On the 1st of December, about 90 people spent their Saturday morning at Llewellyn School reviewing the latest information about the River Plan / South Reach planning efforts. City planners shared what they had learned from a series of Fall public workshops focused on recreation, the environment and land use.
They presented initial concepts and described them through illustrations, code concepts and action items. Participants offered feedback and explored ideas with one another.
Project staff will consider all the feedback as they develop the first draft of the River Plan / South Reach this winter. Community members will have an opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of the plan in early Spring 2019.
The River Plan / South Reach project will update the Willamette Greenway Plan (1987). It will establish a renewed vision for the area, update existing policies and regulations, identify implementation actions, and prioritize future investments for the South Reach of the Willamette.
What did people say?
Here are a few examples of public input received at the open house:
- Set new development back from the river at least 50 feet.
- Require that upper stories of new buildings step back from the river setback.
- Add bicycle traffic-calming features, roundabouts, bollards or other features to existing trails that force bicyclists to slow down.
- Improve and add crosswalks across SW Macadam Avenue to provide safe crossings.
- Conduct an evaluation of South Reach floodplains and prioritize opportunities to reclaim and restore them.