts along the Willamette River in the Central City. In addition to a written summary of the event and comments received, the report contains three illustrations representing emerging themes from the each topic area, such as denoting major riverfront activity hubs, human access to/in the river with habitat areas, and commercial and recreational boat mooring locations.

Next Steps

Project staff will present the report and results of the Central Reach Workshop at both the West Quadrant and SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, on January 21 and March 6, respectively. An Urban Design Concept for the Willamette River Central Reach that builds on many sources including workshop results will also be presented to the West Quadrant SAC.

Other Opportunities to Comment

A draft urban design concept plan map for the Central Reach will be posted on the Central City 2035 (CC2035) website in late January. It will depict overarching and specific place-based aspirations for the central riverfront area. This concept will be a guide for the future and for the development of implementing policies and strategies and regulations related to the Central Reach and the Central City overall. Comments on the concept plan may be given at the SAC meetings or through written comments to Debbie Bischoff at

This information is currently being used to inform draft policies and action items for Westside neighborhoods that abut the river. Public review opportunities for the West Quadrant policies will be available in the next few months. The Central Reach Working Group (CRWG), which will continue meeting in the next few months, is an open-membership group and anyone can attend and comment on the draft concept at the CRWG meetings or contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946.

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