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New Plan for the Future of Central City Heads to City Council

Public invited to comment on the CC2035 Concept Plan at public hearing on October 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2012

Contact

Eden Dabbs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

503-823-9908

eden.dabbs@portlandoregon.gov  

Joe Zehnder

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

503-823-7815

joe.zehnder@portlandoregon.gov

PORTLAND,Ore. – Portland's Central City is the region's business, cultural, retail, recreational and education hub – a true civic center for jobs, high-density housing, transit and other services. The Central City 2035 planning project is intended to help preserve the city’s existing assets while creating a livable, sustainable city center.

The CC2035 Concept Plan is the first step to update the 1988 Central City Plan, establishing a 25-year blueprint that strengthens the city center as the regional hub for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission recommended draft of the Central City 2035 Concept Plan will be presented to City Council at a public hearing on October 24.

City Council Hearing:

  • CC2035 Concept Plan – PSC Recommended Draft
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers
  • City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue
  • Public testimony welcome

CC2035 Concept Plan

The result of two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, the Concept Plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the city center’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays for the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans within the Central City (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The quadrant plans will focus on issues unique to their individual geographic areas and recommend district-specific policies to address those issues.

The Concept Plan has two primary parts:

  • A Policy Framework that sets the desired goals to achieve and directions to pursue; and
  • An Urban Design Direction that uses a set of diagrams to illustrate where and how the Central City will grow and change, highlighting key places and connections. This will help guide future decision-making and prioritize public investments.  

The CC2035 Concept Plan is available on the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035 or contact project staff via email at cc2035@portlandoregon.gov.

The Council agenda is available after 4 p.m. each Friday for the following week's Council meetings. There will be opportunity for public testimony and comment. Information about the City Council and how to speak to the Council can be found online.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

About Central City 2035

Central City 2035 (CC2035) will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of Portland, Oregon. CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps

Plans To Revitalize Lower Albina and Lloyd District, Improve Traffic Safety Go Before City Council

Public hearing on N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plans held on October 25; testimony welcome

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2012

Contact
Joe Zehnder
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7815

Andy Johnson
Oregon Department of Transportation
503-731-8356

PORTLAND, Ore. - Taking advantage of simultaneous land-use and transportation planning efforts in the Lower Albina and Lloyd districts, the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation have collaborated on the N/NE Quadrant Project, to prepare for growth in the Central City and address safety issues on I-5 near the Rose Quarter.

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission is recommending that City Council adopt the N/NE Quadrant Plan, a long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, and the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan, a concept plan for freeway and local street system improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler interchange. Together the two plans provide a blueprint for integrating land use and local transportation investments with freeway improvements needed for a more vibrant and safe community. The public is invited to testify about the plans at an upcoming City Council hearing.

City Council Public Hearing - Testimony Welcome

  • N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 2 p.m.
  • Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
  • 1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Over a nearly two-year period, members of the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and land use and transportation planners to develop the plans. The SAC included representatives from neighborhood groups; local businesses and business groups; the Lloyd Center Mall; the Rose Quarter; and bicycle, pedestrian, freight and environmental advocates.

N/NE Quadrant Plan

The N/NE Quadrant Plan is a land use, urban design and local transportation plan that will help direct and manage growth for theLloydDistrictandLower Albinaover the next 25 years. The plan focuses on preserving the industrial and employment character of Lower Albina and concentrating high-density development in theLloydDistrict, with a focus on new residential development and amenities needed for a complete community. Providing sensitive transitions to historic neighorhoods and protecting the remaining cultural resources in the area is also a key theme of the plan.

I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan

The I-5 Broadway-Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements that address longstanding safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway-Weidler interchange. The recommended improvements would add auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way), which would reduce crashes on this section of I-5 by an estimated 30 to 50 percent. The freeway project would also improve conditions on local streets through lids and new connections over the freeway along with safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the area.

The development of a recommended freeway concept serves as an important first 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.

The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission on Dec. 19, 2012.

