Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects


Graduate students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University work in teams of 4 or 5 members to complete applied planning projects, as part of a required course known as "the MURP workshop." This course is intended to give our students hands-on experience in conceiving, planning, and implementing a community-based planning project in close consultation with a committed client/partner. In past years, workshop groups have completed projects for a wide range of public agencies and community groups. The resulting plans have, in many cases, been implemented, and many of them have been recognized with awards from state and national planning organizations.

MURP Workshop is a meaningful experience for students and clients alike.

Quote from MURP alumna 2019:
“The MURP workshop was an intense, fulfilling, and extremely meaningful experience that helped launch me into my career. As our team’s project manager, I was able to learn and practice real team building and project management concepts that helped us produce a plan we could be proud of for our client and community members. I use the tools and concepts I learned during the MURP workshop project every day in my work in the Metro Council Office.”

Key dates and information:

  • Typical timing of Requests for Proposals is mid December each year, for selection in January
  • Example Request for Projects from 2021 in pdf and Word. (It may change slightly in future years)
  • Who to contact: The 2021 faculty instructor is Dr. Megan Horst,

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Planning Workshop Projects 2021

Faculty advisors: Dr. Megan Horst and Irene Kim

Stay tuned; to be posted in June 2021.

Planning Workshop Projects 2020

Faculty advisors: Dr. Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein

The students participating in the 2020 MURP workshop class faced an unprecedented experience: a global pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly referred to as COVID-19. During a conventional workshop process the students work from January to June with much of their community engagement work occurring from the beginning of March - April. Portland State University moved to online learning at the end of the second week of March, lasting through the Spring Quarter. The state was put under a stay at home order starting March 23, 2020. The pandemic and subsequent public health protections meant that the students were unable to execute the bulk of their community engagement plans. In part because their efforts overlapped with the initial upheaval as people rapidly moved to work from home, found themselves caring for kids usually at school, or more problematically, many community members lost their jobs, the students were especially hampered in their efforts to connect with low-income, differently abled, and people of color communities. Some were able to make accommodations more easily than others to work with more privileged groups, but all of their plans are certainly different because of the shift to online engagement. While this was certainly a loss for the students and clients, their plans offer insights into how to adapt planning in the face of crisis, what it has meant to try and plan during a pandemic, and more fundamentally raised questions about whether, when, and for what ends should we plan when communities that have experienced historic inequities are further unable to participate in plan-making. The workshop experience is meant to be a learning in doing activity, and they have learned much more than they expected. 

Caritas Housing

  • Upstream Planning: Julianne Reno, Ryan Dyar, N. Janine Gates, Hugo Hamblin-Agosto Joshua Ollinger 
  • Final Documents: Final Document 

Caritas Housing of Oregon develops affordable housing for persons experiencing homelessness across the state. In January 2020, staff reached out to students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program seeking planning assistance. Caritas wanted help planning for the needs of future residents and navigating what is frequently an emotionally-fraught and politically-charged development process. Upstream Planning worked with Caritas Housing to create resident-informed development criteria and design a framework for public communication. The Upstream Planning team created two documents, Development Criteria Guide and Public Communication Guide, that work towards the singular goal of helping Caritas develop permanent supportive housing that equitably promotes the health and well-being of residents.

Clackamas Community College Shuttle Service and Access Plan

  • Conexion Studio: Shiori Azumaya, Ryan McKinnon, Christina Winberry, Daisy Quinonez, Baxter Shandobil, Andre Lightsey-Walker
  • FInal Document: CCC Shuttle Service and Access Plan

Addressing transportation-related barriers is an essential part of Clackamas Community College's mission to make education more accessible. This plan provides a student-centered analysis of barriers that make it difficult for students with limited access to personal vehicles to access CCC’s Oregon City and Harmony campuses and identifies strategies to overcome them. The plan focuses on the CCC Xpress Shuttle, which sees over 26,500 trips per academic year, and on the compounded barriers facing students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.  

Cascade 30

  • Apiary Planning: Jeff Broderick, Timothy DuBois, Seth Healy, Henry Miller, Elisha Ransom, Justin Sherrill
  • Final Document: Final Document

While Apiary Planning Group created design concepts for the Oregon Department of Transportation, it should be noted these are only design concepts, not a final proposal. Funding to commence formal planning, engineering, and construction processes to implement these ideas has not been identified. No timeline to build any of these concepts has been established. Apiary Planning Group hopes these preliminary concepts will encourage and inspire jurisdictions, community groups, residents and businesses to work together to create a gateway to Hood River that honors the past while creating new, safer and accessible transportation opportunities in the future. 

