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About the West Portland Town Center Plan

Mock up of possible West Portland Town Center showing MAX, people on sidewalk, businesses and housing

Purpose, background, timeline, and contact information for the West Portland Town Center Plan.

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Project purpose

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working with a diverse group of partners and the broader SW community to create a West Portland Town Center Plan (WPTC). The plan will lay out a vision for a complete and inclusive community around “The Crossroads,” the intersection of Barbur Boulevard, I-5 and Capitol Highway.

Read a short handout summarizing what we have heard so far from community members: 

The plan will help provide more housing choices for people of all ages, abilities and incomes. It will create broader access to jobs and economic opportunity and make it easier for people to get around on foot, bicycle or transit. It will also foster community places and gathering spaces. And it will do so in a way that is inclusive and equitable, prioritizing the needs of the area’s most vulnerable populations.

Project background

"Town Centers" are large centers that serve a broad area of the city and have an important role in accommodating growth. They provide a full range of commercial and community services, high-density housing, mid-rise commercial and mid-rise mixed-use buildings (typically up to five to seven stories in height), are served by high-capacity transit connections, and have a substantial employment component. Town Centers provide housing opportunities for enough population to support a full-service business district.

The West Portland Town Center Plan (WPTC) is one of several efforts under the SW Corridor Inclusive Communities Project. It was funded by a Metro Construction Excise Tax (CET) grant in late 2018.

Along with the town center plan, an equitable community development action plan will help create a fuller range of commercial services and achieve some of the housing goals in the Southwest Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy (EHS).

In addition, the Public Involvement Plan will guide the process for planning for healthy, connected, and inclusive communities in the South Portland and West Portland Town Center future light rail station areas:


The intent is to ensure an open and equitable process to provide residents, workers and other interested parties meaningful opportunities to shape the quality of growth in their communities.

The West Portland Town Center Plan will carry forward key directions from the EHS as well as the 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals and policies of building inclusive, connected and healthy communities.

Project steps and timeline

A visual timeline showing the steps of the plan, ending in summer 2020

Project contact information

Ryan Curren, Project Manager


Joan Frederiksen, West District Liaison