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant project, please visit the project website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035/nneq.

The Council agenda is available after 4 p.m. each Friday for the following week's Council meetings. There will be opportunity for public testimony and comment. Information about the City Council and how to speak to the Council can be found online.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans project is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation to provide detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. It is part of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan. Working jointly with ODOT, this project also addresses safety and operations issues on the I-5 freeway and the local transportation system near the Broadway-Weidler interchange. For more information about the project, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/nneq.

I-5 Eastbank Freeway Tunnel Alternative Concept Diagram

The I-5 Eastbank Concept Diagram is heading to City Council today

The I-5 Eastbank Concept Diagram is heading to City Council today. The proposed Resolution will accept the Diagram as a Reference Plan to the Central City 2035 Concept Plan and to be used as reference to future planning in the Central Eastside.

The I-5 Eastbank Concept Diagram was completed as a technical follow-up to City Council Resolution No. 36448, October 19, 2006, that accepted the I-5/405 Freeway Loop Advisory Group Final Report and identified a need for a longer-term solution for I-5 Eastbank Freeway.

Diagram

BPS News: Central City 2035 Concept Plan Unanimously Adopted by City Council

New plan for Portland's city center charts a course for the next 25 years

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today, City Council endorsed new goals and guiding principles for the Central City by unanimously adopting the Central City 2035 Concept Plan, an update to the 1988 Central City Plan. The new plan positions Portland’s Central City as the regional center for innovation and exchange, while providing high-level guidance for development, decision-making and investment in the city center through the coming decades. 

“From Pioneer Square and the transit mall to Waterfront Park and the Esplanade, the Central City has evolved from a place Portlanders were fleeing in the 1960s and 70s to an attractive center for jobs, housing, culture and community,” stated Mayor Sam Adams. “This effort continues our great planning legacy well into the 21st century.”

Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, said, "The new concept plan will encourage the development of vibrant interconnected neighborhoods close to all the great amenities and jobs in the heart of our city."

The new plan is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans within the Central City (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The N/NE Quadrant Project will be considered by City Council tomorrow, October 25 at 2 p.m.

The CC2035 Concept Plan will build upon and enhance the direction and vision proposed by both the 1988 Central City Plan and 1972 Downtown Plan. Chet Orloff, a local historian and co-chair of the Steering Committee remarked, “From my experience of teaching a generation of university students about Portland history and Portland planning, I believe that the Central City 2035 Concept Plan represents some of the best effort Portlanders have made to-date. … The work of several hundred fully engaged Portlanders and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's planners has resulted in a concept that we will build on over the next year to create a plan that’s as ambitious and practical as it is visionary and insightful.”

"Portland is already a great place to live, raise a family and pursue one's interests,” said Amy Lewin, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development and CC2035 Steering Committee member. “But with this plan, we are putting a better definition on how our city's core will grow and change. The plan we worked on reflects the current needs and interests of so many, while also making room for growth when it comes to where people will live and what our quality of life will be like in the next 30 years."

The plan is the result of two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously voted in favor of this plan. Michelle Rudd, co-chair of the CC2035 Steering Committee and member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, commented, “The Central City is the heart of the region. We’re excited about this product and what it means for making Portland an even better place to live. The 2035 Plan was developed through extensive work with stakeholder groups and staff to realize the unique resource and tradition of innovation of this place, and use it as a springboard for beginning implementation of the Portland Plan.”

The CC2035 Concept Plan is available on the project website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035 or contact project staff via email atcc2035@portlandoregon.gov.

  
The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

About Central City 2035

Central City 2035 (CC2035) will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of Portland, Oregon. CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps.


BPS News: City Council Adopts N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

Synchronized land use and transportation plans work together to increase jobs, housing, safety, mobility and livability in Lower Albina and the Lloyd Districts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2012

Contact:

Joe Zehnder
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
503-823-7815
 
Andy Johnson
Oregon Department of Transportation
503-731-8356

 

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today, City Council voted unanimously to adopt the N/NE Quadrant Plan, a long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, and the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan, a concept plan for freeway and local street system improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler interchange.
 