Hamlet Futures

  • Aesop Planning: Hannah Anderson, Heide Camarata, Hillary Harris, Kate Harbour, Sebrina Mortenson, Lydia Ness
  • Final Documents: Final Document

After 30 years of land use battles, the Stafford Hamlet is at a turning point with its recent designation as an urban reserve in the Portland metro region. Our project asks: How can an all-volunteer advisory group in urban reserves best represent their community in regional planning? 

This planning framework applies both a regional and equity lens to issues the Stafford Hamlet community will face as they navigate their future. It is designed for internal use by the Stafford Hamlet Board. The Project Overview is a scene-setting document intended to establish a shared understanding of recent history, demographics, and planning context among Board members. The Scenarios document explores factors that will shape the future of the Hamlet to help the Board consider the real possibilities of annexation and have difficult conversations about change. The third document, Strategies, proposes next steps to help focus their efforts as an active participant in regional planning.

Roses from Concrete

  • Walk and Roll Consulting: Timothy Martinez, Shreya Jain, Matthew Cramer, Gwynn Mackellan, Sarah Bermudez, Walle Brown
  • Final Document: Final Plan 

Roses from Concrete is a walkability plan for Portland Metro’s Rosewood neighborhood, created by Walk & Roll Consulting (W&R). This plan seeks to address the challenges of being a pedestrian - emphasizing youth and older adults, in the historically disinvested Rosewood neighborhood. This is accomplished by providing tools for analyzing existing infrastructural deficiencies, research-based recommendations for contextualized capital improvements, and compiled perspectives from local residents and professionals, in order to catalyze improving the lives of people who live, walk, and roll within the Rosewood neighborhood.

Planning Workshop Projects 2019

Faculty advisors: Dr. Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein

Cathedral Park

  • RowanWood Planning: Chad Tucker, Erik Memmott, Ian Clancy
  • Final Documents: Final Report

We set out to form recommendations on how to improve the walking, biking, rolling, and transit connections in the Cathedral Park neighborhood by balancing feedback from the community with the expertise of planners, developers, and engineers. The result is a tool that our client, the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association, can use to more effectively advocate for projects from PBOT, ODOT, and Metro. Government agencies can use the results of our community engagement to tailor their own project prioritization and public outreach efforts. 

Legal Walls PDX

  • In_Place Planning: Sofía Álvarez- Castro, Ellen Palmquist, Austin Ross, Hilary Sueoka, Brittany Quale, and Joey Williams.
  • Project Clint: Portland Street Art Alliance
  • Final Documents: Final Document

Legal Walls PDX charts a path toward a more inclusive atmosphere for street art, and specifically graffiti, in Portland by planning a legal graffiti wall for public expression in the Central Eastside Industrial District. This plan proposes legal routes forward, as well as recommendations for implementing, designing, and stewarding the wall. These recommendations are informed by stakeholder outreach, best practices in other cities, and key advisory interviews. The complementary zine presents the idea of a free wall through storytelling and provides an approachable version of the plan for a wider public audience. 

Living Streets

  • Living Streets Project Team: Eavan Moore, Jason Nolin, Oscar Saucedo-Andrade, Kevin Tracy, Zoie Wesenberg, Kate Wihtol
  • Project Client: Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Final Document: Final Document 

Since 2009, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has aimed to prioritize pedestrians above all other transportation modes. By putting pedestrians first, cities can improve outcomes for communities and transform streets into welcoming public spaces. Pedestrian streets help achieve this goal by reallocating space that was once dedicated to the movement and storage of cars to spaces for people to interact, socialize, and recreate. By developing a typology and an evaluation framework for pedestrian streets, this document attempts to answer the question, what could pedestrian streets look like in Portland’s Central City?

Pathways to Planning

  • Constellation Planning: Sally Bernstein, Adrienne Chaille, Jake Davis, Theresa Huang, Rhey Haggerty, Emily Scott
  • Project Client: City of Monroe
  • Final Documents: Final Document

In 2017, the City of Monroe Planning Commission decided to update its Comprehensive Plan, last amended in 1986 and sought technical support. In addition to developing Pathways to Planning: A field guide for long range planning to support the comprehensive plan update process, Constellation Planning created a Field Guide as an interactive resource to be used for long range planning processes in Monroe, recognizing an opportunity to increase planning capacity.

The Field Guide includes educational appendices and usable worksheets that are intended for a diverse audience, including community members, commissioners, elected officials, city staff, planning partners, and consultants. Using a learning-by-doing approach, the Field Guide was crafted through a robust engagement strategy that sought to utilize best practices for equitable engagement geared towards incorporating previously uncaptured voices and perspectives.

