Portland leaders are fond of saying great places don’t happen by accident, and for more than a year, city planners have been hard at work on the city’s blueprint for the next 20 years.
The projections include 260,000 new residents and 142,000 new jobs.
“Places that are sort of popular now are only going to get more popular,” Susan Anderson, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability director, said Wednesday.
Just tuning in?
The City Council held five work sessions in the past few months drilling down on the state-mandated comprehensive plan.
Here are five takeaways from the plan:
There’s no avoiding it: Portland will have tens of thousands of new apartment complexes. Eighty percent of the projected 110,000 housing units will be apartments, with an estimated 10,000 city-funded affordable units. Single-family neighborhoods will largely be spared from upheaval, Anderson said. But Portland has a lot of capacity on streets that are already zoned for growth, meaning popular neighborhoods with urban centers such as St. Johns, Sellwood and up-and-coming Lents will see more construction cranes.
Where is the next Williams or Division Street?
The radical transformation along North Williams Avenue and Southeast Division Street during the past 10 years will probably spread elsewhere. Anderson said while she can’t predict exactly where the next hot neighborhoods will be, there are some easy guesses. “Sandy in particular over the next 20 years will grow in popularity,” Anderson said of the diagonal street. Some of that growth is already happening, but she expects development to continue from the Hollywood District to Cully and beyond.
What about east Portland?
Much of Portland’s job and housing growth will occur east of downtown. Anderson said the city will focus more attention on redeveloping streets such as 82nd and 122nd Avenues. She said 82nd and Powell Boulevard could be a hip intersection – with mixed-use buildings lining the intersection, bus rapid transit running down Powell, and trendy restaurants and businesses. The city plans to pair that growth with bringing much-needed services to east Portland. Plans call for investing heavily in sidewalks, safer crossings and bike infrastructure along Powell, 122nd and elsewhere.
Where will the next streetcar line go?
The next public transit project could be a streetcar line down Macadam Avenue/Oregon 43 to the Johns Landing neighborhood in Southwest Portland. The $80 million project is the only streetcar expansion in the 20-year framework, and Anderson said that’s because of the “market readiness of the area.” Planners also think there’s enough neighborhood demand to support a streetcar line. The Johns Landing isn’t a sure thing, but planners included it in lieu of expansions north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and a Sandy Boulevard proposal because the Johns Landing proposal because it was more feasible.
More jobs – on campus and on dirty lots
Where will all these new Portlanders work? Just like the housing stock, Portland’s job footprint will become denser – with taller buildings downtown, in the Lloyd District and elsewhere.
Anderson said the close-in Central Eastside Industrial District could be one hub 21st century industries. A growing biotechnology sector in the South Waterfront could expand across the Willamette River to the Central Eastside, where technology jobs are already clustering. She said the city also hopes some 600 acres of contaminated brownfield sites could be cleaned up and redeveloped during the next 20 years. Portland also expects and wants more job growth on college and university campuses and at hospitals.
— Andrew Theen
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