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CC2035: West Quadrant Plan March Events

Check out the upcoming events and project info for the West Quadrant Plan!

The West Quadrant Plan will provide detailed planning for Central City areas on the west side of the Willamette River. The effort is part of the broader Central City 2035 project to update the 1988 Central City Plan. 

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The West Quadrant Plan work has started and the first meeting of the newly formed Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) is coming up on March 11th. All meetings are open to the public and will have time for public comments. Meeting materials will posted approximately 7-10 days in advance on the project website.

Old Town/Chinatflyer imageown Sub-area Work

Also coming up in March are two public events for the Old Town/Chinatown area of the Central City. The Community Planning Forum will present perspectives on the future of the area, include a public discussion on issues and opportunities, and generate ideas for the Charrette. The Charrette will follow a week later and will develop land use and urban design alternatives for the area and will inform the larger West Quadrant Plan process.

Project Info

The West Quadrant Plan will be guided by the SAC. A range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues will be discussed – resulting in policy recommendations to guide future investment and development in the River District (including the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown), Downtown, Goose Hollow, University District and South Waterfront areas of the Central City.

Other public events during the West Quadrant Plan will include open houses, community meetings, working groups, and specific efforts targeted at smaller subareas – each of these presents an opportunity for community members to get involved, ask questions, provide feedback, and contribute to shaping the future of the area. To learn more about upcoming events, check out the West Quadrant Plan calendar. We hope to see you in the coming months!

For questions regarding the West Quadrant Plan or any upcoming events, please contact Elisa Hamblin at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov or check out other ways to get involved.

CC2035: Announcing the West Quadrant Reader and Survey!

Learn about planning issues and opportunities in the West Quadrant of the Central City, and share your thoughts about its future

reader PDFThe West Quadrant Reader, a short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, is now available in tabloid-size print or on the web — along with an online survey. The WQP Reader is part of the first phase of the West Quadrant planning process. It’s a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people provide feedback via the online survey. It will also guide the Stakeholder Advisory Committee discussions in their first few meetings.

You can share your ideas and preferences for the West Quadrant areas, including the Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, the West End, Downtown, South Downtown and South Waterfront by filling out the West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey, available online through May 10, 2013. The survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. Your responses will help the West Quadrant team outline directions for the West Quadrant Plan.

For print copies of the West Quadrant Reader — or to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups — please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.

West Quadrant: Old Town/Chinatown Forum Draws a Crowd

March 8 event brought together people interested in the future of Old Town/Chinatown

On Friday, March 8, more than 70 people attended a community planning forum in Old Town/Chinatown. They heard from project staff, guest speakers Peggy Moretti and John Jay, and discussed the future of the neighborhood. The presentations were well received, and the discussions were lively and respectful. The results and key themes from the forum are feeding into a working charrette on Friday, March 15 and will provide direction for larger West Quadrant Plan. Some of the presentations given at the event are available online. Nicholas Starin from the City presented on the West Quadrant and Old Town/Chinatown History and Planning. Peggy Moretti from the Historic Preservation League of Oregon presented on Celebrating History and John Jay from W+K Garage and Wieden + Kennedy presented on ideas of New Asia and the Creative Corridor.

A flyer for the events in Old Town/Chinatown can also be found online. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the work in Old Town/Chinatown, please contact the West Quadrant Team at westquadrant@portlandoregon.gov.  

West Quadrant Plan: Goose Hollow Summary Report Available

Summary of key takeaways from two outreach events in December 2012 is online

As part of the West Quadrant Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two early events in December 2012 to focus on the Goose Hollow District of the Central City. Both the workshop and concept development charrette helped to identify assets, issues and opportunities as well as generate ideas for the future of the area. A Summary Report and Appendix provide a recap of the results from these two events. Some of the highlights from the community input include: 

  • Goose Hollow has many assets that make it a desirable place to live and work, including its central location, historic buildings, neighborhood feel, views, and trees/greenery.
  • There is a desire for the district to become a more active and vibrant place. Participants noted that there is currently no clear center or retail main street within the Goose Hollow area. SW Jefferson was identified as a possible neighborhood main street.
  • There is an identified need for better connections and an improved pedestrian environment that help link Goose Hollow with surrounding areas and make walking and biking in Goose Hollow more enjoyable. 
  • Participants had a desire for more usable open space that serves a neighborhood park function. Adding new open space, as well as repurposing existing open space such as Collin's Circle, were suggested.
  • There is support for redevelopment of the Lincoln High School as an "urban school" with community amenities and potentially a mix of uses.
  • Lastly, there is also a need to consider more flexibility for a broader range of uses in parts of the district (currently residential development is required in much of the area).

The ideas presented in the report will continue to be refined with stakeholders and the Goose Hollow Foothills League in the coming months and will feed into the larger West Quadrant Plan Charrette scheduled for June 2013. For more information about the Goose Hollow planning process, contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.

West Quadrant: Project Up and Running!

Events in March and upcoming events in April are setting the foundation for the West Quadrant Plan.

The West Quadrant Plan team held three major public events in March. The West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its first meeting on March 11 and set the foundation for their work, identifying issues and directions for the West Quadrant. Upcoming meetings in April and May will continue these discussions at the system wide and neighborhood scale. A planning forum and charrette for the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, held on two consecutive Fridays in the White Stag Building, attracted full houses. Staff is working on a summary of key ideas and concepts from the events which should be available in early May. Similar efforts for Goose Hollow are helping staff to get a running start at the quadrant planning process. Feedback has been enthusiastic and informative.

To kick off the West Quadrant Plan, the project team developed the West Quadrant Reader and an accompanying online survey. A short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, the Reader is a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people give feedback via the online survey. The West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. It is available online through May 10, 2013.

Upcoming April Events

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #2 (link includes meeting materials): Monday, April 1, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Neighborhood Workshop: Tuesday, April 8, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #3: Monday, April 22, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For print copies of the West Quadrant Reader or to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups — or if you have any questions about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at elisa.hamblin@portlandoregon.gov.