Ready Streets

  • Team Member Names: Kerry Aszklar, Jaye Cromwell, Bryan Nguyen, Joey Posada, Sabina Roan, Sophie Turnbull-Apell
  • Project Client: Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Final Documents: Final Report

How will people get around after a major earthquake? The Ready Streets project examines ways to create a strong, connected, and disaster-resilient mobility network in the Parkrose-Argay neighborhood of Portland, as well as replicable criteria for future neighborhoods. This is accomplished by examining the existing conditions of the area, working with community members to determine key destinations and priorities, and formulating recommendations to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Reside Vancouver

  • Thread Community Planning: Jihyeon Kim, Malia Knapp-Rossi, Jeff Lance, Joseph Meyers, Aster Moulton, Tay Stone
  • Project Client: City of Vancouver
  • Final Documents: Final Document

Thread Community Planning is a group of six PSU graduate students commissioned by the City of Vancouver, WA to create an anti-displacement plan (Reside Vancouver). With significant public investments on the horizon,  Reside Vancouver identifies areas within Vancouver with high concentrations of residents vulnerable to displacement, and recommends equitable, community-informed strategies the City can employ to help mitigate displacement now and in the future.

Planning Workshop Projects 2018

Faculty advisors: Dr. Marisa Zapata and Deborah Stein

Portland Fire and Rescue Blueprint for Success

  • Aegis Planning: Sean Edging, Mike Kimble, Thea Kinschuh, B. Danielle Schulte, and Tristan Sewell
  • Client: Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Final Documents: Final Document

The City of Portland’s “Vision Zero Campaign” is designed to achieve a goal of zero fire or traffic fatalities within its service area. To carry out this vision, Portland Fire and Rescue asked the student team to develop the Blueprint for Success, a plan to help shift the agency towards a more preventative approach to emergency planning. This project includes two products for PF&R to test, adapt, and apply: a toolkit that outlines a replicable methodology for data analysis, outreach, and strategy development; and a case study that documents the pilot application of the methodology in Fire Management Area 22, located in north and northwest Portland.

Queets Village Relocation Vision: A Community Vision for a Safe Future Queets

  • Ripple Planning: Sachi Arakawa, Ayano Healy, Steve Rosen, Thomas Scharff, Victor Tran, and Nate White
  • Client: Quinault Indian Nation
  • Final Document: Final Document

This community-informed vision plan for the Lower Village of Queets, WA, a part of the Quinault Indian Nation, addresses adaptations and changes needed for the safe and culturally appropriate development of housing, infrastructure, and community buildings outside the tsunami inundation zone in which the village is currently located. A set of seven goals, generated from themes that recurred in community conversations, guided the framework of the project and helped to ensure that the plan reflects community values, concerns, and aspirations.

Cowlitz County Heritage Plan

  • WHP2: Mary Benedetto, Daniel Dias, Donette Miranda, Margaret Raimann, and Tracy Schreiber
  • Client: Cowlitz County, Washington
  • Final Documents: Final Document

Cowlitz County seeks to be at the forefront of community-led and community-focused historic preservation. Unlike traditional historic preservation plans that focus on the physical landscape and built environment, this plan recognizes and honors the area’s heritage – the shared history and knowledge of a group of people. Informed by in-depth interviews and events with the people of Cowlitz County, the plan is designed to strengthen community identity and includes ways in which the county’s Historic Preservation Program can engage with community organizations and people in the county who care deeply about the area’s heritage - past, present, and future. 

Elevating People: Planning for Equitable Travel to Marquam Hill

  • Plan581: Reed Brodersen, Jennifer Davidson, Madison Levy, Stephanie Lonsdale, Maria Sipin, and Rob Zoeller
  • Client: OHSU
  • Final Document: Final Document

This plan melds OHSU’s vision for diversity and inclusion with the institution’s goals to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips and promote a sustainable multimodal transportation system. The plan explores trends, challenges, and impacts, and concludes with an equity lens and recommendations for OHSU to pursue. Recommended approaches address travel to Marquam Hill for OHSU’s entire community, including patients, visitors, and students – not just employees. The plan pays particular attention to the experiences of those who historically have been overlooked by planning processes: low income individuals, communities of color, people with disabilities, and geographically isolated communities. To highlight particular challenges that emerged from stories of interviewees’ lived experiences, composite profiles and narratives are interspersed throughout the plan. 

