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Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold work sessions on Central City 2035 Proposed Draft, before voting to recommend plan to City Council

View of Southeast Portland and Mt Hood

On Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m., the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will begin work sessions on the Central City 2035 Plan Proposed Draft. These meetings are designed to help the Commission work through a series of amendments to the Proposed Draft based on public testimony. 

Community members can watch the work sessions on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s YouTube channel

High rise building with ecoroofIn each work session, the PSC and project staff will focus on the details of the big topics in the CC2035 Plan. Building height, the river, transportation and new tools for historic preservation are just a few of the issues to be covered over the next few months.

Work Session Details

At the first work session on September 27, the Commissioners will spend most of their time on building height as it relates to historic resources, scenic views and more. They will also cover green building design and parking.

While the new plan generally retains the existing height pattern, staff have proposed amendments in some areas to either increase or reduce allowed heights. Based on research about building height in certain areas, staff have made amendments to the Proposed Draft for the Commission to consider. 

Building height

At 123,000 jobs and 23,000 households, Portland’s Central City is the region’s economic and residential hub. Those numbers are expected to increase by 40 percent and 165 percent, respectively, over the next 20 years. 

Downtown Portland skyline

Tall buildings in the Central City are needed to support job and population growth. And by locating the tallest buildings along high-capacity transit lines and bridgeheads, we can accommodate growth more efficiently and improve livability. But the amendments related to building height further "sculpt" the skyline to adjust view corridors and preserve historic resources.

Green building and parking in the Central City

With so much new construction in the Central City, we can emphasize green building design for even lower carbon emissions. In addition to requirements for new development to be registered with LEED and other third-party certifiers, the Plan includes proposals for green roofs and bird-safe glazing (glass) in the building design to ensure sustainable development.

And with so many people living, working and recreating in the Central City, parking must be managed. The CC2035 Plan includes strategies to minimize congestion and proposes investments in bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure for more carbon reductions.

Future Work Sessions

Additional work sessions will cover more Central City 2035 elements.

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5 p.m.

All work sessions will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A. Please check the PSC calendar to confirm time and location prior to each work session.

During the November 16 work session, the PSC will discuss river-related topics, such as river setbacks and required vegetation, as well as proposals for new transportation projects and street designations.

Come the new year, Commissioners will continue their work sessions on January 24, starting with the bonus and transfer system and other remaining topics.

Stay tuned for similar stories on this blog about future work session topics prior to the PSC meetings.