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Take a look at Portland’s iconic views and notable viewpoints in the updated Scenic Resources Inventory; then tell us what you think

ow through May 31, Portlanders are invited to submit comments on an inventory of some of Portland’s favorite vistas of the Central City

Where do you take your out-of-town visitors to show off Portland? Up to the Washington Park Rose Garden to take in the sweeping, panoramic views of the skyline and Mt Hood? Or maybe you head downtown for a stroll along the waterfront or up to the top of Big Pink for views of the many bridges over the Willamette River. Scenic resources like these help define the character of the Central City and shape the image of Portland and the region.

To help preserve these visual treasures, Portland manages an inventory of views, viewpoints and scenic corridors within and of the Central City. At 25-years-old, the Central City portion of the Scenic Resources Inventory (CCSRI) is getting a refresh as part of the update of the Central City Plan.

Last summer we asked Portlanders to nominate their favorite views and viewpoints. Those that met a set of criteria were added to the list of existing views and viewpoints from the 1989 SRI as well as new views and viewpoints identified in the field. Staff then put them in a database and subjected each view and viewpoint to rigorous analysis by a team of independent reviewers.

The resulting draft CCSRI includes a mix of scenic resources, including 152 views from 144 viewpoints, 15 view streets, 6 scenic corridors, 22 visual focal points and 5 scenic sites.

Take a Look

The public is invited to review the draft CCSRI to help ensure that all Central City scenic resources are included in the inventory. Did we get them all? Did we miss something? Take a look and tell us what you think.

Public comments on the CCSRI are welcome through May 31, 2015.

How to Comment

Visit the project website for more information about the draft Central City Scenic Resources Inventory and to read specific chapters or download the full draft plan.

Then share your feedback on the draft inventory using this online form.

Comments are also accepted by …

Phone: 503-823-7831

Email to:

Postal mail to:

Mindy Brooks

City of Portland

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100

Portland, OR 97201

Comments on the draft CCSRI are due by May 31, 2015.

Background and next steps

Scenic resources in Portland have been protected over the past 30 years through various plans and regulations, including the 1983 Terwilliger Parkway Corridor Plan, 1987 Willamette Greenway Plan and 1991 Scenic Resources Protection Plan.

The purpose of the CCSRI is to provide useful information on the location and quality of existing public scenic resources in and around Portland’s Central City. The inventory includes descriptions, evaluations, photos and maps of public views and viewpoints, scenic corridors, view streets, visual focal points and scenic sites located in the Central City inventory area. The inventory does not make recommendations about which scenic resources should be protected.

The next phase of the project will include an in-depth analysis of the trade-offs involved in protecting — or not protecting — each scenic resource. Staff will consider the effect of building height and massing on significant views as well as alternatives for vegetation management to maintain or enhance scenic resources.

The results of the analysis will be used to draft a scenic resources protection plan for the Central City, which will include staff recommendations of which scenic resources to protect and maintain and what tools to use to implement these recommendations. The scenic resources protection plan will inform updates to the Central City 2035 Plan including changes to zoning regulations and maps. The public will be able to review and comment on the draft CC2035 Plan, including the draft scenic resources protection plan, when the CC2035 Plan is released (currently scheduled for early 2016).

Comprehensive Plan activity springs forth in April

Film festival, public hearings and concept reports populate the calendar

For those following the Comprehensive Plan, there’s something for everyone this spring. Starting with new concept reports for both the Mixed Use Zones Project and Campus Institutions Project. Both efforts will help implement the new Comprehensive Plan by updating the zoning code in Portland’s growing mixed use centers and corridors, as well as in and around the education and healthcare campuses throughout the city.

These concept documents have evolved over the past several months with lots of input from project advisory committees, open houses and other outreach. The public is now invited to review the drafts and share their feedback with staff.

A public draft of the Campus Institutions Concept is available now for review and comments.

The Mixed Use Zones Concept Report will be released early next month. Sign up to receive project updates here.

In May, planners will begin developing specific zoning code language for these projects. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will receive a briefing from staff on the projects in June and July, before holding public hearings on each one.

Economic Opportunities Analysis

On April 28, the PSC is holding another public hearing on the updated Economic Opportunities Analysis.

Last month, we shared information about the EOA, which is an analysis of employment growth and future land supply.

Read the revised Economic Opportunities Analysis.

Film Festival Shines Light on Local Film Makers

And now for the fun stuff! On Wednesday, April 29, BPS is hosting Portland is Growing: A Festival of Local Films in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The festival will showcase how Portlanders perceive, experience and benefit from the city’s growth and development. Themes cover demolition and infill, gentrification and displacement, how centers and corridors are awesome, and love letters to the city. Featured films include homegrown videos made with iPhones by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff, elegant movies from Oregon Humanities, and everything in between.

Join us at the Kennedy School Gymnasium for a night of moving pictures and storytelling. Light refreshments will be served before the movies start so you can chat with friends and fellow cinephiles. Then, sit back and relax, tuck into the popcorn and watch ‘em roll.


SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft Ready for Review; Public Hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission Scheduled for May 26

New long-range plan for the Central Eastside focuses on employment growth, activating new station areas and fostering research and innovation

Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan Cover

Portland’s Central Eastside is a vital part of the Central City. With a combination of large industrial spaces, lower commercial rents than the Central City or South Waterfront, and a soon-to-be unique transportation nexus with the opening of Tilikum Crossing, the district is attracting large and small businesses alike. The area is also becoming a popular place for eating, drinking and recreating.  

The draft SE Quadrant Plan proposes to preserve the industrial sanctuary while expanding the definition of industrial employment and land, activate the new station areas around the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line, and foster an already emerging research and development industry developing on both sides of the river around OHSU and OMSI. The new plan is designed to help the Central Eastside thrive as a 21st century inner city employment district and transit hub, with cultural attractions and access to natural resources like the Willamette River.  

The public is invited to view the Proposed Draft SE Quadrant Plan and provide testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or at a hearing on May 26.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 3 p.m. (check the PSC calendar one week prior to confirm time)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

To learn how to testify, please read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The SE Quadrant Plan will set direction for changes in regulations that will be developed in the next year. Property owners can review the plan and provide testimony if they want to support or oppose a proposal in the draft plan.


The SE Quadrant Plan Proposed Draft includes goals, policies and actions that will direct growth in the eastern areas of the Central City over the next 20 years. This area includes the Central Eastside Industrial District, East Portland Grand Ave Historic District, new OMSI and Clinton MAX station areas and the Eastside Riverfront.

The plan proposes changes to land use regulations and the transportation system to strengthen the industrial sanctuary while increasing employment densities, encouraging investment, protecting historic resources, establishing more amenities for employees and residents, and managing conflicts between industrial and other operations.

This proposed draft has been endorsed by the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee following 14 meetings, multiple subcommittee meetings, tours, neighborhood association meetings and two open house events.

Next Steps

Following the public hearing in May, the PSC will hold a work session on June 9 to formulate its recommendation to City Council (remember to check the PSC calendar one week prior to the meeting to confirm). The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution.

This is an interim step in the Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan process. In 2016, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will begin the public hearing process to adopt the final detailed CC2035 plan. Specific recommendations outlined in the SE Quadrant Plan will be integrated with recommendations from the N/NE Quadrant and West Quadrant Plans and adopted by ordinance as part of the CC2035 at that time.