North PDX Connected: A Community Based Active Transportation Plan for N Willamette Blvd

  • Pace Planning: Taylor Campi, Mohammed N Hotak, Héctor Rodríguez Ruiz, Leeor Schweitzer, and Mike Serritella
  • Client: Alexandra Degher, Willamette Cooridor Mobility Coalition
  • Final Documents: Final Document

This active transportation plan recommends improvements to safety and comfort for people walking, biking, and taking transit along the N Willamette Blvd corridor, with an emphasis on ensuing equitable engagement and impact. In crafting this plan through an equity lens, the student team focused on three priority groups who are commonly excluded from public decision-making processes: People of Color, people with low incomes, and youth. 

Cascadia Connect: Car-Free Access to the Outdoors

  • Oxbow Consulting: Kara Boden, Brandon Crawford, Matt Gray, Tony Lamb, Maricelith Valencia, John Whitman
  • Client: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
  • Final Documents: Final Document

As outdoor recreation areas in Oregon become more popular, increased auto-related congestion results in strained resources, environmental degradation, and diminished visitors’ experiences. This project proposes policies, strategies, and a variety of approaches to help transportation agencies and land managers facilitate car-free access to outdoor recreation areas. The plan also proposes approaches to increase access to recreation areas for transit-dependent visitors and under-represented communities who face significant barriers to access today. The Background Report includes data; interview, survey and focus group themes; site visit findings; and personal travel anecdotes.

Planning Workshop Projects 2017

Umatilla Together

  • Confluentis planning: Amber Ayers, Belen Herrera, Carlos Callava, Nate Miller, Samuel Roberts, and Laura Voss
  • Client: City of Umatilla 
  • Final Documents: Final Document

Umatilla Together sets the stage for great opportunities and seeks to inspire the residents of Umatilla to imagine what your city could be: a truly desirable place to live, work, learn, and play. Great places are not created by accident. They are the result of a vision, leadership, planning, public investment, unrelenting tenacity on the part of city champions, and strategic, meaningful partnerships.

Brentwood-Darlington: Say Our Name! Neighborhood Assessment and Action Plan

  • GPS Consulting: Laura Combs, Samuel Garcia, Olivia Holden, Amanda Howell, Andrea Pastor, & Shannon Williams
  • Client: Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, City of Portland
  • Final Documents: Final Document

We wrote this plan with two audiences in mind: the city agencies that will be responsible for the large scale capital improvement projects; and engaged neighborhood residents who will be the steadfast advocates driving the direction of Brentwood-Darlington’s evolution. Our hope is the plan serves as a guide and a touchstone—a reminder of where the neighborhood has been, and an arrow pointing the way to the community’s shared vision of the future.

St. Johns Housing Action Plan

  • Falta Planning: Jai Singh, Julia Michel, Andres Oswill, Gabriel Rousseau, Ludwig Salzmann, Eric Rutledge
  • Client: St Johns Center for Opportunity
  • Final Document: Final Document

The St. Johns Housing Action Plan (Action Plan) is designed to serve vulnerable St. Johns residents who are first to feel the impacts of increased housing costs and market pressures. It also intends to capture the support of residents who are not at risk of displacement but realize that the neighborhood change they fear is partly fueled by housing instability.

Columbia View Park Expansion Plan: St. Helens, Oregon

  • Vista Planning: Paul Gagliardi, Jonathan Morales, Takayuki Shigematsu, Deme Shor, Nathan Williams 
  • Client: City of St. Helens
  • Final Document: Final Document

Vista Planning led public engagement surrounding a waterfront park expansion to help determine how the City should expand and renovate Columbia View Park. Between March and June 2017 Vista Planning ran engagement activities to learn about the local community, build interest around the park expansion and broader framework plan, and ultimately develop a preliminary site plan based on community input.

Rethink NW 13th: NW 13th Phased Action Plan

  • Rethink Streets: Cassandra Dobson, Courtney Simms, Dylan Johnstone, Geoff Gibson, Russ Doubleday, and Santiago Mendez
  • Client: Pearl District Neighborhood Association
  • Final Documents: Final Document

NW 13th has its own set of challenges and opportunities that set it apart from other streets in the Portland Pearl District. This plan refocuses the historic district street around the pedestrian, placing all other modes as secondary to the experience and comfort of those walking on the street. Creating a plan for the pedestrian includes creating stronger bonds with the residents, businesses, and services that run the street’s entire length.

