The Southwest Corridor Inclusive Communities project will be an ongoing multi-year effort that coordinates several interrelated initiatives. The City of Portland, with funding from Metro, will be implementing elements of the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy (2018), and other past foundational work such as the Barbur Concept Plan (2013), SW Corridor Plan (2010) and South Portland Circulation Study (2001).
Over the next two years, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will lead or support the following efforts:
1. Plan for complete and inclusive communities in two initial areas:
- South Portland/Ross Island Bridgehead
- West Portland Town Center
2. Update South Portland Historic District Guidelines.
3. Develop concept plans for two publicly owned opportunity sites suitable for mixed-income housing and mixed-use commercial development (Barbur Transit Center and land currently used for access ramps to the Ross Island Bridgehead).
4. Form an inter-jurisdictional Equitable Transit-oriented Development (TOD) Workgroup to implement an affordable housing memorandum of understanding led by TriMet.
5. Community Grants Program for capacity building and engagement activities by community-based organizations (CBO) working directly with low-income households and communities of color. CBOs will advise project decisions, build organizational relationships, and help develop deeper ties among all community members.
See the project workplan for 2019-20 for more details.
In collaboration with city, regional and community partners the following related efforts are also underway in 2019 and 2020: