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Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan: Proposed draft is available for public review


cover graphic from Comprehensive Plan draftThe Comprehensive Plan is Portland’s 20-year plan for handling growth, guiding development and providing infrastructure, such as streets, sewers and water. The State of Oregon requires that all cities in Oregon have a comprehensive plan. Since Portland’s Comprehensive Plan was first adopted in 1980, a lot has changed in our community, so it was time for an overhaul.

The Proposed Draft of the new plan is now available for public review and comment. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability led technical work and collected community input over the last two years to create the plan. Environmental Services and other bureaus were part of that effort. The final plan will be adopted by City Council next year.

The proposed Comprehensive Plan builds on many other plans, including visionPDX, the Portland Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Portland Watershed Management Plan. It sets the stage for a healthy, prosperous, resilient city. There are four main parts:

  • Goals and Policies
  • The Comprehensive Plan Map, which serves as the basis for current and future zoning
  • A list of significant projects needed to support future growth
  • Portions of the Transportation System Plan (TSP)

There is also a supporting Citywide Systems Plan that details planned infrastructure investments, including sewer and stormwater projects.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan from the comfort of your couch through these helpful storyboards and videos.

green street facility Some of the new policies that reflect a shift in thinking since 1980 are about:

  • Considering the impacts of development on drainage and water quality
  • Managing stormwater based on the conditions in different parts of town
  • Restoring our rivers, streams and overall watershed health
  • Preparing for climate change
  • Using green infrastructure to keep our water and air clean
  • Cleaning up brownfields and using that land for new jobs



  • View changes and comment from your kitchen table with online Map App
  • Testify in person at one of these public hearings at the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission:

September 23, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Goals and Policies)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

October 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Maps)
Community location TBD, see

October 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.
(Focus on Maps)
Community location TBD, see

November 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.
(Focus on Citywide Systems Plan and
Transportation System Plan)
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A




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