The Lloyd Public Space Plan

  • +Studio: Stuart Campbell, Álvaro Caviedes, Ben Kahn, Raina Smith-Roller, Daniel Scheppke, Layne Wyse
  • Final Documents: Final Document

This plan defines a set of recommended strategies for enhancing and activating public spaces in Lloyd that fall within three main themes: Safe Lloyd, Collective Lloyd, and Dynamic Lloyd. Implementing these actions will help realize a new vision of Lloyd: A vibrant community filled with activities and amenities for people at different times of the day, days of the week, and months of the year.

Planning Workshop Projects 2016

Night Access Plan

  • Hilltop Planning: Lea Anderson, David Backes, Abe Moland, Taylor Phillips, Rae-Leigh Stark, Shane Valle
  • Client: Oregon Health and Science University
  • Final Document(s): Final Document

Oregon Health and Science University is a microcosm of the 24-hour city, and it’s essential that patients, employees, students and others have safe and convenient 24-hour access to its medical campuses. Access to and from the main campus is always complicated, but even more so at night. The Night Access Plan lays out a strategy to make getting to and from OHSU at night and early in the morning safer, more convenient, and affordable. Check out this video about this project here.

Lents Strong: Community Action Plan for a Livable, Affordable Neighborhood

  • Collaborative Advocacy Planning: Adam Brunelle, Drew DeVitis, Carson Groecki, Claire Lust, Katie Sellin, John Todoroff
  • Client: Green Lents/Livable Lents
  • Final Document: Final Document

The Lents Strong Community Action Plan presents a series of recommendations that provide Green Lents, community partner organizations, and government agencies with actions to best address issues important to livability and affordability in Lents.

Washington County Affordable Housing Development Strategy

  • Open Doors Housing Solutions: Mary Heberling, Hayley Mallen, Danelle Peterson, Jill Statz, David Tetrick
  • Client: Washington County Housing Authority and Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation
  • Final Document: Final Document

The Washington County Consolidated Housing Plan estimates a need for 14,000 housing units affordable to low and very low-income households. This project was developed to create an initial strategy for meeting that need. It provides 30 specific recommendations for Washington County to enable it to take action in the coming years. As the plan notes, there is no single action that will suffice. The County can make progress towards meeting the challenge posed by its affordable housing crisis by leveraging the proposed recommendations with each other.

Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan

  • Key Planning Team: Kaitlin Berger, Anna Dearman, Beth Gilden, Karen Guillén-Chapman, Jasmine Rucker
  • Client: Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives
  • Final Document: Final Document

Housing prices in the City of Portland have risen dramatically in recent years, and low income and communities of color have been particularly hard hit in the northeast neighborhoods of the city. Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives has embarked on the development of 1000 affordable units over the next 10 years to help meet the needs of displaced residents. The Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan sets out a strategy for providing those 1000 affordable, stable homes.

The Value of Place: Planning for Walkability in the Tigard Triangle

  • Delta Planning: Wala Abuhejleh, Ray Atkinson, Linn Davis, Curtis Fisher
  • Client: City of Tigard, Oregon
  • Final Document: Final Document

The “Tigard Triangle” is bounded by highways and characterized by auto-oriented land uses in an incomplete street grid. It currently presents a challenge to the City of Tigard, whose vision is to be the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the Value of Place project is to develop a plan for improving walkability, safety, comfort, and aesthetics in the Tigard Triangle. In addition, this project was developed to test the application of the State of Place analytical tools to the planning and design challenges faced by the city.

Westside Community Park: A Vision for Public Space

  • Agora Planning: David Fiske, Nathen Lamb, Will Roberts, Kara Srnka, Grace Stainback, Jeffry Waldo
  • Client: Hood River Valley Residents Committee and Hood River Valley Parks and Rec
  • Final Document: Final Document

Hood River, both the City and the County, are growing and projected to grow substantially in future years. An opportunity has arisen to consider one of the last well-located and large parcels for development as a new park in a fast-growing area of the community. However, what makes a good park? Would that differ based on who was being asked? How can a wider range of voices join this conversation? This work was undertaken to tell the story of what a westside park could be, and what it would take to make it happen.

Planning Workshop Projects 2015

Green Loop SWPDX Concept Plan: Alignment and Design Treatment Recommendations for the Southwest Green Loop

The Green Loop SWPDX project was conducted by five students in partnership with the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability Urban Design Studio and Portland State University's Campus Planning Office. It explores potential alignments and design treatments for Portland's Green Loop, specifically with the southwest downtown quadrant of the Central City. The southwest quadrant of the Green Loop links the South Park Blocks to the non-automobile Tilikum Crossing bridge. The Green Loop SWPDX project explores both large and small-scale possibilities for creating a sense of safety and a place for cyclists and pedestrians in the Central City. This document reports on the results of a variety of research and makes recommendations for the alignment of the Green Loop and how it might be designed in ways that respect the distinct characteristics of its various segments.

