The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is launching Central City 2035 (CC2035) as an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, which is the existing plan and policy for downtown and central areas of Portland. CC2035 will address issues and changes in the Central City to ensure that this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years. As part of CC 2035, the City is also updating the Central City Transportation Management Plan and the Central City’s transportation system plan. BPS will also complete the River Plan / Central Reach for the land along the Willamette River and integrate it with CC2035. The River Plan is an update of the 1988 Willamette Greenway Plan.
The Central City is the center of Portland’s economy, arts and cultural activities, retail, entertainment, tourism, higher education, urban living, and the multi-modal transportation network for the region. The Central City is also the historic core of the region nestled in a beautiful natural setting. However, it faces numerous challenges and opportunities not present when the last overall plans and policies were adopted more than 25 years ago.
CC2035 will be a plan created with community, government and other partners. It will guide public and private investment, and land use and development decisions for the Central City over the next two decades. The CC2035 team will ensure that their work synchronizes with that of the Portland Plan so the plan reflects and supports the developing policies of the Portland Plan.
CC2035 was initiated with a series of background reports available at www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035. The reports include "Central City 2035: Introduction and Central City 2035 Subdistrict Profiles." Within the next few months the Design Central City document will be ready for review as well.
CC2035 will be guided by a project Advisory Group comprised of 18 members representing the diverse interests and perspectives of the Central City. They are in the preliminary stages of developing a draft policy framework. Meeting announcements, agendas, minutes and a member roster can be found on the project website.
You can use the website to view project updates and other project-related background materials and request to be placed on our mailing and e-mail lists. All interested parties are invited and encouraged to participate in the CC2035 process by attending meetings, open houses and other events, which will be posted on the website as well.
For more information or questions, please contact Steve Iwata, CC2035 project manager, at 503-823-9904 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send general email questions to CC2035@portlandoregon.gov.
Central City N/NE Quadrant planning to begin in September
In addition to updating the policy framework and concept plan for the Central City, CC2035 will include more detailed planning and implementation efforts for smaller geographic areas; specifically, each of the four quadrants of the Central City. The first quadrant plan — for the Central North/Northeast quadrant — will launch in September 2010. It includes Lower Albina, the Rose Quarter and the Lloyd District.
The City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will collaborate on this planning effort to integrate land use and urban design with freeway planning and improvements for the I-5 corridor within the N/NE portion of the Central City. The plan will examine a range of land use, urban design, transportation and economic development issues. It will include recommendations for new projects and policies to guide future public and private investment and development in Lower Albina and the Lloyd District.
How to get involved with Central City N/NE Quadrant
A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) with representation from a variety of stakeholders and community interests is being formed to assist with the development of the Central N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans. The first SAC meeting will be held on September 16, 2010, and is open to the public.
Two “at-large” positions are currently open on the SAC, and interested Portlanders are invited to apply. The project team will also host a series of community walks in September and a public workshop later in the fall. Formore information and/or to apply for a position on the SAC, visit www.portlandonline/bps/cc2035/neq or contact Karl Lisle, N/NE Quadrant project manager, at 503-823-4286.