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Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing #2 at Parkrose High School

On Tuesday, October 14, 5 - 9 p.m. public can testify on draft plan for the future of Portland as the city grows and changes

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its second public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft at Parkrose High School on Tuesday, October 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Portlanders are invited to tell the commissioners what they think about the draft 2035 plan for Portland as the city grows and changes.

By holding this (and the following) hearing out in the community, the commissioners hope to make it easier for more Portlanders to give their feedback on the proposed draft. The third hearing two weeks later will be in East Portland at the new Portland Community College campus at SE 82nd and Division. The fourth hearing will be downtown.

Public Hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft
Planning and Sustainability Commission

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

October 28, 2014 at 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 

If you can’t attend one of the hearings and/or you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that instead.

  • Send written comments to:

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

More than 50 Portlanders testified at the first hearing September 23. And many more packed the meeting room to listen and observe the process. You can read the meeting minutes and written testimony as well as watch the video of the meeting. Then prepare your testimony and tell the commissioners what you think.

Review the Plan

To prepare for testifying, you can review the Introduction, Parts of the Plan and Urban Design Direction, explore the Map App, and/or consult a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also read the PSC’s Tips for Testifying.

And if you have questions, please feel free to call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email

Portland City Council adopts Climate Change Preparation Strategy, Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

News Release posted October 8, 2014

News from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Christine Llobregat

Portland City Council adopts Climate Change Preparation Strategy, Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

New strategy guides local policies, operations, services and infrastructure in response to climate change projections

Portland, ORE. — Portland City Council today voted to adopt the Climate Change Preparation Strategy and the associated Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment. This strategy completes an action from the 2009 City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan to identify how climate change will affect the 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. The strategy establishes 12 objectives and identifies more than 80 actions to build climate resilience into Portland’s and Multnomah County’s policies, operations, services and infrastructure over the coming years.

“This plan is about fairness,” said Multnomah County 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.”

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 day and 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.

Successful preparation requires an understanding of how climate change may affect people most vulnerable to expected impacts, particularly increased temperatures, poor air quality and flooding. 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.

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

With today’s adoption of 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 Preparation and Action website to learn more about the Climate Action Plan update project and other existing climate efforts.


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS collaborates with community partners to provide comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; and, policy and actions to address climate change.

Transformational Resilience (TR) workshops

Please see this event opportunity from a community partner


The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), in partnership with the The Sanctuary Institute, is offering two Transformational Resilience (TR) workshops this November in Portland, OR. The TR program helps private, public, and non-profit leaders recognize and enhance their natural capacities to cope with traumas and chronic stresses of many types, including those enhanced by climate change, and use those adversities as catalysts to make values-based choices to learn, grow, and enhance well being. More information can be found here:

The workshops are co-sponsored by: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, City of Portland Department of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Multnomah County Department of Mental Health and Addiction, Mulnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Multnomah County Department of Aging and Disabilities Services, Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, & The Resource Innovation Group.

November 13-14: Leaders Self-Care Workshop

This workshop is designed to help leaders learn how to care for themselves as they care for others in the midst of stress and adversity. The resilient  GROWTH© model will be used to teach participants simple neuroscience-based presencing skills to calm and center themselves by countering their body’s natural psychobiological reaction to adversity. Participants will then learn simple purposing skills to make values-based choices to guide their actions in the midst of ongoing stress and trauma.
Location: Plaza Conference Room, World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon, Portland, OR
Cost:  $185 per person (a limited number of scholarships are available)
Learn More  |  Register Here

November 18: Organizational & Community Safe Haven TR Workshop

To cope and thrive in the midst of stress and trauma, including the direct and indirect adversities generated by climate change, organizations and communities need to become psychological and emotional Safe Havens for employees and stakeholders. Yet, many organizations react to adversity by unconsciously adopting self-protective mechanisms that further stress and traumatize people. The Safe Haven TR workshop will help senior and mid-level executives from public, private, and non-profit organizations understand the differences between a “trauma-organized” and “resilience-enhancing” organization and assess the degree to which their organization is trauma-organized. Using the Sanctuary Model as a guide, the principles and practices of resilience-enhancing organizations will then be explained. Participants will then learn how to develop and implement systems-based change strategies and develop a customized strategy to transition their organization to a resilience-enhancing Safe-Haven. 
Location: Flaggs Room, World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon, Portland, OR 
Cost:  $95 per person (a limited number of scholarships are available)
Learn More  |  Register Here

More information on Transformational Resilience Workshops:  


PSC News: September 23, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Comprehensive Plan — hearing


  • Comprehensive Plan — hearing 

Meeting files

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

Join Sustainability at Work at fall events

Innovation in Sustainability nominations open through September 30, Go Green begins October 15.

Innovation in Sustainability Nominations - open now through Sept 30!

Is your organization using groundbreaking ideas, technology, business models or products to advance the definition of sustainable business? Portland Business Journal (PBJ) wants to highlight your work through the Innovation in Sustainability Awards. Nominees can be a business, local government, advocacy group or individual.

This year PBJ has opened up the awards, removing specific categories so that it’s easier to share your story through the nomination process. Award winners will honored at an evening ceremony on November 20, and will be featured in the Portland Business Journal.

Apply now

Experience GoGreen on October 15 and 16

Engage in interactive, peer-to-peer learning to generate solutions to our region's most pressing challenges. Featured topics at the 7th annual GoGreen Portland conference include:

  • EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership “Outstanding Participants” sharing what’s helped them achieve the next level of sustainability, featuring BPS Director Susan Anderson
  • The sharing economy as a mainstream economic driver, featuring Jackie Dingfelder, Policy Director, City of Portland
  • The Competitive City - how Portland measures up  on economy, the environment, citizenship, quality of life and more, featuring Mayor Charlie Hales
  • The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations –addressing the tension between green activism and racial justice, featuring Desiree Williams-Rajee, BPS Equity Specialist

Receive a 50 percent discount on tickets when you use our promotional code PORTLAND. (Code must be used at time of ticket purchase.) 

Register now