Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects

We're Looking for a Few Good Projects...

Every year we engage graduating students in a workshop where they develop planning projects for clients in the community. The deadline for proposals for the 2019 workshop is December 13, 2019 by 5:00 PM PST. For the most part, the geography that we've focused on has been the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, but from time to time a group has engaged in a project well outside those boundaries. Given the time involved and the expense of travel, however, it's most often the case that students choose projects that are easily accessible. Projects run from January 2020-June 2020. The students select their projects in early January.  

Students in the workshop create teams of 4-6, and it is those teams that sift through the project proposals received and make the final decisions about where to focus their efforts. We should be able to take on 5-7 projects this year.

What makes a good project? We want planning projects that are problem‐centered, have a specific geographic area of concern, require the development and evaluation of alternatives, results in a product that includes a recommended course of action, and depends on direct community consultation and participation. It also has a committed and involved client (a good client is key to a good product) and a place for the work to go once it's completed. Note that limited research projects, projects that don’t involve direct contact with and involvement of the public, or projects that don’t create choices for clients are generally not acceptable. Also note that site specific projects must engage the broader context in which they are located, and projects may not focus on site analysis. Examples of past workshop projects can be found below.

Download: MURP Workshop Project Proposal 2020 Application (pdf), MURP Workshop Project Proposal 2020 Application (docx)

Have additional questions? Please feel free to contact us: Dr. Marisa Zapata,

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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 | Booklet

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 | Companion Zine

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:

Final Documents: Final Document | Field Guide

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 a Buildable Lands Inventory, Housing Needs Analysis, and Economic Assessment 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: Community Report | 1 Pager for community | Technical 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 | Public Brochure

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: Blueprint for Success | Appendix

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 Heritage Plan | Heritage Plan Summary | White Paper

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 Report

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: Community Report | Final Report

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: Background Document | Toolkit
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: Framework Plan | Umatilla Together | Umatilla Together (Espanol)
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: Planning Context & Neighborhood Assets | Community Engagement Report | Resource Library | Community Storybook
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: Housing Action Plan
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: Expansion Plan
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: Phased Action Plan | Community Engagement | Exisiting Conditions
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: Measuring Public Space | The Lloyd Public Space Plan
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): Executive Summary | Community Engagament Report | Night Access Plan
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: Lents Strong Final Report
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: Open Doors Final Report
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: Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan
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 Report | Prioritization Report
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: Technical Report | Final Report
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

Background | Toolkit

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:

  • Twelve community goals for future development
  • Three scenarios demonstrating how development on the Steel Hammer Site could contribute to community priorities without disregarding practical and business considerations
  • 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

Community Engagement | Executive Summary | Overview Conditions

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

Appendix A | Appendix B | Appendix C | Appendix D | Appendix E | Appendix F

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

Executive Summary | Appendix A | Appendix B & Toolkit

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-Part 1/Part 2/Part 3

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-Part 1/Part 2

Gresham Background Report | Gresham Opportunity Analysis | Gresham Community Engagement Report

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

Appendix A-Existing Conditions Report | Appendix B-Best Practices Report | Appendix C-Community Outreach Report | Appendix D-Alternatives Report

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)

Appendices & Supplemental Tools | Community Toolkit

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

ALIGN planning: Carine Arendes, Jeffery Butts, Ryan Lemay, Erica Smith, Iren Taran
Client: City of Milwaukie, Planning Department.

Final Documents:
Existing Conditions Report
Policy Recommendations
Public Outreach Findings
Public Outreach Appendix
Work Plan
Group Email:

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: Not in Cully: Anti-displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood
Not in Cully: Background 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:
Executive Summary

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:

  • Community Organization: Form a Neighborhood Association.
  • Public Safety: Develop a Neighborhood Crime and Safety Plan
  • Community Gathering Places: Improve Parks and Open Spaces, Establish Wallace Elementary as a Community School, Build a South Kelso Community Center. 
  • Pedestrian Safety and Neighborhood Appearance: Conduct a Pedestrian Mobility and Safety Audit, Improve Housing and Neighborhood Appearance.
  • 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: Jennifer Koch, Ryan Farncomb, Ian Matthews, Lina Menard, Kate Drennan, and Derek Abe
Client: Main Street Oregon City and the City of Oregon City
Final Document: 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.


Planning Workshop Projects 2012

Imagine Holgate: Transit-oriented Community Vision Plan

Horizon Planning: Chad Armstrong, Joshua Shaklee, Alex Steinberger, Tara Sulzen, Michael Weidmann
Client: Trimet
Final Document: Imagine Holgate: Transit-oriented Community Vision Plan

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) line will open in 2015 and bring change to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The Imagine Holgate project engaged the public in a visioning process to learn the community aspirations for future transit-oriented development in the Station Area around the southeast 17th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard Station on the PMLR line.  This Transit-Oriented Community Vision Plan provides an overview of existing conditions in the Station Area, including a brief history of the Brooklyn neighborhood, a snapshot of Station Area demographics and the regulatory environment and market conditions for development in the area. Please visit for a full synopsis of the project and recommendations.

Connect Cascade Locks: A Trails Plan for Economic Development*

Celilo Planning Studio: Michael Ahillen, Sarah Bronstein, Ellen Dorsey, Danielle Fuchs, Sara Morrissey, Chloe Ritter
Client: The Port of Cascade Locks
Final Document: Connect Cascade Locks: A Trails Plan for Economic Development

Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the City of Cascade Locks is a point of entry for regional and national trail systems. Recreational development opportunities abound for the community including mountain biking, hiking, sailing, bird watching, road biking, wind surfing, fishing, and camping. As the only city located directly on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cascade Locks sees thousands of hikers pass through every year. The Historic Columbia River Highway, a National Scenic Byway, draws in bicyclists and motorists from across the region. With these opportunities in mind, Celilo Planning Studio worked with the Port of Cascade Locks to develop a plan that identifies potential areas for economic growth. The purpose of Connect Cascade Locks is to increase the economic development prospects of the community of Cascade Locks through a regionally integrated recreational trails network. Connect Cascade Locks focuses on increasing access to regional trails in town, trail stewardship, identifying goods and services that trail users desire, developing opportunities for local businesses, and recognizing existing local attractions. This plan capitalizes on existing opportunities as well as the enthusiasm of the Cascade Locks community to help revitalize the town. Connect Cascade Locks has already galvanized partner organizations such as the Port and ODOT to start planning new trails and outdoor recreation opportunities in Cascade Locks. The plan is also available at:

* Winner of the 2013 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process.

