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West Quadrant News: Concepts That Map the Future

As mentioned in the previous post, the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook contains a series of quadrant wide principles and concept layer maps that will be used to shape the policies and goals to come.

Using the urban design principles previously discussed as well as information from various public outreach events, six concept layers have emerged to guide the policies for the West Quadrant Plan: land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space and green systems.

West Quadrant Plan concept development mapsThe Land Use Concept Map includes “bubbles” that illustrate the predominant land uses that would be encouraged in future development. Most of the West Quadrant is mixed-use in character today and will continue to be in the future.  The Land Use Map also illustrates the desire to incentivize housing and employment in certain areas. Two additional maps ─ special attractions and maximum building height ─ also help reinforce the land use concepts. The Attractions and Special Places Map identifies significant places that are unique to the area and have a special draw. The building height diagram indicates approximate maximum building height to be allowed in different areas.

The Street Development and Character Map outlines a more intentional and varied approach for the quadrant’s street network. The Open Space and Green Systems Maps help reinforce the design principles of connecting places and designing with nature by laying out future open space and green system enhancement opportunities.

Together these maps help illustrate a West Quadrant where Portland residents can live, work and play for many years to come.