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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

West Quadrant Plan News: May SAC Meeting Split in Two Parts

Revised district drafts require more time for committee members to consider and discuss

West Quadrant Plan Meeting 12To provide adequate time for public comment and meaningful Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) discussion on the revised district drafts, the May 19 West Quadrant Plan SAC meeting has been split in two parts. Part one will be held on Monday, May 19; part two on Monday, June 2. Both meetings are open to the public, and time for public comment is scheduled.  

A single materials packet will be used for both meetings, available online by May 10. Agenda items for each meeting include:

Monday, May 19 Meeting

  • Follow up issues related to the Old Town/Chinatown and South Downtown/University drafts discussed at the April meeting
  • West End Revised Draft

 Monday, June 2 Meeting

  • Downtown Revised Draft
  • Pearl District Revised Draft
  • South Waterfront Revised Draft

After those two meetings, the regularly scheduled Monday, June 16 meeting will be used to respond to follow-up issues from May 19 and June 2, as well as to introduce a draft complete West Quadrant Plan.

If you have questions about the meetings, please contact Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or   

West Quadrant Plan Team Collects Feedback; Stakeholder Advisory Committee to Review Revised Drafts

Over the past two months, West Quadrant Plan project staff have presented the seven district draft plans to hundreds of people.

March 10 West Quadrant Plan Open House participantsSince the seven initial discussion drafts were presented at the January and February Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, staff has collected public feedback at the March 10 Open House at City Hall, through the online Virtual Open House, and by attending a dozen community and neighborhood association meetings. A report of feedback highlights by district can be found here.

Selected feedback highlightsThe comments are being used to revise the district drafts and to identify areas of disagreement that need further SAC discussion. The Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University revised drafts will be discussed at the April 21 SAC Meeting (see the meeting materials).

The Pearl District, Downtown, West End and South Waterfront revised drafts will be discussed at the May 19 SAC Meeting. A review of the complete Draft West Quadrant Plan will be on the agenda for the June 16 SAC Meeting, and the final review and approval process by the SAC is scheduled for July 21. Materials for each of these meetings will be posted when they are available.

All SAC meetings are open to the public, and public feedback on any of the draft district plans is still welcome. Questions or comments can be emailed to For more information, contact Kathryn Hartinger at (503) 823-9714 or by email at

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.