Draft West Portland Town Center Plan Seeks Public Comment

Always a closely watched planning jurisdiction, Portland, Oregon is proceeding with a new vision for the future of the western end of the city.

September 15, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The draft of the West Portland Town Center Plan is available for public review, with a series of virtual public hearings on the calendar this month. As explained in an article published on the city of Portland's website, the draft plan has been in the works for over two years.  

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission is leading the engagement effort for the plan, which is focused on planning for equitable growth and development in a neighborhood at a crossroads as one of the few remaining locations of affordable rental housing in the city.

A separate article by Lisa Caballero promotes this month's public hearings and urges the local bike advocacy community to attend the meetings and comment on the plan, focusing specifically on a few transportation improvements included in the draft, namely for SW Capitol Hwy, SW Taylors Ferry, and SW Huber Street.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in BikePortland

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