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New long-range plan for the Central City on its way to City Council

On May 23, 2017, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) met for the ninth and last Central City 2035 work session. But before taking a vote on the plan, Commissioners worked though several final amendments:   

  1. An existing North Pearl river setback provision. The river setback for a small strip of land between NE Naito and the riverfront, and the Broadway Bridge and the Fremont Bridge, will change from 25 to 50 feet. Staff also recommended removing the North Pearl setback to be consistent with the rest of the city. PSC affirmed staff’s recommendation.
  2. Additional discussion on temporary floating platforms. Staff proposed clarifying the recreational purpose of these in-river platforms. The Commission also supported an amendment to allow for more — but smaller — floating platforms so they can be grouped together in swimming areas.
  3. The relationship between burying the I-5 freeway on the eastside and the Broadway / Weidler project. The Commission briefly discussed Mayor Ted Wheeler’s interest in burying the I-5 freeway on the central eastside and how that would work with the Broadway / Weidler concepts developed through the N/NE Quadrant plan. Staff shared a 2012 concept that shows the two projects do not conflict.
  4. The Green Loop’s inclusion in the Central City. Commissioners discussed the importance of the Green Loop in the Central City and the need for this type of planning and investment in other parts of the city, especially East Portland.

Final PSC vote on the CC2035 Plan

The Commission voted 9 to 1 to support the plan and move it forward to City Council. Commissioner Smith voted no because of the Broadway Wielder Transportation System Plan (TSP) project and made it clear that his “no” vote should not be misinterpreted as opposition to any other part of the plan.    

Next Steps

Project staff expect to release the CC2035 Recommended Draft to City Council on June 19, 2016. The public will have the summer to review the plan and prepare comments to City Council through the fall. 

Mark your calendar for a public hearing on the plan on September 7 at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers. But be sure to check the project calendar for any change to dates and times.