Neighborhood Main Streets: A Plan for Revitalizing Milwaukie’s Neighborhood Commercial Areas

Horizon Planning: Jay Higgins, Allison Moe, Kelly Moosbrugger, Levi Roberts, Tony Vi
Client: City of Milwaukie Planning Department

Final documents:
Plan Document
Existing Conditions Report
Public Involvement Report
Final Recommendations Report


The Neighborhood Main Streets Project is an effort to revitalize neighborhood commercial areas in Milwaukie, OR. Horizon Planning conducted the public involvement for the project with walking tours, a survey, visioning workshop, focus group, and open house to determine the community’s vision for walkable and vibrant commercial areas. Horizon Planning also examined existing zoning, transportation, and economic conditions that were not conducive to pedestrian-friendly and vibrant commercial areas. Finally, the project made recommendations to:

  • Update zoning to allow for community-desired land uses
  • Change development standards to allow pedestrian-scale development
  • Improve transportation safety and connectivity to encourage walking and biking
  • Increase economic investment, decrease storefront vacancy, and build neighborhood identity

Toward an Age-Friendly Portland

Orca Planning: Dawn Hanson, Mark Person, Garrett Phillips, Colin Rowan, Collin Roughton and Alison Wicks.
Client: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Final Document: Toward an Age-Friendly Portland

Toward an Age-Friendly Portland connects the people-friendly efforts of the Portland Plan with input and specific needs expressed by older Portlanders to create a vision for what people want their neighborhoods to be like as they grow older. This vision informs recommendations that may be integrated into Portland’s planning efforts. Orca Planning found that the needs of older adults now and in the future are not adequately met by the transportation, housing and greenspace options available in today’s Portland.

On Solid Ground

Terra Firma Planning: John Boren, Michael Burnham, Jacob Nitchals, Andrew Parish
Client: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Final Document: On Solid Ground

On Solid Ground is a community disaster preparedness plan for the community that lives, works, and plays within the 12 neighborhoods that compose the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), the client for this project. Through extensive research, public involvement, and a partnership with the Portland and Multnomah County Bureaus of Emergency Management, Terra Firma Planning provided recommendations for leveraging the unique characteristics of NECN to create a more resilient community. The team also created a virtual “toolkit” for NECN and its constituent neighborhoods to use to engage and educate people in creative ways, including a Disaster Preparedness Outreach Guide, Resources for Businesses and Organizations, Maps of Community Assets, and the S.A.C.K. Methodology for Emergency Communications Hubs.


Planning Workshop Projects 2011

Faculty Advisers: Ellen Bassett, Sumner Sharpe

Amplify PDX

Mosaic Planning Group: Becky Bodonyi, Julia Crain, Rowan Steele, David West.

Client: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Final Document: AmplifyPDX: Amplifying the Portland Community Voice Report.  Workbook.

A two-pronged process, AmplifyPDX required managing two parallel and concurrent but mutually informative processes: creation of the Community Assessment Workbook as well as implementation of the Workbook in a particular community. To develop the Workbook, Mosaic Planning Group conducted a literature review, assembled an Advisory Committee and interviewed key informants with expertise on neighborhood planning, community organizing, and the Portland metropolitan region. Finally, in order to develop a user-friendly and effective community assessment workbook, Mosaic Planning Group tested certain elements of the Workbook in the Southeast Portland neighborhoods of Brentwood-Darlington and Woodstock.


David Hill Urban Reserve Concept Plan

Vista Planning: Joey Shearer, Misty Schymtzik, Lisa Peffer, Ryan Michie, Lindsey Kuipers, Krissy Hostetler.

Client:City of Forest Grove.

Final Document: David Hill Urban Reserve Concept Plan

As the City of Forest Grove continues to grow, the David Hill Urban Reserve presents opportunities to accommodate development needs for the next 20 to 50 years. While this type of growth is not expected to occur for many years, a concept plan for the area is required by Metro to guide how the area should develop.The Concept Plan for the DHUR begins to create a framework for accommodating future development in an efficient manner, sensitive to natural features, topography, and views. This plan is not intended to be a complete “concept plan” under Metro’s definition and does not meet all elements of Title 11. Additional work in certain areas must be completed before a final concept plan can be developed that is consistent with Title 11 requirements.


Olde Towne St Helens Historic Design Guidelines

Formworks Planning Group:  Sadie Carney,Caitlin Francis, Drew Meisel, Victor Sanders

Client: City of St Helens Planning Department

Final Documents: Architectural Design Guidelines / Appendix


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Throughout the northwest, portside communities are capitalizing on their rich cultural heritage by concentrating investment in their historic districts and waterfronts. From Astoria to Port Townsend, historic communities are benefiting from renewed economic vitality based on heritage tourism and the increased numbers of new businesses drawn to the district. As a former center of industry and manufacturing, Olde Towne St Helens boasts a rich heritage in its collection of buildings along the Strand and First Street. These structures offer a glimpse into the working-class, industrial past of the town and the era of shipbuilding and raw goods manufacturing that shaped the community's growth from the beginning.

Formworks Planning Group is working with the community of St Helens to identify character-defining features of the district and discover ways in which design guidelines can help to achieve their long-term community vision.  Design guidelines are a needed and desired aspect of preparing for and directing redevelopment and new grown within the area.  Guidelines often lead to quality repurposing of historic structures, and new buildings that honor the traditional design of an area.  This translates into more complete districts, able to serve an increased tourism and neighborhood base.  Through community outreach events such as open houses and collaborative workshops, Formworks Planning, the City of St Helens, and the St Helens community will work together to establish design guidelines that best meet the needs of the Old Towne Historic District.


Portland Mercado*

Adelante Planning: Abigail Cermak, David Ruelas, Bridger Wineman, Ellen Wyoming.

Client: Hacienda Community Development Corporation.

Final Document: Portland Mercado: Community Economic Development to Revitalize, Uplift, and Empower.


