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SE Quadrant Plan SAC Discusses Potential Land Use Patterns for the Southern Triangle

Advisory committee to discuss new OMSI and Clinton Station Areas as well as surrounding land on April 3rd

The Southern Triangle's locationThe Southern Triangle of the SE Quadrant is enclosed by the Union Pacific rail line to the north and east, SE Powell Blvd to the south and the Willamette River to the west. During a recent visit by the Urban Land Institute Rose Fellows, the area’s unique combination of large blocks, new transit infrastructure and close proximity to downtown and the South Waterfront were highlighted as opportunities for new development in addition to existing cultural attractions, such as OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will discuss potential land use patterns for this area and will suggest to staff the types of analysis to include in the land use scenarios.

Project staff will also present an update on market feasibility analyses of selected strategic sites, and there will be an update on the activities of the Transportation Working Group (TWG) at their first two meetings in February and March.

See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

Upcoming Meetings

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

TWG Meeting #3

Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
ADX Portland
417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6

Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents

SE Quadrant SAC Continues Discussion of Land Use Scenarios in Central Eastside

Advisory committee will focus on industrial sanctuary, employment opportunities subarea and mixed use corridors

Central Eastside Zoning MapThe Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. At their fourth meeting on March 6, the SAC will continue their discussion about different land use types (e.g., industrial, industrial office, traditional office and retail) and where they should be located within the district. (These meeting topics were originally planned for discussion at the February 6 meeting, which was canceled due to inclement weather.)

Based on input from the SAC meeting in January, the project team will focus the discussion on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunity subarea (EOS), and the mixed use corridors. The EOS is outlined in yellow in the map to the right (click the small version to view the full sized PDF) and runs from E. Burnside and SE Ash Street south to SE Caruthers Street between SE 3rd Avenue and Water Avenue with a few additional blocks west of Water Avenue. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

The April SAC meeting will focus on the Southern Triangle area.

Upcoming SAC meetings

SAC Meeting #4

Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) - Directions

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) - Directions

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents

Portland’s Central Eastside Poses Interesting Questions About the Future of Employment Land

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases introduction to the history and background of the district, its role as a regional employment center, types of businesses, urban character, transportation issues, the riverfront and future of the industrial sanctuary

Portland’s Central Eastside (CES) is an economic development success story, and a variety of businesses make the area one of the city’s largest employment districts. Over the past decade, while the rest of the city and the region’s job growth stagnated, the CES now includes more than 1,100 businesses with more than 17,000 employees. Reflecting the changing nature of industry and technology, industrial uses and creative enterprises are neighbors in an area that is emerging as an attractive location for cross-industry exchange, from film and digital enterprises to food, creative services and craft industries.

To address the changing dynamics in the SE Quadrant and ensure that the industrial sanctuary in the Central Eastside preserves and enhances new employment growth, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is leading the SE Quadrant planning effort and recently released a dynamic introduction to the area.

Titled Portland’s Central Eastside, the document includes bold illustrations by a local comic artist, fascinating historic photographs and compelling stories about the people and places in the Central Eastside.

Portland's Central Eastside  Illustration
Read Portland’s Central Eastside
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Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Fellows Offer Recommendations for Future Planning Efforts

Through narrative and images, the book paints a picture of a place transformed from farmland to loading docks to train tracks and freeways. It shows how the district went from Produce Row to industrial sanctuary, and describes the various business sectors thriving in the area today. It presents a case study of the Ranchers and Gardners Building, which was once a place for local immigrant farmers to sell and distribute their produce and is now home to a variety of small, mostly manufacturing enterprises. The book describes an evolving industrial “ecosystem,” where metal fabricators and other craftspeople form a “colony” of mutually supportive services that are accessible by foot or bike. And it identifies the issues around urban form and character, transportation and the riverfront, and offers discussion questions to start conversations with the community that will be necessary to chart the path ahead.

The land use challenges in this unique part of Portland have caught the eye of planners around the nation. The Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use recently chose Portland as one of four cities to study this year, with Mayor Charlie Hales, and directors Susan Anderson (BPS), Leah Treat (PBOT) and Patrick Quinton (PDC) named as Rose Center Fellows.

During the week of February 10, ULI staff and Rose Center fellows toured the Central Eastside, talked with project staff, interviewed stakeholders and presented their findings and recommendations to a crowd of about 70 people on Thursday morning.

According to a ULI media release, their “goal is to initiate the creation of strategy to position the Central Eastside… as a 21st century business district offering sufficient flexibility to serve longtime industrial employers as well as new, emerging industries.”

At the presentation on Thursday, February 13, held at the Eastside Exchange building, ULI staff and fellows emphasized the need to redefine the notion of an industrial sanctuary and create a “haven for ‘doers and makers’” in the Central Eastside. They called on the City to create an employment strategy, not a regulatory strategy, through:

  • Infrastructure and access improvements.
  • Land use flexibility.
  • Programming and partnerships.

The presentation ended with some “homework” assignments for City staff, which will be reviewed when the teams reconvene in April in Vancouver, Wash.For more information about ULI and the Daniel Rose Center, please visit http://uli.org

SE Quadrant SAC Continues Discussion of Land Use Scenarios in the District

Advisory committee will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunities subarea, mixed use corridors and the Southern Triangle

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. At their fourth meeting on February 6, the SAC will continue their discussion about land uses and where they should be located within the district. Building on the input from last month, the discussion will focus on the industrial sanctuary and employment opportunity subarea (EOS), mixed use corridors, and the Southern Triangle area. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda. The March SAC meeting will discuss additional land use issues, the river, open space and green systems.

Upcoming SAC meetings

SAC Meeting #4: Postponed Due to Weather; New Meeting Details To Be Announced
Thursday, February 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Multnomah County Offices
501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315 (3rd Floor)

SAC Meeting #5
Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location TBD

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page.

SE Quadrant SAC Discusses Land Use Direction for the Central Eastside

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meets on January 16

The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) process continues with the exploration of land use issues in the district. Discussion regarding industrial lands, the mix of uses, and desired character of subareas will all be a part of the 3rd SAC meeting on January 16th. See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda and background materials. The 4th SAC meeting will be a continuation of the land use discussion, as well as an introduction to transportation issues.

The next two SAC meetings have been scheduled:

  • SAC Meeting #3: Thurs, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315
  • SAC Meeting #4: Thurs, Feb. 6, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Location: Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page. Stay tuned for more information about other topics being discussed by the SAC and other public events as the process moves forward.

 

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