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From the comfort of your couch ... the Comprehensive Plan Open House is at your fingertips

Online experience allows Portlanders to learn, share and comment on the draft 2035 plan for future growth and development – without leaving their home

Welcome to the Comprehensive Plan Online Open House! Below you’ll find everything you’ll need to get acquainted with Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. We’ve included lots of visuals and videos to get you up to speed – and keep you entertained.

So let’s start with the Big Picture.



What’s a comprehensive plan and why are we updating Portland’s? 

These questions and more are answered with the following engaging slides, courtesy of our graphic artists, planners, urban designers and geographic information system team. 

View the Overview boards

Key Directions


That’s what we call the 30,000-foot view of the plan.

But how do visions, goals, policies and map changes translate into what’s “happening on the ground”? The next set of storyboards takes you through seven “key directions” (kind of like goals) and shows how land use (or map) changes and public investments can work to create a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

View the Key Directions boards


Now let’s take an even closer look – on the street in your neighborhood, for instance.

Focusing growth in neighborhood hubs and busy streets (we’re calling these Centers and Corridors) gives more people access to services, amenities, jobs and transit. The following two videos show how this growth management strategy will bring the benefits of healthy connected neighborhoods to more people, while preserving land for parks and open spaces, jobs and industry – as well as Portland’s single-family neighborhoods.


Want to know how the new Comprehensive Plan could affect you, your property or your community?

Comment directly on the Map App

Visit the interactive Map App and type in your address. You’ll instantly be able to view any proposed land use changes within a quarter mile of your home or business. The Map App allows you to see what the current land use and zoning are as well as what’s proposed. And you can give your feedback on the proposed changes directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App.

If you have questions and would like to chat with a live person about your property and how the new plan might affect you, feel free to contact our Call Center at 503-823-0195 or send us an email at

But let’s break it down a little more. While most of Portland will not be affected by an update to the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed changes fall into several key “themes.” The following three videos explain how land uses changes will address lack of infrastructure in East Portland as well as stormwater issues and natural hazards, and ensure businesses have enough room to grow and provide jobs.

“Rightsizing” East Portland so infrastructure and schools can meet the needs of residents

Addressing natural hazards and stormwater constraints in SW and East Portland

Supporting economic development and job growth


Time to testify!

Now that you’ve explored the Map App and watched the videos, perhaps you’d like to tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission what you think about the draft 2035 Plan. You can do that in several ways – in person, in writing or via the Map App. Learn more by reading the Tips for Testifying sheet. And as Chair Andre Baugh says in the following video, your testimony is important because the commission wants to know what you think about the plan – not just planners and other City staff. Four public hearings begin September 23, and three open houses are scheduled to help Portlanders learn more and prepare testimony.

Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you


Early Implementation

Implementing the new Comprehensive Plan 

As we share the proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan with the public, we’re also working with the community to refine land uses and zoning in mixed use corridors and on and around campus institutions, as well as enhance the functionality of employment land and ensure robust community involvement in planning efforts moving forward. These “early implementation” projects are gathering steam and will go before the PSC later this year. Find out more with this last set of slides.

View the Early Implementation boards 

So, there you have it. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan in a nutshell (albeit a big one!). Portland only gets to do this as a community once every 20 to 30 years, so we hope you’ll at least nibble off a little bit ... maybe share with friends and family, discuss with your neighbors and tell the commissioners what you think of this long-range plan for our city.

Thanks for participating!

Open Houses Designed to Help Portlanders Prepare for Upcoming Public Hearings on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Community members invited to learn more about the proposed land use changes and how to give effective testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

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The Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft has been available for public review and comment since July 21. We hope you’ve had a chance to look at this long-range plan for Portland’s future growth and development and how it might affect you, your property and/or your neighborhood. The proposed land use changes are intended to create a healthier, safer, more connected city.

See the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan and explore the Map App.

Want to learn more about the proposal, need help with the Map App or want tips for testifying? Come to an open house!

