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Central City 2035 Online Open House

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Welcome to the CC2035 Online Open House. We’re glad you’ve joined us for a tour of the future of Portland’s Central City. Below you’ll find everything you’ll need to get acquainted with the long range plan for downtown and surrounds – on both sides of the river.

So let’s start with the Big Picture.


Discussion Draft coversWhat is the Central City 2035 Plan?

Portland’s Central City is the center of the metropolitan region, with Oregon’s densest concentration of people and jobs. Did you know that it’s home to some 23,000 people and 123,000 jobs … in five square miles? But between now and 2035, 30 percent of Portland’s population growth is expected to occur in the Central City – on 3 percent of the city’s land. That’s an additional 37,000 new households and 51,000 new jobs.

As the city grows and becomes more diverse, the Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) will guide growth and development in Portland’s city center, with a vision, goals, policies and tools to make the urban core more vibrant, innovative, sustainable and resilient.

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Big Ideas

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That’s what we call the 30,000-foot view of the plan.

But how do visions, goals, policies and map changes translate into what’s “happening on the ground”? We came up with six Big Ideas (kind of like key directions or major moves) to focus urban design, land use changes and transportation investments to activate and protect the river, develop a technology and research center around Tilikum Crossing, enhance cultural and civic life, create a bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathway around the entire city center, and more.

A closer look...

2D map of the central city districts

The Plan by District

The Central City is divided into 10 districts, each with its own unique character and history. Find out how the Plan incorporates community expectations for Goose Hollow, the Lloyd District, South Waterfront, the Central Eastside and their neighboring districts. Some districts will be adding more jobs, and others more residents over the next 20 years.

On the ground with the Map App

CC2035 Map App landing pageWhat will my zoning be? What kind of uses are allowed? What kind of structure can I build?

Visit the interactive Map App and click on the Central City 2035 Map to find out. You’ll be able to view proposed height limits, floor area ratios (FAR) as well as base and overlay zones. Click on the map or type in an address to see proposals property by property. Check out the handy right hand scroll bar for lots of great information and illustrations about the proposed zoning, height, FAR and more. You can comment directly on the Map App, and your testimony will be considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

How will the Central City grow?

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Highlights of the Plan

The nuts and bolts of the Plan are included in proposals for the following topics:

  • Bonuses, transfers and affordable housing
  • Environment
  • Height and views
  • Historic resources and seismic upgrades
  • Jobs
  • Livability and the public realm
  • Transportation and parking
  • Willamette River

Find out more about each one.

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Dive in!

Whether your interest is in the goals and policies included in Volume 1, new code language in Volume 2A, Transportation System Plan amendments in Volume 2B, scenic resource protections in Volume 3A, natural resources inventory in Volume 3B, background information in Volume 4, target measures and actions in Volume 5, or a summary of public involvement process in Volume 6, there’s plenty to read and digest in the CC2035 Plan. 

Questions and comments?

We’re here to help!

If you have questions and would like to chat with a live person about your property and how the new plan might affect you, feel free to contact the Central City Team at 503-823-4286 or

Learn more about how to provide feedback and stay informed