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New Plan for the Future of Central City Heads to City Council


October 17, 2012


Eden Dabbs

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Joe Zehnder

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


PORTLAND,Ore. – Portland's Central City is the region's business, cultural, retail, recreational and education hub – a true civic center for jobs, high-density housing, transit and other services. The Central City 2035 planning project is intended to help preserve the city’s existing assets while creating a livable, sustainable city center.

The CC2035 Concept Plan is the first step to update the 1988 Central City Plan, establishing a 25-year blueprint that strengthens the city center as the regional hub for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission recommended draft of the Central City 2035 Concept Plan will be presented to City Council at a public hearing on October 24.

City Council Hearing:

  • CC2035 Concept Plan – PSC Recommended Draft
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers
  • City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue
  • Public testimony welcome

CC2035 Concept Plan

The result of two years of stakeholder involvement and public outreach, the Concept Plan outlines policies and directions that provide high-level guidance for the city center’s growth and development. It emphasizes the important role the city center plays for the region and is intended to guide development of four detailed quadrant plans within the Central City (N/NE, SE, NW and SW). The quadrant plans will focus on issues unique to their individual geographic areas and recommend district-specific policies to address those issues.

The Concept Plan has two primary parts:

  • A Policy Framework that sets the desired goals to achieve and directions to pursue; and
  • An Urban Design Direction that uses a set of diagrams to illustrate where and how the Central City will grow and change, highlighting key places and connections. This will help guide future decision-making and prioritize public investments.  

The CC2035 Concept Plan is available on the project website at or contact project staff via email at

The Council agenda is available after 4 p.m. each Friday for the following week's Council meetings. There will be opportunity for public testimony and comment. Information about the City Council and how to speak to the Council can be found online.

The City of Portland is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

About Central City 2035

Central City 2035 (CC2035) will update the plan and policies for downtown and central areas of Portland, Oregon. CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will be a vibrant resource for all Portlanders over the next 25 years.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. For more information, visit