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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.

You’re Invited: Willamette River Central Reach Workshop

Community discussions on commercial boating, recreation, transportation, river health and riverfront districts on, in and around the Willamette River in the Central City

Two kayaks paddling Willamette River

What’s not to love about the Willamette River, especially in the Central City? Now you can help ensure it continues to be a community treasure for years to come. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability invites you to a two-day open workshop on December 4 and 5 to build on work that has already been done and discuss questions such as:

  • How can we build a robust river economy?
  • How can we incorporate natural resource enhancements that benefit river health and wildlife?
  • How can we create waterfront neighborhoods that capitalize on their riverfront location?
  • And more…

Central City map boundariesCentral Reach Workshop
December 4-5, 2013
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor

Day One: Early morning, mid-day and late-afternoon public discussions, along with drop-in times between sessions, on:

  • a robust river economy.
  • a healthy river for fish, wildlife and people
  • vibrant riverfront districts

Day Two: Late afternoon open house and evening facilitated public conversation integrating all river-related topics. For those new to Central City planning, there will be an opportunity to learn more about the CC2035 projects and planning processes.

Agenda and discussion questions will be posted on this blog prior to the workshop.

Willamette River Central Reach

This event kicks-off the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s forming of a Central Reach Working Group (CRWG) to update the Willamette Greenway Plan for the Central Reach of the Willamette River, along with the update of the Central City Plan. The Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan is being developed by quadrant: the North/Northeast Quadrant Plan is complete, and the West Quadrant Plan and the Southeast Quadrant Plan are currently under development. These three quadrant plans — and the update of the Willamette Greenway Plan — will be incorporated into an overarching plan for the future of Central City. To learn more about CC2035, please visit

This open-membership group will convene periodically for river-focused discussions, which will holistically consider the river across quadrants and subdistricts, and provide suggestions that inform the larger CC2035 planning efforts, including updates to the Willamette Greenway Plan and code.

Anyone (including property owners) who are interested and have expertise in the following topics are especially encouraged to participate in the CRWG:

  • Water-based recreation and activities.
  • Access to and along the river.
  • Fish and wildlife habitat.
  • River commerce.
  • River transit and associated infrastructure.
  • New development and uses close to the river.
  • Educational and cultural opportunities.

For more information on the CRWG and the December 4-5 workshop, please contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946. 

SE Quadrant Plan Kicks Off

First Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting scheduled for November 20

The Southeast Quadrant Plan will be launching its Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process later this month. The 30-member SAC was selected through an open application process and includes representatives from a diverse group of stakeholders including neighborhood and business associations, a variety of business sectors, institutions, services, property owners and other community organizations.  

The SAC will help guide the development of the Southeast Quadrant Plan, which will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues in the Southeast Quadrant of the Central City. This work will result in policy recommendations and potential regulatory changes to guide future public and private investment and development in the Central Eastside District of the Central City, as well as two study areas: the Banfield Portal at the northern end of the plan area and Clinton Triangle at the southern end.

The first two SAC meetings have been scheduled:

  • SAC Meeting #1: Wed, November 20, 2013, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • SAC Meeting #2: Thurs, December 12, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Both meetings will be held at Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315.

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets with an agenda and other materials will be posted on the SAC Documents page approximately one week before every meeting. Stay tuned for more information about the SAC as the process moves forward.

West Quadrant Plan Online Survey Closing November 1

Don’t miss the chance to weigh in on how you’d like to see the west side of Portland’s Central City develop over the next 20 years

Staff and the public discuss concept mapsNearly 50 people attended the West Quadrant Plan Concept Development Open House last Thursday, October 24, and we received some great feedback. Staff will summarize the results of the open house in a future post.

If you missed the event last week, it’s not too late to have your voice heard!  The online feedback form is available through 5 p.m. on November 1, here. The form should take about 20 minutes to complete.

As the project moves from concept development to plan development, there will be additional opportunities to get involved early next year. As a reminder, you can always email comments or questions about the project to  

West Quadrant Open House: Come Give Us Your Input!

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host a Concept Development Open House on Thursday, October 24

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host a Concept Development Open House next week on Thursday, October 24. The event will showcase a series of 10 draft concept maps for the area covering:

  • Land use emphasis
    West Quadrant skyline from the SE
  • Attractions and special places
  • Building height
  • Street and development character
  • Open space and parks
  • Green systems
  • Transit
  • Pedestrians
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Bicycles 

Together the 10 layers begin to illustrate a concept plan for the West Quadrant. This concept will be refined based on public comment and feedback from the project Stakeholder Advisory Committee later this fall. The final concept layers will help inform more detailed district-level planning early next year. The maps are available here: land use maps, transportation maps

West Quadrant Plan Concept Development Open House

Thursday, October 24, 2013
4 p.m. ‒ 7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Main Lobby

Come join the discussion and tell us what you think about these draft quadrant wide concept maps. If you are not able to attend the open house but would like to provide input on the concept maps, please fill out an online feedback form

Your feedback is important and will be used by the West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) and project team as they work toward a recommended concept. If you have any questions or comments about the open house or the online tool, send them to the project’s email at We hope to see you next week!

Find out more information about the draft concept maps

Read about and see maps portraying the guiding principles for the plan

West Quadrant News: Concepts That Map the Future

Second post in a series about the West Quadrant Concept Development Phase

As mentioned in the previous post, the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook contains a series of quadrant wide principles and concept layer maps that will be used to shape the policies and goals to come.

Using the urban design principles previously discussed as well as information from various public outreach events, six concept layers have emerged to guide the policies for the West Quadrant Plan: land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space and green systems.

West Quadrant Plan concept development mapsThe Land Use Concept Map includes “bubbles” that illustrate the predominant land uses that would be encouraged in future development. Most of the West Quadrant is mixed-use in character today and will continue to be in the future.  The Land Use Map also illustrates the desire to incentivize housing and employment in certain areas. Two additional maps ─ special attractions and maximum building height ─ also help reinforce the land use concepts. The Attractions and Special Places Map identifies significant places that are unique to the area and have a special draw. The building height diagram indicates approximate maximum building height to be allowed in different areas.

The Street Development and Character Map outlines a more intentional and varied approach for the quadrant’s street network. The Open Space and Green Systems Maps help reinforce the design principles of connecting places and designing with nature by laying out future open space and green system enhancement opportunities.

Together these maps help illustrate a West Quadrant where Portland residents can live, work and play for many years to come. 

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