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West Quadrant Plan project up and running

What is the West Quadrant Plan?

Guided by the Central City 2035 Concept Plan, the West Quadrant Plan will examine a range of issues  in the western areas of the Central City, including:

  • land use
  • urban design
  • transportation
  • environmental impacts
  • economic development

This effort will result in recommendations for policies to guide future public and private investment and development in the western areas of the Central City, including the River District (the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown), Downtown, Goose Hollow, University District and South Waterfront areas.

Under the 1972 Downtown Plan and the 1988 Central City Plan, public, private and nonprofit investment on the west side resulted in the development of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the MAX lines, the Transit Mall and Retail Core, Saturday Market, the streetcar system, Pioneer Courthouse Square and new public art. With all that development momentum, the Central City 2035 and West Quadrant Plan will build upon the vision and direction provided by these earlier plans, while reinforcing the new strategic concept of the Central City as the center of innovation and exchange for the region.

Planning process

West Quadrant Reader report coverTo 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’s available online through May 10, 2013.

In the past few months, the West Quadrant Plan team held three major public events, including the first two West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, a planning forum and charrette for the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood and similar efforts for Goose Hollow. Attendance has been high, and feedback enthusiastic and informative. For more information and updates on the WQP project, please visit the News & Updates page of the CC2035 website. 

Together the discussions from the SAC meetings, ideas from neighborhood events (such as those in Old Town/Chinatown and Goose Hollow) and feedback from the survey will feed into the advisory committee’s work and shape the West Quadrant Charrette, scheduled for June 10-14, 2013. The charrette will lead into concepts development and a draft plan.

How you can get involved 

Future public events for the West Quadrant Plan will include open houses, community meetings, working groups and specific efforts targeted at smaller sub-areas in the district (e.g., Downtown, South Waterfront, West End, North Pearl). Each of these present an opportunity for community members to get involved, ask questions, provide feedback and contribute to the future of the area. To learn more about upcoming events, check out the project calendar. We hope to see you in the coming months!

Questions or comments?

Contact West Quadrant Plan staff at westquadrant@portlandoregon.gov