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City Council amendments to draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan updated

Initial list of Commissioner-sponsored changes to recommended goals, policies and land use map will be refined; revised list of amendments posted mid-March, first hearing on April 14

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, City Council held the last of four work sessions on the Recommended Draft of Portland's new Comprehensive Plan. Commissioners covered topics such as land for businesses and jobs, housing affordability and displacement, transportation strategies and projects, historic preservation, nonconforming uses, and growing in centers and corridors.

Updates to the Council-sponsored amendment list have been made to reflect the latest information from Commissioners' offices. These represent minor changes to the list, with a small number of additions and subtractions. The list is still relatively general, but more details will be added as Commissioners and their staff work to refine them. 

Read the draft list of amendments by Commissioner

By March 18, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) intends to publish a more complete report of amendments, which will be posted to this website. The Map App will also be updated. To prepare that report, BPS staff are working with Council offices to more thoroughly articulate the amendments. The report will include specific maps and policy language. 

City Council has scheduled hearings on April 14 and 20 to hear testimony on the potential amendments included in that report. They will also accept Map App testimony and email or letters about the amendments until April 20, 2016. 

At the last work session, Mayor Charlie Hales also requested that Commissioners identify any further refinements by April 25. Council expects to vote on the amendments on April 28. 

PSC News: March 8, 2016 Meeting Recap

NW District Parking Update Project — hearing / recommendation; Task 5: Transportation System Plan — hearing


  • NW District Parking Update Project — hearing / recommendation
  • Task 5: Transportation System Plan — hearing

Meeting files

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

Project timeline, process, and community engagement

The planning process for the Off-road Cycling Master Plan will occur in 2016, in four phases.

The planning process for the Off-road Cycling Master Plan kicked off in earnest in January. The Plan will be developed in four phases, over the course of 2016:

  1. Discovery phase (January through March)

    This phase will help establish a vision and goals for the project and lay the groundwork for understanding off-road cycling needs in the community as well as impacts and benefits. The project website, Project Advisory Committee (which will meet throughout the planning process) and an interactive online map tool will offer Portlanders ways to learn about and add their ideas to the planning process.

  2. Analysis phase (March through June)

    This phase will focus on reaching out to the Portland community to gather feedback on how the City might provide a variety of off-road cycling experiences and how to determine which sites are most appropriate. Community members can lend their ideas to this phase by talking directly with the project team at a project open house and a youth-focused event as well as at various community events, and through the online map tool.

  3. System planning phase (June through September)

    This phase will carefully consider how the City might develop a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities that meets the goals of the Plan and is accessible by bike and transit. Community members will have many opportunities to add their ideas to this phase, including a second project open house and youth-focused event, the online map tool, and at conversations focused on specific proposed locations.

  4. Draft Plan phase (September to December 2016)

    During this phase, the project team will develop a draft Master Plan, including design and management recommendations and implementation strategies. The draft plan will be refined based on community input and then presented to City Council for adoption. Community members will be able to comment on the draft plan at an open house, on the project website, and directly to City Council.

BPS News: Motivate change in your community — become a Master Recycler

Apply now for the upcoming spring course, taking place in Clackamas County

Master Recycler tour at recycling facility

Master Recyclers are a volunteer corps who motivate neighbors and coworkers to take action on sustainable consumption, toxics reduction, composting and recycling. Join over 1450 Master Recyclers from Canby to East Portland, Gresham to Sandy and everywhere in between.

Learn from the Experts

Join 30 fellow recycling enthusiasts in an eight-week course, learning from innovative leaders about topics such as:

  • Sustainable consumption.
  • Fixing and reusing items.
  • The sharing community.
  • Toxics reduction.
  • Green building.
  • Recycling and compost processing.
  • The global markets in which recyclables are bought and sold.

During the course you will also tour recycling centers, compost facilities and hazardous and municipal waste sites, to see firsthand how these systems work.

  • WHAT: Clackamas County 8-week spring course and 30-hour volunteer program.
  • WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. starting on March 30, and two Saturdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 9 and May 7.
  • WHERE: Hosted by Clackamas County, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City.
  • COST: $50.00 - Partial and full scholarships are available.
  • Application deadline is March 1st at noon.

Learn more or apply by visiting

This program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

BPS News: New How-to-Guide, hands-on workshops help commercial building owners meet energy performance reporting requirements

First compliance deadline for buildings 20,000 square feet and over falls on Earth Day, April 22, 2016

The City of Portland’s Energy Performance Reporting Program for Commercial Buildings launched in January with detailed compliance instructions for owners of commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and over. This new How-to Guide is available for download on the Energy Performance website along with other compliance tools. 

Hands-on workshops are scheduled from February 24 to April 7 to help building managers meet the first compliance deadline on Earth Day, April 22, 2016. These workshops provide expert assistance to navigate the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and retrieve building energy consumption data from NW Natural, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric. Find workshop dates and links to register

BPS also established an Energy Reporting Helpdesk to answer any questions regarding the new Energy Reporting requirements. Contact the Helpdesk at 503-823-7070 or