Fourth Plain Forward: Action Plan for Vancouver's Multicultural Business District

Fourth Plain Forward is an action plan for Fourth Plain's multicultural business district, created in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, Washington. Fourth Plain's business district reflects the rich diversity of its surrounding communities, but the area faces significant economic challenges. To address these issues, the action plan builds on the economic development goals outlined in the 2007 Fourth Plain Corridor Subarea Plan, and aims to improve conditions along the corridor for both businesses and residents. Broadly, Fourth Plain Forward outlines strategies and actions to grow economic security and opportunity, and maintain the area's diversity.

Cathedral Waterfront Plan

The Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association anticipated the imminent development of 15-acres of waterfront property (the Steel Hammer Site) in the heart of their community and worked with the PSU MURP team to bolster the voice of the community through public engagement and thoughtful urban planning. The student team reached out to the neighbors, talked with shareholders, conducted site analysis, and developed a shared community vision for the Steel Hammer Site, which resulted the Cathedral Waterfront Plan that includes:

  1. Twelve community goals for future development
  2. Three scenarios demonstrating how development on the Steel Hammer Site could contribute to community priorities without disregarding practical and business considerations
  3. Strategies for negotiating community benefits on the site

The PSU student team also developed a toolkit of strategies and tips for future public engagement in the neighborhood and ways the neighborhood can influence the development process in light of the current and intense market pressures in North Portland.

PAALF People's Plan: East Portland Pilot/ Background

In collaboration with the Portland African American Leadership Forum, a group of six PSU MURP students joined efforts to support the organization's work on the People's Plan. PAALF People's Plan will frame the policy agenda, project the vision for a thriving Black community, and advance community-initiated projects that benefit Africans and African Americans living in Portland, Oregon. By viewing the community as the drivers of change, the PAALF People's Plan will serve as a powerful tool for organizing, advocacy, and implementation, empowering the Portland Black community to assert their right to actively shape the city they live in.

The Student team worked with PAALF and community members to develop the East Portland Pilot Plan in order to gather preliminary data and determine a strategic roadmap to support ongoing community engagement and planning efforts of the PAALF People's Plan. The pilot plan focuses on the needs and priorities of Black residents who have settled in East Portland as a result of displacement from inner city neighborhoods and the search for affordable housing. Recognizing the traumatic experience of being uprooted from community and place, this pilot plan reflects the hopes of those who seek to rebuild their lives. The East Portland Pilot Plan explores the issues of some of the city's most underserved and overlooked populations and proposes a starting point for community healing and opportunities for equitable development as Portland continues to grow.

North Portland Greenway Trail Strategic Plan

The North Portland Greenway Trail Strategic Plan aims to present a set of concrete actions that can quicken the pace of implementation, while considering the North Portland Community's vision for a greenway trail along the Willamette River.

Grow Willamette Greenway was initiated through a partnership between npGreenway and Willamette Planning Studio, a group of six Portland State University graduate students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program. Through a four month collaborative process of community engagement and analysis, including health impacts, economic development, and traffic demand modeling, a series of findings and recommendations were developed. The process built upon previous work undertaken by npGreenway, Metro, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R), and other government agencies and community organizations to present a strategic action plan for npGreenway to pursue what moves the greenway trail forward.

tacHOMEa: Infill Tools for a Happy City Plan

Getting Green to Work in the Northwest Industrial District: A Plan for Improving Local Environmental Quality With Green Infrastructure Strategies

Forest Park and its surrounding watershed experience measurable environmental problems such as urban heat island impacts, increased storm water runoff containing pollutants, fragmentations of habitat connectivity due to their proximities to high-impact land uses, poor air quality, absence of public space, and lack of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Getting Green to Work in the Northwest Industrial District identifies strategies to address environmental issues that affect local human and environmental health in the Northwest Industrial District, Forest Park and the Willamette River, while benefiting local businesses workers and firms. Getting Green to Work explores voluntary approaches to address local environmental problems with green infrastructure and other place-based remedies. Through engagement with industrial stakeholders and technical advisers we determined where the greatest environmental benefit could be achievable and what opportunities and obstacles exist to implementation. Building on this information, final recommendations outline priorities and strategies for Forest Park Conservancy, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and their advocates to expand green infrastructure on private and public lands in the Northwest Industrial District.