Portlanders are invited to submit comments on the proposed goals, policies and land use changes to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). 

To help community members learn more about the draft 2035 plan and prepare their testimony, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is holding three open houses in the next two weeks. These are intended to give the public a chance to talk to a planner, find out more about the proposed land use changes and get tips for delivering effective testimony. 

Open House #1 
Wednesday, September 10 2014, 4 – 7 p.m.
David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave

Open House #2
Tuesday, September 16 2014, 4 – 7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave

Open House #3
Thursday, September 18 2014, 4 – 7 p.m.
Roosevelt High School, Cafeteria
6941 N Central Street

Have your say
You can share your feedback to the PSC in several ways:

  1. Send written comments to: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
    Comprehensive Plan Update
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland, OR 97201
  2. Email: (be sure to include the words PSC Comprehensive Plan Testimony in the subject line).
  3. Comment directly onto the Map App at
  4. Testify in person at one of several public hearings:
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m.
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m.
    Parkrose High School, Student Center
    12003 NE Shaver Street

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

    November 4, 2014 at 4 – 8 p.m.
    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

What happens next?
The Planning and Sustainability Commission will listen to what the public has to say about the proposal at the public hearings mentioned above. After discussion and deliberation, they will make a recommendation to City Council early in 2015. City Council is expected to hold hearings and vote on the new Comprehensive Plan by mid-2015. They will likely hold hearings and vote on corresponding zoning changes by the end of 2015. After City Council approval, the new plan must be approved (“acknowledged”) by the State of Oregon. The new Comprehensive Plan Map will be the basis for future updates to the City’s Zoning Map and Zoning Code. 

Infrastructure and Public Services Lag Behind Population Growth in East Portland

New video shows how the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan will help “right size” parts of East Portland to ensure livable neighborhoods

Portland has grown steadily in the past two decades, and much of this growth has occurred in East Portland. Many new apartment buildings have gone up, attracting a lot of newcomers to fill them. But the population increase has outpaced the development of sidewalks and other infrastructure and public amenities such as parks, and schools are overcrowded. Proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map will reduce the potential for dense new development in neighborhoods where infrastructure and services still need to catch up. This will help ensure these neighborhoods can become safer, healthier and more accessible.

Watch this video to learn more about changes in the Comprehensive Plan to address these issues, and check out the Map App’s “Risks and Service Gaps” layer to see where the proposed changes will occur. You can also use the Map App to submit testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission as they consider the draft 2035 plan.

Reducing Potential New Development in Areas with Natural Hazards and Drainage Constraints

New video about Portland’s Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan features East and SW Portland

Proposed changes to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Map are designed to scale back development potential in certain areas of Southwest and East Portland. These places are generally hilly, with steep slopes, drainage problems and higher risks of natural hazards like landslides, wildfires flooding and/or earthquake damage. Steep narrow roads can make emergency vehicle response and evacuation more difficult during emergencies. And the amount of new development allowed under the current zoning, would strain limited infrastructure and increase risks to public safety and property. The proposed Comprehensive Plan Map changes are meant to help keep existing risks and problems from getting much worse over time.

Watch this video to learn more about changes in the Comprehensive Plan to address these problems, and check out the Map App’s “Risks and Service Gaps” layer to see where the proposed changes will occur. You can also use the Map App to submit testimony on the proposed changes to the Planning and Sustainability Commission as they consider the draft 2035 plan.

PSC News: August 26, 2014 meeting recap and documents

Proposed Street Renaming of N Winning Way to N Ramsay Way — hearing / recommendation; RICAP 7 Workplan — hearing / recommendation; Climate Preparation Strategy and Climate Action Plan update — briefing


  • Proposed Street Renaming of N Winning Way to N Ramsay Wayhearing / recommendation
  • RICAP 7 Workplan — hearing / recommendation
  • Climate Preparation Strategy and Climate Action Plan update — briefing

Meeting files

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