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Public hearing on West Quadrant Plan draws crowd

Forty community members offer their testimony on the future of the Central City’s west side

Members of the public testify on the West Quadrant PlanOn Sept. 9, 2014, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) welcomed testimony on the West Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft at a public hearing. Central City residents, business owners and other interested individuals packed the room to offer testimony – some supportive, some critical – on the current draft.

Building heights, particularly those in the West End, Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown were the subject of a majority of the testimony. Many residents from those areas requested significant decreases in height limits – proposed, but mostly existing. Others testified in favor of maintaining and/or strategically increasing heights in some areas of the West Quadrant. Additional subjects of testimony included parking, affordable housing, economic development, historic preservation, equity, bridgehead development and the environment. 

Watch the hearing.

The written record will remain open until Oct. 1, 2014, which means Portlanders can submit testimony in writing until then to psc@portlandoregon.gov.

The Proposed Draft can be found in the Documents Section of the project website. Meeting minutes, written testimony and related documents will be posted to the PSC website when available.

Next steps

A PSC work session on the West Quadrant Plan is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2014. Staff will brief the commissioners on requested information and be available to answer questions as they discuss the Proposed Draft. The work session is open to the public, but testimony will not be taken. The commission may make a recommendation on the Proposed Draft at the conclusion of the work session, or commissioners may ask for another work session if additional time is needed to make a decision.  

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.

 

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.

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 kathryn.hartinger@portlandoregon.gov.