The Slow Mo' Main Street Concept Plan

Mosier is a community located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge that is "small enough to make a difference." Mosier prides itself on its historic roots, progressive community, its role as a gateway to the agricultural valleys of Eastern Oregon. Unfortunately, Mosier's Main Street, Historic Highway 30, does not reflect the community's commitment to sustainability, economic development, and multimodal transportation. The Slow Mo' Main Street Concept Plan is a high-level guide for future transportation planning along highway 30 in downtown Mosier. The plan outlines conceptual design strategies and programmatic recommendations for Highway 30, to help ensure that Mosier's Main Street reflects community priorities, supports a thriving downtown, and creates a safe and inviting corridor for people traveling on foot, by bike, and by motor vehicle.

Planning Workshop Projects 2014

Allen Boulevard Corridor Plan

The Allen Boulevard corridor, home to diverse populations and a vibrant commercial district, is a community in transition and a community with potential. While Allen Boulevard possesses unique assets in its present state, it has seen little in the way of localized planning or City programs tailored to the area’s needs. As such, the City of Beaverton partnered with the Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning program to produce a detailed corridor study and planning guide for the area. From that partnership, six graduate students formed a consulting group, InSite Planning, to produce this plan.

Downtown Portland Waterfront Activation Strategy

Despite longstanding ambitions and multiple planning efforts, Portland’s goal of embracing and enhancing the Willamette River as the heart of the Central City has only been partially fulfilled. Similar proposals for the downtown waterfront have repeatedly appeared in official planning documents over the past four decades, and yet the majority remain unimplemented. Many of those recommendations remain relevant today and continue to represent viable strategies for activating the downtown waterfront. This plan represents a closer look at some key recommendations—both old and new—for activating the downtown waterfront. It also includes strategies for moving forward and measuring progress.

Gresham Opportunity Framework Plan

The Map Gresham project was a five-month long planning process led by Camassia Community Planning (CCP) to create “opportunity maps” and an Opportunity Framework Plan for the City of Gresham, OR. Opportunity mapping is a relatively new planning method for analyzing the spatial distribution of indicators linked to opportunity and determining which populations have access to these factors.

The overarching objective of the Framework Plan is to improve equitable access to opportunities for Gresham’s neighborhoods and diverse populations. We created the plan by putting community at the center and collaborating with local organizations, technical advisers, and City staff. It includes nine goals and 25 actions related to: public involvement, housing, transportation, food access, employment, education, health & human services, parks, and safety.

Salem-Keizer Transit Flexible Service Plan

Capturing the Ride is an exploration of flexible transportation options for low-density communities in Salem and Keizer. The current transit system does not serve Keizer, South Salem, and West Salem well; each of these communities has areas with limited or no access to current bus routes. The project intends to provide a service that will better meet the communities’ transit needs than the current system. Over a five-month planning process, Paradigm Planning conducted extensive research and reached out to the public in Keizer, South Salem, and West Salem (herein referred to as the study areas) to determine what kind of flexible transit might work and whether the communities would be receptive to using this service. This report is a comprehensive overview of Paradigm Planning’s process and its set of recommendations for making flexible transit a successful reality in Keizer, South Salem, and West Salem. This set of recommendations will be reviewed by the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors and considered for further action.

Tigard Walks (A Plan for Walkable Neighborhoods in Tigard)

The Walkable Neighborhoods Plan for Tigard outlines a set of strategies to help Tigard’s residents, businesses, and leaders build their city into a more walkable place. These five strategies are based on three core values gleaned from StepUP Studio’s outreach efforts to the people living and working in and for the city of Tigard.

Washougal Waterfront (A Community Connected)

The purpose of the Waterfront Vision Plan is to develop a community vision for the Waterfront that connects and complements the Downtown, supporting the creation of a local and regional identity for the City of Washougal. Building on past outreach and planning by the Port of Camas-Washougal (Port) and City of Washougal (City), a team of Portland State University graduate students worked with the Port, City, and the community to craft the Waterfront Vision Plan.

Planning Workshop Projects 2013

Fresh Look Milwaukie: Downtown Road Map

The Fresh Look Milwaukie: Downtown Road Map project was a collaboration between ALIGN planning, City of Milwaukie staff, and over 300 fantastic Milwaukie community members, to plan for an improved Downtown. Through the project, City staff and ALIGN planning identified shared Milwaukie community values and analyzed how those values interact with current Downtown plans, as well as current physical and economic conditions. This document provides recommendations that are accompanied by concrete strategies to support a vibrant Downtown Milwaukie in the short and long-term future. The recommendations are the project team’s interpretation of community desires, transformed into policy direction and planning strategies, which will inform Phase II of the City’s Commercial Core Enhancement Program (CCEP).

