Planning for One Million New Portlanders

February 6, 2014
7:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
The Governor Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205


Join us as we discuss what it will take to balance the issues of livability and development in Portland and its suburbs.


Experts predict that one million new residents will move to the Portland Region by 2030, a short 16 years from now. Where will they live? How will they travel around the city? Where will they work? How will this affect current residents, property owners, and other Portlanders who love this city’s livability?

Join SMPS Oregon for a discussion about the development needs of an ever-increasing population, and how the AEC industry can help balance them with the quality of life that makes Oregon and SW Washington so attractive in the first place.

Panel Members

Lauren Golden Jones
Development Manager

Capstone Partners LLC

Lauren JonesPrior to joining Capstone Partners LLC in 2011, Lauren worked as an urban planning consultant specializing in redevelopment strategic planning. She has worked closely with public and private sectors to develop financing strategies for municipal projects, identify catalytic redevelopment sites, and develop strategies to encourage private investment in redevelopment areas. Lauren has extensive experience managing planning and entitlement processes for development and infrastructure projects.

Lauren graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Real Estate Development and Master of Planning. Lauren received a B.A. in sociology from Reed College. Lauren is the former Land Use Chair and Board Member of the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Bob Stacey
Councilor District 6


Bob StaceyCouncilor Bob Stacey’s public sector, non-profit and law practice experience over the past 37 years included serving as executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, chief of staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, executive director for policy and planning at TriMet, partner at Ball Janik LLP specializing in land use, senior policy advisor to Gov. Barbara Roberts, planning director for the City of Portland, chief of staff to Portland City Commissioner Earl Blumenauer and staff attorney at 1000 Friends of Oregon. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the American Planning Association.

During his campaign, councilor-elect Stacey stated his support for a transportation system approach that balances active transportation, transit, freight and vehicle traffic across the region. He said that funding for that system should be sensible and equitable and suggested that users fund the system as they do with public utilities. He envisioned a vibrant, pedestrian friendly region with centers and main streets serving every neighborhood, and prioritized infill over urban growth boundary expansion.

Councilor Stacey earned a B.A. in political science from Reed College and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He and his wife Adrienne share their Southeast Portland home with a daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons

Alan LehtoAlan Lehto
Director of Planning & Policy


Alan Lehto is the Director of Planning & Policy at TriMet in the Portland, OR metropolitan region. His department is responsible for long-range and short-range service planning, strategic planning, active transportation and transit access, major transit capital planning, and policy development. He has worked for TriMet for 14 years and in transit for 19.

Brian Vannenman

Leland Consulting Group

Brian VannemanBrian is an urban planning and real estate consultant with more than a decade of experience in the field of place making. His passion is for projects that are interesting and authentic; mixed-use and public-private; pedestrian and transit friendly; and designed to improve the neighborhoods and communities around them.

Brian is currently working on projects in the Portland, Salem, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Spokane metro regions, and this geographic range gives him additional perspective on what makes Portland special, when other cities are leading the way, and where America’s demographics are headed. He has experience conducting market and financial analyses across a number of land uses, including housing, office, retail, lodging, and healthcare.

Locally, his recent work includes strategic planning with OMSI, market analyses for private developers evaluating infill sites, and working with the State of Oregon to “optimize” several million square feet of owned and leased real estate.

Jason Jurjevich
Assistant Director, Population Research Center

Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University

jason-jJason R. Jurjevich is the Acting Director of the Population Research Center (PRC) and Assistant Professor in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.  Jurjevich earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona, where his dissertation research examined the political effects of domestic migration streams at the state level.

During his tenure at PRC, Jurjevich has authored several scholarly and applied articles highlighting demographic related trends in the Portland metropolitan area and Oregon.  Jurjevich’s current research broadly addresses issues relating to population geography, including examining the underlying economic and social impacts of domestic migration across space.  And in addition to his research, Jurjevich teaches courses in population geography and applied demographic methods at PSU.

Craig Wessel (Moderator)

Portland Business Journal

craig-wesselsPublisher of The Portland Business Journal for the past 13 years, Wessel has been involved in the newspaper and magazine publishing industry for 29 years. Prior to joining The Portland Business Journal, he was Director of Marketing for Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, a national trade publication serving the sports industry.

Wessel has also served as publisher of Corporate Report Minnesota magazine, a national award winning statewide business magazine, and Minnesota Ventures, a small business magazine serving the state of Minnesota. Wessel was president and owner of a publishing consulting firm in Santa Monica, California, which served trade publications across the country.

Wessel began his publishing career with American City Business Journals where, as Director of Development, he was involved in the launch of more than 15 regional business newspapers. Wessel has an undergraduate degree in International Finance from the University of Georgia and a certificate in Music Composition from the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He currently serves on the boards of the Classic Wine Auction, CASA for Children, the Portland Business Alliance and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Panel Topics

Our panel of experts will cover subjects such as:

  • What are the demographics of the expected 1 million new Portlanders? Where will they live/work/play?
  • What roles do the public and private sectors play in keeping the balance between development and livability?
  • How can we develop Portland and its suburbs for the rapidly growing population while ensuring engaging public spaces, walkable/cyclable communities, and quality of life?
  • How is transportation going to keep up with our growing city?
  • What is the plan for smart growth in Portland’s suburban communities?
  • At what rate do we see Portland housing rents increase over the next 5 years? And what will happen to property values?

 If you have questions you would like for the panel to consider, please forward them to Alexi Meuwissen, SMPS Oregon Programs Director.

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