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Realizing public goals of an inclusive and vibrant society requires an advocacy approach to urban planning and economic development. Adelante Planning outlines strategies based on research and case studies to successfully implement a Mercado as an economic development and business incubation strategy for Portland’s Latino community. A Mercado is a strategic planning approach targeted toward
Latino populations and other minorities, particularly in gentrifying locations of the Portland Metro region.
* Winner of the 2012 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process, and the 2012 APA Oregon Chapter Student Achievement in Planning National Award.

Reimagining Weston

Mountains to Main: Nathan Emerson, Zach Gustafson, Holly Howell, Carrie Pipinich, Matthew Rohrbach.

Client: City of Weston, Oregon.

Final Document: Reimagining Weston: A Community Vision and Downtown Revitalization Plan for Weston, Oregon.

Weston was once a prosperous city, home to pioneers, farmers, and an active downtown. Today however, Weston faces many challenges common to communities throughout rural Oregon. The key question for this small city is: How can Weston capitalize on homegrown and regional assets in order to revitalize downtown and maximize the wellbeing of the community as a whole? Reimagining Weston provides a blueprint for the community to answer this question. This plan is a proactive effort by Weston residents to shape the livability and prosperity of their community over the next 20 years. Reimagining Weston consists of three primary parts: the Weston 2030 Vision Statement, Revitalization Strategies, and Implementation Actions.


Reinventing the Wheel

B:Spoke: April Cutter, Reza Farhoodi, Amy Hesse, Spencer Williams

Client: City of Redmond, Oregon.

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Town Center Vision

Emerald Solutions: Caroline Chapman, Jacqueline Gruber, Neil Riordan.

Client: City of Wilsonville, Oregon. 

Final Document: Town Center Vision: A Sustainability and Smart Growth Pilot Plan. Appendix

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In December 2010, City Council passed Resolution 2261 which directed the City’s Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) to prepare a more formal action plan for smart growth and sustainability. Emerald Solutions, a team of Portland State Master’s students, was tasked with furthering these efforts by completing a Sustainability and Smart Growth Pilot Plan for the Town Center Pilot Area (TCPA). The plan works to develop a complete concept, structure, and community outreach process that will guide the City in the creation of a broader, citywide plan.


Vision Zero Oregon

The Loci Group: Marielle Brown, Nick Falbo, Brandy Steffen, Michelle van Tijen, Ben Weber.

Client: Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Final Document: King, Boise, and Humboldt Neighborhood Street Safety Action Plan

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Vision Zero Oregon (VZO) is a street safety philosophy that aims to create streets where no one will be killed or seriously injured. Vision Zero Oregon prioritizes road safety above all else. Every life is worth more than an increase in speeds or road capacity for vehicles. Achieving Vision Zero Oregon goals will require a shift in the focus of policy, laws and enforcement, and the formation of a new relationship between residents and their streets, and revolution in the way transportation departments operate their streets. This project takes on one part of this complex topic, focusing on community interest, involvement, and influence in the transportation system of a neighborhood. The goal is to turn resident interest into activism, and empower a population to support the innovative changes necessary to decisively improve safety.


Planning Workshop Projects 2010

Faculty Advisers: Ellen Bassett, Sumner Sharpe


Gateway EcoDistrict Pilot Study

District Lab: Michael Budds, Erin Reome, Dan Schauer and Aaron Wilson

Client: Portland Sustainability Institute

Final Document: Gateway EcoDistrict Pilot Study

The Gateway EcoDistrict Pilot Study used site conditions, community priorities, and plans for future growth and development to recommend catalyst projects. The study’s objectives included raising awareness about the EcoDistrict concept, mapping physical and social assets conducive to an EcoDistrict, and identifying organizations interested in management of the pilot EcoDistrict. An assessment of opportunities and constraints to establishing an EcoDistrict in Gateway served as a corollary part of the study.


Growing Zenger Farm

Ecotone: Turhan Sonmez, Elizabeth Milner, Stacey Glenewinkel, Kate Carone

Client: Friends of Zenger Farm and the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Final Document: Growing Zenger Farm

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm in outer southeast Portland, Oregon, that promotes sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship and local economic development. Currently operating on 6 acres of farmland and 10 acres of wetland, the farm has an opportunity to expand onto 4 additional acres of adjacent land, and has asked Ecotone to help maximize the potential of that expansion. 

Growing Zenger Farm is a unique opportunity to learn how urban agriculture can best address the needs of communities. Food security, community development, education, economic development and environmental stewardship are components of Zenger's stated mission and goals and are areas where urban agriculture has the potential to make meaningful contributions. Ecotone will complete a community needs assessment (CNA) of the Powellhurst-Gilbert and Lents communities, and will work with high school planning students from Catlin Gabel School to simultaneously carry out a youth-focused CNA of the same neighborhoods. The CNA findings, in conjunction with urban agriculture research and extensive outreach and collaboration with Zenger's neighbors, will help Ecotone develop programmatic, site design and urban agriculture policy recommendations.


Harvesting Opportunity: A Strategic Vision for Farmworker Housing and Microenterprise in Washington County

Tierra Planning: Nadine Appenbrink, Raihana Ansary, Elizabeth Decker, Kate McQuillan, Karla Nelson and Emily Picha

Client: Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (Woodburn, OR)

Final Document: A Strategic Vision for Farmworker Housing and Economic Opportunities in Washington County, Oregon

Farmworkers in Washington County face stagnant incomes, limited opportunities and a shortage of affordable, quality housing. In this six month workshop project, Tierra Planning explored the connection between quality affordable housing and economic development opportunities for farmworkers in Washington County. We worked with stakeholders, regulators, landowners and farmworkers to identify barriers, opportunities and alternatives. Our final product was a "strategic vision" that included both general recommendations and recommendations specific to Washington County based on extensive research, outreach, and alternatives analysis.  Our hope is that our work will spark discourse among local farmers, housing developers, and policy makers in the Portland metropolitan region and beyond by providing alternative models for integrated farmworker housing and economic development. In particular, we hope to highlight the connection between the growing local food movement and the workers who harvest local food to broaden support for the social aspects of sustainability.


