Task 5 Early Implementation Project Updates
Mixed Use Zones Project
Portlanders share what they like and love about their center during Mixed Use Zones Community Walks
What’s so great about a mixed-use zone? Hollywood District business owner Yu Te (pictured above) likes living and working in his vibrant mixed-use neighborhood.
"What I like about Hollywood is that I don’t have to go far to do my grocery shopping or to get whatever I need,” he says.
Yu believes that the close proximity of amenities increases the quality of life for residents of Hollywood. He thinks less travel time between work, home, school, shopping and play means more leisure time and opportunities for people to get to know their neighbors.
“It’s like living in a small town inside of a bigger city.”
He foresees Hollywood getting bigger but cautions, “I hope to see, as we develop and have more buildings, that the citizens can be involved more with defining how that growth occurs.”
Community walks draw crowds
Yu joined more than 150 neighbors and community members who recently participated in seven neighborhood “walkabouts” as part of the Mixed Use Zones Project (MUZ). The purpose of the walks was to learn more about the dynamics in and around centers and corridors planned for mixed-use development in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan.
Between April 26 and June 11, seven walks were held around Portland, including NE Broadway/Weidler in Hollywood, outer SE Division in Midway, SE 82nd Ave in the Jade District, N Lombard/Portsmouth, N Williams/NE MLK, inner SE Division and Multnomah Village.
The MUZ Project will revise the city’s commercial and mixed-use zones to facilitate future development, better transit access, a variety of housing types, compatibility of new development and a pedestrian-friendly environment. The walks provided an opportunity for project staff, consultants and advisory committee members to hear community members’ thoughts on what is working well or not in mixed-use areas, and to see different places and development issues firsthand.
Some of the common themes emerging from the walks were:
- Address building scale and articulation: height, mass and length.
- Provide scaled transitions to low-density residential areas.
- Encourage or require continuity of retail in centers and corridors.
- Preserve or protect significant historic buildings and key places.
- Create incentives for open space and public plazas.
- Improve the design of buildings and sites; use quality materials.
- Provide high quality pedestrian environments.
- Encourage a housing mix for a range of household types, lifestyles and incomes.
- Promote affordability for housing and commercial space.
- Adequately address parking issues; onsite, shared, management.
- Consider allowing more intensity on key large opportunity sites.
More information about the walks, including highlights of issues from the individual walks, is available on the project web page