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Mixed Use Zones Project Hosts NE Broadway Walkabout

Join community members and City of Portland planners for a walk along NE Broadway to share ideas for how zoning regulations can be crafted to help achieve desired development outcomes. Neighbors, business and property owners, apartment residents — everyone is invited to share their perspectives on how future development can contribute to making Broadway a vibrant place.

WalkaboutWhen: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. until Noon
Where: Meet at the Fred Meyer play park at NE 28th and Weidler Street
Options: Join a walk on NE Broadway east toward Hollywood, or a walk west to NE 16th

The NE Broadway Walkabout is part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Mixed Use Zoning Project. This project will revise zoning code regulations for commercial and mixed use zones to implement the “centers and corridors” concepts that emerged from the Portland Plan and Comprehensive Plan Update. Mixed-use corridors, such as Broadway, are intended to be enhanced as vibrant commercial districts and as places that play an important role in accommodating housing and employment growth. Zoning regulations will need to support these functions, as well as promote development designed to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment; create places where people will want to live, work and visit; and address the relationship to adjacent residential areas. The Broadway walk will be a key opportunity for City staff to consider these zoning and development issues through a local lens.

The types of questions to be considered will include:

  • What’s working well or not so well on Broadway regarding new development?
  • How can zoning code regulations help support a thriving business environment?
  • What scale of development is appropriate, and how might this vary along Broadway?
  • What building design features will enhance the character of Broadway?
  • What design features will create a quality environment for future residents?
  • What are appropriate ways of creating transitions in development scale and activity between mixed-use development along Broadway and adjacent residential areas?

Come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

Several more walkabouts in neighborhoods across Portland are in the works — stay tuned for more details about these events and other ways to get involved in the Mixed Use Zones Project. For information, contact Barry Manning, project manager at 503-823-7965 or