Oak Grove Neighborhood Center Plan

Foothill Planning: Adam Bartini, Åsa Bergman, Alicia Crain, Carley Francis, Kathryn McGovern, Nathan McNeil

Client: Oak Lodge Community Council and Clackamas County Urban Green

Final Document: Oak Grove Neighborhood Center Plan

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Foothill Planning worked with the Oak Lodge Community Council and Clackamas County Urban Green to create an Oak Grove Neighborhood Center Plan. The plan sought to foster a more livable and sustainable community by strengthening the Oak Grove historic business district and improving its connections with the planned Park Avenue MAX station via two transportation corridors, McLoughlin Boulevard and the Trolley Trail. The project articulated ways that these corridors can serve as gateways into the Oak Grove neighborhood and help to revitalize the community. Cognizant of neighborhood concerns regarding previous planning process, the project relied on community input to shape recommendations for neighborhood redevelopment, both in terms of potential policy changes and infrastructure projects.


Reshaping the Planning AGEnda

Sage Places: Heidi Guenin, Bob Kellett, Vivian Siu, Lindsay Walker, Jenny Weinstein

Client: Housing Land Advocates

Final Document: Reshaping the Planning AGEnda

Housing Land Advocates and AARP Oregon have identified that the participation of older adults in the planning process in Clackamas County is not leading to outcomes that address their needs. One potential barrier to advocacy is older adults' lack of understanding of the planning process. A better informed population of older adults will lead to more effective participation in planning processes and an increased ability to advocate for their needs. Another potential barrier may be the way in which planners engage older adults in planning. Through better engagement strategies there will be better outcomes.


Roadway Not Improved: Exploring temporary uses and community-based alternatives for unimproved streets

LARKE Planning: Leah Hyman, Al Klein, Rani Boyle, Katie Lynd, Emily Lieb

Client: Woodstock Neighborhood Association

Final Document: Roadway Not Improved: An Explanation of Opportunities and Challenges, Toolkit



The Woodstock neighborhood of SE Portland is home to a high concentration of unimproved streets. Through conversations with the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and representatives at City of Portland agencies, LARKE Planning identified a disconnect between City street policies and residents' desires and concerns surrounding unimproved streets. Through Roadway Not Improved, LARKE is exploring temporary uses and community-based alternatives that will provide more flexibility to respond to the variations that exist among streets' physical characteristics and residents' visions for how these streets can or should contribute to neighborhood character and livability. Although the project focuses specifically on the Woodstock neighborhood, LARKE hopes its final products will also be relevant for other neighborhoods and City policymakers.


Willamette Park Assessment and Recommendations

Quercus Planning Group: Julia Babcock, Bernadette Le, Maren Murphy and Amy Rossa

Client: Portland Parks and Recreation and partnering agency, Bureau of Environmental Services


Final Report: Willamette Park Assessment and Recommendations

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The vision of the project was to prioritize park improvements that balance the long-term sustainability and viability of the park with growing user demands. As a hybrid park, Willamette Park has a unique set of challenges related to its operations and management, as it is managed for both recreation and natural areas. The final report documents the process QPG undertook to explore opportunities and constraints in Willamette Park, and provides recommendations to guide the future planning of the park.


Planning Workshop Projects 2009

Faculty Advisers: Sy Adler, Ethan Seltzer


Washington Park Access & Circulation Plan*

New Leaf Planning: Ray Delahanty, Cathy Cibor, Mallory Atkinson, Brendon Haggerty, Talia Jacobson, David Amiton

Client: Washington Park Alliance

Final Document: Washington Park Access & Circulation Plan

Portland's Washington Park is home to many of the region's most popular educational, recreational, and tourist attractions.  As demand for these attractions continues to grow, the quality of transportation services offered at the park increasingly contribute - in ways both positive and negative - to the quality of the overall user experience.  Recognizing the interplay between transportation and user experience, New Leaf Planning has worked closely with its client, the newly formed Washington Park Alliance, to identify transportation challenges and opportunities for improvement within Washington Park. This partnership will culminate in a Washington Park Access & Circulation Plan, which will outline a set of recommendations for guiding transportation improvements at Washington Park in the years to come.

*Winner of the 2010 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.



Community Food Concepts: Kim Armstrong, April Chastain, Stephanie VanRheen, Steve White, Elizabeth Chapin, Julia Person

Client: The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Final Document: Foodability

The Portland Plan will consider current physical and socioeconomic conditions and trends and help establish shared visions, goals, and policies to guide the efforts of BPS and other city agencies over the next 20 years.  BPS is interested in addressing food access issues in the Portland Plan, but does not have a defined, stakeholder-supported vision for food access. The Foodabilty project is developing a vision, goals, and strategy recommendations for food access in Portland that can be used to ground and direct future actions by the City and other organizations.  It is supported by a set of maps displaying the contours of the City's current geographies of food accessibility.

The final vision statement and evaluation criteria will be used to evaluate the goals for implementation that may be used to move Portland closer to its vision for food access. The final report will include a matrix evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of recommended strategies for BPS and other organizations.


No Vacancy*

Locus Lab: Becky Dann, Beth Somerfield, Emily Rice, Briana Meier

Client: Central Eastside Industrial District

Final Document: No Vacancy: Exploring Temporary Use of Empty Spaces in the Central Eastside Industrial District How To Guide

Vacant lots and buildings, whether in stages of redevelopment or decline, are spaces in flux. Left unused, these empty spaces can pose difficult challenges for their owners and surrounding neighborhoods; however, the uncertain futures of vacant sites also present unique opportunities for a variety of temporary uses. In partnership with the Central Eastside Industrial Council, LocusLab is exploring the potential to enliven the Central Eastside Industrial District by activating vacant spaces with temporary activities and developments. 

We've worked to:

  • uncover potential benefits of temporary use
  • find ways to overcome barriers faced by temporary projects
  • initiate a conversation between property owners, potential space users, neighbors and supporting organizations about the future of temporary use of empty spaces in the District.
  • *Winner of the 2010 AICP Student Project Award for Contribution to Planning to Contemporary Issues.


Humboldt Community Action Plan

Mosaic Planning: Sara Bedinghaus, Nikolai Ursin, Morgan Masterman, Mark Gilbert, Lizzy Warren

Client: Humboldt Neighborhood Association

Final Document: Humboldt Community Action Plan

Mosaic is working to develop an action plan that will enable the community to better address their concerns. The Humboldt neighborhood is one of the most diverse and rapidly changing areas in the Portland area, constantly challenging the neighborhood association's efforts to reach a diverse, representative population of residents. Through concerted outreach, interviews, and workshops Mosaic Planning has identified a series of goals the neighborhood hopes to one day realize. By thoroughly researching methods to achieve these goals, the group will provide a series of action items to the community, which can be implemented by residents. This plan will help them address neighborhood issues, identify city and local resources, and provide ways to build a stronger community within Humboldt.


