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Inner SE Station Areas Project Update

Working group meeting recap and upcoming charrette for new light rail stations around OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate

The Inner SE Station Area Planning effort, which will update the vision and long-range plan for the areas around the four new close-in SE Portland light rail stations at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate, kicked off in June. The second Station Area Working Group Meeting was held on July 17, 2013. Continuing the discussion from the first meeting in June, participants gathered around maps to identify opportunities and challenges related to the upcoming light rail stations. Feedback from the July working group meeting will feed into a two-day concept development charrette, held August 20 and 21. The project team will share the results of the charrette at a public open house on August 22. See below for more charrette information.

View the original working group meeting packet.

Station Areas Concept Charrette – Join us!

You are invited to participate in an upcoming charrette, where City staff and consultants will work with area stakeholders to develop initial land use, urban design and transportation concepts for the four new SE station areas. The results and products of the charrette will be used to explore potential recommendations about the future character of these station areas and potential implementation strategies.

The charrette will take place over three days and will include two work sessions and an open house. A preliminary agenda is provided below. Feel free to attend all or a portion of the events, depending on your availability and level of interest.

SE Quadrant Station Areas Concept Charrette

August 20 - 22, 2013

St. Philip Ner iChurch, Carvlin Hall

2408 SE 16th Ave


Preliminary Agenda

Day One Work Sessions

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


- Charrette Introduction/Orientation

- Corridor-Wide Exercise


- OMSI/Clinton Station Work Sessions

Day Two Work Sessions

Wednesday, August 21, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

- Brief Charrette Introduction/Orientation

- Rhine/Holgate Working Sessions

Day Three Open House

Thursday, August 22, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

- Public review and comment on charrette results

- Formal presentation at 6 p.m.

All interested community members and stakeholders are invited to participate. 


But what the heck is a charrette?

A charrette is an intense period of design or planning activity. Often used to bring together multiple stakeholders during one timeframe, a successful charrette will generate many ideas and promote joint ownership of solutions.

For more information:

The Waterfront’s Fine, But It Could Be Finer

Portland planners and public generate new ideas to connect people and places to the Willamette River

Waterfront Park photo

Portland’s beautiful summers draw people outside in droves. On any given day, people can be seen biking, floating on the river, playing with children in public fountains, attending a festival or concert, or simply basking in the sunshine. Waterfront Park welcomes all who come to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, many of which are concentrated along the Willamette River. 

During a week-long charrette in June, city planners and other stakeholders worked through ideas to improve the West Quadrant of the Central City. One of the recurring themes from the exercises was reimagining the role of the Willamette River and Waterfront Park — how to improve people’s access to the river as well as their experience in and around it, all while making the river more of a focal point of the Central City. Charrette participants helped to identify the following goals for the river: 

Waterfront sketch

  • Create better physical, visual and social connections with the river
  • Generate more activity along the river and
     Naito Parkway
  • Support big changes to help achieve goals of health, activity and vibrancy
  • Update 2003 Waterfront Park Master Plan to reflect current desires and needs 
Naito Parkway drawing
Waterfront Park already connects people with the river, but improving this connection could provide a more significant experience. In the 2003 Waterfront Park Master Plan, Portlanders envisioned a new plaza in Waterfront Park that would gradually step down towards the river. Creating a more vibrant mixed-use Naito Parkway would also help to connect people to the river from downtown. 


Many other cities across the country have also realized the importance of and added benefits that come with engaging residents with their waterfronts. Louisville, Kentucky’s Waterfront Park has become nationally recognized for reconnecting residents with the river. 

Nashville Waterfront

In Nashville,Tennessee, plans for waterfront redevelopment include removing a seawall and replacing it with a sloped park that provides direct river access and more intimate interactions with nature.

Enhancing Waterfront Park is just one of big ideas that came out of the West Quadrant Charrette. Stay tuned over the next month as we feature other themes that emerged from the process. Next up: Housing and Neighborhoods!


Inner SE Station Area Charrette in Progress August 20-22

Starting Tuesday, August 20, the City of Portland is hosting a concept development charrette focusing on the new light rail stations areas at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate. The charrette will build on input from planning events held in June and July to develop initial land use, urban design and transportation concepts for the station areas.

Come to the Open House to see the results of the charrette and offer feedback!

Inner SE Station Area Charrette Open House
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5 – 7 p.m. (presentation at 6 p.m.)
St. Philip Neri Church, Carvlin Hall
2408 SE 16th Ave

The first two days of the charrette will involve focused work sessions where City staff and consultants will work with area stakeholders around maps to generate ideas and explore issues. The results will be presented at the open house on the third day.

View the charrette agenda.


PSC News: August 13, 2013 meeting recap and documents

RICAP 6 Workplan — hearing / decision; Central City 2035: West and Southeast Quadrants — briefing


  • RICAP 6 Workplan hearing / decision
  • Central City 2035: West and Southeast Quadrants briefing

Meeting files

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