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Three-day Charrette Captures Community Ideas for Inner SE Station Areas

City planners, business owners, developers, residents and other stakeholders dive deeply into future of new inner eastside light rail station areas

From August 20 – 22, the SE Quadrant Plan project team facilitated the Inner SE Station Area Charrette at St Philip Neri Church off of SE Division St. Over the course of the three days, about 80 attendees generated ideas about the future character of the four new light rail stations at OMSI, Clinton, Rhine and Holgate. 

SE charrette photo

The charrette included two public work sessions, where the project team and consultants worked with the community to develop corridor-wide concepts and explore ideas for each of the four station areas. The preliminary results of those work sessions were presented at an open house on August 22, where participants viewed drawings and offered feedback.

During the work sessions, participants discussed the different roles of each station area and the degree of change that could occur around the different sites:

  • OMSI Station Area – Regional destination with significant new development. Highest potential degree of change in both mix of uses and scale of development.
  • Clinton Station Area – City destination that builds off the success of SE Division and stitches neighborhoods together. High degree of change on key redevelopment sites near the station.
  • Rhine and Holgate Station Areas – Local destinations that serve the Brooklyn neighborhood and the employment areas to the east. Low-to-moderate degree of change with focus on enhancing the Milwaukie main street and increasing employment opportunities east of 17th Ave.

Other key takeaways from the work sessions included:

  • The Willamette River is a major asset that should inform uses and the orientation of new development. There is a strong desire for improved access to and amenities along the river.
  • Improving connections that overcome the substantial transportation barriers in the area will be key to its success.
  • The area should continue to function as an employment center, but there is a desire for more land use flexibility to attract a wider range of businesses that can locate in the area and create more vibrant station areas.
  • The historic industrial character should be maintained and enhanced by encouraging the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings.

The results from the charrette will be presented and discussed at the Station Area Working Group Meeting on September 18. After that meeting, staff will refine the concepts based on feedback. Ideas for the OMSI and Clinton station areas will be forwarded for consideration as part of the SE Quadrant Plan process, which will begin in the fall. Ideas for the Rhine and Holgate station areas will be further developed in the fall based on community input and then forwarded into the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update process.

Background materials used for the charrette include:

Planning and Sustainability Commission Gives the Green Light for RICAP 6 Workplan

Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) will address 43 technical and minor policy items.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a hearing on Aug. 13, 2013, to review the City’s proposed workplan for regulatory improvement or RICAP 6. Several people appeared to testify in support of examining issues related to short-term rentals, home occupation issues, wireless facility regulations and density transfers, among other topics.

The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages seek to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. Suggestions for improving the City's codes come from issues identified by other City bureaus, members of the public and the development community. These suggestions are entered into the Regulatory Improvement Requests (RIR) database. Suggestions are prioritized based on the geographic reach of the issue, the severity of impact or how often the issue arises, and room for improvement of the existing regulation. Issues that may require a major change in policy are not addressed through RICAP. RICAP addresses technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving workplan.

The RICAP 6 workplan was unanimously approved by the PSC as proposed, which will enable staff to begin researching and analyzing potential code amendments for future consideration through the legislative process. Staff anticipates releasing a public discussion draft report in January 2014, and will return to the PSC for a hearing on the proposed code amendments in Spring of 2014.