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Recap of the PSC Hearing on the N/NE Quadrant Project

Public testimony overview

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing on the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans on September 11. Approximately 35 people were in attendance. The hearing began with a staff presentation describing the planning process and highlights of the N/NE Quadrant Plan - Proposed Draft and the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan, followed by oral testimony from nine people, including the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee Co-Chairs Lloyd Lindley and Tracy Whalen. The hearing was closed at the end of the meeting.

The N/NE Quadrant Project will return to the PSC on the evening of September 25th for a work session, where the commission members will discuss the project and ask questions. The PSC is expected to make a recommendation to City Council at the 9/25 meeting. Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc to view the agenda, available approximately 10 days before the meeting. No additional public testimony will be taken by the PSC, however there will be opportunity to make comments to City Council at their hearing on the project, tentatively scheduled for October 25 at 2 p.m.

Meeting materials are available at the following link: http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/rec/5100237/ (click the magnifying glass next to the document). Meeting minutes will be added within two weeks of the meeting. The meeting will also be shown on Channel 30 in the upcoming days. Their regular re-airing schedule is Every Friday at 3pm, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30pm and the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 7:00am.

 

 

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

N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans at Planning and Sustainability Commission

Over nearly two years, the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee worked with interested community members and BPS 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, the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan. The public is invited to testify about the plans at the upcoming hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Public Hearing Details

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

September 11, 2012
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A

The N/NE Quadrant Project hearing will begin at 2:30 pm. Instructions on submitting testimony: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/383906

Download the Proposed Draft N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

Interactive Map

View the map to see how your property could be affected by proposed changes to zoning and maximum building height regulations.

Next Steps

Following the public hearing on September 11, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a work session to formulate its recommendation on the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler plans on September 25. The project will then go before the Portland City Council for adoption by resolution in October and to the Oregon Transportation Commission in December. Specific recommendations in the N/NE Quadrant Plan will go into effect once the entire Central City 2035 Plan (the update of the 1988 Central City Plan) is complete, expected in 2015.

More About the Draft Plans

N/NE Quadrant Plan – The N/NE Quadrant Plan is a land use, urban design and local transportation plan that will help direct and manage growth for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina over the next 25 years. Key proposals in the plan include:

  • Preserving and enhancing Lower Albina by protecting the working harbor and increasing land use flexibility that promotes a mix of uses on historic Russell Street and greater employment densities.
  • Protecting historic neighborhoods and cultural resources.
  • Concentrating high density development in the Lloyd District, with a focus on new residential development that will add activity and vibrancy to the district.
  • Providing amenities, such as parks, street improvements and green infrastructure to support and encourage new development.
  • Improving regional access and local street safety and connectivity for all modes.
  • Encouraging sustainable development that supports the Lloyd EcoDistrict and goals for improved environmental health.
  • Future changes to zoning and building height regulations that implement the plan goals.

I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan – The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan contains a planning-level concept for improvements addressing longstanding safety and operations issues on and around Interstate 5 and the Broadway/Weidler interchange. Key elements include:

  • Adding auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders (within existing right-of-way) to reduce dangerous traffic weaves and allow disabled vehicles to move out of traffic lanes.
  • Rebuilding structures at Broadway, Weidler, Vancouver and Williams and adding a lid over the freeway that will simplify construction, increase development potential and improve the urban environment.
  • Moving the I-5 southbound on-ramp to Weidler to improve circulation and safety.
  • Improving conditions for pedestrian and bicycle travel by adding new connections over the freeway and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the interchange area.

N/NE Quadrant SAC Process Comes to a Close with the Endorsement of Draft Plans and a Positive Outlook on the Process

N/NE Quadrant Meeting Recap

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its last meeting on August 2nd to make final recommendations on the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. These plans will be forwarded to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, Portland City Council and Oregon Transportation Commission this fall.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • The SAC reviewed final amendments to the I-5 Facility Plan, which lays out recommended improvements to the Broadway/Weidler Interchange and surrounding local streets. The Facility Plan was previously endorsed by the committee at their June 7 meeting by majority-minority vote, with all but three members present voting for the proposal.
  • The SAC endorsed the revised and amended draft N/NE Quadrant Plan, which will update the long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, by a consensus vote. The draft plan had been revised to address comments received on the previous version reviewed by the SAC at their June 28th meeting.
  • SAC members were recognized for their service and thanked for their dedication of time and commitment to the process. Special thanks were given to Gary Warren for generously hosting numerous SAC meetings at Calaroga Terrace. Committee Co-Chairs Lloyd Lindley and Tracy Whalen and several other members remarked on the good working relationship of the committee and the positive outcome – a plan for a better place – that was a result of the joint City and ODOT process. 

 Please see the meeting packet for other meeting documents and information.

Next Steps

The recommendations of the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be forwarded on to City and State decision-makers for adoption. The public is invited to attend and testify at public hearings. Specific dates and times will be posted to the calendar as they are available.

  • Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – 9/11/12 Public Hearing (public testimony); 9/25/12 Work Session and Recommendation (no testimony)
  • Portland City Council - October, 2012
  • Oregon Transportation Commission - December, 2012

N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)

Recap of the June 28th N/NE Quadrant SAC Meeting

N/NE Quadrant meeting recap

At their June 28 meeting, following a staff presentation and public comment, the N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) discussed the Draft N/NE Quadrant Plan and took a preliminary vote to endorse the draft Plan. SAC members provided feedback to staff on issues they would like to see addressed in the next draft, scheduled to be released the week of July 23.

The SAC also voted to endorse specific proposals in the draft Plan related to zoning changes in Lower Albina and maximum building heights along NE Broadway.

The final SAC meeting will take place on August 2nd. At that meeting, the SAC will review revisions and make final recommendations on both the draft N/NE Quadrant Plan and draft I-5 Facility Plan.

For more information, see the June 28 meeting packet.

Public invited to comment on draft N/NE Quadrant Plan June 28 at 5:30 p.m.

N/NE Quadrant Plan Public Comment Requested

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) has been working for over a year and a half to develop a district plan addressing land use, urban design and local transportation for the N/NE Quadrant of the Central City. Based on the SAC’s discussions and recommendations, City staff has prepared a draft N/NE Quadrant Plan that will be presented at the June 28 SAC meeting. The public is invited to attend and comment on the draft plan.

N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2012

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Public comments welcomed at 6:30 p.m.

Calaroga Terrace Auditorium

1400 NE 2nd Avenue, Terrace Level, Portland, OR

 

Read the Draft N/NE Quadrant Plan (PDF)

 

Key Elements of the draft N/NE Quadrant Plan include:

  • District goals and policies for the Lloyd District and Lower Albina that will update the current 1988 Central City Plan.

  • Urban design concept diagrams that illustrate the future development pattern envisioned for the N/NE Quadrant.

  • Implementation actions needed to carry out the plan, such as changes to zoning and building height regulations, infrastructure projects and future studies.

After listening to public comments on the draft N/NE Quadrant Plan, the SAC will discuss and potentially take action to endorse the plan. Any revisions are expected to be incorporated prior to the SAC’s final recommendations on both the quadrant plan and draft I-5 Facility Plan, scheduled for their August 2nd meeting.

The meeting packet, including a detailed agenda, will be posted here, approximately one week prior to the meeting.