These plans are the result of an innovative partnership between the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to combine a local district planning effort with a process to address longstanding safety issues on the I-5 freeway. Together the two plans provide a blueprint for integrating land use and local transportation investments with freeway improvements needed for a more vibrant and safe community.
 
Both the City and ODOT see the recommendations in the plans as an opportunity to significantly improve conditions on and around the freeway.
 
“We expect and are planning for significant growth in the Central City in the next 20 years,” stated Mayor Sam Adams. “There are real signs of strength in the Lloyd District right now, and this project will help us capitalize on that strength. This is an example of how the City and its partner agencies can work together to meet multiple objectives.”
 
“The City and ODOT have worked very hard to bring land use and transportation plans into synch with one another,” said Jason Tell, ODOT’s regional manager for the Portland area. “This effort shows how to make I-5 safer and more efficient while supporting local land use goals. To get this concept from plans to reality will take strong leadership and funding from the City, the private sector and the state."
 
Over a nearly two-year period, members of the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and land use and transportation planners to develop the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. The 30-member SAC included representatives from neighborhood groups; local businesses and business groups; the Lloyd Center Mall; the Rose Quarter; and bicycle, pedestrian, freight and environmental advocates.
 
The N/NE Quadrant Plan for Future Land Use and Development
The N/NE Quadrant Plan will help direct and manage growth for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina over the next 25 years. The plan focuses on preserving the industrial and employment character of Lower Albina and concentrating high-density development in the Lloyd District, with a focus on new residential development and amenities needed for a full-service neighborhood. 
 
Scott Langley, president and CEO of Langely Investment Properties, remarked, “As a result of the 2035-N/NE Quadrant Plan, we are already making investment decisions and plans that have a positive impact on land use and economic development in the Lloyd District. This economic action would not be possible without the vision and clarity the plan provides.”
 
Providing sensitive transitions to historic neighborhoods and protecting the remaining cultural resources in the area is also a key theme of the land use plan.
 
“The edges of the quadrant posed special challenges because they are the interface between the Central City and historic and vibrant neighborhoods,” commented SAC Co-chair Lloyd Lindley, ASLA. “It was no easy task, but we found amicable and design-based solutions that will help the Design Commission and the Landmarks Commission approve future development applications.”
 
Transportation Facility Plan
The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements that address longstanding safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway/Weidler interchange.
 
Tracy Whalen, SAC co-chair and freight representative, observed, “The recommended improvements in the Transportation Facility Plan, extending from the Fremont Bridge to the I-84 interchange, offer the most cost effective and fundable solution to improve safety at the worst freeway interchange in the state. They will also improve surface streets in the Broadway and Weidler Interchange area.” By adding auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way), it is estimated that the recommended improvements would reduce crashes on this section of I-5 by 30 to 50 percent. 
 
The freeway project also presents an opportunity to improve the urban environment and safety on local streets in the interchange area. The plan proposes to rebuild overpasses with lids over the freeway, which could be used for development or open space, the addition of new connections over the freeway, and providing additional and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
 
In a letter to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, Matthew Arnold of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, stated, “The resulting plan ― when taken as a whole ― contains several positive improvements for cyclists, especially for those in the ‘interested and concerned [about safety]’ category at whom the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 is squarely aimed. Perhaps more importantly, the N/NE Quadrant Plan clearly reflects a process designed to gather, consider and incorporate the ideas and opinions of a broad range of stakeholders and advisors.”
 
The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Oregon Transportation Commission in December.
 
The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

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

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans project is a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation to provide detailed planning for the Lower Albina and Lloyd District areas. It is part of Central City 2035, the City of Portland's effort to update the 1988 Central City Plan. Working jointly with ODOT, this project also addresses safety and operations issues on the I-5 freeway and the local transportation system near the Broadway-Weidler interchange. For more information about the project, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cc2035/nneq