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West Quadrant Plan News: Bringing It All Together

Planning efforts for the Central City’s West Quadrant have shifted to developing a high-level concept for the study area, which is summarized in the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook. This document contains a series of quadrant-wide principles and concept layer maps that will help shape the policies and goals to come.

These eight organizing ideas for quadrant-wide urban form are based on key themes from the West Quadrant Charrette.

West Quadrant Guiding Principles

  1. Urban Design Principle: Embrace the RiverStrengthen Places. Enhance the existing character and diversity of the quadrant by strengthening existing places and fostering the creation of new districts.
  2. Embrace the River. Develop a true “city on the river” by increasing riverfront attractions, clarifying east-west connections and access to the Willamette, building a series of vibrant new riverfront communities and enhancing wildlife habitat.
  3. Connect Places. Link the different places in the quadrant with a signature loop system that is part of a clearer, more diverse set of streets, paths and trails.
  4. Design with Nature. Integrate natural systems into the built environment through infrastructure and building design. Plan for climate change.
  5. Urban Design Principle: Design with NatureExpand Housing. Continue to broaden the range of housing type, size and affordability by integrating new housing opportunities in each district.
  6. Grow Employment. Reinforce the office core as the Central City’s hub of business, while growing new employment centers in education, innovation and affordable incubator space.
  7. Extend Retail Core. Stretch the traditional Downtown retail core to the river and extend it north to include new retail anchors in the West End and Pearl District.
  8. Shape the Skyline. Use building forms to help frame and enclose special places, districts and experiences in the quadrant.

The maps at right help to illustrate some of these guiding principles.

Through upcoming Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings and an Open House on October 24, these preliminary principles and maps will be refined to reflect the views of the committee and the public. Save the date for the Open House and share your thoughts about these new concepts for the West Quadrant.

Next: Draft concept layers (maps) for land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space, and green systems.