Not in Cully: Anti-displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood

  • Alderwood Community Planning: Ricardo Banuelos, Brooke Jordan, Rebecca Kennedy, Danell Norby, Erik Olson, Cary Watters
  • Client: Living Cully Partners
  • Final Documents

Alderwood Community Planning worked with Living Cully: A Cully Ecodistrict, a partnership of Portland non-profits working to create economic, environmental and social benefits for Cully residents, particularly low-income and people of color residents. Recent public and private investment in Cully puts it in an early stage of gentrification, which historically has led to displacement of community residents. The students worked to develop a set of strategies that will help prevent displacement of low-income residents and communities of color so that they too enjoy the benefits of an enriching neighborhood. After researching the topic and consulting with partners and members of the community, the team proposes several strategies that fall into three priority areas 1) Preserve housing affordability, 2) Retain existing neighborhood businesses, and 3) Help families achieve financial self-sufficiency.

The South Kelso Revitalization Plan

  • Confluence Planning Associates: Ashley Harris, Aaron Lande, Chris Myers, Beth Otto, John Verssue, Kate Williams
  • Client: City of Kelso, Washington
  • Final Documents

The city of Kelso has a rich history based in a strong community ethic, hard-working people, and an economy deeply rooted in the bounty of the natural environment. This economy has changed over the last several decades, however, and the difficult transition has left its mark on the community. South Kelso in particular- one of the four neighborhood quadrants- is battling its fourth generation of disinvestment and widespread poverty. To help the City revitalize South Kelso, the aim of the South Kelso Revitalization Plan is to give voice, strength, and direction to the concerns and priorities of the South Kelso community. The South Kelso Revitalization Plan consists of five focus areas and ten strategies:

  1. Community Organization: Form a Neighborhood Association.
  2. Public Safety: Develop a Neighborhood Crime and Safety Plan
  3. Community Gathering Places: Improve Parks and Open Spaces, Establish Wallace Elementary as a Community School, Build a South Kelso Community Center. 
  4. Pedestrian Safety and Neighborhood Appearance: Conduct a Pedestrian Mobility and Safety Audit, Improve Housing and Neighborhood Appearance.
  5. Downtown Revitalization: Revive and Restructure the Main Street Association, Coordinate Business Support Services through an Economic Gardening Initiative, Implement Streetscape Improvements to Revitalize South Pacific Avenue. 

Alley Allies

Mill Street Community Planning: Scotty Ellis, Katie Hughes, Derek Dauphin, Sarah Isbitz, Shavon Caldwell, and Liz Paterson
Client: Foster Green EcoDistrict

Alley Allies is a community-based project exploring the revitalization of alley space in Southeast Portland's Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Foster-Powell neighborhoods. Alleys in this area are currently seen as a liability, but have the potential to become a community resource. The project was guided by residents’ values and priorities and resulted in three products:

With these deliverables, and the continued support of the project participants and partners, Alley Allies seeks to transform the alleys Southeast Portland.

Lombard ReImagined

  • Swift Planning Group: Kathryn Doherty-Chapman, Zef Wagner, Jake Warr, Jodi Jacobson-Swartfager, Rebecca Hamilton, Brian Hurley
  • Client: Kenton, Arbor Lodge, and Piedmont Neighborhoods, Portland, Oregon
  • Final Document: Lombard ReImagined Guidebook

From January to June 2013, Swift Planning Group worked with the Kenton, Arbor Lodge, and Piedmont Neighborhood Associations, residents and businesses in those neighborhoods, and the broader community to develop a vision for what the future Lombard should look like and how to get there. Lombard Street has long been considered a dividing line between neighborhoods where walking is not only unpleasant, but unsafe. Businesses line much of the street, but they have not always served the needs of surrounding neighborhoods. The Lombard community; however, is made up of passionate people who care about their neighborhoods. They are ready to build upon Lombard’s current assets to create a more neighborhood-friendly street with many appealing destinations and amenities. Swift Planning Group, in conjunction with the community, developed a vision and guidebook for a better Lombard. Written for an emerging Friends of Lombard group, the Lombard Re-Imagined Guidebook recommends specific strategies and actions that the community can take to realize positive change throughout the Lombard Corridor. For more information including project documents visit:

Live It Up Downtown: A Framework for Housing in Downtown Oregon City

Five to Nine Consulting was formed to work with Main Street Oregon City and the City of Oregon City to develop a framework for the reintroduction of housing into downtown Oregon City.  The name “five to nine” is inspired by the idea of activating Oregon City’s downtown into a lively, dynamic, and attractive urban center beyond business hours.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects