WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015 — Mayor Hales last week attended a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting about the Southeast Quadrant Plan, which will guide development of the city's most dynamic and evolving area of Portland's Central City. The mayor wanted to hear stakeholder feedback on the plan before a draft is published later this month. Public hearings on the plan begin in May.
In this area of emerging economic creativity and growth, the Southeast Quadrant Plan's goals include:
- Increase the number of jobs per acre and new industrial types in the Central City;
- Preserve traditional industrial uses;
- Increase accessibility to the waterfront;
- Provide parking solutions;
- Manage increased activity.
"I'm so impressed with their creativity and innovation," he said. "We need to make sure planning preserves these businesses' presence in the Central Eastside."
And Mayor Hales recently toured the new Ecotrust project, Redd on Salmon, which he says is a model for the new economy: "This project is so damn cool. It brings together urban and rural food movements in Central Eastside. It is revolutionary for the Portland food movement. I'm so excited about this project. I want to see more like it."
Stakeholders highlighted potential transportation issues — balancing bicycle and large vehicle traffic — and the desire to preserve the industrial character of the area, among other priorities. Issues will be ironed out as the plan proceeds through its current phase, Phase 4: Plan Development, and into Phase 5: Public Review & Adoption.
MORE ON THE PLAN: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/62130