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Central City 2035 - West Quadrant Plan: From Concept Maps to Discussion Drafts

In the world of long-range planning, ideas evolve from principles and general concepts to more detailed area plans. Along the way, public input shapes everything from concept map layers to discussion drafts and finally adopted policies,land use maps and development regulations.

On Monday, March 10, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will hold an open house to present draft long-range plans for all seven subdistricts in the Central City’s West Quadrant as well as a Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales plans to attend part of the event in City Hall.

West Quadrant Plan Open House

Monday, March 10, 2013
4 p.m. ‒ 7 p.m.
City Hall Atrium

1221 SW 4th Ave

How did we get here?

At its December meeting, the West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) concluded its concept development phase by approving the revised West Quadrant-wide Concept Layer maps. The project team used these maps along with extensive public input gathered through the process to create a set of discussion drafts for the seven West Quadrant subdistricts, including long range goals, policies and action items. Staff shared drafts for Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow and South Downtown/University with the SAC in January; on February 18, the Pearl, West End, Downtown and South Waterfront drafts were discussed. Now that the SAC has reviewed the discussion drafts for all the subareas, project staff will attend a series of neighborhood and stakeholder group meetings to gather feedback as the drafts undergo revisions.    

In December, project staff also held a two-day Willamette River Central Reach Workshop attended by approximately 70 people, whose feedback informed the development of a draft Willamette River Central Reach Urban Design Concept . The public is now invited to comment on the design concept and answer a short questionnaire to provide detailed feedback. A summary report of the workshop is also available online. 

The March 10 open house will give peoples an opportunity to review and comment on the Central Reach Urban Design Concept as well as all of the West Quadrant Plan discussion drafts. The feedback received at the open house will be taken back to the SAC as it considers potential revisions through the spring. A proposed West Quadrant Plan, including the revised drafts, will then be forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for consideration this summer.

If you have any questions or comments about the open house or project in general, contact westquadrant@portlandoregon.gov