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BPS changes Planning and Sustainability Commission work session calendar for WHI

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has completed two work sessions on WHI, discussing environmental impacts, and community health and transportation concerns. The PSC has requested additional time to discuss a number of topics from these initial work sessions. This will occur on Feb. 26, 2013. The topics to be discussed include: the proposed truck cap; open space ownership; the timing of the proposed manufactured home park fund; the Port’s proposed sustainability policy; and floodplain mitigation. 

On March 26, the PSC will have the final work session to discuss economics and finance. Staff will release a new draft plan and IGA in early April, with hearings at the PSC moving to May.

The updates to the WHI schedule look like this:

  • Feb. 26, 6 - 9 p.m.: Continued work session and recommendations for environmental, community health and transportation (topics noted above)
  • March 26, 6 - 9 p.m.: Final work session (economics and finances)
  • April 5: New draft plan released
  • April 9: PSC Briefing on draft plan
  • PSC hearing and recommendations: May – Specific date(s) and time(s) TBD

Please check the PSC calendar for meeting agendas and times for WHI discussions.

PSC News: February 12, 2013 meeting recap and documents

PSC Officer vote — decision; Brownfields study — briefing; Scenarios Report — briefing; West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session on tribal and environmental components


  • PSC Officer vote decision
  • Brownfields study briefing
  • Scenarios Report briefing
  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan work session

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Your advice needed: take the Policy Survey

Take the Policy Survey for the Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan Update

We are looking for your help as we work through sticky policy issues in the Working Draft Part 1. Fill out the survey to give us your advice on: 

  • Prioritizing how limited dollars are spent on infrastructure.
  • Making room for industrial jobs while improving and protecting the environment.
  • Reducing household transportation and housing costs.
  • Mitigating neighborhood displacement and change.
  • Integrating the natural and built environments, reconnecting habitat and improving access to nature.

Your answers will help refine and amend many of the goals and policies in the Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan. It will also inform next steps, including developing a map, a list of significant projects and implementation measures, like Zoning Code updates.

The survey will close on May 1, 2013. Please keep an eye out for future surveys, workshops and events where you can help define how the Comprehensive Plan addresses these and many other important topics.

CC2035: West Quadrant Plan March Events

Check out the upcoming events and project info for the West Quadrant Plan!

The West Quadrant Plan will provide detailed planning for Central City areas on the west side of the Willamette River. The effort is part of the broader Central City 2035 project to update the 1988 Central City Plan. 

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The West Quadrant Plan work has started and the first meeting of the newly formed Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) is coming up on March 11th. All meetings are open to the public and will have time for public comments. Meeting materials will posted approximately 7-10 days in advance on the project website.

Old Town/Chinatflyer imageown Sub-area Work

Also coming up in March are two public events for the Old Town/Chinatown area of the Central City. The Community Planning Forum will present perspectives on the future of the area, include a public discussion on issues and opportunities, and generate ideas for the Charrette. The Charrette will follow a week later and will develop land use and urban design alternatives for the area and will inform the larger West Quadrant Plan process.

Project Info

The West Quadrant Plan will be guided by the SAC. A range of land use, urban design, transportation, environmental and economic development issues will be discussed – resulting in policy recommendations to guide future investment and development in the River District (including the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown), Downtown, Goose Hollow, University District and South Waterfront areas of the Central City.

Other public events during the West Quadrant Plan will include open houses, community meetings, working groups, and specific efforts targeted at smaller subareas – each of these presents an opportunity for community members to get involved, ask questions, provide feedback, and contribute to shaping the future of the area. To learn more about upcoming events, check out the West Quadrant Plan calendar. We hope to see you in the coming months!

For questions regarding the West Quadrant Plan or any upcoming events, please contact Elisa Hamblin at or check out other ways to get involved.