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BPS releases WHI Economic and Finance Packet to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Packet provides background information for their March 26th work session

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for their March 26th work session.  This session will be held from 2-5 p.m. (note new time) at the 1900 SW 4th Ave building, 2500A. Materials in the packet include: 1) responses to PSC questions on the topics of economics, finance, and recreation, 2) technical reviewer comments and 3) supplemental letters and memos. The packet is available for public review here.   BPS will provide a second memo that ties together project and mitigation costs at this same link in the next few days.

More information on this work session and future sessions is available on the BPS WHI Calendar.

You can also review the notes from past Planning and Sustainability Commission work sessions.


West Quadrant Plan: Goose Hollow Summary Report Available

Summary of key takeaways from two outreach events in December 2012 is online

As part of the West Quadrant Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two early events in December 2012 to focus on the Goose Hollow District of the Central City. Both the workshop and concept development charrette helped to identify assets, issues and opportunities as well as generate ideas for the future of the area. A Summary Report and Appendix provide a recap of the results from these two events. Some of the highlights from the community input include: 

  • Goose Hollow has many assets that make it a desirable place to live and work, including its central location, historic buildings, neighborhood feel, views, and trees/greenery.
  • There is a desire for the district to become a more active and vibrant place. Participants noted that there is currently no clear center or retail main street within the Goose Hollow area. SW Jefferson was identified as a possible neighborhood main street.
  • There is an identified need for better connections and an improved pedestrian environment that help link Goose Hollow with surrounding areas and make walking and biking in Goose Hollow more enjoyable. 
  • Participants had a desire for more usable open space that serves a neighborhood park function. Adding new open space, as well as repurposing existing open space such as Collin's Circle, were suggested.
  • There is support for redevelopment of the Lincoln High School as an "urban school" with community amenities and potentially a mix of uses.
  • Lastly, there is also a need to consider more flexibility for a broader range of uses in parts of the district (currently residential development is required in much of the area).

The ideas presented in the report will continue to be refined with stakeholders and the Goose Hollow Foothills League in the coming months and will feed into the larger West Quadrant Plan Charrette scheduled for June 2013. For more information about the Goose Hollow planning process, contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Parking Minimums

Recommended zoning code amendments address concerns about new apartments with little or no parking in commercial corridors and along frequent transit lines

City Council will hold a public hearing on the New Apartments and Parking Recommended Zoning Code Amendments for parking minimums on April 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. Public testimony is welcome.

City Council Public Hearing
Recommended Zoning Code Amendments for Parking Minimums
City Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Public testimony will be taken.

Written testimony can be submitted to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Emailed testimony can be sent to Testimony must be received by April 4. 

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing regarding new apartments and parking on March 12, 2013. The commissioners heard testimony from a variety of stakeholders and community members on a proposal presented by City staff. Following public testimony and deliberations, the PSC recommended minor changes to the proposal.

Read the PSC’s Recommended Draft

For more information or to read the FAQ, please visit the project web page at   

Comprehensive Plan Update Community Workshop Recap and Survey

Transportation, urban design, public facilities and services are some of topics Portlanders are weighing in on

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Comprehensive Plan Update Community Workshops throughout the city during the past few weeks. Roughly 350 Portlanders came out to the seven events, engaging with City staff and fellow community members in the general sessions, open houses and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions, especially, engaged participants through interactive exercises and conversations about infrastructure equity, growth scenarios, watershed health, transportation and industrial land supply.

See the information boards about each Comprehensive Plan chapter and the breakout sessions.

Policy Survey and Online Commenting
These are issues that are top of mind for the Comprehensive Plan Update team and others who have been deeply involved in the process, including the Policy Expert Groups, whose members also attended the workshops. Some questions have a variety of valid answers and these have been included in a policy survey. Staff are using some of these questions to prompt useful discussions in group settings and help educate Portlanders about the range of issues. The answers will give the City valuable input about the community’s preferences and opinions.

So far, more than 200 people have filled out the survey online and to date the respondents are more diverse than the population at large. Another 200 have submitted comments via an online feedback form, correspondence and talking with City staff. 

The online survey is open until May 1, and we’d like to hit the 500 mark. Don’t miss your chance to help us carve a path forward on some of the stickiest land use, economic development, environmental health, housing and infrastructure investment issues.

Take the survey here (about specific issues) or make an online comment here (general or other comments).

Community Feedback on the Workshops
Feedback from the workshops indicated that many people felt they had learned something new and appreciated the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with staff and get their questions answered. But others noted the lack of diversity of the participants and not enough publicity to get the word out about the community events. People also want to know what will happen with their feedback and what the next steps are — and, of course, how the updated Comprehensive Plan will affect their neighborhood. A community feedback summary report on the workshops and survey will be available in June.

Other Outreach Efforts and Next Steps
The community workshops were the main outreach effort for the Working Draft Part 1, but there are still several ways to get involved and share your ideas about the future of Portland. In addition to the online survey, staff are meeting with three to six community groups a week, and will soon start tabling at communitywide events (e.g., Sunday Parkways, Portland Parks Summer Concert Series, street fairs and community fairs) in the spring and summer. Feedback from the community during this time will help guide refinements to the draft goals and policies in Part 1 and determine the direction for next steps in the process. 

Coming next: Working Draft Part 2. This will include a set of maps and project lists for transportation and other infrastructure investments to implement the policy direction in the updated Comprehensive Plan. To prepare Working Draft Part 2, the City’s District Liaisons will be talking with stakeholders during the spring to gather district-specific information, comments, preferences and ideas to help develop draft maps and connect the policies with geographically specific mapping possibilities. For more information, please contact your District Liaison or call 503-823-7700.

Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft will be published in mid-summer. It will include a series of maps (including an updated Urban Design Framework, land use designations, etc.) and first drafts of the Citywide System Plan, including infrastructure project lists.

In early Fall, the City will hold another series of community workshops focused on mapping questions and infrastructure choices. The goal is to refine the maps and infrastructure plans based on fall workshop input and publish a Proposed Draft Comprehensive Plan Map in December 2013. The proposed draft will then go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council consideration and discussion in early 2014.

So stay tuned and keep those comments coming!


West Quadrant: Project Up and Running!

Events in March and upcoming events in April are setting the foundation for the West Quadrant Plan.

The West Quadrant Plan team held three major public events in March. The West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its first meeting on March 11 and set the foundation for their work, identifying issues and directions for the West Quadrant. Upcoming meetings in April and May will continue these discussions at the system wide and neighborhood scale. A planning forum and charrette for the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, held on two consecutive Fridays in the White Stag Building, attracted full houses. Staff is working on a summary of key ideas and concepts from the events which should be available in early May. Similar efforts for Goose Hollow are helping staff to get a running start at the quadrant planning process. Feedback has been enthusiastic and informative.

To kick off the West Quadrant Plan, the project team developed the West Quadrant Reader and an accompanying online survey. A short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, the Reader is a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people give feedback via the online survey. The West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. It is available online through May 10, 2013.

Upcoming April Events

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #2 (link includes meeting materials): Monday, April 1, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Neighborhood Workshop: Tuesday, April 8, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #3: Monday, April 22, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For print copies of the West Quadrant Reader or to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups — or if you have any questions about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at