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Portland Plan Shapes New Plans for Central City

Cental City 2035 Concept Plan and N/NE Quadrant Plan go before Planning and Sustainability Commission for hearing

The Portland Plan is being implemented through two new plans heading to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for a public hearing tomorrow, Sept. 11, starting at 1:30 p.m. The Central City 2035 Concept Plan and the N/NE Quadrant Plan were developed under the guiding framework of the Portland Plan and represent the application of the City's new strategic plan to a district plan and smaller subareas.

The CC2035 Concept Plan positions the Central City as the region's Center for Innovation and Exchange, and the final plan will give the City and partner agencies a blueprint for future investment -- much like the 1972 Downtown Plan and the 1988 Central City Plan. The NE Quadrant Plan is actually two integrated plans that address community needs for economic development, improved mobility and transportation safety, and healthy and vibrant communities in the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts.

For more information about the Central City 2035 project, please visit

For more informaiton about the N/NE Quadrant Plan, please go to

Free Energy Assessments for Small Commercial Buildings

Buildings 10,000 square feet or smaller can receive a customized report on existing building and equipment conditions and priorities for energy upgrades.

Assessment Update (as of March 29, 2013)

Funding for these free energy assessments is no longer available. If you are still looking for assistance identifying energy savings opportunities at your building, please contact the Energy Trust of Oregon for a free energy assessment  or contact Sustainability at Work for a free onsite sustainability assessment .


The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability offered a limited number of free energy assessments to small commercial buildings in Portland. The assessments, provided by a local engineering firm, resulted in a customized report that evaluates existing building and equipment conditions, prioritizes energy upgrades, estimates energy efficiency and cost savings and identifies relevant tax credits and financial incentives.

To participate in this offer businesses needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Be located within the City of Portland;
  • Occupy a building whose total size is 10,000 square feet or smaller;
  • Be the owner of the building; OR be a tenant with 4 years or more remaining in your lease term; and
  • Be able to provide a signed utility account release form (so that we can analyze historical energy consumption).


For more information, please contact Marlowe Kulley at 503-823-3919 or

This effort was made possible by a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood program.

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BPS E-News: Rezoning SE 122nd Avenue Project heads to City Council

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

Community members along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor should see more amenities and desired retail in their neighborhood thanks to the SE 122nd Avenue Rezoning project. The project is the result of a nearly year-long process to address residents’ concerns about the lack of neighborhood-serving commercial development in the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, the Portland City Council will consider a rezoning proposal to enhance the commercial corridor, which includes changes to support more commercial activity in this historically underserved neighborhood. The public is invited to testify on The SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project – Recommended Draft at this public hearing.

This project implements portions of The SE 122nd Ave Study: a Pilot Project of the Comprehensive Plan, which was endorsed by the City Council in February 2011. The proposed recommendations will change the zoning applied to numerous properties along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor between Powell Boulevard and Foster Road from multi-dwelling residential designations to commercial designations.

Led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, this project will help create a more complete neighborhood as described in the Portland Plan’s Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy and Healthy Connected City Strategy.

It also incorporates zone changes requested by the Portland Parks Bureau. Four parcels of property under their ownership and included within the Leach Botanical Gardens will be rezoned from low-density residential to open space, thus bringing these properties’ zoning into conformance with current and anticipated future use. No new development is proposed.

Comprehensive Plan Map changes will also be made to eight lots with frontage on Powell Boulevard. This intersection has been identified by the Oregon Department of Transportation as a location with a significant number of traffic conflicts. This will require additional consideration when new development is proposed that might further affect traffic and pedestrian safety. Future zone change applications for these properties will be made through a quasi-judicial process, allowing the Portland Bureau of Transportation to outline required traffic safety improvements and allocate the cost of these improvements.

For more information on the SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project, please contact John Cole, senior planner, at (503) 823-3475 or

BPS E-News: Central City Plans emphasize strengths, chart course for local and regional civic center

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

On Sept. 11, 2012, three major plans for Portland’s city center had an audience with the Planning and Sustainability Commission. The Central City 2035 (CC2035) Concept Plan articulates the aspirations and big moves for the future of the Central City, which includes downtown and surrounding districts as well as portions of the Central Eastside. The mutually supportive N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans combine a vision for revitalization of the Lloyd District and preservation of the Lower Albina, with planning for much-needed freeway improvements in the area.

