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Calling All Map Nerds

Live from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, it’s the Map App Explorer!

Not the type to geek out over maps? Just try the new Map App Explorer! It combines the land use, transportation and infrastructure designs as featured in the Comprehensive Plan Update with updated data layers from the Proposed Draft Map App.

Users can create myriad combinations of layers to look at data:

    • Centers and corridors with demographic information, to see who is served by the concentration of services in Portland’s densest areas.
    • Proposed stormwater projects with natural hazards, such as flood and earthquake risk, to look at the strategic location of infrastructure.
    • Transportation projects with median age, to see the diversity of ages served by candidate projects.
    • And more!

Map App ExplorerMap App Explorer is designed to help users better understand the context for and relationship between the proposals in the Comprehensive Plan Update. Explorer allows you to make comparisons between different land use, transportation and infrastructure proposals with additional background data layers. For example, how does Portland’s plan for developing along centers and corridors (the red lines and circles on the map at right) relate to people’s ability to easily access transit (the blue areas)? 

Desktop, phone or tablet?

Both Map App Explorer and the Proposed Draft Map App can be operated on all devices, from desktop to mobile. Though it’s a cool tool for analyzing the context and relationships between planning proposals, Explorer is not as detailed as the Proposed Draft Map App, and it does not accept user comments.

Please continue to submit comments for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission through the Proposed Draft Map App. You can navigate between the two versions of the Map App by clicking on the dots at the top left of your screen. (To comment on the Proposed Draft Map App, click on the INFO icon at the bottom left of your screen.)

What’s the difference, again?

  • Proposed Draft Map App = Actual land use proposal + infrastructure projects (comments welcome)
  • Map App Explorer = Proposed Draft Map App + supporting data layers

So geek out with the new Map App Explorer, and then let us know what you think about the Comprehensive Plan Update through the Proposed Draft Map App! Comments are welcome until March 13, 2015.

PSC News: October 28, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Comprehensive Plan Update — hearing


  • Comprehensive Plan Update — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Curbside composting tip: The green Portland Composts! roll cart wants your jack-o-lanterns!

Remember to compost your holiday pumpkins and gourds, along with all food scraps and yard and garden waste

Include pumpkins!After celebrating autumn holidays, remember to compost pumpkins and gourds. Remove candles from jack-o-lanterns and toss them in the green composting roll cart. This is also the time of year to include food scraps like apple and pear cores and leftover or half-eaten candy (without wrappers).

Are you busy in the yard prepping for the change in weather? Gardening and pruning items, along with tree fruit, go in the green Portland Composts! roll cart too.

Watch the weight! Don’t forget there are roll cart weight limits, especially with heavy pumpkins and wet leaves. The 60-gallon green composting roll carts have a 135-pound limit.

Visit Portland Composts! for a detailed list of what goes in the green composting roll cart.

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Comprehensive Plan Update public hearings begin

Many more opportunities to testify ahead; written comments accepted until March 13

The public process is in full swing on the Comprehensive Plan Update. Now that the Proposed Draft is in front of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, Portlanders can give their feedback directly to the 11-member advisory commission in person or in writing.

Several public hearings in multiple locations have been scheduled from September through the spring of 2015. As Commission Chair André Baugh reiterated at the October 14 hearing at Parkrose High School, “We really want to hear from all of Portland. The PSC is here to listen to the community’s feedback.” To that end, announced Baugh, the written comment period for the goals, policies and land use map will remain open until March 13.

Comments to date

The PSC has received nearly 1,200 comments — the majority via the Map App, but also many by letters and emails. More than 50 people gave oral testimony at the first hearing on September 23; another 35 testified on October 14. The next public hearing will be on Tuesday, October 28 at PCC SE Campus.

The largest number of comments have been about centers and corridors map changes, transportation projects in the Transportation Systems Plan, and new residential designations. On the policy side, the environment and economic policies have attracted the most interest.

Parts of the plan

The Comprehensive Plan includes proposed land use maps, policies, project lists and a supporting document — the Citywide Systems Plan. An Urban Design Direction report serves as an illustrated guide to some of the urban design and urban form policies.