Neighborhood Climate Action Planning Handbook 

C-Change Consultants: Hannah Dondy-Kaplan, Erica Timm, Beth Cohen, Dyami Valentine, Mariah VanZerr, Devin Moller

Client: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition

Final Document: Neighborhood Climate Action Planning Handbook 

The City of Portland and Multnomah County are developing new plans and policies to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. To meet these new steep reduction targets, actions will be needed at every level of society. While neighborhoods have historically received little attention as a means of addressing climate change, they are ideally suited to bring people together to bridge the gap between individual actions and higher level government policies. To help neighborhoods develop strategies and actions to address climate change, C-Change Consultants worked with the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition to create a Neighborhood Climate Action Planning Handbook. Through the course of developing the Handbook, C-Change consultants found that southeast neighborhoods see taking collective action on climate change as a way to build stronger communities, save money, and increase neighborhood involvement.  The Neighborhood Climate Action Planning Handbook features three main sections:

  • a process section that includes various strategies for how neighborhoods can address climate change
  • an actions section that includes examples of successful projects that neighborhoods can use to reduce their carbon footprint, and
  • an appendix that includes useful tools and resources neighborhoods can use as they move throughout the neighborhood climate action planning process.


Cully Main Street: A Plan for Community-Serving Improvements

Columbia Ridge Planning: Daniel Costantino, Lani Edghill, Mary-Rain O'Meara, Jason Wallace

Client: Cully Main Street

Final Document: Cully Main Street: A Plan for Community-Serving Improvements

The Cully Main Street is defined by Metro's Region 2040 Plan and includes parts of NE Cully Blvd and NE Killingsworth St. Our mission is to provide the Cully community with a plan to encourage the location of more and better neighborhood businesses and services within a short distance of their homes and in a walkable and bikeable environment. Our approach is grounded in the belief that economic development at the local level should benefit the current community, by maintaining and promoting neighborhood livability and safety improvements. The major product of this project will be a set of zoning, infrastructure, design and business development recommendations for the Main Street.


20 Minutes in West Portland Park

Intersect Planning: Ali DeMersseman, Dana Dickman, Nuin-Tara Key, Laura Spidell, and Sara Wright.

Client: West Portland Park Neighborhood Association

Final Document: 20 Minutes in West Portland Park

Exploring the planning concept of the "20-minute neighborhood" and analyzing the feasibility of applying the concept to the West Portland Park neighborhood. We also seek to engage the community in a meaningful discussion about the future of West Portland Park in order to help the community begin to build the connections and tools necessary to play an active role in future planning efforts."


Planning Workshop Projects 2008

Faculty Advisers: Sy Adler, Ethan Seltzer

Food Cartology - Rethinking Urban Spaces as People Places

Urban Vitality Group: Hannah Kapell, Peter Katon, Amy Koski, Jingping Li, Colin Price, Karen Thalhamme

Client: City of Portland, Bureau of Planning

Final Report: Food Cartology - Rethinking Urban Spaces as People Places

The Urban Vitality Group (UVG) partnered with the City of Portland, Bureau of Planning to study the effects that food carts have on street vitality and neighborhood livability. The number of food carts within the city seems to be growing, while the City lacks sufficient knowledge about the industry to guide policy. The purpose of the study was to assess the benefits and negative consequences of allowing food carts within the city and to ascertain what economic opportunities may be offered by food carts, especially for low-income and minority entrepreneurs. The findings indicate that food carts have significant community benefits to neighborhood livability by fostering social interactions, walkability, and by providing interim uses for vacant parcels. Additionally, carts provide good employment opportunities for immigrants and low-income individuals to begin their own businesses, although there are significant barriers to continued stability and success. The City’s support of the food cart industry can advance the key public values expressed in VisionPDX and benefit all Portlanders. 


122nd Avenue Enhancement Study

Springwater Consulting: Alejandro Bancke, William Elder, Joy Hunt, Caroline Leary, Markus Mead, Cassera Phipps 

Client: City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning

Final Report: 122nd Avenue Enhancement Study

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning would like to explore opportunities for strengthening the PowellhurstGilbert Neighborhood’s sense of place through mixed-use and/or neighborhood-based commercial development, improved residential and commercial design, and by creating linkages to existing community assets, such as parks and commercial areas. This project expands upon existing plans by incorporating community preferences, market and land use analyses, and urban design strategies to generate neighborhood commercial use and placemaking alternatives for SE 122nd Avenue. 


Bin Half Full - Construction Waste Recycling Solutions

Wendy Gibson, Mary Grothaus, Melissa Johnston, Shaun Roland, Christina Skellenger, Amy Twilegar 

Client: City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development

Final Document: Bin Half Full - Construction Waste Recycling Solutions

According to the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development (OSD), construction, remodeling, and demolition (CR&D) waste comprises 20 percent of the City’s waste stream. Additionally, per capita waste generation in this sector is increasing faster than in the residential or commercial sectors. However, the current amount of CR&D waste that is landfilled can be reduced: 90 percent of the waste from a typical project can be diverted from landfill disposal. Although OSD currently requires that 50 percent of CR&D waste from every project is recycled, the City estimates that contractors recycle slightly less than this. OSD’s Portland Recycles! Plan (PRP) mandates that CR&D waste that contractors recycle or salvage and reuse increase to 75 percent of the total weight of a project’s waste by 2015. This document synthesizes the findings of Project Team Bin Half Full (BHF) and provides recommendations to help general contractors meet OSD’s new mandate. Additional recommendations for haulers, facilities, policy makers and the recycling process are also provided.


Imagine 82nd

Insight Visioning + Planning: Jamison Kelleher, Sue Lewis, Daniel Pauly, Steven Szigethy, Kenya Williams

Client: Central Northeast Neighbors

Final Document: Imagine 82nd

Imagine 82nd is a corridor vision plan for NE 82nd Avenue of Roses between the Banfield Expressway and Sandy Boulevard. Based on a community-driven process, it describes and illustrates what the avenue can be, envisioned by those who live, work, and go to school there. 

