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

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 or contact project staff via email

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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