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