Vernonia 2020 Vision

Bridges Planning Group: Mathew Berkow, Maria Ellis, Oren Eshel, Harleen Kaur, Terra Lingley, Colin Maher, Stephen Shackman, Ariana Tipper, George Zaninovich 

Client: City of Vernonia

Final Document: Vernonia 2020 Vision

The Vernonia 2020 Vision Plan was an endeavor by the City of Vernonia to involve citizens in long-term resiliency planning and visioning to complement the short-term recovery effort following a 500-year flood in December 2007. Bridges Planning Group facilitated the process, over the course of which residents identified the highest-priority barriers to resiliency and past and present efforts to overcome these barriers. 


Planning Workshop Projects 2007

Faculty Advisers: Ethan Seltzer, Sumner Sharpe

Main Street Park Rose

PlanPDX: Doug Bruchs, Laura Butler, Todd Johnson, Sean McCusker, Brian Monberg and Erik Rundell

Client: Parkrose Business Association and Parkrose Neighborhood Association 

Final Document: Main Street Park Rose

PlanPDX worked to assess existing district conditions and assist in the development of goals for the district that could inform and guide future improvement efforts. Utilizing a variety of research methods including community outreach efforts, in-person interviews, technical analysis and organizing two well-attended community workshops, the Vision Team and PlanPDX successfully generated a set of recommendations for Main Street Park Rose.


Inclusive Business Prosperity in North/Northeast Portland

Building Business Equity:  Renee Garrels, Sanela Ruznic, Sarah LoGiudice, Erin Grushon, Max Coffman, Sara Vonde Veld

Client: Portland Development Commission

Final Document: Inclusive Business Prosperity in North/Northeast Portland

Building Business Equity undertook a research study on the nature of commercial displacement. Demographic data and anecdotal evidence suggest that major shifts are occurring in the population and commercial markets in inner N/NE Portland.  Therefore, BBE chose to identify and evaluate strategies to assist minority, women owned and emerging small businesses (MWESB) in the area.    


Aurora 2017 Vision

JDL Planning: Delia Chi, Diane Hale, Laurie Miskimins, Joe Recker, Jeannine Rusta

Client: City of Aurora Planning Commission

Final Document: Aurora 2017 Vision Implementation Report

In early 2007, the City of Aurora Planning Commission sought the assistance of JDL Planning, a consultant team consisting  of five members in  the Masters ofUrban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University, to update the City's 1995  Vision. JDL Planning  guided  an  intensive visioning  process to capture the current values of both new and long-time residents and  business owners.  


Westside Trail Feasibility Study

Missing Link Planning: Amanda Owings, Kate Lyman, Kim Voros, Paul Wachana, Ted Reid, Tomoko Kanai

Client: Metro

Final Report: Westside Trail Feasibility Study

This team provided Metro with an assessment of conditions along the power line corridor on the proposed Westside Trail. The team developed trail goals and objectives, as well as criteria by which to assess the study area. The final product highlights opportunities and constraints for meeting the trail's goals and objectives, and a set of recommendations for the trail. 


Mitigation and Conservation Banks

River People: Matt Harding, John Hazlett, Matt Lustig, Anita MacAuley

Client: The River Plan, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning

Final Report: Migration and Conservation Banks: Report for River Plan Consideration

The project investigated and analyzed potential program mechanisms, receiving sites and funding opportunities for off-site mitigation. River Plan staff will use feedback received from the River Plan Committee and others to further development of an off-site mitigation program.


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Planning Workshop Projects 2006

Faculty Advisers: Sy Adler, Deborah Howe, Connie Ozawa, Sumner Sharpe

Destination: Lents

Crossroads Consulting: Andrew Gulizia, Kristen Kibler, Vanessa Meyer, Rebecca Stavenjord, Meganne Steel

Client: Lents Neighborhood Association

Final Document: Destination: Lents

Recognizing these promising new developments in Lents, Crossroads Consulting approached LNA Board Officers with an offer to provide assistance through the 2006 Workshop course. A subcommittee representing LNA's board accepted the Crossroads Consulting proposal to identify quickly implementable improvement strategies to create momentum and foster a sense of optimism about Lents Town Center revitalization. Neighbors would like to see improvements made now to help improve Lents' image as a special place.  Three areas were selected for attention: 

  1. Imageability- The sense of being in a unique, cohesive neighborhood
  2. Streetscape quality-  Pedestrian comfort and accessibility
  3. Getting "feet on the street" in Lents Town Center - Increasing pedestrian activity on the street   



Going Public! Strategies for Meeting Public Restroom Need in Portland's Central City*

Relief Works: Josh Ahmann, Kevin Bond, Warren Greaser, Sarah Selden, Amber Springberg, Kartik Srinivas, Jon Swae

Client: City of Portland Mayor's Office

Final Report: Going Public! Strategies for Meeting Public Restroom Need in Portland's Central City

PSU Urban & Regional Planning graduate students contacted the Office of Mayor Tom Potter with a proposal to conduct an in-depth analysis of Portland's public restrooms.  The PSU team, Relief Works, and the Mayor's Office agreed to explore the issues and potential solutions surrounding demand and supply of public restrooms within  Portland's Central City.  This report is Relief Works' final product for the Office of the Mayor.    

*Winner of the 2006 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.


Kalama's Front Yard: A Preliminary Waterfront Site Plan for the Port of Kalama

The RMHGroup: Kenneth Renchner, Michelle Miller, Lisa Hendricksen, Leslie Hamilton, AICP

Client: Port of Kalama, Washington

Final Report: Kalama Waterfront: Preliminary Site Plan

The Kalama Waterfront Preliminary Site Plan sets the groundwork and approach for development of an underutilized 33-acre tract owned by the Port of Kalama.  The  Plan is  intended for the Port of Kalama to use as a starting point for waterfront development. The Plan and implementation strategies will aid the Port by providing a conceptual view of the waterfront and a process by which to begin putting the vision of Kalama's Front Yard in motion.  


Local Lunches

TH2: Lisa Anderson, Katherine Krajnak, Lisa Libby, Meghan MacKenzie, Sumi Malik, Katie Shriver.  