Central City 2035 Concept Plan

Created collaboratively with the CC2035 Steering Committee and BPS staff, the CC2035 Concept Plan is an update of the City’s 1988 Central City Plan and the first step in implementing the Portland Plan. Developed over two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, the concept plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the Central City’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays in the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The Concept Plan sets up the Central City as a Center for Innovation and Exchange. Its draft policies are framed by the economy, housing and neighborhoods, the Willamette River, urban design, and health and the environment.

For more information or to download a copy of the CC2035 Concept Plan, please go to or contact project staff via email at

N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans are the result of a unique collaboration between the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Portland to integrate land use, urban design and local transportation planning for Lower Albina and the Lloyd District with planning for freeway improvements that address long-identified safety and operational issues on Interstate 5 near the Rose Quarter.
Guided by a diverse Stakeholder Advisory Committee and an extensive public involvement process, these mutually supportive plans provide a vision for an intensely vibrant and urban Lloyd District, growing employment and economic activity in Lower Albina, and a much safer and more efficient freeway interchange at NE Broadway and NE Weidler Streets.

The N/NE Quadrant Plan is a land use, urban design and local transportation plan that will help direct and manage growth for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina over the next 25 years. Key proposals in the plan include:

  • Preserving and enhancing Lower Albina by protecting the working harbor and increasing land use flexibility that promotes a mix of uses on historic Russell Street and greater employment densities.
  • Protecting historic neighborhoods and cultural resources.
  • Concentrating high density development in the Lloyd District, with a focus on new residential development that will add activity and vibrancy to the district.
  • Providing amenities, such as parks, street improvements and green infrastructure to support and encourage new development.
  • Improving regional access and local street safety and connectivity for all modes. Encouraging sustainable development that supports the Lloyd EcoDistrict and goals for improved environmental health.
  • Future changes to zoning and building height regulations that implement the plan goals.

I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan

The I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements that address long-standing safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway-Weidler interchange. Key elements include:

  • Adding auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way) to reduce dangerous traffic weaves and allow disabled vehicles to move out of traffic lanes.
  • Rebuilding structures at Broadway, Weidler, Vancouver and Williams and adding a lid over the freeway that will simplify construction, increase development potential and improve the urban environment.
  • Moving the I-5 southbound on-ramp to Weidler to improve circulation and safety.
    Improving conditions for pedestrian and bicycle travel by adding new connections over the freeway and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the interchange area.

The freeway concept will help guide future development in the interchange area and serves as an important step in the funding process, allowing the City and State to jointly seek funding for the project. In the short term, the City and ODOT will actively work on fixes to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in the interchange area.

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project visit or contact project staff at

Next Steps

The Central City 2035 Concept Plan and N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans were presented to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a hearing on Sept. 11, 2012. The PSC will hold a work session and make recommendations on Sept. 25. There will be another opportunity for public testimony and comment at City Council hearings, scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25.

BPS E-News: BPS helps launch OMSI’s new 'Local Voices, Clever Choices' stories

Issue #19, Sept. 2012

What do a tool librarian, a baby-toting bus rider, and an eco-savvy cleaning lady have in common? 

They’re all part of OMSI’s Local Voices, Clever Choices, which are two-minute stories focusing on the real-life challenges and unexpected benefits of making community-minded choices. 

The City of Portland and 25 other local organizations worked with OMSI to make this project happen.

Hear a story told by Kristi about her journey to becoming a bike lover
Call 503.797.4686, story 22

Or, how about a story from Yolanda, a crosswalk cheerleader
Call 503.797.4686, story 30

To hear other clever stories and learn more about the project, visit

Want to get in on the action?
The OMSI Sustainability Team invites you to make Clever Choices to win badges, save money, help the environment, support your community, and have fun, all at the same time! Visit and start earning your stripes today!