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N/NE Quadrant Open House

Review the proposed concept for land use, local transportation, open space and green systems and potential improvements to the I-5 Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange.

More open house informationAre you interested in issues affecting the Lower Albina, Rose Quarter and Lloyd District areas of the Central City? How about the I-5 freeway and how it impacts the area around the Broadway/Weidler interchange? Please join us at an open house for the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans.

N/NE Quadrant Project Open House

Thursday, February 2, 2012

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Lloyd Center Mall

West end (near Nordstrom)

See the calendar for more info.

After extensive public input, the project team and Stakeholder Advisory Committee have developed a draft proposed concept for future land use, urban design and local transportation in the area, as well as options for proposed improvements to the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange. At the February 2nd open house, these concepts will be on display and City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to answer questions, receive public feedback and discuss the project.

Learn more about and comment on:

  • Future direction for land use and urban form

  • Street design and connectivity

  • New parks and open space

  • Ways to incorporate green infrastructure

  • Safety and operational improvements for the Broadway/Weidler freeway interchange

This is a great opportunity to weigh in on the draft proposals and let the Stakeholder Committee know what you think. We hope you join us!

Other opportunities to get involved

Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and offer a public comment period. Upcoming meetings include (see project calendar for details):

 

  • January 19, 2012 This meeting will focus on the freeway component of the project. Staff will present a proposed hybrid freeway improvement concept and discuss outstanding issues to be resolved.
  • February 16, 2012: This meeting will address both the quadrant plan and freeway components of the project. Staff will report on public input received at the February 2nd open house and seek Stakeholder Advisory Committee approval of the proposed concepts for the quadrant plan and freeway interchange project. The concept plans will then be used as a basis for developing more detailed proposals in the next phase of work.

 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Beckman (City of Portland) at (503) 823-6042 or stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.govor Todd Juhasz (ODOT) at (503) 731-4753 or todd.juhasz@odot.state.or.us.

N/NE Quadrant SAC gives staff direction on proposed concept diagrams

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the N/NE Quadrant process is helping to refine concept plan diagrams.

The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) met last Thursday evening, November 17, primarily dealing with the City's district planning effort for Lower Albina and the LloydDistrict. At the meeting, staff presented revisions made to the draft proposed concept since the September SAC meeting and asked for preliminary recommendations on the concept for the purposes of moving forward with the next phase of work where more detailed plan proposals will be developed. See the November 17 meeting packet for additional details.

The SAC provided feedback on a number of topics related to refinement of the concept diagrams and leading into the next phase of plan development. Feedback needing clarifications and/or revisions to the concept diagrams focused on two main topics:

  1. Height issues, including concerns about building heights on Broadway and the riverfront and transitions to adjacent neighborhoods; and

  2. The street hierarchy/typologies, including a request for more explanation of the different street types and examples of how they would be implemented on certain streets.

Staff will continue to refine the proposed concept to address the issues identified above, while beginning to develop draft policies, actions and targets that will make up the quadrant plan. Questions raised by SAC members about how the plan will address detailed aspects of the proposal will be addressed as part of the next phase of work. Examples of more detailed topics raised include: treatment of the riverfront, integrating tree canopy and green stormwater approaches, and parameters of potential I-5 overcrossings.

Upcoming N/NE Quadrant meetings will focus on the I-5 freeway component of the project, including:

  • Transportation Subcommittee on December 8th; and

  • SAC meeting on January 19th

See the calendar for meeting details.

Overview of the October N/NE Quadrant SAC Meeting and Next Steps

At the October 27th Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting, the project team presented a review of the remaining I-5 freeway improvement concepts being considered, including updated drawings that illustrate how each of the concepts function and perceived opportunities and constraints of the alternatives. In addition, ZGF Architects presented how each of the alternatives would mesh with local transportation and land use (i.e. resulting development opportunities, new east-west connections, bike and pedestrian crossings and right of way impacts etc.).
 
The SAC was then invited to view a 3-D model of the study area with 'plug-ins' for each of the concept alternatives. The model allowed the group the opportunity to visualize how each of the concepts would 'fit' within the urban fabric. See the October 27 meeting packet for additional details.
 
There will be a Transportation Subcommittee held on December 8th to discuss evaluation results and to gain feedback on concept alternatives. The next full Transportation related SAC will be held on January 19th, where evaluation results on each of the alternatives will be presented and staff will recommend a preferred concept alternative to be carried forward for further refinement.

The upcoming SAC meeting on November 17 will focus on the planning effort for the overall N/NE Quadrant study area. Staff will present revisions made to the draft proposed concept since the September 29 SAC meeting and request approval of the concept for the purposes of moving forward with the next phase of plan development.  See the November 17 meeting packet for additional details.

N/NE Quadrant surveys get a great response!

N/NE Quadrant Survey wrap-up

Thanks to all the community members who took the concept alternatives surveys!

We received a lot of valuable input, with 140 people responding to the quadrant-wide survey and between 50 and 75 responding to each of the eight subarea surveys. The project team is working on summarizing the results and will make them available on the project website soon. The results of the survey are being used to inform development of a proposed land use, urban design and local transportation concept for the quadrant, as well as recommendations on area-specific planning questions.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will begin discussing these proposals at their next meeting on September 29, 2011. See the calendar for more event details.