Client: City of Portland, Office of Sustainable Development

Final Report: Local Lunches: Planning for Local Produce in Portland Schools

In the 1990s, school districts across the country began to integrate fresh food grown by local producers into school meals and snacks. School food authorities and farmers have broadly defined this new movement, called “Farm to School,” as connecting schools and local and regional farmers. Farm to School programs benefit a community’s economy, improve student nutrition, and strengthen education curricula. Local Lunches seeks to initiate Farm to School efforts in Portland, Oregon, by identifying specific strategies that Portland’s school districts can use to incorporate more local produce in their school meals.


Milwaukie Ave Main Street Plan

Main Street Collaborative Consultants: Sine Adams, Matt Johnson, Lance Lindahl, Kate Marcello, and Erin Wilson

Client: Brooklyn Action Corps Neighborhood Association

Final Report: MSCC Milwaukie Ave Main Street Plan

This plan provides an analysis of Milwaukie Avenue as a neighborhood Main Street and provides recommendations for its growth and improvement. Methods of analysis included a comprehensive land use and transportation safety inventory, data collection from neighborhood residents and master of urban and regional planning students, comparison to other Main Streets, and feedback from a technical advisory committee. The analysis shows that Milwaukie Avenue has great potential as a Main Street, although improvements in the existing zoning code and transportation infrastructure will greatly benefit its condition. Other features, including Green Streets and elements that provide neighborhood identity, will also improve Milwaukie Avenue's Main Street potential.


Portland Farmer's Market 2006 Site Plan Update

URBAN ROOTS: Lesley Barewin, Steven Xuan Gao, Megan Lenahan, Tim VanWorme: 

Client: Portland Farmer's Market

Final Report: Portland Farmers Market

The team assisted the Portland Farmer's Market in updating their 5 Year Site Plan and to make site-related recommendations for the 2010 Growth/Vision document.  


Planning Workshop Projects 2005

Faculty Advisers: Sy Adler, Deborah Howe, Connie Ozawa

Anti-Displacement Strategies - Non-Profit Organizations in Old Town China Town

PrOTecting CharaCTer: Joanne Daunt, Jenny Bajwa, Sean Farrelly, Serah Overbeek, Jessica Sladek

Client: Zimmerman Community Center 

Final Report: Anti-Displacement Strategies - Non-Profit Organizations in Old Town China Town

Through interviews, a survey of nonprofits, community focus groups, and a literature review, the team came up with three anti-displacement strategies for Old Town China Town. This project won an award from Oregon APA. 


57th & Division Street CommunityOwnership Project    

HBU Consultants: Brendan Buckley, Clark Henry, Stephen Shane, Simone C. Wolter

Client: 57th and Division Community Ownership Project Steering Committee

Final Report: 57th and Division Project Final Report

HBU Consultants identify available resources in the region that could assist the clean up and redevelopment of the SE 57th and SE Division site, ascertained what kind of future use the community desires on this site, and evaluated sources of data to develop recommendations on how the DCOP could proceed.


Diggable City Project: Making Urban Agriculture a Planning Priority*

Kevin Balmer, James Gill, Heather Kaplinger, Joe Miller, Melissa Peterson, Amanda Rhoads, Paul Rosenbloom, Teak Wall

Client: City of Portland, Office of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Brendan Finn, Bureau Liason

Final Report: Diggable City Project

In addition to an inventory of potential urban agriculture sites, the team also conducted a literature review, held focus groups with relevant stakeholders, conducted numerous interviews, and administered and analyzed surveys. The results of these outreach efforts greatly informed criteria development and recommendations, and expanded our understanding of the potential for urban agriculture in Portland.    

*Winner of the 2005 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.


The Urban Grind: Skateparks - Neighborhood Perceptions and Planning Realities

Aperio Consulting: Ellie Fiore, Sarah Heinicke, Beth Ragel, Laura Weigel

Client:  Portland Parks and Recreation

Final Report: The Urban Grind

Aperio Consulting worked in conjunction with Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) on their Skatepark Master Planning process in the spring of 2005.This project was undertaken to help PP&R and their siting committee make informed decisions when siting a system of skate parks for the City of Portland. This document is also designed for use by parks planners and community members in other cities who are considering building skateparks.    


Roseway-Sandy Streetscape Concept Plan

Intersect Planning: Matt Lasky, Mike Tresidder, Jay Renkens, Morgan Shoo

Client: Roseway Neighborhood Association - Land Use Committee

Final Report: Roseway-Sandy Streetscape Concept Plan

The Roseway-Sandy Streetscape Concept Plan advances the community's vision for Sandy Boulevard from 68th to 80th Avenues as their Main Street. Intersect Planning prepared the Concept Plan for the Roseway Neighborhood Association - creating ideas for how future transportation investments may improve the quality, character, and safety of Sandy Boulevard for all members of the community.    

Sustainable Development Strategy for Springwater Community - Gresham, OR

EcoSpring Consulting: Gary Albrecht, Laurie Harris, Steve Hansen, Colin Mcconnaha, Darren Nichols, Casey Nolan

Client: City of Gresham Economic Development

Final Report: Springwater Workshop Project

This project researches and recommends alternatives for implementing sustainable development patterns and practices into this largely undeveloped land. The objective of the research is to provide a range of strategies that the City can incorporate into an incentives-based program that facilitates sustainable development.   


Envision Park Place Neighborhood: Public Involvement for the Concept Plan

Oregon Trail Planners: Sonoko Endo, Masud Hasan, Lake McTighe, Ryan Marquardt, Tom Moes, Linda Murphy

Client: Park Place Neighborhood Association

Final Report: Envision Park Place Neighborhood: Public Involvement for the Concept Plan

This project provides a framework for guiding future public involvement in creating the Oregon City's Concept Plan and the Park Place Neighborhood Plan. The public involvement process focused on identifying issues and opportunities associated with the possible development of an area adjacent to the neighborhood that, if annexed into the city, will become part of the neighborhood.    

Planning Workshop Projects 2004*

Faculty Advisers: Deborah Howe, Barry Messer, Ethan Seltzer

*Cohort awarded 2004 Chinook Award.

