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Project Overview

The N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) is a quadrant-level guide for implementation of city-wide policy goals to ensure a vibrant Central City at the heart of the metropolitan region. The project is a unique col­laboration between the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to jointly develop a land use plan and plan for the I-5 Freeway in the vicinity of the Broadway-Weidler Interchange in a mutually beneficial way.

Current Status

On October 25, 2012, City Council voted unanimously to adopt the N/NE Quadrant Plan. The adoption by City Council followed a two-year planning process in which the diverse 30-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) worked with interested community members and land use and transportation planners to develop the plans. The full SAC met 19 times and held 14 Subcommittee meetings. Their work was informed by public input solicited throughout the process at numerous open houses, charrettes and community meetings.

The plans were adopted by resolution, indicating the City Council’s support for their recommendations. 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. The I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan will go before the Oregon Transportation Commission for adoption on December 19, 2012.


Central City 2035 (CC2035) Phase I is an update of the 1988 Central City Plan with a new 25-year Concept Plan. It defines the overall direction for Central City within the context of city-wide goals established through the Portland Plan. The N/NE Quadrant Project kicked off Phase II of CC2035, refining broader policy goals and district directions through direct implementation. This is the first of the more detailed quadrant-level planning efforts of Phase II with plans for the subdistricts within each quadrant.  The N/NE Quadrant Project coordinates with concurrent planning efforts including the Portland Plan, River Plan / Central Reach, Rose Quarter Development Project, and Central City Transportation Management Plan to ensure a vibrant Central City now and in the future. 

The N/NE Quadrant is a dynamic area with exciting potential that contains several facilities of state-wide and regional significance, including the Rose Garden, Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd Center Shopping Mall, Willamette Riverfront and freeway interchanges. This project addresses challenges and opportunities related to land use, urban design, the Willamette River and multimodal transportation infrastructure. The bottleneck at the I-5/I-84 interchange has been identified as one of the most congested state interchanges by ODOT and is a priority for improvements in the vicinity of the Broadway-Weidler Interchange. In addressing these challenges, the N/NE Quadrant Project guides investment supporting the realization of this area’s potential related to economic development, housing, the riverfront, en­tertainment, sustainability and mobility.

Project timeline

September 2010

Fall 2010

Winter 2010

Spring / Summer 2011

Fall / Winter 2011-2012

Spring / Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Project start-up

Background and existing conditions

Set project goals and scope

Identify issues, opportunities and constraints

Develop concept alternatives

Select preferred concept

Develop plan

Adoption / Approval Process

Public Events


Community walks September 2010

Public open house November 2010

Charrettes February / April 2011

Public open house June 2011

Public open house February 2012

Extended public comments

SAC meetings June 2012

Planning and Sustainability Commission September 2012

City Council October 2012

Coordinated Efforts

CC2035 Related Projects

The N/NE Quadrant Project will be coordinated with several ongoing and related projects. Many of these projects are closely related to CC2035, the Central City Transportation Management Plan (CCTMP) Update, the River Plan / Central Reach and the Portland Plan

Efforts related specifically to the N/NE Quadrant Project:

Rose Quarter Development Project

PDC is leading this community-based effort to prepare a development strategy for the Rose Quarter that will identify potential uses and the financial feasibility of future development, including the possible renovation or reuse of Memorial Coliseum. The project is building on a vision for the area to create a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented, mixed use district with year-round night and day active public uses that support the future of the Rose Quarter district, showcase leading edge sustainability practices, create jobs, provide visitor amenities, and integrate and connect with neighboring portions of the Lloyd District and Oregon Convention Center area, as well as the Willamette River and surrounding neighborhoods. 

N/NE Economic Development Initiative

The North/Northeast Economic Development Initiative is a PDC project that is assessing the need for possible boundary adjustments and priorities for new investments in the Interstate Corridor and Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Areas, which cover portions of the N/NE quadrant. PDC is working with the community to ensure that PDC investments enhance livability and economic opportunity within the two urban renewal areas and the city at-large.