The West Quadrant Charrette wrapped up last week and the event was well-attended and produced some exciting ideas. From June 10-14 around 100 attendees and the project team worked together to produce and refine subarea concepts, policy diagrams, quadrant-wide concepts and brainstorm implementation actions. There were also two open houses during the week. The closing open house on Friday, June 14 included an overview of the week’s drawings as well as some big ideas and directions. West Quadrant project manager Karl Lisle presented the West Quadrant Charrette Final Presentation. One of the charrette consultants, Martin Glastra Van Loon from OTAK presented some key takeaways, including:
- Think long-term, regardless of current entitlements.
- Consider how people will move and get around in the future and balance the transportation modes.
- Re-envision the downtown waterfront and Naito and start to the think of it as an extension of the neighborhoods; bring the park into the city and the city to the park .
- Think in big bubbles and simple ideas that are easily conveyed.
- People must be essential in the plan/design.
The results from the West Quadrant Charrette will be presented and discussed at the next Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting #5 on July 15. After this meeting and over the summer the project team will generate a draft West Quadrant Plan concept with some alternatives and present it at SAC Meeting #6 on September 16. It is anticipated the SAC will spend several meetings refining the concept prior to moving into the draft plan development phase of the process early next year.
If you are interested some of the background materials used for the charrette include:
- West Quadrant Charrette Atlas of Maps
- West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey Results
- West Quadrant Plan Issues and Opportunities Summary Report
For questions or comments regarding the West Quadrant Charrette or the planning process, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.