Building Active Communities: Linking Lents

Linking Lents Project Group: Carolyn Bonner, Dan Bower, Heather Marren, Michael Rose, Beth Shuck, Rania Wasfy

Client: Portland Parks and Recreation

Final Report: Building Active Communities: Linking Lents

The purpose of the Linking Lents Project is to increase opportunities for physical activity in the Lents neighborhood. Both programming changes and physical changes to the built environment are needed to accomplish this goal. While a trailhead in the Lents neighborhood will attract some new users to the trail, a trailhead alone may not greatly increase trail use. A Lents trailhead constructed in conjunction with improved overall access to the trail, connections to neighborhood amenities and public education of the benefits of increased physical activity will increase Lents residents’ use of the trail.


New Arrivals: Options for Successful Resettlement of the Somali Bantu

RefugEEE Consulting: Aaron Abrams, Kristin Dahl, Ryan Hunter, Jennifer Kenny, Angela Southwick.

Client: The National Somali Bantu Project

Final Project: New Arrivals: Options for Successful Resettlement of the Somali Bantu

The National Somali Bantu Project (NSBP) is committed to pursuing a more comprehensive approach and is interested in connecting the Somali Bantu refugees with their agrarian roots to foster cultural and social ties and provide economic development opportunities. With this goal in mind, the National Somali Bantu Project asked that RefugEEE Consulting investigate the possibility of implementing a comprehensive resettlement approach with an agrarian component that could be pursued once the Somali Bantu refugees have settled into their new environment over the next one to three years. This document serves as a decision-making guide to be used when the National Somali Bantu Project moves forward with its resettlement assistance.


Outer South East Livable Infill Project*

LIV-IN: Debbie Collard, Kristine dos Remedios, Krista Hornaday, Harper Kalin, Ying Lin, Kris Sorenesen

Client: City of Portland, Bureau of Planning

Final Project: Outer SE Livable Infill Project

The City of Portland, Oregon has experienced unprecedented population growth in the last decade, much of which has been accommodated through infill development. Not all infill development has contributed to meeting design goals, prompting the City’s Bureau of Planning to launch the Infill Design Project in 2003. The Infill Design Project aims to improve the design of multi-dwelling and row house development outside the Central City. This study supports the Infill Design Project by studying the design of new, multi-family infill development in a section of Outer Southeast Portland, Oregon. Through public outreach, this study identifies community design preferences and analyzes whether these preferences are being met in the private realm, the public realm and contextually. The study further identifies reasons for the current state of multi-family infill development and provides recommendations to improve design quality of multi-family infill.

*Honorable Mention for  the 2004 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.


The Power of Place

GNT Planning: Quinn Fahey, Josh Birks, Jeff Caudill, John Mermin, Kenneth Radin

Client: Division Vision Coalition

Final Project: The Power of Place: Building Community Character on SE Division Street.

The Power of Place study assists DVC in fulfilling that mission by pursuing an understanding of the street’s character and identifying opportunities for future development or continued investment. Both aspects of this study establish the foundation necessary for the Coalition to become proactive in development processes and maintain the attributes that most significantly contribute to the character of the street. To that end, the study looked to achieve three primary objectives:

1. Develop a body of knowledge that can steer DVC toward community desires and objectives regarding Division St. development.
2. Based on that knowledge, identify sites along Division that hold potential for future development or continued investment.
3. Identify community and collective ownership structures that the community might use to purchase and manage real estate.


South Park Blocks Area Development Strategy*

Project Team: Lisa Abuaf, Natasha Detweiler, Steve Faust, Jennifer Mannhard, Dan Zalkow

Client: Downtown Neighborhood Association

Final Project: South Park Blocks Area Development Strategy: Priorities and Actions to Strengthen Neighborhood Identity.

Past and current planning efforts by the City of Portland, such as the South Park Blocks Urban Renewal Area and the West End plan, have sought to promote new mixed-use development through increasing the residential density and investment in the area. The West End plan focused primarily on the area north of SW Salmon Street and the urban renewal area currently does not have a standing advisory committee to represent the Downtown neighborhood’s interests. This project consists of a neighborhood analysis to distill the identity of the area, an identification of the opportunities and challenges to development, and a strategy for DNA to be an active participant in the development of the South Park Blocks Area (SPBA).

*Honorable Mention for the 2004 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.


The Sullivan's Gulch Trail Study

Project Team: Michael Hoffmann, Darren Muldoon, Joseph Schaefer, Morgan Will

Client: Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces.

Final Project: The Sullivan's Gulch Trail Study

This study follows a recent engineering study by PSU students, which offers a potential trail alignment in the Sullivan’s Gulch.
Metro Parks and Greenspaces asked for a product that would identify whether and how the trail would meet regional goals if constructed as an off‐street path. This report is intended to research and explain the planning issues that follow from the potential trail alignment. This report provides information to support a decision on whether to apply for funding for further planning and engineering study. It also serves as a practical resource for future action.


Sustainable Options for Division Street

Urbanics: Matt Burlin, William Hawley, Alisa Kane, David Moser, Dana Visse

Client: Division Vision Coalition

Final Project: Sustainable Options for Division Street.

To reflect DVC’s desire to promote neighborhood livability through sustainable development, Team Urbanics offered a series of community workshops in May 2004 that explored the concepts of sustainable development. The goals of the “Sustainable Options for Division Street” workshops were to:
• Provide DVC with an educational tool that enhances the public’s awareness of sustainable development options
• Encourage public participation in upcoming redevelopment planning efforts
• Promote sustainable practices, including environmental protection, economic development, and social equity, and
• Create a forum for civil discourse, for neighbors to meet neighbors, and for people to learn new things about their community.


Planning Workshop Projects 2003

Planning at the Roots: Low-Income and Communities of Color in Portland, Oregon*.

Planning at the Roots: Allison Parzych, Jennifer Porter, Shayna Rehberg, Sarah Ruether, Gwen Sheinfeld

Client: City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement; Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Inc.

Final Report: Community Involvement Handbook, Planning at the Roots: Low-Income and Communities of Color in Portland, Oregon.

In an effort to highlight community-planning efforts in low-income populations and communities of color, a group of Masters of Urban and Regional Planning students conducted interviews with community leaders and wrote this chapter of cases to be incorporated into ONI’s Community Involvement Handbook. These cases are meant to provide inspiration and understanding about the strengths and differences
between planning approaches used in diverse communities working outside of the neighborhood association structure. This chapter may also help to inform opportunities for neighborhood associations and other organizations to better collaborate with diverse community groups.

*Winner of the 2004 APA Oregon Student Achievement in Planning Award.