Mark your calendars for some or all of the offerings at this two-day event focused on the river in the Central City
We hope you can join staff and other community members in lively conversations about the future of the Willamette River in the Central City area. Come to one or more of the sessions on December 4 and 5 or drop in at one of the designated times to share your thoughts for a successful riverfront area in the heart of Portland.
Willamette River Central Reach Workshop
December 4–5, 2013
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A
- To holistically examine issues and opportunities related to the Willamette River in the Central City, building upon work and comments received to date.
- Develop a Willamette River concept layer to fold into the Central City 2035 (CC2035) planning processes, including revisions to the overall Central City and Willamette Greenway plans and code.
||Robust River Economy Topic Discussion
Exploring how and where to support and enhance existing and future in-water and rivers-edge businesses
||Public drop-in Time
Healthy River Topic Discussion
Exploring the integration of habitat restoration with uses, including recreation, boating and development
||Public drop-in Time
||Public drop-in Time
||Vibrant Riverfront Districts Topic Discussion
Exploring ways to enliven the riverfront through connections/access, culture/history, attractions and open spaces, and nearby development
||Open House to Showcase Workshop Materials from December 4
||Facilitated Conversation Integrating All Topics
Light refreshments will be served at all events.
For more information on the CRWG and the December 4 and 5 Willamette River Central Reach Workshop, please contact Debbie Bischoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.823.6946.
To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-7700 with such requests.
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
Nearly 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 email@example.com.
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
- Attractions and special places
- Building height
- Street and development character
- Open space and parks
- Green systems
- Motor Vehicles
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
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
The 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.
First post in a series about the West Quadrant Concept Development Phase
Planning efforts for the Central City’s West Quadrant have shifted to developing a high-level concept for the study area, which is summarized in the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook. This document contains a series of quadrant-wide principles and concept layer maps that will help shape the policies and goals to come.
These eight organizing ideas for quadrant-wide urban form are based on key themes from the West Quadrant Charrette.
West Quadrant Guiding Principles
- Strengthen Places. Enhance the existing character and diversity of the quadrant by strengthening existing places and fostering the creation of new districts.
- Embrace the River. Develop a true “city on the river” by increasing riverfront attractions, clarifying east-west connections and access to the Willamette, building a series of vibrant new riverfront communities and enhancing wildlife habitat.
- Connect Places. Link the different places in the quadrant with a signature loop system that is part of a clearer, more diverse set of streets, paths and trails.
- Design with Nature. Integrate natural systems into the built environment through infrastructure and building design. Plan for climate change.
- Expand Housing. Continue to broaden the range of housing type, size and affordability by integrating new housing opportunities in each district.
- Grow Employment. Reinforce the office core as the Central City’s hub of business, while growing new employment centers in education, innovation and affordable incubator space.
- Extend Retail Core. Stretch the traditional Downtown retail core to the river and extend it north to include new retail anchors in the West End and Pearl District.
- Shape the Skyline. Use building forms to help frame and enclose special places, districts and experiences in the quadrant.
The maps at right help to illustrate some of these guiding principles.
Through upcoming Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings and an Open House on October 24, these preliminary principles and maps will be refined to reflect the views of the committee and the public. Save the date for the Open House and share your thoughts about these new concepts for the West Quadrant.
Next: Draft concept layers (maps) for land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space, and green systems.