The Comprehensive Plan Map covers all of Portland and some not-annexed areas within Portland’s urban services boundary. Said Project Manager Eric Engstrom at the Parkrose hearing, “Our proposal is to leave much of the existing Comp Plan Map as it is today. The proposed map shows the areas that would change — only about 14 percent of the City’s land area.”

The first of several work sessions is scheduled for November 18. At these meetings, the commissioners will discuss what they’ve heard and deliberate over key issues. The work sessions are open to the public, but no testimony will be taken. Visit the PSC calendar for details and information about which topics will be discussed.

Remaining public hearings

Two more public hearings on the goals, policies and land use map will occur in 2014.

October 28, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue

November 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

More hearings are scheduled for 2015. In February there will be a hearing on the Transportation System Plan. In early spring the commission will evaluate how well the new long range plan meets Portland Plan goals and verify conformance with state economic planning requirements.

The public will have an opportunity to testify on these topics at public hearings in April. Updates to the 2013 Growth Scenarios Report and Economic Opportunities Analysis will be available in early 2015, prior to these hearings. Check the project website and PSC calendar for more information.

Tentatively, the final PSC work session and vote to recommend the plan to City Council will be in May 2015. After that, Council will hold additional public hearings prior to a summer vote on the entire Comprehensive Plan Update.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, please visit  

Portland prepares for a changing climate

Newly adopted Climate Change Preparation Strategy establishes an action plan to build climate resilience into Portland’s and Multnomah County’s policies, operations, services and infrastructure over the coming years.

Whether you realize it or not, you are taking action to prepare for climate change every day. When you recycle, leave your car at home, clean the gutters for that impending winter storm or empty standing water to limit mosquito breeding — you are taking small steps to prepare. And at a much broader level, Portland City Council unanimously adopted the Climate Change Preparation Strategy and associated Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment in early October. This strategy identifies how climate change will affect our region and what actions are needed to protect communities.

“Preparing our community for the impacts of a changing climate is simply good, responsible management,” said Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland. “We’re fortunate that Portland doesn’t face the same scale of threats that many coastal cities must deal with, but we do expect real impacts and take them seriously. At the same time, reducing carbon emissions remains a crucial component of Portland’s climate work.”

The strategy and background report explore the impacts of climate change on various sectors, including people, infrastructure, and natural systems likes rivers and wetlands. Potential impacts to food production, climate migrants, energy systems and the economy are also briefly explored in the strategy.

Portland’s climate future is expected to be characterized by warmer winters with heavier rainstorms and hotter, drier summers with an increased frequency of high-heat days. The strategy identifies five distinct risks:

Hotter, drier summers with more high-heat days

Risk 1: Increased temperatures (both and day night) and frequency of high-heat days.

Risk 2: Increased frequency of drought.

Risk 3: Increased wildfire frequency and intensity.

Warmer winters with the potential for more intense rain events

Risk 4: Increased frequency and magnitude of damaging floods.

Risk 5: Increased landslides.

Climate change will affect our most vulnerable communities

“This plan is about fairness,” said Chair Deborah Kafoury. “People who are going to be most vulnerable to the heat are older adults, our homeless population, people of color and low-income community members who don’t have the means to adapt or get out of town. Multnomah County is committed to helping prepare this community to protect their health.”

Where possible, the strategy recommends prioritizing preparation actions in communities such as low-income populations and communities of color where people face current and historical disparities that may be exacerbated by climate change impacts, particularly increased temperatures, poor air quality and flooding.

Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and from land use changes, including deforestation, are the primary drivers of the climate change we are experiencing today and expect to see in the future. Reducing carbon emissions remains a crucial component of climate change preparation work.

Developed by the City of Portland and Multnomah County, the strategy and background report were informed by advisors from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Next steps

To implement the Climate Change Preparation Strategy, City and County staff will build on existing efforts to reduce risks from climate change impacts through implementation, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation.

The strategy and assessment are linked to the City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, which integrates City and County work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change while also preparing for the impacts that we will experience. Portland and Multnomah County are currently in the process of updating the Climate Action Plan, the first version of which was adopted in 1993. 

BPS will soon release the updated Climate Action Plan for public comment, and staff will integrate the main recommendations from the Climate Change Preparation Strategy.

Visit Portland’s Climate Action website to learn more about the Climate Action Plan update project and other related climate efforts.