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Draft N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plans are Ready for Review

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee worked with community members and staff to develop the N/NE Quadrant Plan, a long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City. The committee also helped develop a recommended concept for freeway interchange improvements, called the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan. The public is invited to testify about the plans at the upcoming hearing before the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Public Hearing - Testimony Welcome

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission

September 11, 2012

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

The N/NE Quadrant Project hearing is expected to begin at 2 p.m.; however a time certain will be set on the final agenda, available approximately one week before the meeting. Go to to see the agenda and instructions on submitting testimony. A hearing on the Central City 2035 Concept Plan will be held prior to the N/NE Quadrant Project hearing beginning at 1 p.m.

Download Project Documents:

N/NE Quadrant Plan – Proposed Draft

N/NE Quadrant Plan Summary

I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan

For more information about the N/NE Quadrant Project:


Portland City Council Visits Cully for Public Hearing About Plan To Improve Neighborhood Business District and Local Streets

PORTLAND, Ore. - On Wednesday, August 29, the Cully community hosted the Portland City Council in the heart of their neighborhood at Rigler School. Up for the Council’s consideration and vote was the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plan Recommended Draft, a new plan to address community needs for more neighborhood-serving commercial development and to improve the safety and accessibility of Cully’s neighborhood streets.

For more information about the overall project and the main street component, contact Debbie Bischoff, senior planner, at or 503-823-6946. For information about the local street plan work, contact Denver Igarta, transportation planner, at or 503-823-1088.



Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan Update

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments. Portland is now updating the entire Comprehensive Plan, as required by the State of Oregon’s Periodic Review.

The Comprehensive Plan provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, parks, sewer and water systems, natural resources and other topics. It is framed in broad terms and guides future implementation, such as parcel-specific zoning or the design of infrastructure projects.

The Comprehensive Plan will be one way (but not the only way) to implement the Portland Plan. All three of the Portland Plan’s integrated strategies (Thriving Educated Youth, Economic Prosperity and Affordability, and Healthy Connected City) and the Equity Framework will affect the physical development of Portland as well as how we make policy decisions. Many of these initiatives build upon past principles; others provide new directions. The Comprehensive Plan Update project will help us realize the goal of a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland.

Periodic Review Update/Next Steps

The work plan includes the following tasks:

  • Task 1 – Community Engagement: Providing open and meaningful opportunities for individuals and organizations to effectively influence the Comprehensive Plan update.
  • Task 2 – Inventory and Analysis: Research and analysis necessary to provide a solid factual base for the Comprehensive Plan update.
  • Task 3 – Consideration of Alternatives: Explore the social, economic, environmental and energy implications of alternative patterns of development.
  • Task 4 – Policy Choices: Consider and make a variety of policy choices.
  • Task 5 – Implementation: Identify and develop implementation measures necessary to carry out the policy choices.

Task 2 – Inventory and Analysis, requires us to compare the job and housing forecasts against our capacity to accommodate them. The tools we use to do this include:

Together these reports form the “factual basis” for the Comprehensive Plan Update.

The factual basis for the Comprehensive Plan Update will be presented to City Council for a hearing and eventual adoption on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. For more information, please check the City Council calendar.

Policy Expert Groups (PEGs)

Eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) are reviewing proposed policy recommendations for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update and providing feedback to City staff for each topic area. Each PEG consists of approximately 15 to 25 members, representing both community and government perspectives, as well as specific skills and expertise that relate to each PEG topic.

Each PEG is meeting monthly from June 2012 to June 2013. More information about each PEG, including lists of members, contacts, meeting schedules, agendas, notes and materials, is on the Comprehensive Plan Update website. By consulting the meetings and events calendar, you can easily see when and where each PEG is meeting and what is on the agenda. Many of the PEGs have scheduled their meetings out for several months, so it’s easy to plan ahead. 

The public is invited to attend any of the PEG meetings, and time is held at the end of each meeting for public comment. Future e-newsletters will include highlights from the previous month’s PEG meetings and feature stories on a PEG or an emerging issue. The following is a brief description of the eight PEGs.


City of Portland releases Proposed Draft Plan for West Hayden Island

Hayden Island AerialThe City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) released the Proposed Draft Plan for West Hayden Island.

The WHI Proposed Draft responds to City Council’s direction (Resolution #36805) to develop a legislative proposal for the possible annexation of West Hayden Island, including a concept plan for no more than 300 acres of marine industrial development and no fewer than 500 acres of protected open and recreational space. The Proposed Draft includes:

  • Revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps to assign land use designations to the island; 
  • Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan policies and zoning regulations, including the creation of a plan district to regulate uses and development on WHI;
  • A proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and the Port of Portland outlining the timeline and responsibility for future improvements on the island; and

The Proposed Draft of the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory (Volume 1 and Volume 2) and the Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy Analysis (ESEE), which provide the basis for the environmental portions of the zoning code.

Next Steps

Open House on September 12, 2012, 6 – 9 p.m.  The public will be able to review and comment on the Proposed Draft.

October 9th, BPS staff will give the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) a briefing on the Proposed Draft.

October 23rd, the PSC will host a public hearing on the Proposed Draft and any proposed amendments or changes to the draft. The public is invited to testify in person at this hearing or in writing.

The public hearing will be at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201, Room 2500, and Portlanders are invited to testify in person at this time. For written comments, please mail them to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, Suite 7100. Comments may also be emailed to For more tips for testifying, please visit the PSC website.

For more information, check the project website at or call 503-823-9715.