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City Council Adopts N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

City Council Adopts N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans

On October 25, 2012, City Council voted unanimously to adopt the N/NE Quadrant Plan, a long-range plan for the Lower Albina and Lloyd Districts of the Central City, and the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Facility Plan, a concept plan for freeway and local street system improvements in the vicinity of the I-5 Broadway/Weidler interchange.

The vote came at the conclusion of a public hearing at which 15 people testified, including 7 members of the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Predominant themes in testimony focused on the unique and collaborative partnership between the City and ODOT, the strong vision laid out in the plans that will help direct and encourage investment in the area, the integration of land use and transportation planning, and the inclusive process that considered ideas and opinions from a diverse set of stakeholders. The City Council was urged to support implementation of the plans and to work on near-term improvements to address the worst pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in the area.

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 meeting. Their work was informed by public input solicited throughout the process at open houses, charrettes and commuity meetings, totaling approximately 95 meetings and events.

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 in December.

Read the media release about the City Council action.