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Central City looks to the future

It's been decades since the plan for Portland's central city has been updated, and so much has changed. MAX and streetcar lines criss-cross downtown streets, which bustle with retail activity and cultural events. The inner eastside is emerging as an attractive area for businesses that need the open floor plans and industrial amenities the district has to offer. And the Lloyd District presents challenges and opportunities for positive growth and change for residents all over the region. These are just a few of the many areas within the Central City with unique characteristics and needs.  

Central City 2035 (CC2035) is embarking on the last phase in developing a concept plan for Portland's Central City that will guide development and decision-making over the next 25 years.

During the past year, BPS held a series of policy symposiums and urban design workshops to gather input on new policy direction for the Central City. The project team used this input to create a draft set of goals and develop a new framework of policies and objectives to guide Central City development and investment in the future. The emerging policy framework is organized around five topics:

  1. Maintaining the Central City's role as a regional center for employment and other activities.

  2. Building healthy, connected urban neighborhoods in the Central City.

  3. Improving the design and civic vitality of the Central City.

  4. Providing for mobility and access.

  5. Improving the Central City's green and natural systems.

The new CC2035 Steering Committee will be meeting between November 2011 and February 2012 to provide feedback on the policy framework and help prepare a draft concept plan for review by the Planning and Sustainability Commission and eventually City Council, tentatively scheduled for spring 2012. The public will be invited to comment on the draft concept plan in early 2012.

You can find background materials on the CC2035 project, as well as news on recent and upcoming events at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035.

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