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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.


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.

Willamette River Central Reach Workshop Schedule Agenda

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.

Waterfront diagram

Willamette River Central Reach Workshop
December 4–5, 2013
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A



Workshop Purpose

  • To holistically examine issues and opportunities related to the Willamette River in the Central City, building upon work and comments received to date.

Desired Outcome

  • 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.
Date Time Event
December 4 7:30–9:30 a.m. Robust River Economy Topic Discussion
Exploring how and where to support and enhance existing and future in-water and rivers-edge businesses   
  10–11:30 a.m. Public drop-in Time
  11:30–1:30 a.m.

Healthy River Topic Discussion

Exploring the integration of habitat restoration with uses, including recreation, boating and development

  1:30–2 p.m. Public drop-in Time
  4–5 p.m. Public drop-in Time
  5–8 p.m. Vibrant Riverfront Districts Topic Discussion
Exploring ways to enliven the riverfront through connections/access, culture/history, attractions and open spaces, and nearby development 
December 5 4–5 p.m. Open House to Showcase Workshop Materials from December 4
  5–7 p.m. 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 or 503.823.6946. 

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